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Sling TV is billed as an à la carte streaming service, allowing you to pick and choose the Sling TV channels you really want to see. But the very thing that makes it so unique in the live TV streaming space (and one of the best ways to stream NFL games) is also what makes it so incredibly frustrating.

Sling TV packages are basically split in two. It can be difficult to figure out which channels are available where and what upgrades come with each package. For example, Sling TV put ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 in its Sling Orange channel lineup, not in its sports-centric Sling Blue package. NFL RedZone is only available as an add-on to the Sling Blue channels.

Confused yet? Don’t worry. We’re going to break down everything you need to know about Sling TV channels, local channels, add-on packages, and more to help you get exactly what you’re looking for. 

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Sling TV plans and pricing

Sling TV keeps things simple by offering three packages of channels for subscribers to choose from, each with its own plus and minuses. Here are the basics of what each package offers. You can find a complete list of channels later on in this guide. 

1) Sling Orange channels

Cost:$30-$45 per month ($10 off first month)

The Sling Orange channel lineup is fairly basic and considerably smaller than Sling Blue, with just 32 channels. That includes, however, three ESPN channels, AMC, Comedy Central, CNN, and the Disney Channel.

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2) Sling Blue channels

Cost: $30 for the first month, 

The Sling Blue channel lineup has almost everything you’re looking for in a sports package—NFL Network, FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, TNT, and TBS—with the obvious exception of those aforementioned ESPN channels. With Sling Blue, you’re getting 47 channels, including FX and SyFy. The Blue package also includes all three major news networks, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox, while the basic Orange package just has CNN. Otherwise, there’s a lot of overlap with the Sling Orange package.

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3) Sling Orange + Blue channels

Cost:  $45 per month 

Sling Orange + Blue combines the two packages into one comprehensive lineup of more than 50 channels. Given that it’s only six more channels than Sling Blue, the value is certainly debatable. If you can live without ESPN and the Disney Channel, you may be better served by just Sling Blue. 

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How to Sign Up for Sling TV

Signing up for Sling TV is as simple as creating an account, picking your package, and entering your payment information. Even better, you can sign up for Sling TV even if you don’t have a computer.

Signing up for Sling TV online

For most people, the easiest way to sign up for Sling TV is to go to www.sling.com and hit the Start Watching button. Here’s what you do.

  1. Enter your email address and desired password.
  2. Select the channel package you want and then scroll down the page. Here you’ll find Sling TV’s extras, from added channels to bonus DVR space. Pick the add-ons that you want then scroll to the bottom of the page, and select “Continue.”
  3. Enter your billing information and hit “Finish & Submit.” Sling TV will let you know exactly when your next bill will hit, how much it will be for, and will walk you through your contract before you’re done.

Signing up for Sling TV on Roku

Sling and Roku make it easy to signup for Sling TV right from your streaming device. Here’s how it works.

  1. Download the Sling TV app on your Roku.
  2. When you launch the app you’ll see a notice offering seven days of free service for new subscribers. Select this button.
  3. Enter the email and password you’d like to use for your Sling TV subscription.
  4. On the next page, you’ll select your services. Choose between Sling Blue, Sling Orange, or Sling Orange + Blue, and then move on to the extras section. 
  5. To add an option to your subscription, hit the Add button next to your selections. 
  6. Once you have your package sorted out select “Finish & Submit.” Your Sling TV subscription will be charged to the card on file with your Roku account once your free trial is finished.

Signing up for Sling TV on Amazon Fire

Much like Roku, Sling TV lets users sign up from within the Amazon Fire app. Here’s how.

