What is Sling TV?

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What is Sling TV

 

We Asked for A La Carte TV, Sling TV Delivered!

What is Sling TV?

So let’s take a deep dive on this question, as I look to provide the most comprehensive post on the topic available. Sling TV is a cord cutter’s dream come true. Starting out at only $20-per-month, Sling TV gives you live streaming access to dozens of different cable channels; including ones that have eluded cord cutters for years, like ESPN and AMC.

Interested already? Keep reading to learn about their 7-day free trial.

Our strategy is to have a low price basic package and then you can take these genre packs. If you have kids, buy a “kids pack” and get 6 or 7 other kids channels. If you want more sports, ESPN, ESPN2 is in the basic package, you can get more sports. ” ~ Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch

Unlike cable companies, which often require long term commitments, the best part about Sling TV is that you pay month-to-month; that means no termination fees, no late fees, none of the hassle that comes with signing up for a regular cable subscription. #TakeBackTV

And if you are one of the millions of Americans that speak Spanish, you are going to love Sling TV’s selection of Spanish-speaking television (free trial), starting out at only $10 a month (Sling Latino overview article)! But we are getting a little ahead of ourselves, let’s start taking a peak at what Sling TV has to offer!Sling TV ChromeCast

Sling TV Pricing

In recent years, Sling TV has moved on from offering one simple subscription package and has begun offering a variety of different plans; each with their own pros and cons; what they are calling “A La Carte TV“. In total, there are four standalone subscriptions plans and 30+ add-ons. First let’s take a look at the standalone plans.

Here’s what each plan has to offer:

Orange – At $20 a month, the Orange plan is a great option for someone looking to keeps their costs lows. Featuring networks like ESPN, Galavisión, and AMC; there’s a little something for everyone in this subscription. But being a Jack-of-all-Trades isn’t always a good thing, and if you’re looking for a streaming package with a little more oomph, you might want to purchase an add-on or two.

Here are the channels that you get with the Orange plan:

  • ESPNESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • ESPN 3
  • A&E
  • ACC Network
  • AMC
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • Bloomberg Television
  • CNN
  • HGTV
  • Cheddar
  • Comedy Central
  • Cartoon Network
  • History Channel
  • Disney Channel
  • Flama
  • Freeform
  • IFC
  • EPIX Drive-Inepix
  • Galavisión
  • Local Now
  • Lifetime
  • Newsy
  • Travel Channel
  • Tribeca Shortlist
  • TNT
  • Food Network
  • TBS
  • Viceland

Blue – For $25 a month, the Blue plan is going to be slightly different from the Orange plan. To start, you get 15 additional channels, including regional sports networks. In addition to extra channels, you’ll also see a slightly different channel lineup that the previous plan. Depending on what you like to watch, that may be a good or bad thing.

Here’s a more detailed run-down of what’s included in the Blue plan:

  • FOX (in select areas)
  • NBC On Demand
  • Fox Regional Sports Networks (in select areas)
  • NBC Regional Sports Networks (in select areas)
  • NFL Network
  • AMCAMC
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • Bravo
  • BET
  • CNN
  • Cartoon Network
  • Comedy Central
  • Food Network
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FX
  • FXX
  • Flama
  • Galavisión
  • A&E
  • El Rey
  • HGTV
  • USA
  • History Channel
  • TNT
  • NBCSN
  • TBS
  • SYFY
  • Nick Jr.
  • IFC
  • EPIX Drive-In
  • Tribeca Short List
  • Viceland
  • truTV
  • Lifetime
  • Travel Channel
  • National Geographic
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • Newsy
  • Cheddar
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Local Now
  • Univision
  • UniMás

Combined – If you hate having to choose between the Blue and Orange plan, then don’t! For $40 a month you can sign up for a plan that combines both plans and saves you $5.

Best of Spanish TV

If Spanish speaking content is what you are looking for, then look no further than the Best of Spanish TV plan (free trial). For $10 a month you’ll get access to around 20+ Spanish-speaking channels. If you already have one of the other standalone plans, you can purchase the Best of Spanish TV as an add-on and save $5. Here’s a more detailed list of what you’ll get for your money:

  • beIN SPORTS
  • Univision
  • INTI Network
  • BabyTV Español
  • El Financiero
  • UniMás
  • Cine Sony Television
  • Azteca
  • FOROtv
  • Cine Latino
  • Galavisión
  • NTN24
  • De Película
  • NBC Universo
  • Telehit
  • CBeebies
  • Clásico
  • estrellaTV
  • Bandamax
  • Zee Mundo
  • Univisionunivision d
  • History En Español
  • tlnovelas Univision
  • Univision TDN
  • Azteca
  • VME Kids
  • NBC Universo

Add-Ons

Now if any of these plans leave you wanting just a little bit more, then feel free to check out one of Sling TV’s dozens of add-on packages. For the most part, each add-on will cost you $5 a month; although a handful of them will go as high as $10 or $15. Something to keep in mind is that certain add-ons will also change depending on what primary package you have; as you’ll seen in just a moment.

