Sling is an online streaming service which has the potential to fully replace your current cable or satellite subscription. Internet connection is needed for Sling to work and it can be accessed through an app or hardware. Sling is not purely a sports streaming service but it does offer many sports channels which is why we think it has the potential to provide the same channels you currently have with your current cable/satellite service at a lower price. There are other services that will become available soon including Directv Now & possibly Amazon Prime but currently this is the most robust offering of any streaming service currently in the market.
The channels offered include popular channel offerings that any cable or satellite subscriber is accustomed to having which means Sling appeals to a broad range of age groups and tastes. Not only does Sling offer channels like HGTV, Disney, Travel Channel, and CNN but they also offer a few sports packages which should offers most if not all sports. 100+ channels make Sling the best all-around option for those looking to reduce tv service costs while not giving up much.
How & where to watch Sling
Sling TV offers flexibility in allowing its customers to watch on their phone, tablet, computer or tv. Having so many options allows a sling customer to watch on TV and also on a pc, phone or tablet.
Streaming through a phone, tablet or pc does not have any additional requirements as the service is provided through an free app or web browser. Streaming through your TV does require some type of hardware like Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku or Chromecast. These streaming devices all have have integrated with Sling. If you’re interested in learning more about streaming hardware, check out our breakdown on what sports you can watch across all streaming devices.
I personally use my pc, phone, tv with Chromecast and a tv with Fire TV stick. My personal preference is a phone when I’m outside the house and the Fire TV stick when I’m at home since it comes with a remote.
Channels & cost
Base packages between $20-$40 month and over 20 add-on options between $5-$15
- Orange $20
- 31 channels
- Sports channels: ESPN, ESPN2 & ESPN3
- Blue $25
- 45 channels
- Sports channels: Galavision, Fox Sports Regional, NFL Network, FS1, FS2, NBCSN, Univision, Unimas
- Orange + Blue $40
- 50 channels
- Sports channels: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Galavision, Fox Sports Regional, NFL Network, FS1, FS2, NBCSN, Univision, Unimas
- Sports Extra $5
- NBA tv
- NHL Network
- Pac-12 Network
- SEC Network
- Best of Spanish Extra $5
Which package should I sign up for?
A base package is required so you need to decide which of these three packages you’ll take: Blue, Orange or Blue + Orange package. Deciding which package depends on the sports & channels your household would most often watch. Answering the following questions will give you a better idea of which package is good for you in order to watch the sports and/or teams you support.
Do you mostly watch ESPN or Fox Sports? Or is it both?
Which sport(s) do you typically watch?
If soccer, which leagues do you typically watch?
In my case, I mostly watch NCAA football, NCAA basketball and Soccer (Champions League, Mexican League, Spanish League and Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers). This being the case, I signed up for the Blue package + Best of Spanish Extra for a grand total of $25/month. For $25 I’m able to watch NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, Champions League Soccer (In Spanish through ESPNDeportes), Mexican League Soccer, Spanish La Liga Soccer and some MLB, NFL and NBA through the ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.
If you’re interested in streaming options for any major sports like the NFL, MLB, NBA or college sports, StreamSportsGuide will be publishing sports specific guides. Once published they will be available from the Guide tab.
Sling TV is the best all around streaming option for households that want channels ranging from sports to news to cartoon channels. With Sling you’ll be able to customize the channel offerings to fit your viewing needs while also being able to make sure your choice fits within your budget.
How do I sign up?
Sling is currently offering a few deals:
- 7 day free day trial
- Free Roku Express if you pre-pay for 1 month
- 50% discount on a Roku Premiere +/ Apple TV if you pre-pay for three months
- *No contracts are needed so you can cancel at any time*