  1. Download the Sling TV app to your Amazon Fire device. Upon launch, select the “Sign Up” button.
  2. On Fire, your first order of business is to select your channel package; Sling Orange, Sling Blue, or Sling Orange + Blue. If you’d like to add more in-language options, such as Spanish language channels, select the “View More Languages” option on this screen. Otherwise, when you’ve got your package picked out, select “Continue.”
  3. On the next page, you’ll add on your Extra features. Select your favorite add-ons and then hit “Continue.”
  4. Now create an account for Sling TV. Enter your email and desired password, then hit “Continue.”
  5. Review your channel package and hit “Finish & Submit.”
  6. At this point, Amazon will ask to give Sling permission to use your zip code. This is used to figure out what local channels you’ll get. Hit “I agree” to move on. 
  7. Sling will ask you if you’d like to set Parental Controls. If so, hit “Enable;” otherwise, select “No Thanks” to move on. 
  8. Now Sling will ask you to confirm your subscriptions. It will ask you to confirm each extra service you added during sign-up. Yes, this is a little annoying.
  9. Finally, enter your Amazon password to authenticate the transaction. You’re now ready to watch Sling TV on your Amazon Fire device.

Signing up for Sling TV on Android TV, Android, LG TV, Windows 10, or Xbox One

Signing up for Sling TV is the same on Android TV, Android, LG TV, Windows 10, and Xbox One devices. Here are the steps you’ll take. 

  1. Download the Sling TV app to your device and open it. On the start-up page, select the “Sign Up” option.
  2. First select your base package, Sling Orange, Sling Blue, or Sling Orange + Blue, then hit “Continue.”
  3. On the next page, you’ll find Sling TV’s extra services. Click “Add” on the options you’d like to add to your subscription. Then select continue.
  4. Now you’ll make your account. Enter the email and password you’d like associated with your Sling TV account and hit continue.
  5. Enter your billing and payment information then hit “Finish & Submit.” You’re now ready to start streaming Sling TV.

Sling TV Streaming Devices

Sling TV works on virtually every major streaming platform out there. Those include: 

  • Apple TV
  • iOS
  • Roku
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Chromecast
  • Xbox One
  • AirTV Player
  • AndroidTV
  • Android
  • Windows
  • LG TV
  • Samsung Smart TV 
  • Oculus
  • Portal from Facebook

What is on Sling TV?

Sling TV is a fascinating idea in the world of streaming TV. For years, people begged their cable companies for the ability to pick what channels they wanted instead of being forced into massive packages. Sling TV offers small collections of channels as an affordable budget price, but it asked viewers to make concessions. Want MSNBC on your basic package? That means no ESPN unless you’re willing to pay for Sling TV Blue + Orange. It’s important to look at what channels come with each package before picking one so you don’t miss something important to you. 

Despite coming with ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPN 3, Sling Orange is the weakest package. You get fifteen fewer channels than with Sling Blue, and only one major news network, CNN. Sling Blue has a more robust channel package, but you’ll miss out on ESPN and local channels. Want local channels? Your only options are Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue and even then you’re limited to just Fox and NBC in some markets. 

The good news is that unless you’re dead set on ESPN, Sling Blue offers one of the best packages in streaming TV for just $30 per month. You get every major entertainment channel you’d expect from cable (except for MTV and VH1), plus sports and news. While there are sure to be a few missing pieces you’ll mourn, the loss will soon blow over once you start watching.   

What channels are on Sling TV

Here is a complete listing of the channels you’ll find in each Sling package. 

Sling Blue Channels

A&E AMC AXS TV
BBC America BET Bloomberg Television
Bravo Cartoon Network Cheddar Business
Cheddar News CNN Comedy Central
Comet Discovery Channel E!
Epix Drive-In Food Network FOX News
FS1 FS2 Fuse
FX HGTV HLN
History Channel IFC Investigation Discovery
Lifetime Local Now MSNBC
National Geographic NBC Sports Network NBC Sports
Newsy NFL Network Nick Jr
Paramount Network Stadium SYFY
TBS TLC TNT
Travel Channel TruTV USA
Viceland Fox (select markets) NBC (select markets)

 

