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- Sling is one of the most affordable live TV streaming platforms you can subscribe to.
- It offers two versions of its streaming service – Orange and Blue – each for $35 a month.
- Bundle both packages and you’ll get a bit of a discount at $50 a month.
Cord cutting – or ditching cable – is all about freeing yourself from the confines of contracts, getting rid of bulky hardware, and, most importantly, saving money. But many of the live TV streaming services out there are creeping up in price, ever closer to the threshold that might cause you to reconsider canceling that cable subscription after all.
But Sling remains one of the options on the market that is truly much cheaper than a cable subscription. Though you may make some sacrifices in the user-interface department – it’s a bit clunky and not as intuitive as some of the more expensive services – the streaming quality is top-notch, making its cost-effectiveness a no-brainer if Sling carries the channels you watch.
How much does Sling cost?
Sling offers two different channel bundles, Orange and Blue, and each one costs the same at $35 a month. While the services are largely the same, there are a few channel differences between the two packages.
Sling Orange gives you access to a total of 33 channels, including ESPN and Disney Channel. This plan also includes 10 hours of DVR storage and support for streaming on one device at a time.
While Sling Blue doesn’t include Disney Channel or ESPN networks, it makes up for it by adding on other channels like Bravo, Discovery, NFL Network, and – in select areas only – NBC and Fox. In total, Sling Blue offers 44 channels. It includes 10 hours of DVR and supports streaming on up to three devices at the same time.
If your little one absolutely can’t miss “DuckTales” on Disney Channel and you can’t live without “The Real Housewives” on Bravo, you can bundle the two packages together and get a small multi-service discount. Instead of paying $35 times two, the bundle package is $50 a month for around 53 channels. You can find a full list of channels on Orange and Blue here.
As a special introductory offer, new Sling subscribers will get their first month of Orange or Blue for $10 off. At that price, it’s a great opportunity to see if the service is right for you without sinking a ton of cash into trying it out.
Does Sling offer add-on packages?
Additionally, Sling offers a ton of different add-on options if you want to beef up your channel selection. For $5 to $11 a month, you can add mini-bundles like Sports Extra, Kids Extra, Comedy Extra, News Extra, Lifestyle Extra, Heartland Extra, or Hollywood Extra. Each offers a handful of channels in the genre you select.
You can get four of the mini-bundles – Kids Extra, News Extra, Lifestyle Extra, and Comedy Extra – for $13 a month. If you have the Orange + Blue bundle, the Sports Extra package – with channels like ESPNU, ESPNEWS, NBA TV, and the NHL Network – will cost you $15 extra a month.
Sling comes with 50 hours of DVR storage included, but you can upgrade to 200 hours for an additional $5 a month.
If you want to package all the extras together, Sling offers its Total TV Deal. This bundle includes all seven add-ons plus cloud DVR storage for an additional $21 a month with Orange or Blue, or an extra $27 a month with the Orange + Blue bundle.
Sling is also not slacking on their premium channel add-ons either. They offer a Showtime package for an additional $10 a month, a Starz package for $9 a month, and EPIX for $5 a month. You can also pay for an international sports add-on for $60 a year as well as add-ons from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America.
What devices can I watch Sling on?
If you have a smart TV, it’s likely the Sling app is already installed, and you can start streaming right away once you sign up. Sling is also available on most streaming players, including Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, and Apple TV.
If you don’t have any of those products, Sling has a device offer to get you streaming quickly and affordably. If you subscribe and pre-pay for two months of Sling, they’ll throw in a free AirTV Mini device. Click here for full details on current device bundles from Sling.
All in all, Sling might not have the beautiful interface that Hulu + Live TV sports has or the channel selection that Youtube TV boasts, but for the money, Sling is the best low-cost service out there. The streaming quality is comparable to cable, and if Sling carries the channels you watch most often, the price can’t be beat.