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Sling Orange vs Sling Blue – Helping You Pick The Right Package (Updated October 2017)


A major perk of cutting the cord is having plenty of options to customize your viewing experience. With the Orange and Blue packages, Sling TV is giving users a better way to choose which content they want to see. Below, we’re looking at the features that set the two options apart.

How to Watch

Sling TV, both the Orange and Blue version, is available on most streaming devices, smartphones, and computers. The setup is the same for both, so your viewing experience won’t change based on the package you choose.

The major difference between streaming content with Sling Orange and Sling Blue is the number of devices that can be used simultaneously. With Sling Orange, you can watch on just one device at a time. With Sling Blue, you can watch on up to three separate devices simultaneously.

Pricing

When signing up for a Sling account, you’ll have three options to start:

  • Sling Orange $20/month
  • Sling Blue $25/month
  • Sling Orange + Blue $40/month

Choosing the package that includes both Sling Orange and Blue gives you all the benefits of both. You’ll have access to all the channels offered on both plans, along with the ability to stream content on up to four devices simultaneously.

Content

Sling Orange is the basic package from Sling TV. With the Orange option, you’ll have access to many of your favorite TV shows, live sports, and news. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • 29 channels
  • Orange exclusive channels including ESPN, Disney, and Freeform

Sling Blue offers more channels. However, it doesn’t simply build on the list offered with the Orange package. Some channels are noticeably missing from the lineup. This is what Sling Blue has to offer:

  • 45 channels
  • Blue exclusive channels including Fox, Fox Sports, NBC, and Bravo

With both packages (or the combined package) you’ll have the option of adding on extras for an additional fee. Options for extras include Sports, News, and Hollywood channels, among others.

For Families with Kids

Cutting the Cord doesn’t mean giving up on favorite cartoons for the kids. With Sling Orange and Blue offering separate channels for kids’ programming, you’ll be able to choose one that includes your family’s favorite shows. This is some of the kid-friendly content you can get with Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue.

  • Sling Orange includes the Disney Channel
  • Sling Blue includes Nick Jr.
  • Each package has a $5 Kids Extra add-on with more kid-friendly programming

Another factor that will affect families is the ability to watch on more than one device at the same time. With Sling Blue, you can set up multiple devices and stream content on up to three simultaneously. That means parents can watch their favorite shows while kids watch their own programs on another TV, tablet, computer, or phone.

For Sports Fans

It’s no surprise that watching live sports is one of the biggest obstacles for cord cutters. Sling TV is one of the best options for watching sports without cable. Here are some key differences between watching sports on Sling Orange and Sling Blue:

  • Sling Orange includes ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3
  • The Orange $5 Sports Extra add-on includes NBA TV, NHL, ESPN News, and more
  • Sling Blue includes Fox Sports, NFL Network, and NBC Sports
  • The Blue $10 Sports Extra add-on includes Red Zone, NBA TV, NHL, Golf Channel, and more

When you sign up for a Sling account, your billing zip code will determine the local content you’ll have access to. With Sling Blue, you’ll be able to catch the local games that air on Fox and NBC, including Sunday Night Football. Sling Orange will give you access to ESPN programming, including Monday Night Football and college basketball.

With sports content evenly split between the two options, it can be tricky to decide which is a better fit. Use the 7 day free trial to give it a test run before choosing, if you’re unsure. For sports fans who don’t want to miss a single game, opting for the bundle deal with both Sling Orange and Blue might be the best deal.

For the Prime Time Viewer

Most of us have our favorite nightly lineup or can’t miss shows each week. When it comes to prime-time TV, Sling Blue has the clear advantage. Here’s what you’ll get when you choose Blue:

  • Fox, for Empire, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Last Man on Earth
  • NBC for This is Us, Saturday Night Live, The Voice
  • FX for American Horror Story, Fargo, The Americans
  • Bravo, USA, BET, SyFy, and more channels give you plenty of options to choose from

Which Will You Pick?

As with all streaming content options, the best choice is the one that best fits with your preferences and viewing habits. If you’re having a hard time choosing, start with the 7 day free trial. Sling TV is a monthly subscription, so if your setup isn’t working, you can always make changes or cancel the service if it isn’t working for you.

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  • Robert Kramer

    I have the Blue package and no local channels that includes Fox

  • Michael Smith

    No Discovery, DYI, TLC, FNC or FBN yet.

    • Tony Bassham

      Yes, some things missing. Still cheaper than cable. CNN is good. Ah but bad news so i wouldn’t miss that either. I hope one day its true Ala carte.. Pick your stations and pay for them..

      • Fred Koot

        Be careful what you wish for, with A la carte you will pay double for less channels

        • Tony Bassham

          You might be correct. Its just tough, as i watch maybe 7 stations. I see though with the free standing CBS, Hallmark and others, yes more costly..

          • Phuq_Me

            And you’ll pay as much if not more for those 7. TNT is $1.50 per sub because ALL subs pay for it. Now with al a carte only those that want it pay for it. If that’s only say 20% well do the math. The owners of TNT aren’t going to want to make LESS. A niche channel you like may only cost 20 cents but if only 5% want to buy it, now they have to charge $4

          • Marc H

            This is where a little info is dangerous, People heard what the cable companies were charged and thought that they could get the channels at the same price in an a la carte format. No way. Just wait until ESPN and Disney are launched separately and people will see the prices we’ll have to pay. Netflix is just one channel and we pay $10 for that.

    • Ottis DA Da aD

      What’s DYI? Did you mean DIY, If so that channel is available.

      • Dorothy Nichwander

        Do it yourself network. Instructions for many projects etc.

