What is Sling TV? Channels List, Review, Cost, Devices, Free Trial

what is Sling TV

Sling TV is changing the future of television. It’s a bold statement to be sure, but it’s one that most Sling TV reviews will agree with. Surrounded by an ever-growing selection of on-demand streaming services, Sling TV has separated itself from the pack thanks to its unique offering — a collection of popular live streaming channels previously only available to those with a cable contract.


What is Sling TV?

Sling TV is a live streaming service that gives subscribers access to over 25 channels in its basic package (Sling Orange), 40+ channels in its intermediate package (Sling Blue), 60+ channels in its combined package (Orange + Blue), and upwards of 100+ channels if you add on all the expansion packages. This US-only service was created by Dish Network.

These Sling TV channels include ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, TNT, AMC, and more, starting at just $20 a month with no contract. For more channels, there are also additional “skinny bundle” packages in various genres (e.g. sports, world news, etc.) that can be added on top of your basic subscription, typically for $5 a month (more on these below). You pay month-to-month, just like you do with Netflix and other streaming services, and you can cancel at anytime without penalty. There are no taxes or hidden fees, either.

T-Mobile customers, listen up.  Sling TV now has a special deal just for you — take 30% off the Sling Orange package for up to 12 months (you’ll still be able to cancel service any time you wish without penalty). That works out to only $14 a month for a great collection of popular channels when you sign up with your T-Mobile account. And with T-Mobile’s Binge On plan, you can stream Sling TV without it counting against your data plan. If you’re already a T-Mobile customer, learn more about this special deal and start a free 7-day trial.

This makes Sling TV the perfect cable TV alternative for both those looking to cut the cord and those who have never even had cable.


What Features Does Sling TV Offer?

The thing that makes the service so special is the live streaming of Sling TV channels. While services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Instant Video have gained popularity with their vast libraries of on-demand content, the cord cutting experience has sorely lacked options for those who just want to sit back on the couch and do some channel surfing. More notably, there haven’t been many good, legal, and affordable options for streaming live sports in the US until now. Sling TV fills these gaps and more beautifully.

But while live TV is Sling’s major calling card, the streaming service offers a whole lot of other great features that make this service remarkable.

  • 3-Day Replay–Some Sling TV channels offer an innovative feature called “3-Day Replay.” This lets you scroll back and watch any TV show that has aired on that channel over the last three days. It’s a really cool feature, but not all channels allow you to do this.
  • Pause, Rewind, and Fast-Forward–While it does not support DVR functionality, some Sling TV channels do allow you to pause, rewind, and fast-forward live TV, giving you a DVR-like experience.
  • On-Demand Content–Many of the channels on Sling TV offer a good amount of on-demand shows and movies. Most notably, HBO, available as an add-on channel, offers the same on-demand library available to HBO Go and HBO Now subscribers, letting you watch just about every episode of nearly every show HBO has ever aired. Perhaps it’s not surprising that Sling CEO Roger Lynch recently said that the majority of their subscribers are watching on-demand content.
  • Watch Anywhere–Sling TV lets you stream live TV just about anywhere you go. Watch Sling TV channels on your phone, tablet, PC, or smart TV, anywhere in the US. To watch Sling TV on your television, you’ll need to connect a streaming player, like Apple Tv, a Roku 3 or Roku 2, Chromecast, etc. Sling TV is currently running a special on both streaming players, offering 50% off the Roku 3 or a free Roku 2 when you sign up for three months of service.


Which Devices Can Play Sling TV?

sling tv devocesWhat is Sling TV available on? You can watch the entire Sling TV channels list on your TV, phone (iOS and Android), tablet (iOS and Android), or computer (PC and Mac). As mentioned above, watching on your television requires the use of a streaming media player. Currently, Sling TV can be played on the following streaming players: All Roku players and the Roku Streaming Stick, Amazon Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, Chromecast, Channel Master, ZTE, and Android TV. And most recently, Sling TV announced they are available on Apple TV! That’s right, you can now watch Sling TV on Apple TV. That’s huge news.

Don’t have a streaming player? You’re in luck. Sling TV actually offers special deals on the streaming devices it’s compatible with. When you prepay for three months of service, you can take advantage of one of the following deals:

If you’re thinking about getting in on one of these limited-time deals, I suggest getting the Roku 3. It’s the best streaming player on the market right now (just ask CNET), and from my experience, it handles Sling TV better than any other device. I love the Roku’s remote, which has a headphone jack for private listening and voice search capabilities. You can even control your Roku from your phone if you download the Roku remote app. This is especially handy when you need to type for search and other functions. The Roku user interface is also incredibly simple and very fast.

