Sling TV Summer Preview: The Hottest TV Shows and Sporting Events to Watch

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Just in time for summer, things are heating up on Sling TV. The Dish Network-backed, industry-revolutionizing live streaming service is slated to serve up some of the year’s biggest sporting events and TV premieres on both its basic “Best of Live TV” package and some of its add-on packs.

Remember, Sling TV has a deal running right now where you can get a free Roku 2 or 50% off a Roku 3 when you prepay three months of service, which would be enough to carry you through the summer months.

Make sure you don’t miss a second of the season’s hottest action by using our convenient schedule of premiere dates for summer’s biggest sports events and TV show premieres.


French Open (ESPN2)

Dates: May 24 – June 7

The 2015 French Open is sure to be one of the biggest tennis events of the year. The clay court Grand Slam tournament will feature all of the sport’s biggest stars, including Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, and others. Sling TV will be providing daily live coverage of the tournament on ESPN2, which is available on its basic package.


Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)

Premiere Date: June 1

AMC’s 80’s tech drama is back for a second season with 10 new episodes. The new season is set a little more than a year after the first season, and is said to focus on Cameron and Donna’s new startup venture, Mutiny. Expect things to not go so smoothly as the pair tries to navigate the challenges of building a new company.

NBA Finals (WatchESPN)

Dates: June 4 – TBD

Sling TV has carried the entire NBA Playoffs on ESPN, WatchESPN, and TNT. While the NBA Finals will be broadcasted over the air on ABC, Sling TV will be a legal way to stream the hoops action on ESPN3 using the WatchESPN app (a separate downloadable app that you can login to using your Sling TV credentials to access ESPN3 and other exclusive content). This is ideal for those who don’t get good reception with their antenna or who want the ability to watch the Finals on their mobile devices or computer.


Murder in the First (TNT)

Premiere Date: June 8

TNT’s popular police procedural launches its second season this summer, and the show has added some new members to its cast. Most notably, Entourage star Emmanuelle Chriqui joins the cast as Lara Cruz, a “brash, daring, and total badass” in the SFPD Gang Task Force.


True Detective (HBO)

Premiere Date: June 21

After a wildly successful first season, True Detective returns to HBO with an all-new, star-studded cast that includes Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch. Like last season, this year’s anthology will revolve around the investigation of a bizarre murder while also exploring the troubled lives of the detectives trying to crack the case. It’s a safe bet that this will be the show everyone’s talking about this summer.


The Brink (HBO)

Premiere Date: June 21

The Brink is a new HBO series starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins. The half-hour, “dark geopolitical comedy” focuses on a rapidly escalating global political crisis and three desperate individuals who are trying to save humanity from a potential World War Three. Given the talent involved, this series has the potential to give us a lot of laughs along its dark, twisted way.


Ballers (HBO)

Premiere Date: June 21

Miss Entourage? HBO’s brand-new show Ballers could fill that void. Premiering immediately following the season premiere True Detective, the series stars Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, as a former football superstar who finds new purpose in life by mentoring current and past players. While it’s a half-hour series that will certainly have its fair share of comedy and debauchery, the show also looks like it will offer plenty of drama. Ballers is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, and others.


The Last Ship (TNT)

Premiere Date: June 22

The post-apocalyptic, Michael Bay-produced drama comes back for a second season that promises to be filled with plenty of heart-pounding action and drama. The Last Ship follows the crew of a lone naval destroyer charged with the daunting task of saving humanity from extinction after a worldwide pandemic destroys 80% of the global population. Sounds like a recipe for compelling television.


NBA Draft (ESPN)

Premiere Date: June 25

For numerous young athletes, it all comes down to this. History in the making. Draft day. Who’s the NBA’s next big star? Watch the NBA Draft on ESPN to see who the Minnesota Timberwolves take with the #1 pick and who your favorite team selects.


Humans (AMC)

Premiere Date: June 28

What was once supposed to be an Xbox exclusive series is coming to AMC where the network hopes it will be its latest hit, following in the footsteps of Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, and Mad Men. An adaptation of the Swedish sci-fi series Real Humans, the eight-part drama is set in a parallel version of the present day where the hottest gadget is a “Synth” – a highly-advanced robotic servant with qualities scarily similar to its owner. Get ready for some spooky fun!