Sling Orange + Blue channels

A&E AMC AXS TV
BBC America BET Bloomberg Television
Bravo Cartoon Network Cheddar Business
Cheddar News CNN Comedy Central
Comet Discovery Channel Disney Channel
E! Epix Drive-In ESPN
ESPN2 ESPN3 Food Network
FreeForm FS1 FS2
Fuse FX FOX News
HGTV History Channel HLN
IFC Investigation Discovery Lifetime
Local Now Motortrend National Geographic
NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Newsy
NFL Network Nick Jr Paramount Network
Stadium SYFY TBS
TLC TNT Travel Channel
TruTV USA Viceland
Fox (select markets) NBC (select markets)  

How does the Sling TV channel lineup compare to the competition? See for yourself:

 


What local channels are on Sling TV? 

Sling TV needs work in the local channel department. That’s something the service itself understands. Few other streaming services go out of the way to explain how to get over-the-air local channels. That’s because Sling only offers two local channels, Fox and NBC. Even then those channels are only available in select markets, and only if you’re a Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue customer. 

Everyone else will need to either invest in an HD antenna to pick up the CW, ABC, and CBS, or you can invest in standalone apps like CBS All Access. You can check if Sling offers local channels in your area by going here and entering your ZIP code. 

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Sling TV add-ons

Add-on channels

When it comes to add-on channels, Sling TV has more options than basically anyone. Unfortunately, that means its add-ons can sometimes get confusing. Most of Sling TV’s add-on packages have different channels and sometimes different pricing depending on whether you’re adding onto a Sling Orange or Sling Blue package. Here’s what you can add and what you need to know. 

1) Total TV Deal

Cost: $20 per month

The sheer number of add-ons that Sling TV offers can be daunting, but if you’re looking to enhance your package, you can bundle and save. Sling TVs Total TV deal is a $45 per month value for just $20 per month. It includes the enhanced Cloud DVR, along with the following channel packages: Sports Extra, Kids Extra, Comedy Plus Extra, News Extra, Lifestyle Plus Extra, Heartland Extra, and Hollywood Extra. 

For Sling Orange subscribers, that adds over 70+ channels to your overall Sling package for just $20 a month, including MTV, VH1, and Disney Jr. For Sling Blue subscribers, it’s 67 extra channels with the Total TV deal. 

If this seems needlessly complicated, just wait. Both Sling Orange and Sling Blue has separate channels in some of these packs. The only way to get everything Sling TV offers is to sign up for both Sling Orange + Blue and then add Total TV. Still, that adds up to just $65 per month instead of the $90 you’d pay for everything individually. 

2) Four Extras Deal

Cost: $12 per month

Don’t need everything that comes with the Total TV package? The Four Extras Deal might be for you. You get Comedy Extra, Kids Extra, News Extra, and Lifestyle Extra for just $12 per month. Each of those packages retails for $5 per month, so you’ll save $8 per month bundling them together. Remember there are slight differences between the channels offered in these packages, so continue reading to see what you get. 

3) Sports Extra: Sling Orange

Cost: $5 per month

This package gives you most of what you’re missing from Sling Blue, with the noted exception of NFL Network.

  • ACCN ESPN
  • ACCN X ESPN
  • SEC ESPN Network
  • Longhorn Network
  • PAC-12 Network
  • BeIN Sports
  • NBA TV
  • MLB Network
  • MLB Strike Zone
  • ESPNU
  • ESPNews
  • NHL Network
  • ESPN Goalline
  • ESPN Bases Loaded
  • Outside TV
  • Tennis Channel

4) Sports Extra: Sling Blue

Cost: $10 per month

Tacked onto Sling Blue, this is the cheapest way to watch NFL RedZone online.