Click here to learn more about Sling TV’s Roku 3 limited-time deal.


What is the Sling TV Channels List?

sling tv channels

Now that you know the answer to “What is Sling TV?,” let’s talk about what channels you can get with the streaming service. Sling TV offers a few different kinds of packages — it has two main packages “Sling Orange” and “Sling Blue”, as well as genre-specific add-on packs (these can be added on to the your basic package package, usually for $5 each), and international foreign-language packages.

While the Sling TV channels list is always growing and evolving, here are their current offerings:

*Note–Sign up for a free 7-day trial and you can test out any packages you wish.


Current Sling TV Channel Base Packages:

You’ll need to choose one of the three base packages below. From there, if you want additional channels, you can add on extra channel packs.

Sling Orange ($20/month)

sling orange channel list

Sling TV’s most popular and most affordable package, with 28 channels in total. Sling TV channels list for this package includes:

ESPN,  AMC, CNNHGTVComedy CentralCartoon NetworkHISTORY,  Disney ChannelESPN2ESPN3TNT,  Food NetworkTBS, BBC America, Freeform (formerly ABC Family), Adult SwimIFC, A&E, El ReyViceland (formerly H2), LifetimeTravel Channel, Newsy, Bloomberg TV, Local Now, Polaris+Maker, Flama, AXS TV, and Galavisión.

Sling Blue ($25/month)

sling blue channel list

This package offers more selection with 40+ different channels. It has many of the same channels as Sling Orange, with some notable exceptions. Mainly, Sling Blue offers NBC, NBCSN, FOX, Fox Sports and other networks from the FOX family, but does NOT include the ESPN family. 43 Sling TV channels in total, including:

FOX (select markets), NBC (select markets), regional FOX Sports networks (depending on location), NFL NetworkNBCSN, Comcast Sportsnet, AMC, FX, CNN, HGTV, Comedy Central, USA, Cartoon Network, History, TNT, Bravo, Food Network, FS1, FS2, NBCSN, TBS, BBC America, FXX (on demand), Adult Swim, SyfyNick Jr., IFC, A&E, El Rey, Viceland, TruTV, Lifetime, Travel Channel, BET, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Newsy, Bloomberg TV, Local Now, Univision, Uni Mas, Polaris+, AXS TV, Maker, Flama, and Galavision.

Sling Orange + Blue ($40/month)

sling orange + blue channel list

This package offers the best of both worlds, combing ALL the channels found in Sling Orange with everything found in Sling Blue. There are a total of 60+ channels!


Current Sling TV Channel Expansion Packs:

These channel packs offer genre-specific expansions, allowing you to fine-tune your channel selection for more of the content you want. These packages are only available with a subscription to either Sling Orange or Sling Blue. In other words, you can’t just subscribe to the Sports Extra package, you have to have one of the basic packages to begin with. *Please note that these expansion packs vary in channel selection based on the base package you subscribe to*


Sports Extra (Starting at $5 per month)

 A sports fan’s dream – offering 10 great channels for live sports, including:

SEC Network, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Pac 12 NetworkbeIN Sports, NFL RedZone, NHL Network, Golf Channel, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Buzzer Beater, Outside Television, and Univision Deportes.

Kids Extra ($5 per month)

Perfect for the little ones in your life, 8 high quality kids channels to enjoy! This pack is a great way to watch kids shows online.

Disney Junior, Disney XD, Nick Jr., NickToons, TeenNick, Boomerang, Baby TV, and Duck TV.

HBO ($15 per month)

Live HBO streaming and access to HBO’s full on-demand library (similar to HBO GO and HBO NOW). HBO subscribers also get up to three simultaneous streams of HBO, in addition to your single-stream that comes with Sling TV’s core and add-on packages. HBO can also be added on to Sling Latino or Sling International packages.

Cinemax ($10 per month)

Get a true Cinemax live stream plus access to the network’s full on-demand library of content.

Comedy Plus Extra ($5 per month)

MTV, MTV2, Spike, Logo, CMT, Game Show Network (GSN), and TV Land.

Lifestyle Plus Extra ($5 per month)

Hallmark Channel,  Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, VH1, E!, Oxygen, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, WE tv, FYI, Vibrant TV, and LMN (Lifetime Movie Network).

Hollywood Extra ($5 per month)

Turner Classic Movies (TCM), EPIX, EPIX2, EPIX Hits, EPIX Drive-In, HDNet Movies, and SundanceTV.

World News Extra ($5 per month)

CNBC, MSNBC, BBC World News, HLN, Fusion, Euro News, France 24, NDTV 24/7, News 18 India, and Russia Today.

