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Sling TV Is Making Big Changes to Its Lineup


Sling TV has been aggressively adding new channels over the last 2 years with deals with networks such as FOX and the NFL Network. Now it seems Sling TV is rearranging its lineup.

The changes started recently when Sling TV announced the El Ray channel will be moving to the Comedy Extra add-on. This will move the channel from its base package up to an add-on in the middle of June.

Now Sling TV has also quietly dropped its Maker channels—both Polaris and Maker—from its service. Maker was one of the first channels on Sling TV and was joined by Polaris later that same year. (Maker is owned by Disney.)

Disney was one of the first backers of Sling TV, striking a deal with Dish to allow its content on Sling TV a full 10 months before the service was even officially announced.  This deal between Dish and Disney was a blessing for Sling at the time because it gave it access to many popular channels including Disney, ABC Family (now Free Form), and ESPN.

Now it seems that Dish is getting ready to make some changes to its service. Dropping Maker, Polaris, and El Ray from its base package or the service overall will clear up space for new channels. What these new channels will be or what Sling TV will look like in a month is unknown right now.

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  • Max Chaos

    Discovery and Animal Planet would be nice.

    • Nathan John Ganiere

      yes they would, and I personally don’t care for it, but sure some would be happy for Fox News…….

    • vikings football

      yes, that would be nice…ive waited for almost two years with sling…then directv now came along with those channels and gave me 100 channels that included all of discoveries channels (destination, science, etc…) for 35/mo…then they gave me hbo free for a year…dont think i will be giving up my directv now anytime soon…even if sling adds all of the discovery channels…a little too late to win/bring me back to sling.

  • Joe Siegler

    MLB Network.

  • Nathan John Ganiere

    CBS

    • CBS has their own All Access service so I’m not sure how that would go over. I originally got it to watch my current shows, then I figured I would cancel for the summer, but their back catalog is fantastic. I’ve been binge-watching Fraiser. They have the original Twin Peaks and all sorts of stuff.

  • Sunny Rain

    I don’t think it’s objective to put a positive spin on Sling losing channels. If that’s the case, we should use the same positive outlook when other services like PS Vue lose channels.

    • Nathan John Ganiere

      I wouldn’t consider Polaris and Maker being gone any kind of loss, I doubt anyone watched those…..El Rey is just being moved from orange base to orange comedy extra, as for blue not heard anything changing in that regards with El Rey……….

      • Sunny Rain

        They’re not a loss. I personally don’t care about them and barely knew they existed but the fact is, if this wasn’t Sling, you would have seen a more damaging headline. Here it makes it sound like Sling is making exciting major line-up changes; but there is really no announced intent by sling to make such changes. Wait and see what happens when PS Vue loses a channel, even the same Polaris and Maker stuff. You’ll see what I’m talking about.

        • Nathan John Ganiere

          yeah could be absolutely nothing major new coming at all, just people got hope that there will be, only time will tell

        • John Spartan

          Vue lost Viacom. Channels that tons of people watch. It was a big deal and the reason myself and others are back on Sling and not on Vue because Vue IS a better platform.

      • IBWTF

        All of Maker, Polaris & FLAMA content is on YouTube for FREE. Its basically a direct upload from YouTube. In most, if not all of the videos they ask you to subscribe to their channel & point in the direction where the subscribe button would be.

      • Jason Z

        Maker was dropped because it no longer exists, Disney shut maker down last week and started downsizing Polaris which was maker’s YouTube MCN.

      • Paula OKeefe

        Kind of bummed that I will have to pay more to get El Rey, but if that’s the decision so be it…

  • Richard smith

    Big changes?

  • PR.Love

    Correct me if im wrong, did Sling lose TLC? I swear i thought it was in the blue package a few months ago and when i saw that it was removed thats what made me not commit. Well the main reason is because they dont have investigation ID and Discovery and national geographics

    • IBWTF

      When Sling was just 1 stream back in 2015, it briefly Had TLC in their line up. I remember that when I tried the Trial twice. I’m not sure why it didn’t last or why there aren’t many articles supporting this. You have to dig real deep to find a blog post with the few people that remember TLC in the lineup.

      • Nathan John Ganiere

        and I don’t think it lasted more than 2 or 3 months, was brief, cause recall it being in on orange briefly before blue was even introduced…..was in lineup first time I tried Sling anyhow…..since I’m just a beta blue customer with a couple addons…….

  • Mike Berger

    Fox news would be nice

  • mr Dave

    Good Polaris and Maker, and Free Form have nothing good. They can drop comedy central too. Just please lower the price per month and replace these with Disney XD you can drop the Disney channel too.

    • Jason Z

      Maker and Polaris were dropped because Disney phased them out. Maker was shut down last week

      • mr Dave

        thanks. I didn’t find anything on them anyways. Do you know if sling is planning on replacing them with anything? I’ve been looking but haven’t find anything out yet.

        • Jason Z

          I don’t know. At this point anything

    • FreeForm’s target audience seems to be Women, ages 14-34. I don’t find its shows appealing either.

    • I hope they don’t drop Comedy Central. I need my Daily Show and @midnight

  • Robert Schwartz

    Maker and Polaris where horrible NO loss!

    • Randy Brooks

      El Rey isn’t a Latin channel. It was what Spike use to be. Show a lot of Grindhouse and classic action movies like Big Trouble in Little China, etc. At least that’s what it was when I watched it a year ago on Sling before switiching to Vue.

      • It would be nice if they could get Spike and OWN

      • Paula OKeefe

        Yeah, it shows martial arts and kung fu flicks, Godzilla movies, grindhouse movies, lucha libre wrestling, old TV shows like Knight Rider and Airwolf, a couple of original series.

    • And people like to watch different things. Grow up, it’s 2017

  • felixmk

    Other than the Sports and News Channels, the content on Sling seems to be endless repetition. American Pickers all the time on one channel, Star Trek all the time on BBC, etc. The channels do not seem to match the over the air programming at all – they seem to be set up for binge-watching.

  • It would be great if they could add OWN