A few years ago, we provided an overview of Sling TV. More recently, we delved into their plan to offer individual channels on an à la carte basis. This time around, let’s take a fresh look at Sling as part of our ongoing exploration of streaming services. Is it still a viable option for your cord-cutting household? Let’s find out!
Sling TV Packages for the Cord-Cutter Sling still offers two distinct channel packages—Sling Orange and Sling Blue—each priced at $25 per month. Combining both packages costs $40. This competitive pricing makes Sling one of the more budget-friendly streaming services.
Take a look at Sling’s list of available channels. While other services may provide more options, they often come with a higher monthly cost. Essentially, Sling TV is an excellent choice for those watching their wallets.
Premium channels such as Showtime, Starz, and EPIX are available, but the absence of HBO might be a dealbreaker for some. Access to most local channels requires purchasing and installing an antenna. The Cloud-based DVR service comes with an additional $5 monthly fee.
Sling still allows you to choose from various channels on an à la carte basis. Apart from premium channels, most offerings cater to niche audiences, like Country Network Plus and Hallmark Movies Now. Extra channel packages for sports, news, kids, and more are available, costing between $5 and $10. It’s worth noting that after adding a few extras, Sling TV’s monthly price becomes more competitive with other streaming services, such as PlayStation Vue. So, the cheapest option isn’t always the top choice.
For those exploring budget streaming services, AT&T Watch TV and Philo are slightly more affordable than both Sling Orange and Sling Blue.
What Devices Does Sling TV Support? Sling supports a variety of popular streaming devices, including Roku, Apple TV, and more. Videogame consoles, tablets, computers, and smartphones also provide multiple options.
New Sling TV customers often enjoy free device deals. For instance, a Roku Express is currently one of the complimentary offerings, alongside an Air TV Mini. Air TV integrates local channels into the Sling interface, working seamlessly with your antenna.
How Does Sling Perform with My Internet Speed? For HD streaming, a minimum of 5 Mbps internet speed is required. The number of devices simultaneously accessing your router also influences this requirement. Depending on your specific plan, Sling TV allows streaming on one to three devices simultaneously.
If you encounter buffering issues, consider using a range extender or a dual-band router. A mesh network router is another solid choice for optimizing your home streaming experience. Regularly perform an Internet speed test to ensure your ISP is delivering the promised bandwidth.