  • NFL RedZone
  • NBA TV
  • MLB Network
  • FS2
  • NHL Network
  • NBC Golf
  • BeIN Sports
  • PAC-12 Network
  • MLB Strike Zone
  • Olympic Channel
  • Outside TV
  • Tennis Channel

5) Sports Extra with Sling Orange + Sling Blue

Cost: $15 per month

Sports Extra for Sling Orange + Sling Blue comes with every sports channel available separately in both packages. Yes: We’re already exhausted by how many options they offer as well. 

6) Comedy: Sling Orange

Cost: $5 per month

There’s a lot to like in this Sling TV package, but I don’t see why it’s labeled comedy. You’d expect some standup-specific programming.

  • MTV
  • TruTV
  • Paramount Network
  • MTV2
  • CMT
  • Logo
  • GSN
  • TV Land
  • Revolt

7) Comedy: Sling Blue

Cost: $5 per month

The same “comedy” package as before but without TruTV, which is already included in the Sling Blue channel lineup.

  • MTV
  • MTV2
  • CMT
  • Logo
  • GSN
  • TV Land
  • Revolt

8) Hollywood Extra: Sling Orange

Cost: $5 per month

A crash course in classic movies, full of movies you probably need to see but haven’t.

  • Reelz
  • HDNet Movies
  • Sundance TV
  • TCM
  • Cinemoi

9) Hollywood Extra: Sling Blue

Cost: $5

Sling Blue’s Hollywood Extras offers more options than its Orange counterpart. 

  • FXX
  • FXM
  • Reelz
  • HDNet Movies
  • Sundance TV
  • Cinemoi 
  • TCM

10) News Extra: Sling Orange

Cost: $5 per month

This is world news of varying quality. 

  • BBC World News
  • NewsmaxTV
  • HLN
  • Fusion
  • RT
  • News18
  • WeatherNation
  • Sci
  • Euronews
  • CGTN
  • Law & Crime Trial Network

11) News Extra: Sling Blue

Cost: $5 per month

This package has some outlets that should be avoided (Newsmax TV, RT) like its Orange counterpart does, but it’s rounded out by quality news outlets.

  • Fox Business
  • CNBC
  • BBC World News
  • Law & Crime Trial Network
  • Newsmax TV
  • Weather Nation
  • Sci
  • Euronews
  • France 24
  • News 18
  • NDTV 24×7
  • RT
  • CGTV

12) Lifestyle Extra: Sling Orange

Cost: $5 per month

A solid if random block of programming for retired moms and the Black community, most of which is available in Sling Blue.

  • VH1
  • BET
  • Cooking Channel
  • DIY Network
  • FYI
  • Hallmark Channel
  • WeTV
  • Lifetime Movies
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Z Living HD

13) Lifestyle Extra: Sling Blue

Cost: $5 per month

Comparable to what’s available in the Sling Orange version, but with VH1 and E!.

  • VH1
  • Oxygen
  • Cooking
  • DIY Network
  • FYI
  • Hallmark Channel
  • WeTV
  • Lifetime Movies
  • Hallmark Movies and Mysteries 
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Z Living

14) Heartland Sling Orange

Cost: $5 per month

Rugged programming for rural America, featuring shows like Timmy Horton Outdoors.

  • World Fishing Network
  • Sportsman Channel
  • Pursuit
  • Great American Country
  • Outdoor
  • Ride TV
  • American Heroes
  • RFD TV
  • Destination America
  • Pixl
  • Cowboy Channel

15) Heartland Sling Blue

Like its Orange counterpart, but with Nat Geo Wild. 

  • Nat Geo Wild
  • World Fishing Network
  • Pursuit 
  • Sportsman Channel
  • Outdoor Channel 
  • Great American Country
  • American Heroes Channel
  • Ride TV
  • Destination America
  • RFD TV
  • Pixl 
  • Cowboy Channel 

16) International

A truly unique group of channels that feature original content and live sports from India, the Middle East, China, and Europe.