Falling Skies (TNT)

Premiere Date: June 28

Get ready to say goodbye to TNT’s excellent sci-fi series Falling Skies. The fifth and final season is set to finish on a high note, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Will the natives of Earth emerge victorious when all is said and done? Tune it to find out.


Wimbledon (ESPN, ESPN2)

Dates: June 29 – July 12

The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world comes to the ESPN family of networks this summer. The tennis world’s brightest stars will battle it out over two weeks on the grass courts at the All England Club in this must-see Grand Slam event. Will Novak Djokovic repeat? Can Petra Kvitova nab her third Wimbledon title? These storylines and more are set to serve up an exciting tournament.


The Leftovers (HBO)

Premiere Date: June 29

Season one of The Leftovers evoked powerful love/hate responses from viewers, and now that the show has covered much of its original source material, the second season is expected to undergo a bit of a reboot. All of the main cast is back, but the supporting cast is getting a major shake-up. It’s time to see how people in other cities have been coping with the disappearance of a portion of the world’s population.


Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)

Premiere Date: Summer TBD

The Walking Dead has been the hottest show on cable for years, so it’s not surprising that AMC is launching a spinoff series, particularly after the success of Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul. Fear the Walking Dead will be set in Los Angeles, following a new set of characters fighting off the zombie apocalypse. At press time, no official premiere date has been announced, but many speculate the new series will launch at some point in the middle of summer.

The Spoils Before Dying (IFC)

Premiere Date: July 8

Coming on the heels of last year’s Funny or Die-spoof miniseries The Spoils of Babylon, this summer’s entry is “based on a novel” by fictional author Eric Jonrosh, played by Will Ferrell. Set in the 1950s in Los Angeles’ seedy underbelly, the six-episode comedy series will feature many familiar faces, including Kristen Wiig, Michael Kenneth Williams, Maya Rudolph, Tim Meadows, and a whole lot more.

Pan American Games (ESPN)

Dates: July 10 – 26

The 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto will feature more than 7,000 athletes from the Americas and Caribbean, making it the third largest international multi-sport competition, behind only the Summer Olympics and the Asian Games. Some of the world’s greatest athletes will participate in 36 sporting events, including basketball, baseball, BMX, soccer, boxing, swimming, wrestling, and more. Tune in on the ESPN family of networks (including ESPN Deportes, available in Sling TV’s Deportes Extra add-on pack for an additional $5 a month) to see who snags gold.

2015 British Open Championship (ESPN)

Dates: July 16 – 19

The world’s greatest golfers will gather at St. Andrews “The Home of Golf” to battle it out for this Major Championship. Tiger Woods has won on this course twice. Can he finally regain his form and become a legit contender again? Or will Rory McIlroy repeat at the Open Championship? Perhaps a new rising star will emerge and make a name for himself. ESPN will carry all of the excitement on Sling TV this July.

Hard Knocks (HBO)

Premiere Date: August TBD


The tenth season of the popular HBO documentary series will premiere in early August, giving fans behind-the-scenes look at what goes into an NFL training camp. This year, Hard Knocks will feature the Houston Texans, a team with a number of interesting story lines that should make for some compelling television. Superstar J.J. Watt is sure to be popular with viewers, and the battle between Ryan Mallett and the newly acquired Brian Hoyer for the starting quarterback position is going to provide plenty of drama. This may turn out to be the best season yet.

NFL Preseason

Dates: August 13 – September 4

Football fans, rejoice! The long wait after the Super Bowl is finally over. The road to the Vince Lombardi Trophy starts in the preseason, where new talent picked up in the NFL Draft gets a chance to prove itself and earn coveted spots on the roster for the regular season. ESPN and the WatchESPN app (a separate downloadable app with exclusive content that you can login to using your Sling TV credentials) will allow you to watch several NFL games throughout the preseason, starting in week two.


Don’t forget, Sling TV is offering a deal right now where you can get a free Roku 2 or 50% off a Roku 3 when you prepay three months of service, so you can watch all of the great action this summer.

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