Sling Blue vs. Sling Orange: Which is right for you?

Sling TV is one of the most popular over-the-top (OTT) streaming services out there. But what makes Sling TV different from an on-demand streaming service, such as Disney+, is how it functions as a complete replacement for traditional TV. With Sling TV, you’re able to cut the cord and stream live TV as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. 

Sling TV has three distinct plans to choose from — Sling Orange, Sling Blue, and Sling Orange + Blue. Keep reading to learn more about what Sling TV has to offer.

Pricing for Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue 

While Sling TV Orange and Sling TV Blue come in at the same price point, each offers different channels and features. 

 Sling OrangeSling Blue
Monthly price$30$30
Number of channels of titles30+50+
Popular sports channelsESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3FS1, NBCSN, NFL Network
Simultaneous streams 13
Hours of cloud DVR storage1010

Comparing Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue features 

Sling TV packages share some essential qualities, such as numerous channels, the ability to stream from various devices, and 10 hours of cloud DVR storage. 

Sling Orange 

Sling Orange starts at $30/mo. and features over 30 channels, including Disney Channel, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, Freeform, Motortrend, and Travel Channel.

Sling Blue 

Sling Blue costs $30/mo. and carries over 50 news, sports, and entertainment channels. Sling Blue doesn’t have Disney Channel, but it does carry Nick Jr. And instead of the ESPN networks, you’ll find FS1, NBC Sports Network, NFL Network, and TNT. You may also be able to tune into local FOX and NBC regional sports networks (RSNs). 

What you get with both Sling Orange and Sling Blue 

Even though Sling Orange and Sling Blue differ in a few decisive ways, both have several features in common. 

App usage

The Sling TV app supports numerous devices, or you can stream directly from your web browser. Below is a list of devices compatible with Sling TV

  • Air TV Player
  • Android devices
  • Android TV
  • Amazon Fire TV devices
  • Apple TV 
  • Google Chromecast
  • iOS devices
  • LG Smart TV
  • Oculus Go
  • Portal TV
  • Roku
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • TIVO Stream 4K
  • Web browsers
  • Xbox One

Personalization

You can personalize your Sling TV plan with premium subscriptions, channel packages, and upgradeable features. Both Orange and Blue packages provide their own variations of channel packages like Sports Extra, Comedy Extra, Kids Extra, News Extra, Lifestyle Extra, Hollywood Extra, and Heartland Extra. With the 4 Extras Deal, you’ll receive Comedy Extra, Kids Extra, Lifestyle Extra, and News Extra for $12/mo. Now, if you want all of the above, along with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage, select the Total TV Deal for $20/mo. (You’ll save $45/mo.)

You can check your privacy and DVR settings, seek support, and toggle parental controls directly from your Account Settings.

Features 

Both Sling Orange and Sling Blue come with 10 hours of cloud DVR storage. Sling Orange only lets you watch on 1 screen at a time. Sling Blue, however, gives you 3 simultaneous streams.

Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue channels 

Sling Orange and Sling Blue carry many of the same channels. But the plans part ways when it comes to a few key networks. Here’s a full list of channels that you get with Sling Orange and Sling Blue. 

ChannelSling OrangeSling Blue
A&Exx
AMCxx
AXS TVxx
BBC Americaxx
BET x
Bloomberg Televisionxx
Bravo x
Cartoon Networkxx
Cheddar Businessxx
Cheddar Newsxx
CNNxx
Comedy Centralxx
Cometxx
Discovery Channel x
Disney Channelx 
E! x
EPIX Drive-Inxx
ESPNx 
ESPN 2x 
ESPN 3x 
Food Networkxx
FOX (select markets) x
FOX News x
Freeformx 
FS1 x
Fusexx
FX x
HGTVxx
History Channelxx
HLN x
IFCxx
Investigation Discoveryxx
Lifetimexx
Local Nowxx
MotorTrendx 
MSNBC x
National Geographic x
NBC (select markets) x
NBC RSNs x
NBC Sports Network x
Newsyxx
NFL Network x
Nick Jr. x
Paramount Network x
Stadiumxx
SYFY x
TBSxx
TLC x
TNTxx
Travel Channelxx
truTV x
USA x
Vicelandxx

What if I like features of both Sling Orange and Sling Blue? 

If you want the best of both worlds, you can always opt for Sling Orange + Blue for $45/mo. Sling’s premium plan combines the channels and features from both Sling Orange and Sling Blue. You’ll get over 60 channels and 4 simultaneous streams. You’ll also receive all of your favorite channels from both packages, like Disney, FS1, ESPN, NFL Network, FOX News, and MSNBC. Your DVR situation won’t change as Sling Orange + Blue still only offers 10 hours of cloud DVR. But you can always beef up the storage on any Sling package to 50 hours for an extra $5/mo. 

The final cut 

Sling TV provides a ton of different options to create a package that will work for you. Sling Orange gives you Disney-owned channels like ESPN, while Sling Blue has more networks to choose from. And if you like what you see with both, you can combine them with Sling Orange + Blue. 

To get started, just download the app and sign up for the service’s free seven-day trial. Sling TV also regularly offers new subscribers a $10 discount on their first month of service.