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With so many cable-alternative services on the market, there’s never been a better time to consider cutting the cable TV cord. Many streaming services come with key features that aren’t offered by the traditional TV providers like cable and satellite. All you need is a stable Wi-Fi connection and you’re all set to start watching. One of the most popular cable alternative streaming services, Sling TV, has over 2.5 million subscribers in the U.S.
Sling TV is owned and operated by DISH Network. You can watch Sling TV via your smart TV or through any compatible device. This means you can catch your favorite shows, news and sports from your game console, smartphone, tablet or one of the many other supported devices.
But many of you probably want to know, “How much does Sling TV cost?” Like many other streaming services, Sling TV offers a few packages with varying prices and features. Sling TV packages include Sling Orange, Sling Blue, Sling Orange + Blue and Sling TV Latino. Is Sling TV worth it? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about Sling TV’s pricing and packages. Check out our review to see how Sling TV ranks with other services.
Sling TV pricing
Sling Orange and Sling Blue are priced the same at $30/mo. However, if you’d prefer both, then you can go with Sling Orange + Blue for $45/mo. All payments are made monthly. Some other services have an option to pay for a year upfront, but that’s not the case for any of Sling TV’s packages.
|Sling Orange||Sling Blue||Sling Blue + Orange|
|Number of live channels||30+||50+||50+|
|# of simultaneous streams||1||3||4|
|Cloud DVR storage||10 hours||10 hours||10 hours|
|Live sports available||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Local channels available||No||Yes||Yes|
Sling TV Orange
Sling Orange starts at $30/mo. and carries over 30 live national channels. Sling Orange has relatively few channels compared to Sling TV’s other packages. It features Disney-owned networks like ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3 and Disney Channel. So, if you’re someone who needs your daily fix of Sports Center, this package may be a good fit for you. Some other channels you’ll get include A&E, AMC, Food Network, Investigation Discovery and TNT.
You’ll also get a few features with Sling Orange. Like all of Sling TV’s other packages, Sling Orange provides you with up to 10 hours of Cloud DVR storage. This means that you can save all your favorite shows or record games and fast-forward through commercials later. Sling Orange doesn’t particularly cater well to families. There’s no way to share Sling Orange since it only lets you watch on one screen at a time.
Sling TV Blue
Sling Blue costs the same as Sling Orange (at $30/mo.) but comes with more channels and features. It doesn’t have ESPN or Disney Channel, but Sling Blue provides about 47 channels, including some key standouts that you won’t find on Sling Orange. Some channels that are exclusive to Sling Blue are from entertainment networks (BET, Bravo, FX and Nick Jr.), news giants (FOX News, MSNBC and NBC) and sports broadcasters (FS1 and NBC Sports Network).
Depending on where you live, you may also have access to Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) with Sling Blue. This means if you live in San Francisco, you’ll have access to NBC Sports Bay Area, along with other Bay Area alternatives. All RSN games may be subject to local and regional blackouts. Also, keep in mind that the RSNs that you receive will depend on your billing ZIP code.
Sling Blue is a great option for mid-sized households. You’ll be able to watch on up to three screens at the same time, giving you a bit more freedom. Like Sling Orange, Sling Blue provides 10 hours of Cloud DVR storage. This will give you room to record and save your favorite content for later.
Sling Orange + Blue
If you like what Sling Orange and Sling Blue have to offer, then you’re in luck. You can get the best of both worlds with Sling Orange + Blue for $45/mo. This package combines the channels and features of its two other packages. So, you’ll get the ESPN Networks along with FS1 and NBC Sports Network all in one plan. This is a major score for sports fans. You’ll have access to loads of entertainment networks like Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, IFC, Lifetime and TBS.
Sling Orange + Blue is more affordable than other cable-alternative services out there. For example, Hulu + Live TV costs $54.99/mo. and delivers around 60 channels along with access to its on-demand library. FuboTV costs $55/mo. and provides upward of 109 national TV networks. Sling Orange + Blue may not carry the same number of channels as other cable-alternatives, but there are numerous channels and bundles that you can add to your plan. But, there’s more on that below.
Sling Orange + Blue lets you stream on up to four devices simultaneously. However, don’t expect any additional DVR storage. Sling Orange + Blue comes with the same amount of cloud DVR storage as Sling TV’s other packages — 10 hours.
Sling Latino is available for $10/mo. and provides over 20 Spanish language channels. All of the channels include entertainment, news and sports from popular Latino networks. There are plenty of recognizable national networks like Azteca, Baby TV Español, beIN Sports, Discovery Familia, History en Español, ¡Hola! TV, Nat Geo Mundo and Universo.
You can add Sling Latino to Sling Orange or Sling Blue and get both for $35/mo. Like Sling Blue, you’ll be able to share and watch on up to three screens simultaneously. It also comes with 10 hours of cloud DVR storage, giving you plenty of space to save your favorite content.
Sling TV add-on packages
Sling TV lets you personalize your package with add-on channels and features. So, if you want more sports, there’s an add-on for that. Or, if you’d like to increase your cloud DVR storage, you’re covered in that area as well. Each add-on feature can be added to your package a la carte. Just keep in mind, there may be some variation in what channels you get depending on whether you choose Sling Orange or Sling Blue.
You have the option of adding premium channels like Cinefest, Curiosity Stream, SHOWTIME and STARZ to your package. Prices for these add-ons start at $3/mo. Sling TV also bundles channels, making it easy to find content you’ll enjoy. These packages include Comedy Extra ($5/mo.), Kids Extra ($5/mo.), Lifestyle Extra ($5/mo.), News Extra ($5/mo.), Sports Extra ($10/mo.) and a few others. You can receive all of the above for $12/mo. (minus the Sports Extra bundle) with the 4 Extras Deal.
As we covered above, every package automatically comes with 10 hours of DVR storage. But, if you need more storage space, then for an extra $5/mo. you can upgrade to 50 hours of cloud DVR.
Which package is best for cutting the cable cord?
Sling TV offers a package for pretty much every kind of experience. But for the most complete option, you’re best off with Sling Orange + Blue. It’s Sling TV’s most premium package combining both Sling Orange and Sling Blue channels and features. And the best part, Sling TV is highly customizable, letting you beef up your package with channel bundles and feature upgrades.
That said, if you’re someone who’s looking for the best deal, then we’d recommend Sling Blue. You might not get ESPN or Disney Channel, but you’ll get a ton of channels along with features that make it a great option for medium-sized households. But if you must have Sports Center (and ESPN’s other highly-coveted programming) and won’t budge at $30/mo., then Sling Orange will give you all that plus another few dozen channels. If you’re a Spanish speaker, then you’ll find a great deal with Sling Latino, which you can add to Sling Orange or Sling Blue for just a few dollars more per month.
If you’re interested in a Sling TV subscription, you can give things a try before making a decision. The service offers a free seven-day trial when you sign up through the app. To sign up, download the Sling TV app to one of your devices. Once you open the app, select ‘Watch Now 7 Days Free’ and you’re all set.
By Zack Kulm
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