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It’s more complicated than you might think.
Deciding to cut the cord is the easy part. Things get more complicated when you’re trying to figure out which live TV service is right for you and how you’re going to stream it. Here’s everything you need to know about the supported devices for Sling TV, one of the leaders in the space, along with how many you can use at once and the best device to use with Sling TV.
What is Sling TV?
Sling TV is a live TV streaming service that allows you to watch all of your favorite channels and shows without subscribing to cable. It bills itself as an à la carte alternative to other streaming solutions, allowing you to customize your experience based on the type of content you really want to watch. Sling TV offers two base packages (Sling Orange and Sling Blue), each of which costs $25 per month, and a combination package (Sling Orange + Blue), which bundles all of the channels for $40 per month. But from there Sling TV offers more than a dozen add-on collections centered interests like sports and comedy, in addition to premium offerings like HBO, Showtime, and NBA League Pass. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)
Sling TV devices
If it connects to the internet, chances are it can stream Sling TV. But if you’re not sure or if you’re looking to upgrade, here’s a comprehensive list of Sling TV–compatible devices and their respective requirements and specifications, courtesy of the service’s FAQs:
Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV devices
- All Amazon Fire TV devices
- Fire Tablets on Android OS 4.4.2 or higher
- Amazon Fire TV Edition by Element
Android devices and Android TV (including AirTV Player)
- OS Kit Kat 4.4 or newer
- Smart TV’s
- Sharp AQUOS
- Sony Bravia
- 4th Generation Apple TV or newer
- tvOS 10.0 and higher
- All Chromecast devices
- Vizio SmartCast TVs
Google Chrome browser
- The most recent version of Google Chrome
- Mac OS
- Windows 7 or 8.1
- Oculus Go VR headsets
- Available via the Oculus Store
- iOS 11 or newer
- iPhone XS, XS Max devices
- WebOS 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0
- Select 2016/17 models
- Roku LT and higher
- Roku TVs from Hisense and TCL
- All Windows 10 devices
- Xbox One
- Xbox One S
- Xbox One X
Xfinity X1 (for Sling International and select Sling Latino services)
- Arris Xg1v1
- Arris Xg1v1
- Pace Xg1v1
- Pace Xg1v3
How many devices can you use with Sling TV?
While you can connect as many devices as you want to your Sling TV account, you are limited in terms of the number of devices you can actively use with Sling TV at any given time—and that number varies depending on which Sling TV package you subscribe to.
Sling Orange subscriber can only stream from one device at a time. Sling Blue subscribers can stream from up to three devices at once. Why the discrepancy? It’s hard to say, but Sling Orange was once considered Sling TV’s introductory package; it was priced $5 cheaper than Sling Blue—they’re both now $25 per month—which may explain why it offers fewer options.
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If you subscribe to Sling Orange + Blue, which costs $40 per month and bundles the two smaller packages together, you can stream Sling TV on up to four devices at once. That’s because the service treats Sling Orange + Blue as if you’re purchasing two separate plans, so you’re getting the one stream from Sling Orange and the three from Sling Blue. (Yes, that’s unnecessarily complicated.) If you’re a Sling Orange + Blue subscriber and you’re getting capped at three devices, go to your account settings (under My Account) and uncheck the box that says “Show me only Sling Blue versions of channels in both services.” That might create some redundancy in your channel listings, but it’ll at least ensure you can stream on all four devices.
Regardless, no matter which package you select, you can always stream HBO on up to (and only up to) three devices at once.
If you’re using Sling TV only for international content, there are different restrictions involved. Sling International comes with only one stream, while Sling Latino can be accessed with two devices at once.
TL;DR Sling TV multiple devices:
- Sling Orange = 1 device
- Sling Blue = 3 devices
- Sling Orange + Blue = 4 devices
- HBO add-on (with any Sling package) = 3 devices
- Sling International = 1 device
- Sling Latino = 2 devices
What’s the best device for Sling TV?
It’s hard to say definitively, but speaking from personal experience, I highly recommend using an Amazon Fire Stick. It’s a compact package that’s easy to use and puts the whole world of Amazon channels at your fingertips, with more than 15,000 apps and games available to download, most notably Netflix, ESPN, Hulu, HBO Now, and YouTube. With the Fire Stick, you get up to 1080p resolution, and it comes with a Bluetooth remote that makes it easy to channel-surf. But what really sets it apart from its competitors is that it’s Alexa-enabled, allowing you to use voice commands to queue up the show or channel you want to watch.
That said, I’ve also streamed Sling TV on desktop (via Google Chrome) and on mobile (a Pixel 2 running Android version 9) for hours, and it’s consistently a fluid experience, which makes me think you really can’t go wrong with any of the compatible devices listed above. If you don’t have a way to stream Sling TV, you’re in luck: You can get a Roku Express (a $29.99 value) for free when you sign up and prepay for two months of Sling TV, or you can purchase a Roku Ultra (typically $99.99) for just $50 if you subscribe and prepay for three months of service. Both are fine devices, comparable to the Amazon Fire Stick; the Roku Ultra is your best option if you’re planning on streaming anything in 4K or if you need a media center with USB and microSD ports.
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Austin Powell is the 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.