Sling TV Review

9.7

Good

Price 9 out of 10

User Experience 7.5 out of 10

Compatibility 9.2 out of 10

New Shows 8 out of 10

When the cord cutting trend began, it meant living with on-demand options: cable and satellite were still pretty much your only legal paths to live TV. The rise of the skinny bundle has changed that, and has sparked a gold rush in a business space that didn’t exist just a few years ago.

The latest skinny bundle on the scene is Sling TV. How does it measure up? Here’s our complete Sling TV review, including everything you need to know about the channels it offers, the features that set it apart, and the price you’ll pay if you sign up – plus, of course, my advice on whether or not you should!

Overview

Sling TV offers live TV streaming with two plans – orange and blue. You can subscribe to both plans and receive a $10 discount. There are also many extras and premiums you can add on to your subscription to create a highly customised package. This streaming service is ideal for cord cutters who want to watch live TV without paying for a huge library of channels.

This service is compatible with a range of devices. These include Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, Android, iPhone and iPad.

Sling TV user interface

The channel guide with Sling TV is comprehensive and easy to navigate. Furthermore, the DVR feature has the most to offer compared with other streaming services. On the home screen, you’ll see horizontal lists detailing which channels are live, the recordings you have recently made, your recently watched list and shows you have favorited. There is a standard channel guide available on Fire TV, Android devices and Roku. You can search for shows, channels or people using the bar located on this menu. When you go to view show details, you’ll be able to see all episodes available on demand, and they will be grouped by season. While most of the live channels don’t allow users to pause, rewind or fast-forward, some of them let you rewind to the start of a show if you’ve tuned in late. If you’ve recorded content, you can skip forward for 30 seconds at a time or scrub through the timeline of the show.

Pricing, packages and subscriptions

Sling Orange ($15 a month)

The basic package, featuring access to the below channels:

  • ESPN
  • TNT
  • TBS
  • CNN
  • AMC
  • HGTV
  • Comedy Central
  • History Channel
  • A&E
  • IFC
  • Food Network
  • BBC America
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Travel Channel
  • Cartoon Network
  • EPIX Drive-In
  • Lifetime
  • Viceland
  • AXS TV
  • Fuse
  • Newsy
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • Freeform
  • Bloomberg Television
  • MotorTrend
  • Disney Channel
  • Cheddar Business
  • Cheddar News
  • ACC Network Extra
  • Local Now
  • Stadium
  • Comet

Sling Blue ($15 a month)

Enjoy access to a range of sports and news channels, as detailed below:

  • TNT
  • TBS
  • CNN
  • AMC
  • HGTV
  • Comedy Central
  • History Channel
  • A&E
  • IFC
  • Food Network
  • BBC America
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Travel Channel
  • Cartoon Network
  • EPIX Drive-In
  • Lifetime
  • Viceland
  • AXS TV
  • Fuse
  • Newsy
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Cheddar Business
  • Cheddar News
  • Local Now
  • Stadium
  • Comet
  • Discovery Channel
  • FOX
  • NBC
  • TLC
  • FOX RSNs
  • NBC RSNs
  • FX
  • NFL Network
  • NBC Sports Network
  • FXX
  • FOX Sports 1
  • FOX Sports 2
  • USA
  • Nick Jr.
  • SYFY
  • Bravo
  • National Geographic
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • BET
  • truTV
  • E!
  • Paramount Network

Sling Orange + Blue ($25 a month)

Gain access to all of the channels listed above.