Best of Spanish TV ($5 per month)

Galavision, Univision, Uni Mas, Azteca, AZ Clic, Univision Deportes, BeIN SPORTS en Espanol, BeIN SPORTS (English), ESPN Deportes, AZ Cinema, Cinelatino, De Pelicula, De Pelicula Clasico, Cine Sony, Pasiones, Univision tlnovelas, AZ Corazon, TeLe-Romantica, Cbeebies, FOROtv, Telehit, Bandamax, NTN24, TeleFormula, and BabyTV.

Broadcast Extra ($5 per month, in select markets)

Sling TV has recently added local broadcast channels in select markets. Currently, the Broadcast Extra package includes local affiliates for ABC, Univision, and UniMas in the following metro areas: Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco.


There are also three small Spanish language extra packs, including Caribe Extra, Colombia Extra, and Espana Extra. Sling TV also offers its Sling Latino service, which includes a number of different Spanish-language packages and channels. Click here to learn more about the channels available in the Latino service.

Finally, Sling TV offers a number of international, foreign-language packages. Sling TV offers a special 30-day free trial on all international packages. You can learn more about all of the following package by visiting the Sling International website: Arabic, Bangla, Bengali, Brazilian, Cantonese, Filipino, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Mandarin, Marathi,  Punjabi, Taiwanese, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Vietnamese.


How Much Does Sling TV Cost?

Sling TV starts at just $20 per month. That gets you over 25 Sling TV channels in their “Sling Orange” package, including ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, TBS, TNT, CNN, and more. For a slightly different selection of channels, including FS1, FX, and NBC, the “Sling Blue” package is available for $25 a month, with 40+ channels in total. Or, if you really want to max out your channel selection, go with the “Sling Orange + Blue” package, which includes all the channels from BOTH packages (60+ in total) for only $40 a month!

There are also various add-on packages that are genre-specific. These give you the ability to expand your selection in a specific way – i.e. by getting more sports channels, more Spanish language channels, etc. Most of the genre add-on packages are just $5 each per month, as detailed above.

While Sling TV’s price is downright cheap, what really makes the streaming service a game-changer is there’s no contract. You pay month-to-month, just like you would with Netflix, Hulu, or any other streaming package. You’ll never be locked into an expensive cable contract again. It’s TV on your terms.


Can I Try Sling TV Free?

Yes, Sling TV currently offers a free 7-day trial on all domestic packages. You can try as many packages as you want during your 7-day trial, giving you a real chance to test out the streaming service to see if it’s right for you. Click here to sign up for your free 7-day trial.

Additionally, Sling International (the brand for all foreign-language packages) offers new subscribers a 30-day free trial. Click here to sign up for a 30-day free trial to Sling International.


How Can I Learn More about Sling TV?

For more information on Sling TV, click here to visit their website. Or if you have any questions, you can comment below and I’ll help!




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    95 Comments on "What is Sling TV? Channels List, Review, Cost, Devices, Free Trial"

    1. I just cut the cord today from cable and it feels amazing… I did purchase a roku3, sling TV $20 package, and Netflix. It works amazing to tell the cable company good bye. Savings per month including high speed internet- $201…. Haha goodbye cable and hello more money in my pocket… And the TV content we watch… Now I’m hunting for a good antenna for football. Thanks for the advice!!

      • If your looking for a good antenna:
        … … … … … ..
        I’ve been struggling to meet Grandmama’s demand for “all of the same channels she’s used to getting-and that “SHE GOT” with the old tv”.
        Tonight, after purchasing a “Terk 360 omni-directionional hdtv antenna at best buy ($55)

        The free tv has not missed a beat. Where as before, the picture periodically received a weak signal which in turn was (too frequently)- extremely annoying.

    2. I recommend you sign up for the free trial and give it a try. After that, the basic Sling package is $20 per month. For more info on watching college football, check out my guide here: http://www.cutcabletoday.com/sports/college-football

    3. For local channels, you need a good antenna. I recommend the Mohu Leaf 50.

    4. Hello. Am I able to try the 7 day free trial offer and then take the 50% off Roku 3 with 3 months prepaid subscription?

    5. Do any providers offer MSNBC? Thanks for the info!

    6. I am close Dee needs her Fox and friends are you able to watch that if not can that be steamed
      ? Kelly

    7. Will Sling TV be supporting BRAVO soon? If not, what’s best way to stream current BRAVO shows?

    8. I just wanted to know, if I drop cable, and keep the Internet is that how it works? I want to get rid of cable.

    9. Is it likely to anticipate more channels to be available in the near future? Like Hallmark channel? That would add many users to SlingTV for sure!

