Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue: What’s the Difference and Which Should You Choose?

Note: This post is in partnership with Sling TV.

Before cord cutting became a lifestyle for many people, one of the first over-the-top (OTT) video streaming services that offered a bundle of channels to replace cable was Sling TV.  With Sling TV, users are able to tune into live programming as it offers one of the closest experiences to cable on the market without the hassle of contracts. Living up to its motto, Sling TV is live TV but only better. Now, with over 2,000,000 subscribers, the innovative service has grown into one of the most popular OTT streaming options in the country. 

What makes Sling TV stand out from other OTT streaming services is how it has structured its pricing and lineup of channels. Sling TV offers 3 different channel lineups with their Sling Blue, Sling Orange, and Sling Blue + Orange packages. Each package is priced at a different price point and offers a variety of channels that every cord cutter will enjoy. Not only does Sling TV offer cable channels, but they have a great tool to help you find which local channels are available in your area. Below is a breakdown on what to expect with the different packages that Sling TV offers.

What is Sling Blue?

The Sling Blue package is perfect for cord cutters that love general entertainment and news. At the low price of $30 per month ($20 for your first month), the Sling Blue package allows you to stream on 3 devices and you can record your favorite shows with 10 hours of free DVR. The package includes up to 45 channels with FOX, NBC and NBC Regional Sports Networks availability based on your market. Listed below are the channels included with Sling Blue.

  • A&E
  • AMC
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • BET
  • Bravo
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cheddar
  • Cheddar Big News
  • Comedy Central
  • Comet
  • CNN
  • Discovery Channel
  • E!
  • EPIX Drive-In
  • Food Network
  • FOX (Select Markets)
  • FOX News
  • Fuse
  • FX
  • History Channel
  • HGTV
  • HLN
  • IFC
  • Investigate Discovery
  • Lifetime
  • Local Now
  • MSNBC
  • National Geographic
  • NBC (Select Markets)
  • NBC Regional Sports Network
  • NBC Sports Network
  • Newsy
  • Nick Jr.
  • NFL Network
  • SYFY
  • TBS
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • Tribeca Shortlist
  • truTV
  • USA
  • Viceland

What is Sling Orange? 

If you’re a cord cutter that loves sports and family content then the Sling Orange package will be a better fit.  Like Sling Blue, Sling Orange is priced at $30 per month ($20 for your first month) and allows you to record your favorite shows and sports with 10 free hours of DVR. Sling Orange only allows users to stream content on one device and there are fewer channels in the package. The biggest advantage to Sling Orange is that it allows streamers to watch their favorite Disney content and all of the sports broadcasted on the ESPN family of channels. Some of the Sling Blue channels can be found in the Slim Orange lineup which is listed below.

  • A&E
  • AMC
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cheddar
  • Cheddar Big News
  • Comedy Central
  • Comet
  • CNN
  • Disney Channel
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • EPIX Drive In
  • Food Network
  • Freeform
  • Fuse
  • History Channel
  • HGTV
  • IFC
  • Lifetime
  • Local Now
  • Motortrend
  • Newsy
  • Nick Jr.
  • Stadium
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • Tribeca Shortlist
  • Viceland

Enjoy both with Sling Orange + Sling Blue

For the cord cutters that need to have the lineup of both packages, Sling TV offers a Sling Orange + Blue package. This behemoth of a package includes the full lineups of the Sling Blue and Sling Orange packages listed above and the 10 hours of free DVR as well. Streamers can still watch their favorite Sling Blue channels on up to 3 devices and Sling Orange channels on 1 device. Sling Orange + Blue gives you the most content for your dollar because that’s over 50 channels for only $45 per month ($35 for your first month) and you can try it for 3 days for free. 

DVR and Extra Channel Packages

Sling TV does have a few extra add-ons for cord cutters who are looking to get more out of their service. If 10 hours of DVR isn’t enough for you then you’ll be happy to know that they offer 50 hours of Cloud DVR Plus storage for a low price of $5 per month. With Cloud DVR Plus, subscribers are able to protect their favorite show from being auto-deleted once your memory fills up.