Extras and DVR

  • Cloud DVR ($5 a month) – Enjoy the ability to record up to 50 hours of movies, TV shows and more. Fast forward through commercials.
  • Sports Extra ($5 a month) – Access to channels such as NBA TV, MLB Network, NHL Network, ESPN Goal Line and the Tennis Channel.
  • Comedy Extra ($5 a month) – Access to channels including MTV, truTV, Paramount Network, Logo, Revolt, GSN and TV Land. 
  • Kids Extra ($5 a month) – Customise your channels with programming from Disney Junior, Nick Jr, NickToons, TeenNick, Disney XD, Boomerang, BabyTV and ducktv.
  • News Extra ($5 a month) – Add channels such as BBC World News, NewsMax, Weather Nation, Fusion, Euronews, Science Channel, Free Speech and TheBlaze.
  • Lifestyle Extra ($5 a month) – Enjoy life experience shows from channels like VH1, BET, Cooking Channel, Hallmark Channel, WE TV, Z Living HD and Afro.
  • 4 Extras Deal ($10 a month) – Purchase the Kids Extra, Comedy Extra, News Extra and Lifestyle Extra bundles at a rate of 4 for the price of 2.
  • Hollywood Extra ($5 a month) – Add channels such as SundanceTV, The Film Detective, Cinemoi, Turner Classic Movies and REELZ.
  • Heartland Extra ($5 a month) – Add further channels to your package with choices such as World Fishing Network, Destination America, American Heroes Network and The Cowboy Channel

Premiums

  • Showtime ($10 a month) – Enjoy movies, documentaries, sports, comedy specials and more, completely commercial free, plus access to seasons of several TV series on demand.
  • Starz ($9 a month) – Original programming and hit movies, along with classic favourites from the Encore channel. A bundle of channels for those who like top movies and binge worthy TV.
  • Cinefest ($5 a month) – A range of movie favourites, from classic flicks to those on the festival circuit. Ideal for the film fanatic or movie critic.
  • Epix ($5 a month) – You’ll have access to original series and recent movies with Epix and Epix 2, plus classic content on Epix Hits.
  • Cinemoi ($3 a month) – 24 hour programming featuring films, original content, global events and specials across film, high fashion and international lifestyle.
  • Comedy Dynamics ($5 a month) – The hub for comedy fans, with stand-up comedy specials, feature films, documentaries and TV shows.
  • The Country Network ($3 a month) – Country music videos from a range of artists, whether they’re up and coming talent or international superstars.
  • ConTV ($5 a month) – Catering to the fandom lifestyle, with retro and pop culture shows, along with hit movies, original series, live panels and series from the convention floor.
  • Docurama ($5 a month) – Enjoy access to award-winning documentaries, films and TV shows, along with a selection of true life stories.
  • CuriosityStream ($3 a month) – Created by the founder of the Discovery Channel, expect content relating to science, space, tech, health, history, nature and civilization. 
  • Dove Channel ($5 a month) – Make the most of channels which offer hundreds of movies and TV series reflecting the standards of The Dove Foundation.
  • DogTV ($5 a month) – A TV channel for dogs, featuring programming designed to be relaxing and stimulating in order to cater to the daily routine of dogs who are inside during the day.
  • FlixLatino ($3 a month) – Over 250 movies, series and documentaries which were originally produced in Spanish, with new titles each month and weekly premieres.
  • Genius Brands Network ($4 a month) – Shows directed towards kids which encourage them to think and explore. Topics include sports, history, dinosaurs and more.
  • Hallmark Movies Now ($6 a month) – A selection of programming that won’t be found on the Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, or Hallmark Drama. 
  • Hopster ($5 a month) – Educational preschool shows designed to be compatible with a special early years curriculum and expose children to books, videos and songs.
  • Here TV ($8 a month) – America’s first LGBTQ+ TV channel, with LGBTQ+ movies, series and short films. These hits have won Academy Awards, GLAAD Awards and been nominated for Emmy Awards.
  • Pantaya ($6 a month) – A varied selection of Spanish movies available to stream, including critically acclaimed titles across a range of genres.
  • Outside TV Features ($5 a month) – Full-length feature films, documentaries and series centering around the adventure sports world.
  • Up Faith & Family ($5 a month) – Over 1000 high quality dramas, comedies, exclusive original series, and more.
  • Stingray Karaoke ($7 a month) – 10,000 songs are available to sing in either English or Spanish. There are chart hits, playlists, classics and Disney songs.
  • VSIN ($4 a month) – Short for the Vegas Stats & Information Network, this is the central news hub for the sports betting industry. Find out more about sports books across the US.

Summary

Sling TV is a popular and well known streaming services package due to its simple yet effective offering and highly customisable plans. It’s perfect for cord cutters who don’t want to be forced to pay for channels they won’t be using, and the add-ons and premiums means that no two subscriptions are the same. Competitively priced and widely compatible on various devices, Sling TV is well worth checking out.

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