    10. This is my first step toward getting rid of cable television and the info is really helpful, but I have an really old TV,will I have to get a new TV? Thank you!!

    11. We currently have basic cable TV because the reception is very poor without, even with the best antenna. I assume we would need to keep cable TV to watch major stations like ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. Can we sign up for a Sling TV simultaneously since it seems like a better deal than a cable package that includes ESPN?

    12. Chris hicks | January 4, 2016 at 9:36 pm |

      With all the Movies that you offer are any of them free

    13. I would love to see BET and OXYGEN channels. Will these be added soon.

    14. Can Sling TV be viewed simultaneously on multiple devices?

    15. What about MLB, is that available?

    16. Michael Rhoden | January 26, 2016 at 10:25 am |

      When SlingTV adds NBCSN and Fox News, I’m sold. The only thing I worry about is we live in an area where we are forgotten by cable companies and others. All we have is a 6MB DSL connection that use constantly for gaming and netflx, etc. We are a home school family so we have to have the internet for school related issues also. We use DirecTV at the moment for TV and ATT for DSL. So….our connection works for everything else, but I am a little afraid of depending on it strictly for television.

    17. Sling offers the full live stream of those channels. They also have pretty in-depth on-demand libraries for each channel.


    19. Do you think Sling TV will eventually make it to where you can stream on multiple devices at the same time?

    20. Dishworld was rebranded as Sling TV. I’m assuming this happened during that process. In general, I don’t recommend Smart TVs because they aren’t very flexible as far as allowing you to add apps. You could try a Roku streaming stick, which would plug into your HDMI outlet and be virtually invisible. You could also potentially try and attach your Roku to the back of your TV so it will be out of sight. The Roku does not have to be in line of sight with the remote, as it works off WiFi.

    21. You can watch on your PC. However, I wouldn’t hold my breath on them adding MSNBC. As for ABC, you could get that with an antenna.

    22. I have a Roku1 can I get Sling TV on it? Will they be getting the Discovery Channel??

    23. Can you watch sling on multiple tvs in your house on the same account?

    24. How do I cancel my Sling TV subscription? I don’t watch it at all & it’s still charging my card :(

    25. Does the sling system require wi-fi or internet connection?

    26. This only currently works with the WatchESPN app.

    27. What DSL speed (10mbs, 20mbs) is necessary to get a steady Sling TV picture that does not cut out for caching.

    28. Is FX channel available on Sling? I didn’t see it but maybe it’s buried in one of the pkgs.

    29. Dat usage depends on quality of stream. As a rule of thumb, SD video will use about a gig of data per hour, and HD will use about 3.

    30. I think the Amazon Fire sounds good,how much data will this use for watching TV ? I have about 3 or 4 months left on my Directv agreement and they will be gone.I’m sick and tired of these people raising the monthly fee when ever they feel like it and then dare you to do anything about.I currently have Verizon Broadband for my lap top,would I be able to use it and about how much data would it use for TV viewing ?I currently have a 6gig plan.

    31. OK I’m confused if you have 2 roku,s can a person be watching sling TV in one room and the other watching Amazon in the other room ?

    32. can you also have all hindi channels those are hd? please inform me of this package.I am interested.

    33. Barclays Premier League viewers beware. The Extra Sports package does NOT include Universal Sports (NBC) as shown in the article. This must be a mistake as I read major TV conglomerates ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX refuse to sign contracts with SlingTV. Otherwise, this is a very good service.

      • Jay, thanks for the comment. Sling TV did used to carry Universal Sports, but it looks like NBC recently took that channel off the air across the board. It doesn’t exist anymore as of late 2015. Also, Sling TV does carry ABC in its Broadcast Extra package in select markets.

    34. As of right now, you can only device at a time. However, I will say that in my house it’s rarely an issue, as we subscribe to Amazon Prime (as well as other streaming services from time to time) so there are plenty of programming options.

    35. I wish they included PBS proramming.

    36. Stephanie | April 6, 2016 at 3:48 am |

      I’m new to all of this & am learning. I am joining Sling Tv this weekend after my ATT wifi is installed. What is Roku? Thank you in advance.

    37. For Hindi channels, you will want to check out sling international: http://www.cutcabletoday.com/go/slingtv-international

    38. What if you cancel the service then X amount of months later you decide to start back up. Does it cost a fee to restart?

