Sling TV Review

This is a personal review of the Sling TV Streaming Service

Sling TV has been around for a while now, but we decided to take the plunge and see what it was all about. Being a subsidiary of Dish Network, I was skeptical. I signed up for the 40+ channel $25 Blue Package. This package includes channels like CNN, TBS, History, Disney and the NBC Sports Network among many others.

Sling TV Pros and Cons


 THE BAD:

Many of the channels available through Sling are not available anywhere else other than Cable TV. This is what makes this Sling TV service so attractive. There are still quite a few problems with it, namely:

  • Bundling is still alive-and-well. You still need to pick a "package" that includes pre-determined channels, which means you will inevitably be paying for channels that you won't ever watch.
  • Price ranges between $20-$40 are approaching typical Cable TV bills.
  • Streaming eats up your internet broadband. If you have an ISP that caps your available bandwidth, then streaming more shows will end up using more of your bandwidth.
  • The pain associated with still paying DISH for something. I would feel much happier about supporting Sling TV if it wasn't built by Dish. When you use Sling TV, you are still supporting a large cable company.

 THE GOOD:

I have found that it is not all bad though. A few good things about Sling TV's service:

  • Still cheaper than Cable TV. According to research, typical Cable TV bills are around $120 a month.
  • No contracts. Unlike most Cable TV deals, you are not locked into any contract. You can cancel the service the very next month if you want to. Trying doing that with your Cable TV package (Hello disconnect fee, and early-termination fee!).

Sling TV Channel Packages

Each Sling TV package has a slightly different list of channels that come with it. Usually the way it works is the more popular and exclusive the channel is, the more expensive package it is in. Here, I breakdown the most popular Sling TV channels by package:

Sling TV Orange (Basic cable & cheapest package)

With the Sling TV "Orange" package, you get access to some pretty great channels (30+ in all) for around $20 a month. Some of this package's most popular channels include ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, AMC, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, HGTV, A&E, TNT, CNN, Disney, TBS, Food Network, History, Travel and Lifetime.

Sling TV Blue (Basic cable & streaming networks package)

The Sling TV "Blue" package for only $5 more combines many of the orange channels (AMC, CNN, History, TNT, HGTV, A&E) and also includes a couple more premium channels like FX, FXX, BET, NatGeo, SyFy and USA. It also includes the sporting channels FS1 and NBCSN, however it does not include ESPN. With this Blue package, you are also able to stream some broadcast stations too like Fox and NBC, however these are only for select markets. More than likely, you will not have access to your own local channel, but that is OK as you will likely be pairing this service with a TV antenna.

Sling TV ALL (The everything package)

Sling TV also has an "ALL" package option that includes every single channel from their two lower-tiered packages. However, this comes at a cost of twice the Blue package. Because this package checks in at $40 a month, you are beginning to get into a range of cost that you need to really do your homework to see if all those extra channels are worth it. Chances are, you will be falling into the same-old Cable TV trap: paying for channels you simply never use.

Note: Sling TV has a 7-day free trial that you can use to test out any of the packages I listed above. It's free!


Playback

Since I have a Roku, this is the device I am using to stream Sling TV. If you don't own a media player yet, Sling offers free apps for almost any device imaginable: iOS and Android phones, Windows computers, gaming devices and even comes pre-installed on certain Smart TVs.

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