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? Launched in early 2015 by Dish Network, Sling TV is a live streaming service that gives subscribers (sorry, US only) 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.
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 Best of Live TV 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?
What 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 Google Nexus Player. 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:
- FREE Roku 2 (regularly $69.99)
- 50% off Roku 3 (regularly $99.99)
- 40% off an Apple TV (regularly $149.99)
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.
What is the Sling TV Channels List?
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 TV’s most popular and most affordable package, with 28 channels in total. Sling TV channels list for this package includes:
ESPN, AMC, CNN, HGTV, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, HISTORY, Disney Channel, ESPN2, TNT, Food Network, TBS, BBC America, Freeform (formerly ABC Family), Adult Swim, IFC, A&E, El Rey, Viceland (formerly H2), Lifetime, Travel Channel, Newsy, Bloomberg TV, Local Now, Polaris+, Maker, Flama, and Galavisión. Subscribers also get access to the WatchESPN app, including ESPN3 and an array of live and on-demand content.
Sling Blue ($25/month)
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, regional FOX Sports networks (depending on location), 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, Syfy, Nick 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+, Maker, Flama, and Galavision.
Sling Orange + Blue ($40/month)
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 ($5 per month)
A sports fan’s dream – offering 10 great channels for live sports, including:
Kids Extra ($5 per month)
Perfect for the little ones in your life, 8 high quality kids channels to enjoy!
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)
Lifestyle Plus Extra ($5 per month)
VH1, E!, Oxygen, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, WE tv, FYI, Vibrant TV, and LMN (Lifetime Movie Network).
Hollywood Extra ($5 per month)
World News Extra ($5 per month)
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!