    39. How many TVs do you have? Also, what’s your current ISP speed? You may not need to upgrade.

    40. The new FOX option now lets you stream on three devices as well.

    41. Does Sling work with an Apple TV?

    42. James Harris | April 18, 2016 at 12:00 am |

      Is it possible to record shows with Sling? Can ESPN be frozen and restarted during a game?

    43. I have a roku 3. Im in canada. How can i get mexican chanels?

    44. Does sling tv provide the Hallmark and Lifetime channels?

    45. William Kelley | April 19, 2016 at 3:16 am |

      Is there any way Sling TV can be used with a Tablo to record TV in the same way you can record from an antenna?

    46. Edison V. Onate | April 25, 2016 at 1:50 pm |

      will the Chicago Blackhawks be on Sling. Tonight, Monday April 25th 2016?

    47. Is CSN or NBCSN available?

    48. Lezley Rocha | April 27, 2016 at 3:35 pm |

      I can not seem to understand. Do I have to purchase and subscribe to a Roku 3 and antenna device for every television I own? I also have renters next door, I carry the satellite subscription for the property, will I have to purchase for them as well?

      • Marilyn Greig | May 19, 2016 at 6:14 pm |

        For yourself: You will need to purchase a Roku 2, 3, 4 or Roku Stick for each television. If any of your televisions don’t have HDMI ports (pre-2006), make sure to purchase an older Roku 2 that has composite (red/white/yellow cable) hookups with built-in WiFi for those older sets. I have a Roku 2 with composite connection that I purchased in 2013 that still works great. You will also need at least one antenna, which can be either indoor or outdoor and subscribe to broadband internet. There are ways to connect one antenna to multiple television sets. You will need to install and try out the antenna on one television to determine which type of antenna you need (one direction, omnidirectional, and/or amplified) depending on where the closest towers are located. Make sure you can return the antenna to the store if it doesn’t perform to your satisfaction. I highly recommend the MOHU brand. Check antenna.org or tvfool.com to find out which stations broadcast OTA (free over-the-air) in your area and where they are located. If they are close together, one direction will suffice. If they are far apart, then you will need an omnidirectional antenna. If the stations are over 30 miles from your home, you might need an amplified antenna. (If you can’t get good OTA reception in your area, then I would suggest dropping the antenna and subscribing to HULU and Sling TV instead.) Sling has a new multi-streaming service for 3 devices at the same time. You could add a TIVO OTA DVR for your own home ($13-$15 monthly subscription). Once you have your antenna(s) set up, your renters can buy their own Roku(s) (Best Buy or Amazon) and sign up online and pay for their own subscriptions to Netflix, Sling TV, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, etc. If your renters are located in a separate structure, you probably need to buy a separate outdoor antenna for them (or have them buy their own indoor antenna). Good luck.

    49. Monday Night Football – yes.

    50. Can I watch my Local channels on sling?

    51. You’ll have to sign in to your account online to add

    52. Yes…the main difference is beta has more channels and allows multiple simultaneous streams. Everything else is basically the same.

    53. Nope-if you have a Roku TV, no need for the separate device

    54. Does Sling tv have NBC and NBCSN? I hope so because there are so many great streaming services, but none of them offer services for streaming NHL hockey and I’m a Devils fan. Plus I’m so hyped for the Olympics in Rio this year. How am I suppose to watch the ceremonies and the games?

    55. We dumped Comcast. Started out first year around $118. Next year was paying around $280 a month and tried to get a different package and they sent me more boxes and a DVR and started charging for this. Closed account and bought an Antenna. I only get about 19 channels but get all local and CW. Love it. But how does Sling work? Do we have to have internet? It was part of the package we dumped. But I have saved $1400. Dollars in just a half a year now………LOVE IT!!

    56. Fritz Little | June 2, 2016 at 10:08 am |

      Will Sling work with netgear and if not why?

    57. Vicki Andresen | June 6, 2016 at 8:16 am |

      Ok. I have 3 tv’s with Roku sticks. I have the new beta stream. 2 tv’s are on this, no problems other not being able to use sling at the same time on these 2. I also have a second account for the third tv. Can I eliminate paying the second account and adding it to the two other tv’s on the 1st account? And how? I can’t remember how I got the 2nd tv on the same account

    58. Just cut the cord last week. Still figuring out everything. I have Netflix, Hulu and Sling TV. Can’t watch live news on NBC or any CBS show. Will try with an antenna. Any other suggestion?
      Also, just found out there aren’t any free movies on Sling TV. Am i right?

      • It depends on what stations you have with your Sling package. Certain stations have on demand content, which could include movies. For local stations, you should get an antenna.

    59. Odds are you won’t have a great experience with any streaming service using satellite internet. You’re going to run through your data pretty quickly.

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