Here’s a comprehensive breakdown of every single Sling TV add-on package.

Cloud DVR (50 Hours) – $5 per Month

Sports Extra (Orange) – $5 per Month

  • NBA TV
  • SEC Network
  • PAC 12 Network
  • ESPNU
  • ESPNews
  • NHL Network
  • beinSPORTS
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • ESPN Bases Loaded
  • Stadium
  • Outside TV
  • tv
  • Univision TDN

Sports Extra (Blue) – $5 per Month

  • NFL Network Redzone
  • NBA TV
  • NHL Network
  • Golf Channel
  • beinSPORTS
  • Pac 12 Network
  • Stadium
  • Univision TDN
  • Outside TV
  • Olympic Channel
  • tv

Comedy Extra (Orange)  – $5 per Month

  • MTV
  • truTV
  • Spike
  • MTV 2
  • CMT
  • Logo
  • GSN
  • TV Land
  • El Rey

Comedy Extra (Blue)  – $5 per Month

  • MTV
  • Spike
  • MTV 2
  • CMT
  • Logo
  • GSN
  • TV Land

Kids Extra (Orange)  – $5 per Month

  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XDWhat is Sling TV
  • Nick Jr.
  • Nicktoons
  • TeenNick
  • Boomerang
  • Sling Kids
  • BabyTV
  • Duck TV

Kids Extra (Blue)  – $5 per Month

  • Nicktoons
  • TeenNick
  • Boomerang
  • Sling Kids
  • BabyTV
  • Duck TV

News Extra (Orange)  – $5 per Month

  • BBC World News
  • The Blaze
  • HLN W
  • Fusion
  • EuroNews
  • France 24
  • News18
  • NOTV 24×7
  • RT
  • CGTN

News Extra (Blue)  – $5 per Month

  • BBC World News
  • The Blaze
  • HLN W
  • Fusion
  • EuroNews
  • France 24
  • News18
  • NOTV 24×7
  • RT
  • CGTN
  • MSNBC
  • CNBC

Lifestyle Extra (Orange)  – $5 per Month

  • VH1
  • BET
  • Cooking Networkcooking channel
  • DIY Network
  • FYI
  • Hallmark Channel
  • WE TV
  • Lifetime Movies
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • Vibrant TV Network
  • Z Living Network
  • Afro

Lifestyle Extra (Blue)  – $5 per Month

  • VH1
  • BET
  • Cooking Network
  • DIY Network
  • FYI
  • Hallmark Channel
  • WE TV
  • Lifetime Movies
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • Vibrant TV Network
  • Z Living Network
  • Afro
  • Oxygen

4 Extras Deal – $10 per Month

  • Kids Extra
  • Comedy Extra
  • News Extra
  • Lifestyle Extra

Hollywood Extra – $5 per Month

  • Fandor
  • Reelz
  • HDNet Movies
  • Sundance TV
  • TCM

Heartland Extra – $5 per Month

  • World Fishing Network
  • Sportsman Channel
  • Outdoor Channel
  • Ride TV
  • RFD TV
  • Pixl
  • Cowboy Channel

Broadcast Extra (Orange Only) – $5 per Month

  • ABC (Select Markets)
  • Univision
  • UniMás

HBO – $15 per MonthHBO on Sling TV

Cinemax – $10 per Month

STARZ – $9

  • STARZ
  • STARZ West
  • STARZ Edge
  • STARZ Comedy
  • STARZ Kids & Family
  • STARZ ENCORE

SHOWTIME – $10 per Month

  • SHOWTIME
  • SHOWTIME West
  • SHOWTIME 2
  • SHOWTIME Showcase
  • SHOWTIME Extreme
  • SHOWTIME Beyond
  • SHOWTIME Next
  • SHOWTIME Women
  • SHOWTIME Family

EPIX – $5 per Month

  • Epix
  • Epix 2
  • Epix Hits

Best of Spanish TV – $5 per Month

  • beIN SPORTS
  • Univision
  • INTI Network
  • BabyTV Español
  • El Financiero
  • UniMás
  • Cine Sony Television
  • Azteca
  • FOROtv
  • Cine Latino
  • Galavisión
  • NTN24
  • De Película
  • NBC Universo
  • Telehit
  • CBeebies
  • Clásico
  • estrellaTV
  • Bandamax
  • Zee Mundo
  • Univision
  • History En Español
  • tlnovelas Univision
  • Univision TDN
  • Azteca
  • VME Kids
  • NBC Universo

Mexico – $5 per Month

  • Canal Once
  • CB Television
  • MultiMedios
  • AZ Clic
  • TeleFormula
  • Milenio Television
  • AZ Cinema
  • TLR
  • Video Rola

