Sling TV review

As we move on from old-fashioned ways of watching TV and movies, new video streaming platforms are quickly becoming our favorite places to relax and unwind. These services can provide the same TV viewing comforts of cable while offering a whole new world of features and customization.

If you are looking for an easy transition to the world of video streaming, you might want to consider Sling TV. This service was one of the first in the game, and it is the cheapest of the most popular platforms. With Sling TV, you can watch live online broadcasts of many of your favorite TV channels from the old days of network and cable programming, but in a flexible format that is adapted to digital life.

When Sling TV started up in 2015, it did not intend to replace traditional television, only to offer a supplementary service. But in just a few years, it has grown into a fully-stocked online substitute for cable and satellite. It has 2.7 million subscribers and offers up to 50+ channels, including a wide selection of viewers’ favorites.

Compare Sling TV packages

Sling TV offers 40 percent off your first month’s subscription for most packages. Currently, you get a free AirTV Mini, HD Antenna or Roku device when you subscribe and pay two months in advance.

Sling Orange Sling Blue Sling Orange & Blue
Monthly price$25/mo.$25/mo.$40/mo.
Free trial length7 days7 days7 days
Number of channels30+40+50+
Number of simultaneous streams134
Cloud DVR storage50 hours50 hours50 hours

How much is Sling TV compared to its rivals?

Sling TV starts at $25/mo., which beats its top competitors hands-down. YouTube TV is $49.99/mo., and fuboTV is priced at $44.99/mo. Sling TV’s low cost is one of its standout features.

Is Sling TV the right video streaming service for you?

If you are looking to upgrade your TV experience to the digital age, but want a streaming platform that replicates your old cable and satellite offering, then Sling TV might be right for you. One of the service’s advantages is that it gives customers a basic package of the most loved cable channels, such as A&E, AMC, Comedy Central, CNN, Disney Channel, Discovery and ESPN plus the option to add themed bundles. This gives you the freedom to customize your service, and it all costs much less than your old cable deal.

One potential drawback is that Sling TV has limited availability of some local network channels such as FOX and NBC. So if you are hooked on network programming that is not available through Sling TV in your area, then this service might not be the best one for you. However, you could always watch local channels like ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC using an HD antenna.

User experience

It takes some patience to get to know the Sling TV interface, as it is not the most intuitive, but it is easy enough to use once you know your way around. You can use Sling TV on your TV, computer, smartphone or tablet, and it works well across all devices. It is not currently possible to download content for offline viewing. Depending on your package, you can stream on up to four different screens at a time. You may run into difficulties with playback if your internet is too slow. Sling TV recommends that you have a minimum speed of 25 Mbps to support its service. The maximum cloud DVR storage available is 50 hours.

Device compatibility

Sling TV is compatible with the following devices:

  • Air TV Player
  • Amazon Fire Tablet
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android
  • Android TV
  • Apple
  • Apple iOS for iPhone/iPad/iPod
  • Apple TV
  • Facebook Portal
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Chromecast
  • LG TV
  • Oculus
  • Roku
  • Samsung
  • Windows 10
  • Xbox One

Sling TV features

Sling TV does not offer original programming or hundreds of DVR storage hours, as some of the other online streaming platforms, but there are plenty of other things to enjoy about this service.

Extras

You can create a package tailored to your individual preferences from a wide variety of options, including premium channels, kid’s TV, sports, news, lifestyle and many more.

My TV

This feature allows you to customize your interface by adding your Top Channels to a ribbon bar. You can also pause watching and return to a show later using the Continue Watching ribbon. Add your favorite TV shows, series or movies to your Favorites ribbon to quickly find new episodes of your can’t-miss shows. 

Featured shows, movies and sports

This option makes it easy to find trending sports games and pay-per-view events, as well as films and series in the on-demand library.

Easy to cancel

One of the major differences between Sling TV and traditional cable contracts is that you can cancel your subscription at any time. Your access to content will keep going until the end of any pre-paid billing cycle (for example, the remainder of the month you are in), and then your payments and access will stop.

Subscription pause feature

If you do not want to fully cancel your subscription but want to take a few months off, you have the option to pause your subscription.

Parental controls

Parents have the option to set controls on what content can be accessed via the platform.

What to watch on Sling TV

Sling TV essentially offers an online replica of your old cable and satellite service, so you can continue to watch all your favorite channels live, such as AMC, CNN, Comedy Central, the Disney Channel and ESPN, as well as premiums including Showtime, with the bonus of on-demand content, pay-per-view events and films. Sling TV does not currently offer HBO or Cinemax. If you want to customize your package with themed bundles, you can add sports, news, movies, international, foreign language, lifestyle and more.

How to sign up for Sling TV

Want to sign up? Here’s the process:

  1. Go to Sling.com and click Get 40% Off button.
  2. Enter your email address and password.
  3. Choose your package. Add any extras, premium channels or cloud DVR storage. Click Continue.
  4. Enter payment information. Hit Finish and Submit.

The takeaway

Sling TV is a good low-cost option for people who would like to upgrade to an online live TV streaming service while still being able to access their favorite cable channels. It doesn’t have some of the flashier features of other platforms, like hundreds of hours of DVR storage or original content, but it offers a wide variety of entertainment in a flexible, ideally priced and user-friendly format.

Joy Martin

Contributing Writer

Joy Martin writes articles about culture and entertainment, and her work has been published in American Theatre Magazine (New York), Exeunt Magazine (London) and various online platforms. She won a grant for artistic development in Creative Writing from Arts Council England in 2014. She has a BSc in English and Music from Central Michigan University, a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Research degree in the Humanities and Cultural Studies from The London Consortium at the University of London.