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.
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.
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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