By Jim Kimble / June 17, 2020

What is Sling TV?

If you’ve finally gotten serious about cutting the cord from cable TV, Sling TV has plenty of channel packages. It’s a cheaper way to watch ESPN or TNT, and even local channels in some markets. 

How cheap? A core channel bundle costs only $30 per month. And Sling TV often has free trials or promotional offers throughout the year that can help you save money. 

Sling TV was the first company that began live streaming cable TV channels such as ESPN over the Internet. But now, there are a number of competitors, including Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, fuboTV, Philo, Vidgo and others. 

You can save quite a bit of money with Sling TV compared to a cable TV bundle, especially if you learn how to talk your way into a cheaper Internet plan

There are no contracts or hidden fees with Sling TV. So you pay for the exact channel bundle, and nothing else. 

PriceChannelsStreamsKey Channels
Sling Orange$30 per month321AMC, ESPN & History
Sling Blue $30 per month473NBC Sports, NFL Network and local NBC/Fox*
Sling Orange + Sling Blue$45 per month534A&E, CNN and TNT
*Local NBC and FOX stations available in select markets. See map below.

How do you watch live TV channels on Sling TV?

To watch on a TV, your best option is use a compatible streaming device.

A Roku or Amazon Fire Stick will do the job. Chromecast, Apple TV and some Smart TVs are also supported. There are mobile apps for Android smartphones and iPhones.

How much is Sling TV?

The starting price with Sling TV is $30 per month. Sling has two main channel packages. One is Sling Orange, which has 30+ channels such as A&E, Comedy Central and ESPN. You can stream on one device at a time on Sling Orange.

Sling Blue has 50+ channels, including AMC, BBC America and NBC regional sports networks. You can stream on up to three devices at once with a Sling Blue plan. 

There’s an option of combining the Orange and Blue bundles for $45 per month. That would give you up to four simultaneous streams at once. 

A Sling TV subscription includes 10 hours of Cloud DVR for recordings. You can upgrade to 50 hours of Cloud DVR for $5 per month. 

Beyond choosing an Orange or Blue channel package, Sling TV subscribers have the option to add other small channel packages called “add-on” bundles.

Sling TV channels: The Complete List

Sling TV costs $30 per month for a base plan.

Sling Orange channels: 30+ channels for $30 per month. Includes 10 hours of Cloud DVR

  • A&E
  • AMC
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cheddar
  • Cheddar Big News
  • Comedy Central
  • CNNDisney Channel
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • EPIX Drive In
  • Food Network
  • Freeform
  • Fuse
  • History Channel
  • Lifetime
  • Newsy
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • Tribeca Shortlist
  • Vice

Sling Blue: 47+ channels/$30 per month. Includes 10 hours of Cloud DVR

  • A&E
  • AMC
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • BET
  • Bravo
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cheddar
  • Cheddar Big News
  • Comedy Central
  • CNN
  • EPIX Drive-In

  • Food Network
  • FOX News
  • Fuse
  • FX
  • History Channel
  • HGTV
  • HLN
  • IFC
  • Lifetime
  • National Geographic
  • NBC (Select Markets)
  • NBC Regional Sports Networks
  • NBC Sports Network
  • Newsy
  • Nick Jr.
  • NFL Network
  • SYFY
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • Tribeca Shortlist
  • truTV
  • USA
  • Vice

Sling TV local channels

Local NBC and FOX stations are available on the Sling Blue bundle in a limited number of markets.

There are no local ABC or CBS stations on Sling TV. (See The Cord Cutting Report’s map on Sling TV locals below.) 

Sling TV says that subscribers may want to consider using a TV antenna, the Locast app, or a CBS All Access subscription to supplement local channels. 

ABOUT THE MAP: Click on an icon to see what local NBC or FOX stations are in your area. This map will be updated by crowdsourced info that will be double checked. So feel free to report local channels and regional NBC Sports and NBCSN channels along with your zip code in the comments below. This map is a sequel of sorts to a similar map I made on the site in 2016 for the now-defunct PlayStation Vue.

What are Sling TV add-on channels?

Once you pick either Sling Orange or Sling Blue, you have the option of picking smaller add-on channel packages. These can range in price between $5 to $10 per month.

Here are a few of examples:

Sports Extra costs $10 per month and has about 15 channels. Sports Extra includes NFL RedZone, NBA TV, NHL Network, SEC Network, PAC 12 Network, ACC Network, ACC Network Extra, Longhorn Network, beIN Sports, MLB Network, SEC Network Plus, ESPNU, ESPNews, Tennis Channel, MLB Strike Zone and Outside TV. 

Comedy Extra costs $5 per month. Its 7 channels are MTV, MTV2, CMT, Logo, Revolt, GSN and TV Land.

Kids Extra costs $5 per month and has five channels: Nicktoons, TeenNick, Boomerang, BabyTV and DuckTV. 

Look over a broader list of Sling TV add-ons at Sling TV’s website.

Sling TV Premium Channels

You won’t find HBO as an option, but Sling TV has a number of premium channels that can be added to a subscription. 

A Showtime subscription costs $10 per month, and adds 9 live Showtime channels to an account. Starz costs $9 per month, and adds six live STARZ channels. EPIX costs $4 per month and adds 4 EPIX channels. 

Other “a la carte” or premium extras include CuriosityStream for $3 per month and Outside TV Features for $5 per month. 

NBA League Pass on Sling TV

NBA League Pass can be added to a Sling TV subscription. There are two options to watch out-of-market games. NBA League Pass does not have coverage for local games.

To follow a single team, NBA League Pass costs $18 per month. NBA League Pass costs $29 per month if you want to watch every out-of-market team.

Are Regional FOX Sports Networks on Sling TV?

In July 2019, regional FOX Sports networks were dropped from Sling TV and its parent company DISH Network. A contract dispute with Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. led to 21 regional networks being taken off of Sling TV and DISH Network’s channel lineup. 

Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen said earlier this year that his company was open to ending its standoff with Sinclair. 

Regional NBC Sports on Sling TV

The Sling Blue bundle carries a number of regional NBC Sports networks, including overflow channels. Sling TV advises that while searching for a game, customers should check for overflow channels as well.  

“As an example, a customer who lives in San Francisco will see NBC Sports Bay Area in the Sling TV guide. This customer will receive NBC Sports Bay Area (a full-time channel), along with NBC Sports Bay Area alternates. Content could be on either the primary channel or on one of its alternates.” Source: Sling TV help page.

Sling TV also carries NBCSN is the Blue channel package.

International Channels

Among Sling TV’s huge list of add-on channel bundles, there are international channels packages for shows and sports from Brazil, China, India, Mexico and a number of others. 

Is Sling TV worth it?

Sling TV is the cheapest way to stream ESPN live without a cable TV or satellite plan. And there are a number of other popular cable TV channels. 

Sling TV lets subscribers build a customized channel bundle more than competing live TV services. 

As I noted in my review of Sling TV, the value proposition of its service starts to drop off around the $40 per month mark. The only other downside is that most people might need an alternative for local channels. 

Otherwise, Sling TV has the change to save you a bundle. 

If you don’t care about sports channels, then you will want to explore Philo, which focuses on entertainment channels such as A&E, Discovery and Food Network.

Ready to give Sling TV a try? 

See the latest offer for trying out Sling TV

Pick out a FREE or discounted streaming device in exchange for a brief subscription. 

Is Sling not your thing? You can read my guide on the best live TV streaming services, or the Philo channel lineup guide for alternatives to Sling TV.

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