Sling TV raises prices by $5 on all plans, shuffles channel lineups

Updated 01/03: If you’ve previously subscribed to Sling, you can now access a free trial until January 12. For more details, visit https://www.sling.com/offer-details/nyns.html.

  • Prices will go up $5/mo. on all plans
  • All subscribers now get 10 hours of DVR storage included in base plan
  • Sling Blue adds FOX News, MSNBC and HLN, loses Tribeca Shortlist, FSN, FXX, FS2 and Nat Geo Wild
  • Sling Orange customers won’t see any changes to channel lineup

Sling TV announced today that it is raising prices on its Orange and Blue plans from $25 to $30/mo., while its Orange + Blue package will go from $40 to $45/mo. Existing customers will see the new price on their bills after Jan. 22, 2020.

“Sling customers have been clear: they want more live news and sports, and they want a cloud DVR included at purchase – and we listened,” said Warren Schlichting, executive vice president and group president, Sling TV. 

“Over the past five years, we have proven our dedication to making Sling an exceptional value with unmatched flexibility. These announcements today are further proof points that Sling is the premier live streaming service.”

While Sling did add FOX News, MSNBC and CNN’s HLN to its Blue package, it’s hard to imagine many subscribers will see this Sling TV price increase as a plus. Sling Blue will also lose Tribeca Shortlist, FSN, FXX, FS2 and Nat Geo Wild. Subscribers to Sling’s Orange plan won’t see any channels added. 

All Sling TV customers will also get 10 hours of cloud DVR storage for free. (DVR storage had previously only been available for an additional $5/mo.)  Aside from AT&T WatchTV ($15/mo.), Sling had been the only live TV service that didn’t include DVR storage in its base plans. 

Price increases have been a regular occurrence for live TV streaming services, with Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV and AT&T TV NOW (twice) all increasing their prices in 2019. 

What’s next?

We still think Sling is an excellent deal overall, but there are several other quality options to consider as well. AT&T WatchTV ($15/mo.) and Philo ($20/mo.) are the only live TV streaming services that are cheaper than Sling, but you won’t get any local channels or sports.

If you want to completely cut the cord, both Locast and a TV antenna will get you all your local channels for free, and there are a number of free live TV streaming services to consider as well. You can also check out our roundup of the best live TV streaming services for a complete look at your options.