Cost: $5 per month

  • Aaj Tak
  • CCTV-4
  • MBC
  • ProSiebenSat1 Welt
  • Rai Italia
  • Globo
  • Sony Entertainment Television Asia
  • TV5Monde Info
  • WillowHD
  • Zee Cinemalu

17) Español: Best of Spanish TV 

Cost: $10 per month

This is an awesome collection of Spanish programming that positions Sling TV to directly compete with FuboTV. Users looking for a more complete Spanish language package should look at Sling TV Latino

  • NBC Universo
  • History en Espanol
  • estrellaTV
  • Azteca
  • Discovery En Espanol
  • Discovery Familia
  • BeIN Sports Ñ
  • BeIN Sports La Liga
  • BeIN Sports Connect
  • Cine Latino
  • Cine Sony 
  • Pasiones
  • Inti
  • Ingles Para Todos
  • CBeebies
  • VME Kids
  • PX Sports
  • NTN24
  • Baby TV Espanol
  • El Financiero Bloomberg TV
  • Zeemundo 
  • Zee Familia
  • Hola TV

18) Kids Extra: Sling Orange

Cost: $5 per month

  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • Nick Jr
  • Nicktoons 
  • TeenNick 
  • Boomerang
  • Baby TV 
  • Duck TV

19) Kids Extra: Sling Blue

Cost: $5 per month

  • NickToons
  • TeenNick
  • Boomerang
  • Baby TV
  • Duck TV

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Sling TV premium channels

Sling TV has made huge strides since launching in its addition of premium channels. While the pricing is fairly standard from what you’ll find elsewhere, it’s convenient to bundle your services together. Unfortunately, HBO and Cinemax were pulled from the service in November 2018, but there are plenty of other premium options to choose from:

  • Showtime: $10 per month*
  • Starz: $9 per month
  • Epix: $5 per month
  • CuriosityStream: $6 per month*
  • UP Faith & Family: $5 per month*
  • Pantaya: $6 per month*
  • NBA League Pass: $28.99 per month*
  • NBA Team Pass: $17.99
  • Stingray Karaoke: $7 per month*
  • Dove Channel: $5 per month*
  • Outside TV Features: $5 per month*
  • Monsters and Nightmares: $3
  • Comedy Dynamics: $5
  • Magnolia Selects: $5 

* Former Sling TV customers on Roku can subscribe to these channels without having a basic Sling TV subscription.


Sling TV DVR and multiple screens

Every basic Sling TV membership comes with a paltry 10 hours of free cloud DVR storage. For an extra $5 per month, you can expand your cloud DVR to 50 hours. This still isn’t much storage, but should be plenty for light use. However, you should be aware that Sling DVR doesn’t work on SEC Network+, Local Now, ACC Network Extra, or ESPN3. 

When it comes to streaming on multiple devices, Sling TV’s policy is as complicated as its add-ons. Sling Orange subscribers can watch their content on one device at a time. Sling Blue subscribers, on the other hand, can stream on three screens at one time. If you sign up for Sling Blue + Orange, you get access to four streams. Sling’s reasoning is that you’re paying for two separate services, so it combines the streams of both. 

On-demand and offline content

Sling TV’s on-demand options are on par with those of every other major streaming TV service. Programs become available the day after they air and can usually be streamed for about a month. One nice added bonus of Sling TV is the ability to rewind and fast forward through on-demand programming. 

One thing you won’t be able to do with Sling is watch content offline. Sling TV is strictly a streaming service, so you’ll need an internet connection to watch.


Sling TV vs. The Competition

Sling TV vs. Hulu TV

Where Sling TV offers an almost intimidating amount of options, Hulu TV gets buy on its simplicity. For $54.99 per month, Hulu provides users more than 60 of the top channels on TV and access to Hulu’s massive streaming service. Effectively, this gives Hulu with Live TV the biggest on-demand section of any streaming TV service. That being said, not everyone wants to be paying $54.99 per month for TV. Unless you need a big TV package, Sling TV’s $30 per month baseline cost is hard to beat. Even if you splurge for Sling Orange + Blue, you’ll be paying $9 less per month for roughly the same amount of channels. You just won’t get a free Hulu membership. 

