What is Sling TV?
Sling TV is a streaming provider that enables viewers to watch live television. The service is a subsidiary of television provider Dish Network and launched in January 2015. It currently has 2.8 million subscribers but is growing rapidly, with 214,000 new users joining the provider in the third-quarter of 2019.
Sling’s main appeal is its price point. The service’s basic $30/mo. packages, Blue and Orange, are significantly cheaper than most other live streaming providers, such as Hulu + Live TV ($54.99/mo.) and YouTube TV ($49.99/mo.) While combining the two Blue and Orange offerings is just $45/mo. However, unlike the majority of its competitors in the video streaming market, Sling TV does not offer a free trial. Instead, it provides a $10 discount on the first month of a subscription.
Sling TV plans and pricing
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Sling TV supported devices
Sling TV is compatible with a wide range of devices. Its apps ensure the service can be watched on mobiles, gaming consoles, and various streaming devices, as well as on any web browser. However, it is worth noting that Sling TV does not work with Nintendo or PlayStation devices. Sling TV can be streamed across the following devices:
- Amazon Firesticks
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android iOS
- Android TV
- Apple iOS
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- LG Smart TV
- Portal from Facebook
- Samsung Smart TV
- Xbox One
What to watch on Sling TV
Sling TV’s channel selection includes the following categories:
- Life & Style
Kids can enjoy the likes of Nick Junior on Sling TV Blue, Disney Channel on Sling TV Orange, and Cartoon Network across all of the service’s packages. However, more is available by upgrading to Kids Extra for $5/mo., which adds the likes of Disney Junior and Nick Junior on Sling TV Orange, and Boomerang, NickToons, and TeenNick on both plans.
Lifestyle and entertainment options are well served with A&E, Food Network, History Channel, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, and Travel Channel on both Sling TV Blue and Sling TV Orange. And users can get even more by adding Lifestyle Extra for $5/mo. This add-on includes Cooking Channel, DIY Network, Hallmark Drama, and Hallmark Network.
There is not a great deal of content for movie lovers to enjoy with Sling TV’s basic packages. EPIX Drive-In is available to all subscribers, and Sling TV Blue features Paramount Network. The Hollywood Extra package provides access to several popular movie channels, including Cinémoi, HDNET Movies, Reelz, Sundance TV, and Turner Classic Movies, for $5/mo.
There are basic news stations available through Sling TV. Both the Blue and Orange options carry BBC America, Cheddar News, and CNN, while the Blue package contains FOX as well as MSNBC and NBC, in certain markets. Subscribers can get more by upgrading to News Extra for $5/mo., which includes channels like BBC World News, CNBC, and FOX Business.
Sports fans get a decent selection of channels through Sling TV. ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, and Stadium are available to all subscribers, while Sling TV Blue also includes FOX Sports 1, NBC Sports Network, and NFL Network. Those who want more sports action can sign up for the Sports Extra add-on for $10/mo. extra with Sling TV Blue or Sling TV Orange. The package costs $15/mo. with Sling TV Blue & Orange. Sports Extra gives Blue subscribers access to FOX Sports 2, Red Zone from NFL Network, and The Golf Channel. Orange subscribers who purchase the add-on will be able to view several college football conference networks, NBA TV, and Tennis Channel. Both options carry beIN Sports, MLB Network, and NHL Network.
Sling TV features
Both basic Sling TV packages come with 10 hours of Cloud DVR storage space for subscribers to record content to watch later. This can be upgraded to 50 hours of storage for an extra $5/mo. Users can record multiple shows at the same time, and recordings can be kept for as long as the account owner remains a Sling TV customer. Viewers are also able to fast-forward through commercials on shows they have saved in the Cloud DVR system.
Sling TV provides one account per user and does not enable subscribers to create multiple profiles, unlike competitors such as Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV, which both offer six personalized profiles. Sling TV Blue lets viewers watch from three devices simultaneously, but Sling TV Orange only allows one stream per account. Upgrading to Sling TV Blue & Orange increases the total to four simultaneous streams.
Sling TV provides a range of settings for users to control the content available or modify the viewing experience. Its parental control settings permit subscribers to lock specific content based on rating and prevent in-app purchases like movie rentals and pay-per-view offerings. It also provides several closed captioning options, such as subtitle text color and size.
The final cut
Sling TV provides a solid and affordable live streaming service to cord cutters. Both of its basic packages offer a range of entertainment, lifestyle, news, and sports TV channels for just $30/mo., or users can get the lot for $45/mo. The service also has a range of add-on choices so viewers can personalize their viewing options. It is worth noting that Sling TV does not provide a free trial, but instead offers new subscribers a 1-month, $10 discount on any plan.
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