Miss being a ‘sofa spud’ but repelled by the stiff prices of Cable TV? Welcome the newbie on board, Sling TV! While other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have gone completely off course with regards to their modus operandi, Sling TV stands as a middle ground between pay TV and video-on-demand.
Pay TV is on the verge of becoming extinct and for good reason. Firstly, it’s a massive pocket-hole burner. Secondly, you don’t even end up watching half the channels you’re being made to pay for. And thirdly, it dictates when and where you must watch your favorite content.
On-demand services, on the other hand, are significantly cheaper but evoke a sense of nostalgia. The nostalgia of watching live TV. Plus, who likes to go through the conflict of selecting a show or a movie? The founder of Sling TV identified these gaps and brought forth a perfect brew of the two.
How Does Sling TV Work?
A subsidiary of DISH Network, Sling TV had been established as an “over-the-top” service, with the aim of augmenting subscription based TV services. The term ‘Over-the-top’ or OTT means that the content is transmitted through the world wide web unlike the medium used by cable or satellite TV operators.
Even though it’s an online service, viewers can watch shows as they’re being aired. This is the chief factor that sets Sling TV apart from other online television services. The American company also provides a guide for users to cut through the clutter and just watch whatever floats their boat.
How Much Does Sling TV Cost?
You can choose from any of the three available Sling TV pigments or bundle up your package with add-on networks depending upon your preferences:
1. Sling Orange – Priced at a mere $20 a month, you get an access to 30 channels including AMC, CNN, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, TNT, Food Network, Cartoon Network, HGTV, Comedy Central, TBS, BBC America, History Channel, Disney Channel, Bloomberg TV, Lifetime, Viceland, Travel Channel, Polaris+, Maker, Flama, Galavision, AXStv, Newsy, Local Now, Freeform, IFC, A&E, cheddar, and El Rey. You can watch these channels on only one device at a time.
2. Sling Blue – At $25 per month, you get 10+ additional networks aside from the ones mentioned under Sling Orange including Fox Select Markets, Nick Jr., truTV, National Geographic, FX, NBC Select Markets, NFL Network, FXX, Nat Geo Wild, USA, Bravo, FS1, FS2, Syfy, Univision, and Unimas. You can enjoy content on these channels on up to three devices simultaneously.
3. Orange & Blue – For a price of $40/month, you can get all the channels listed under Sling Orange as well as Sling Blue i.e. a total of about 50 channels.
You can get many other add-on channels by paying an extra price:
- Sports – $10
- Lifestyle Plus, Kids, Comedy Plus, Hollywood, News, Broadcast, World Cricket – $5
- Premium Networks including Showtime, Cinemax and Starz – $10
- HBO – $15
You can always claim a 7-day free trial to figure out if Sling TV is for you. Also, since you’re charged on a monthly basis, you’re not bound by any contract. This means that you may cancel anytime you wish, without paying a penalty.
Yes, there’s more to Sling TV than just Live Channels. You can watch a decent collection of on-demand content including movies, TV shows, and documentaries at an additional rental fee ranging from $3 to $5.
Sling TV’s list of supported devices is quite impressive. You can watch its content on Windows or Mac desktops and laptops, smartphones running on iOS or Android, Media streaming players like Roku TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV, gaming consoles like Xbox One, and a few Smart TVs as well.
Here’s some good news – Sling TV is running a bunch of promotions right now. Upon subscribing for a 3-month period, you can get the latest Apple TV for just $89 or a 50% discount on Roku Premiere+. Additionally, Roku TV and Amazon Fire TV users can avail amazing bundle deals.
Sling TV’s Interface
We guarantee that you’ll love the interface on Sling TV. Its extremely user-friendly and easy to navigate, flaunting a great design. On the main screen, it displays the last channel viewed along with a channel guide at the bottom that you can snappily scroll through.
Furthermore, Sling TV has a “lookback” feature that allows users to go back and watch content from the previous three days. There’s also another feature called “watchlist” that enables you to look up the movies you’ve rented along with their expiration date.
Unfortunately, there are a few caveats
- Currently, you can watch Sling TV only in the U.S. Moreover, if you opt for the orange+blue package or add the “extras” to the base package, you won’t really be saving much. That being said, if you only desire the channels listed under Sling Orange, this is the perfect TV service for you.
- No pee breaks or snack breaks cause no pause and no rewind. But thanks to the ads, you wouldn’t really miss much. And you can gobble up a snack while you’re watching a show, problem solved!
- You’ll miss quite a few popular TV networks on Sling such as ABC, FOX, and CBS. In a recent interview, Sling TV CEO revealed that adding premium channels would cause a significant price bump, defeating their original mission. To overcome this, you can always subscribe to an on-demand service like Netflix at $9.99/month combined with Sling TV.
All you’ll need is:
- A compatible device
- A steady Internet connection (with a speed of at least 3 Mbps)
- A Sling TV account
As long as your yearning for Live TV and the aforementioned channels tips the scales of Sling TV’s drawbacks, it’s a pretty awesome service. And when combined with streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video, you get an entertainment explosion. We’d say, go ahead and sign up right now!