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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.

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Cord cutting and unbundling caused a massive shakeup in the TV industry. The same type of change is coming to colleges.

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College students are starting to depend more on a range of different entities to meet their needs.

  • Similar to how the cable TV industry was unbundled into options like Netflix and Hulu, students in higher education are starting to depend more on a range of different entities to meet their needs.
  • As time goes on, more young people will choose to forego traditional higher education and instead pull together a quick set of credentialed skills that can help them land a job. 
  • In addition to unbundling academics, universites will start to unbundle amenities and services like healthcare and career services to better meet the varied needs of students. 
  • Adam Weinberg is the president of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. 
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For decades, the pay TV industry functioned mostly unchanged. Consumers paid for a service package based on how many channels they wished to watch. They then watched content on a single kind of device – a television.

This paradigm is gone. Now consumers pick among a range of content providers like Netflix and Hulu. They may also purchase traditional cable TV packages, or they may purchase channels a la carte. In effect, consumers are unbundling and rebundling their entertainment offerings to suit what they want and can afford. And they are consuming content from a wide range of devices. 

A similar process is taking hold in higher education. Students are starting to depend more on a range of different entities to meet their needs. Viewed the right way, this is an opportunity for universities to better serve students and for students to have more control over their education.

Education 2.0

One of the strengths of US higher education is the range of institutions that can meet a myriad of student needs. 

As time goes on, more young people will choose to forego traditional higher education and instead pull together a quick set of credentialed skills that can help them land a job. They will then acquire more education as they need it over time to build a career.

Much of this will continue to be delivered by community and technical colleges, but more will come from new players in the market, such as Google’s Career Certificates and tech bootcamps like Kenzie Academy

Master programs will also be unbundled. Students rarely need most of what these programs provide, and they often overpay for them. Students will find that LinkedIn Learning, IDEOU, and Pathstream create quicker and cheaper pathways to upskilling. Others will move into this space, including universities that will continue to bite-size their master’s programs into quick upskilling programs. Harvard Business School Online’s short certified courses are one example.

The opportunity ahead

None of this means that the traditional four-year undergraduate residential college is going away – but it will unbundle in interesting ways.

Over the decades, colleges have provided more amenities and services at mixed quality. At larger universities, students often pay for amenities and services they don’t want or can’t access, whereas smaller colleges lack the size and resources to provide the range of amenities and services students need and want. New entrants are now moving into these spaces, which will level the playing field and benefit students. Here are four examples:

Healthcare will increasingly be provided by tele-heath organizations like TimelyMD or Doctor on Demand which can connect students to a wider range of health professionals 24/7. Students may stop paying universities a healthcare fee but will pay an outside provider directly.

Financial aid may still come through the university, but from different kinds of agreements being developed by companies like Better Future Forward, Vemo or College Ave.

Career services, which remain underfunded at most universities, will be provided from multiple entities. Students will find it easier to get internships through entities like Riipen and we will see more efforts like The Denison University Launch Lab, which seeks to be a resource for any liberal arts student who needs career support.

Alumni may bypass their alma mater to connect with fellow alumni through other platforms. For decades universities have owned their alumni lists, but by aggregating data available on social media platforms, a new entrant could create a more up-to-date alumni database and make it easier for alumni to access and use. LinkedIn has already opened this door.

On the academic side, more students are collecting academic credits from a range of institutions. They need ways to aggregate credits into a degree. In the future, a student might get a degree from a university system, rather than a particular university. Or a new kind of entity will figure out how to award degrees through aggregation of credits, experiences and competencies. Platforms like Transferology will help in this process.

Even faculty will unbundle, relying less on their college’s learning management system and the campus (or any) bookstore. Instead, they will work directly with companies like Top Hat to develop their courses on standalone platforms. We may see faculty who develop courses on these kinds of platforms sell to or deliver them in partnership with multiple universities.

From unbundling to rebundling

Just like cable TV consumers, we will see students rebundle offerings to create their own unique college experience. They will find what they want and need from a variety of universities and entities, and many will be able to do this at a reduced cost. 

Universities will experience this process in different ways, depending upon where they sit in the higher education landscape. Struggling institutions will be threatened by new entrants that seek to replicate what they do, but they will also find opportunities to develop new kinds of partnerships that allow them to pivot and reimagine their future.  

More prestigious colleges and universities will find a lot of upside. They will have opportunities to reimagine how they meet students’ needs. This may allow them to focus more on their core purpose – the academic enterprise and the student experience. It will also generate revenue for institutions that can be creative.  

In other words, smart institutions will focus with precision on who they serve and what those students need and want. They will be self-reflective on what they do well and where they want to devote institutional resources. They will use a combination of unbundling and rebundling to better meet the needs of the students they serve.  

Adam Weinberg is the president of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

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