Caribe – $5 per Month

  • WAPA America
  • Cuba MaxTV
  • Telemicro TV
  • Quisqueya Teleuniverso
  • Cine Latino

Sudamérica – $5 per Month

  • Caracol
  • Nuestra Tele
  • NTN24
  • Novelas
  • TV Venezuele
  • Ecuavisa Internacional
  • TyC Sports
  • Bolivia TV
  • Canal Sur
  • Estudi 5

España – $5 per Month

  • tve
  • Antena 3
  • MIS Peliculas
  • SupreNe
  • TLR

World Cricket Mini – $5 per Month

  • Willow HD
  • Willow Extra

Hindi Mini – $5 per Month

  • Z Cinema
  • Sony SAB
  • Zoom
  • Food Food
  • Times Now
  • News 18
  • B4U
  • B4U Music
  • Sony Mix
  • NDTV 24×7
  • And More!

Telegu Mini – $5 per Month

  • Maa Music
  • TV News 5
  • Cinemalu
  • NDTV 24×7
  • News 18
  • Zoom
  • News 18 North East
  • Desi Bonus

Tamil Mini – $5 per Month

  • Jaya Max
  • Jaya Plus
  • Jaya Movie
  • Raj Digital Plus
  • Raj News
  • NDTV 24×7 News 18 Zoom News 18 North East Desi Bonus

Chinese Mini – $5 per Month

  • CCTV
  • CGTN
  • China Movie
  • JSBC
  • BTV
  • And More

Français Mini – $5 per Month

  • France 24
  • TV5Monde Cinema on Demand
  • TiVi 5
  • Trace Urban

Deutsch Mini – $5 per Month

  • Welt

Arabic Mini – $10 per Month

  • Al Jazeera
  • BBC Arabic
  • Arabica
  • Mhits
  • UBC3
  • Aghaphy TV
  • And More!

Italiano Mini – $10 per Month

  • Rai Italia
  • Rai News 24
  • TV 2000 Italia
  • Lassette Italia
  • Rai World Premium

Polish Mini – $15 per Month

  • TVN
  • Polsat 3
  • 60 Tune Box
  • DocuBox HD
  • FashionBox HD
  • FastBox & Fun
  • FightBox HD
  • FilmBox Arthouse
  • Game Toon
  • NatureVision TV

Brazilian Min – $15 per Month

  • Globo

Sling TV Deals

Get your streaming device with your Sling TV subscription and save big bucks!

  • Free Roku Express when you prepay three months. Click here to learn more
  • T-Mobile Discount:  30% off a full year of Sling TV for all T-Mobile Users. Learn more

Device Support and Limits

Sling TV supports a wide variety of streaming devices; and if you have something that connects to the internet, odds are Sling TV will work on it.

Here is the complete list of devices support by Sling TV:

Note: If you are subscribed to the Orange plan, you can only stream on one device at time. If you have Blue, you can stream on up to three devices at once, and if you have the combined plan you can have four.

If you ever need technical support for Sling TV here are your options. Support is best handled by their phone number: 888-893-9069, but they are also on Twitter @SlingAnswers

Sling TV FAQ

  • Does Sling TV have commercials? Yes just like normal Cable Television there are commercial breaks. Time to get more snacks…
  • Can I pause, fast forward or rewind? No, the live TV programming acts just as you would suspect. But the on-demand content does have some flexibility there. So if you can wait the required 3 days.. then you can buzz through a lot of those pesky commercials.
  • Here is a great blog that outlines all the Sling TV on-demand options – based on channel
  • How fast does my Internet speed need to be? We don’t have an exact answer for you, but did find out that “The same Internet speed is required to watch Sling TV that is needed to watch similar content on platforms like Netflix and Hulu.”
  • Does Sling TV stream in HD? Just like with Hulu and Netflix, Sling will deliver the best picture possible given your internet speeds. So the short answer is – if you are able to get HD with those previously mentioned services, you should have no problem accessing HD content with Sling TV.

Sling TV Review

All in all, Sling TV is one of the best streaming services on the market to date. It was one of the first services to give back live television to cord cutters, and it continues to lead the way in bringing us closer to an ala carte television experience.

“…think about what you like to watch, and add up how much it will cost with Sling TV and other streaming services compared with cable or satellite TV”  Sean Captain of tom’s Guide

Hopefully, in time, Sling TV will expand its OTA coverage to include more networks and areas. That would easily make Sling TV one of the best cable television alternatives around. In the mean time, Sling TV is still great experience and definitely that’s worth a try.

Interested in Sling TV? Click the following link and start your 7-day free trial today!

What questions have I not answered? Please sound off in the comments section so that I can continue to build on this post, making it the number one resource online for Cord Cutters. 

 

Sling TV

Sling TV
9.5

Over All Rating

9.5/10

Pros

  • Price
  • Channels
  • DVR
  • Device Support
  • No Contract

Cons

  • OTA Integration

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