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- Sling is one of the most affordable cord-cutting services on the market, offering two packages — Orange and Blue — with over 30 live channels starting at $30 a month, or combined for $45 a month.
- Orange features the Disney Channel and ESPN, while Blue offers a slate of Fox channels, NBC, Bravo, and Discovery. Both Orange and Blue include CNN, TBS, Food Network, BBC America, and more.
- You can also add on multi-channel packages, like Sports Extras, Kids Extras, or News Extras, starting at $5 a month. Premium add-ons, like Showtime, Starz, and Epix, are also available for an additional monthly charge.
- If you’re new to Sling TV, you can receive a free three-day trial when you sign up.
- Here’s a complete breakdown of the channels offered on each Sling package.
If you’re hoping to get the most bang for your buck once you cut the cord with your cable subscription, Sling is one of the most affordable live streaming services on the market. You can read our full Sling TV review here.
The service has two packages with over 30 channels starting at just $30 a month. Though you may make some compromises in the user interface department — it’s not as pretty or as intuitive as some other streaming services out there — the amount of channels offered is just as good as its competitors.
But Sling’s website makes it a bit difficult to compare services and ensure you’ll be getting the channels you’re after, so we’ve broken down exactly what you’ll get with each package and all the add-ons you can include to enhance your channel offerings.
Updated on 10/15/2020 by Steven Cohen: Added NFL Network to the list of Sling Blue channels. Added BET and Nick Jr. to the Sling Orange channel list. Added NFL RedZone to the Sports Extra channel list.
The two main packages — Sling Orange and Sling Blue — offer 30+ channels for $30 a month, or $45 combined
Sling’s two main offerings are Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each available to stream for $30 a month. For the most part, the channels largely overlap between the two, but there are a few key differences that might cause you to choose one over the other.
The channels that overlap on both Orange and Blue include standouts like Food Network, Lifetime, CNN, the History Channel, and more. Meanwhile, Disney and ESPN are only included with Sling Orange. In their place, Sling Blue offers a slate of Fox-owned and NBC-owned channels, including stations like FX, Fox Sports 1, USA, and Bravo.
Blue also comes with local NBC and Fox affiliates, but only if you live in select markets. Sling Orange doesn’t offer any local channels at all, so if you’re hoping to catch your local nightly news, Sling Blue is the way to go.
If you’re keeping up with the newest season of “What We Do in the Shadows” on FX, but you absolutely can’t live without “SportsCenter” on ESPN, you might want to combine the two packages for $45 a month, giving you access to all 50+ channels Sling offers over the two services.
There are plenty of add-ons starting at $5 a month if you’re looking for specific genres or channels
If you want to further enhance your channel selection, Sling offers a slate of genre-based add-ons starting at $5 a month. Each add-on, like Kids Extras, Sports Extras, and Lifestyle Extras, offers a mini-bundle of channels for an additional charge. Sling offers seven of these mini-bundles, which they’ll package together and throw in 50 hours of DVR service for just $20 a month, a $20 savings compared to buying them separately.
Though HBO is no longer offered, there are still several premium add-ons you may want to tack onto your service. For $10 a month, you’ll get a slate of nine Showtime channels — perfect if you want to stay up to date with the new season of “The L Word: Generation Q.” Sling also offers a Starz package for $9 a month and an EPIX package for $5 a month.
If you’re using Sling a la carte, the monthly charges per add-on can increase your rates pretty quickly, but if you’re happy with its baseline Orange or Blue offerings, Sling is incredibly cost-efficient.