  • Phuq_Me

    Stupid to have separate packages. I’d rather have blue but to get SEC Network on the sports tier I have to have orange thus forcing me to have BOTH. I am saving over cable how? Why are the al a carte packages different based on if you have orange or blue? It’s stupid and convoluted.

    • TheJrockfreak .

      dont most cord cutting services have different packages?

      • Phuq_Me

        not the stupid way Sling does it

  • Fred Koot

    I want to like Sling and commend them for not pursuing locals, but I won’t continue past my first month. Interface is not user friendly. Dvr doesn’t work Hard to find content. Good price and content for the Blue $25 package, but not worth the aggravation.

    • TheJrockfreak .

      i just switched over to sling and i havent really had any problems. yes the interface takes a little getting used to but i found it easy to adjust to. and ive never tried the dvr so it may not work

      • Fred Koot

        Are you having any issues with favorite shows? Mine don’t go to the front when a new episode airs.

        • TheJrockfreak .

          i havent tried to save any shows to my favorite yet, but i did notice that sometimes on channels like lifetime if a movie is on and you click start over, it will start over but sometimes after a commercial it will jump forward

    • GersonT1000

      In my case, I love the Sling interface. Everything is easy to find, they have two types of channel guides to choose from, and it looks good. I hate the DTVN interface and if there’s something that I can watch on either of the two services, I’ll always pick Sling.

  • Arnie K.

    so many problems with sling that i canceled it last night.

  • Small point of order. There’s more than just two Sling packages. Most of the multilingual packages you can’t even get to unless you browse Sling on one of its non-English sites. The Spanish packages, and they are multiple, are awesome, but you would never know it because you can’t even find them in their totality from the English language website.

    • Brian Alexander

      So they aren’t add-ons – they are base packages? And they can be subscribed to in the US?

    • Dorothy Nichwander

      You can get the English website to see all choices at: http://www.Slingtv.com/gift then go down the page this sign + you will see the choices. This is the old website. I was frustrated not being able to see what the orange and blue choices were. A Sling “helper” gave me the website.

  • TheJrockfreak .

    i just recently switched to sling and got the blue package, i have no real complaints it to a little time to get use to the guide but other than that it works fine and i get channels that i didnt get with playstation

  • b_e_q

    I always wondered why the combined Orange + Blue bundle doesn’t have better savings (i.e. less than $40/mo).

    Given that both packages have a good amount of channel overlap…

    In fact, if you’re grandfathered into the $20/mo Blue package, there’s no savings to move to the combined bundle.

  • Vastmandana

    Negative comments here sound like cable company shills/trolls trying to keep their overcharged customers from fleeing to Sling. Spectrum & Comcast are freaking out as people are cutting the cord…and Sling is taking many of their customers. Great service, growing fast, let’s me get all Hallmark offerings for $5/mo, which my mom loves… I was paying $160/mo for crap cable/internet and now it’s under $100 and i get more of what I really want. Cut the cord! You’ll love it!

    • Fred Koot

      You know that there other streaming services to compare Sling too. Not just Cable. Sounds like you are a sling schill/troll.

      • Phuq_Me

        Exactly. Has nothing to do with comparing Sling with cable but Sling to other OTT options. Vastmandana needs to unbunch his panties.

        • Vastmandana

          Like WHAT? Sling works great…and channels are being added… mom loves Halmark and sling has it. I also have others… Amazon prime works great…YouTube Red works great…Roku is fun…I have them all on my LG 49in AND my new 65 in LG OLED wtf OTHER are YOU talking about?

          You say sling sucks … yet don’t say shit, detail wise. Still sound like a cable shill to me

    • Marc H

      Some people will never go to apps for tv. My aprents in their 70’s don’t want to learn about this stuff. They consider Amazon, youtube and Netflix just add-ons. For me it’s not close to where t needs to be, so I’ll wait and continue to pay $130 I guess.

    • Steven Hannestad

      you’re correct. i cut the cable and I’m very please. First with Vue, then switched to sling when they got rid of some channels i wanted. Now when I watch cable and satellite I can’t believe how much time I spent just surfing thru channels I never watched

  • John Burgess

    would love to see the cable credentials on these reviews.It is one of the reasons I went with PSvue to start with. They are always changing. Just food for thought, lol.

  • Mike Thaler

    We want FULL service. That includes a functioning DVR (which HULU wants $15/mo.) and all the locals – which Sling doesn’t even attempt to have. (No CBS and, it appears, crippled ABC).
    The main cable channels we watch (in hours) are 3 news channels, HBO. Watch less than avg. of 3 hours/week on the “Turner” channels (TNT, TBS) . AMC – 1-2 hours. Others we might watch during course of month are FX, Travel, HGTV. There are dozens we never have watched. We would watch TCM – (and even pay $ extra for it) but our previous cable pkg. didn’t have it and neither does our streaming pkg.
    What bothers me is knowing anytime you have a pkg. w. ESPN – you are paying the carrier almost $8/mo for a channel you don’t really want.

  • CX1

    Every time I look at any of these streaming options I end up not pulling the trigger. None of them have the channels i’m looking in one service. Very annoying!

  • mojozulu

    Their so called “Al La Carte” is a joke. They pull you in with the $20 offer then you find out that in order to get more than one stream you have to purchase both packages or buy the their Blue package which of course doesn’t include the channels you wanted in the Orange package. Looks like the same old programing tier game that cable, DTV and Dish play. And why am I not surprised this is a DishTV company. I think I’ll give Philo a shot for $16 you do get three streams with it.