As far as content goes, if the base packages of Sling Blue and Sling Orange do not have what you’re looking for, Sling TV offers a few different collections of mini-channels that are categorized by interest. The price and lineup varies on whether you have Sling Blue or Sling Orange, but here is a breakdown and listing of each one.

Sling Blue Extras

  • Comedy Extra for $5/mo.
    •  CMT, FETV, Game Show Network, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Paramount Network, Revolt and TV Land
  • Heartland Extra for $5/mo.
    • American Heroes Channel, Cowboy Channel, Destination America, Great American Country, National Geographic Wild, Outdoor Channel, Pixl, Pursuit, RFDTV, Ride TV, Sportsman Channel, and World Fishing Network
  • Hollywood Extra for $5/mo.
    •  Cinémoi, FXX, FXM, HDNet Movies, Reelz, Sundance TV and Turner Classic Movies
  • Lifestyle Extra for $5/mo.
    • Cooking Channel, DIY Network, FYI, Hallmark, Hallmark Drama, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, Lifetime Movie Network, Oxygen, VH1, WE TV, and Z Living
  • Kids Extra for $5/mo. 
    • Baby TV, Boomerang, Duck TV, Nicktoons and TeenNick
  • News Extra for $5/mo.
    • BBC World News, CGTN, CNBC, Euronews, Fox Business, France 24, Law & Crime Trial Network, NDTV 24×7, News 18, Newsmax TV, Science Channel, RT America, and WeatherNation
  • Sports Extra for $10/mo. 
    • beIN Sports, FS2, Golf Channel, MLB Strike Zone, NBA TV, NHL Network, Olympic Channel, Outside Television, Pac-12 Network, Redzone from NFL Network, Tennis Channel, and Stadium
  • 4 Extras Deal for $12/mo.
    • A special deal that includes Comedy Extra, Kids Extra, Lifestyle Extra and News Extra
  • Total TV Deal for $20/mo.
    • The best value includes all of the Extra packages listed above plus 50 hours of Cloud DVR Plus.

Sling Orange Extras

  • Comedy Extra for $5/mo.
    • CMT, FETV, Game Show Network, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Paramount Network, Revolt, truTV,  and TV Land
  • Heartland Extra for $5/mo.
    • American Heroes Channel, Cowboy Channel, Destination America, Great American Country, Outdoor Channel, Pixl, Pursuit, RFDTV, Ride TV, Sportsman Channel, and World Fishing Network
  • Hollywood Extra for $5/mo.
    •  Cinémoi, HDNet Movies, Reelz, Sundance TV and Turner Classic Movies
  • Lifestyle Extra for $5/mo.
    • Cooking Channel, DIY Network, FYI, Hallmark, Hallmark Drama, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, Lifetime Movie Network, Oxygen, WE TV, and Z Living
  • Kids Extra for $5/mo.
    • Baby TV, Boomerang, Disney Jr., Disney XD,  Duck TV, Nicktoons and TeenNick
  • News Extra for $5/mo.
    • BBC World News, CGTN, Euronews, Law & Crime Trial Network,, News 18, Newsmax TV, Science Channel, RT America, and WeatherNation
  • Sports Extra for $10/mo.
    • ACC Network, ACC Extra Network, beIN Sports, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, The Longhorn Network,  MLB Network, MLB Strikezone, NBA TV, NHL Network, Outside Television, Pac-12 Network, and the SEC Network
  • 4 Extras Deal for $12/mo.
    • A special deal that includes Comedy Extra, Kids Extra, Lifestyle Extra and News Extra
  • Total TV Deal for $20/mo.
    • The best value includes all of the Extra packages listed above and 50 hours of Cloud DVR Plus.

Overall, Sling TV offers a plethora of live TV options for cord cutters at an affordable price. Whether you choose Sling Blue, Sling Orange, or Sling Orange + Blue, you will be happy to know that there is something for you. Are you a subscriber to Sling TV? Let us know what you think about their service in the comments.

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