Sling TV vs. AT&T TV Now

Regardless of how Sling TV stacks up against AT&T, we can’t currently recommend AT&T TV for new subscribers. Once known as DirecTV Now, AT&T TV has experienced the sort of two years that drives away customers. Case in point, this writer used to be a subscriber. Thanks to massive price increases, lost channels, and an app that has gotten worse over time, AT&T has taken the best streaming TV service on the market and made it as expensive and annoying as cable. Its baseline package does at least include HBO, but only offers 45+ channels for $65. 

Sling TV vs. FuboTV

The question of which service to choose between Sling TV and FuboTV ultimately comes down to sports and channels. Between the two, FuboTV can’t be beaten in channel selection, offering more than 100 channels for $59.99. You get 500 hours of cloud DVR, 130+ 4K sporting event streams a year, and more with your membership. FuboTV also has more local channels. By comparison, Sling TV starts at $30. If you’re trying to save money, Sling TV is great, but FuboTV edges it out by offering significantly more channels, more DVR space, and 4K sporting events. 

Sling TV vs. YouTube TV 

Sling TV is a great service for when you want to stream TV on a budget, but it has some issues stacking up when money isn’t an issue. For $49.99 per month, YouTube TV subscribers get 70+ channels, including local channels. That includes unlimited cloud DVR for each individual member of your family. If money is no object, you may want to consider springing for YouTube TV. 


Is Sling TV worth it?

Sling TV is an incredible service. While there are cheaper options out there like Philo, Sling TV is the cheapest way to watch streaming TV that gives you major news, sports, and entertainment options for under $30. We like the app and it’s easy to use. However, unless cost is your number one consideration, Sling TV lags behind its competition. Its channel packages are incredibly complex. While some will love that level of customization, most consumers will find it daunting. 

Paying to get more than 10 hours of DVR space is frustrating, especially when other services offer so much more. If you’re looking for a simple, affordable, and feature-packed streaming TV experience and don’t mind spending extra, there may better options out there for you. For some families, though, Sling TV is going to be exactly what they need, a perfect middle ground between over-the-air TV and cable. 

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Live TV Streaming Services
Hulu Live TV Sling TV Fubo TV
YouTube TV AT&T TV Philo
VidGo AT&T Watch CBS All Access
Best Premium Streaming Services
Netflix Hulu Disney Plus
Amazon Prime HBO Apple TV+
Starz Shudder DC Universe
BritBox Curiosity Stream WWE Network
Acorn TV Rooster Teeth CrunchyRoll
Where to Stream Popular Cable Channels
A&E AMC Animal Planet
BBC America BET Bravo
Cartoon Network Comedy Central Discovery Channel
Disney Channel Disney XD E!
Food Network Freeform FX
FXX Hallmark Channel HBO
HGTV History Channel IFC
Lifetime MTV National Geographic
Nick at Nite Nick Jr Nickelodeon
Paramount Network Science Channel Showtime
Starz Sundance SYFY
TBS Telemundo TLC
Travel Channel TruTV TNT
TV Land USA VH1
Viceland Willow The Weather Channel
Live Sports Channel Streams
ESPN ESPN2 ESPN3
ESPNU ESPN Deportes ACC Network
Big Ten Network BeIN Sports Fox Sports
FS1 FS2 MLB Network
Mountain West Network NBA TV NBC Golf
NBC Sports Network NFL Network NFL Redzone
NHL Network Pac 12 Network Tennis Channel
SEC Network DAZN UFC Fight Pass
News Channel Streams
CNN CNBC Fox News Channel
HLN MSNBC ESPN News
Streaming Devices
Amazon Fire Roku Apple TV
Android iOS Smart TVs
Chromecast XBox Playstation

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Austin Powell

Austin Powell

Austin Powell is the former managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.