Launched in 2015 and a subsidiary of the Dish Network, Sling TV is a popular, less expensive alternative to cable or satellite TV. It is one of many over-the-top (OTT) streaming services that provide live TV viewing. The service has seen massive growth, expanding from 623,000 subscribers in 2015 to more than 2.6 million subscribers.
Sling TV offers two packages that each cost $35 per month -- Sling Blue or Sling Orange -- and a combined plan for $50 per month. This gives viewers the chance to pick the best package that best suits their needs. Channels and content offerings play a major role in that decision, which is why we have put together a Sling TV channel list. Note that channel offerings change frequently and we recommend checking the provider for the latest updates.
|Sling Blue||Sling Orange||Sling Orange + Blue|
|Number of channels||45+||30+||50+|
|Access to on-demand content?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Sling Blue, which comes with over 45 channels, is best for people looking for news and entertainment options. Sling Orange has over 30 channels and is billed as being best for sports and families. The other primary difference between the two packages is the number of device streams available. With Sling Blue, you can stream on three devices simultaneously, but on Sling Orange, you can only stream on one device at a time.
People who want everything offered in the two packages can combine them for $50 per month and receive four simultaneous streams. However, since many channels are included in both packages, the combination gives you access to all 50+ channels in the standard lineup.
Despite the package you choose, you'll be able to access Sling TV's cloud DVR, which provides 50 hours of recording space at no additional charge. The DVR can be upgraded to 200 hours for an additional $5 per month.
Sling TV recently introduced a new feature — Sling Watch Party — which gives subscribers the ability to watch live TV while video chatting with up to three friends or family members. This service is available through a Chrome or Safari internet browser on a computer. People who don't subscribe to Sling TV can join three Watch Parties at no charge.
Sling TV also has additional individual channels you can add for an extra fee. Here are some of the most popular, but there are dozens of options:
You can further customize your Sling Blue or Sling Orange package with add-on bundles.
Sports Extra: $11 per month
ACC Network, ACCNX, beIN Sports, ESPNU, ESPNews, Longhorn Network, MLB Network, MLB Strike Zone, NBA TV, NHL Network, Pac-12 Network, SEC Network, SEC Network Plus, Tennis Channel
Comedy Extra: $6 per month
EMT, Fetv, Game Show Network, Laff, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Paramount Network, Revolt, TruTV, TV Land
Kids Extra: $6 per month
Baby TV, Boomerang, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Duck TV, Nick Toons, Teen Nick
News Extra: $6 per month
BBC World News, CGTN, Euronews, HLN, Law & Crime, News 18, Newsmax, RT America, SCI, Weather Nation
Lifestyle Extra: $6 per month
Cooking Channel, DIY, FYI, Hallmark, LMN, Hallmark Drama, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, VH1, WE, Z Living
Hollywood Extra: $6 per month
Cinemoi, Grit, HDNet Movies, Heroes and Icons, Reelz, Start TV, Sundance, TCM
Heartland Extra: $6 per month
American Heroes, Cowboy Channel, Destination American, Great American Country, Outdoor Channel, Pixl, Pursuit, RFD TV, Ride TV, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network
Sling TV is available on computers, most standard streaming devices, and some smart TVs. Among these are Amazon Fire, Roku, AirTV Mini, Chromecast, LG, Oculus, Samsung, TiVO Stream, Android, iOS, and Xbox One.
About two-thirds of Sling TV's channels fall into the entertainment category. This includes popular channels like AMC, Comedy Central, Lifetime, TBS, and TNT. Sling TV also has plenty of sports, news, and kids channels.
*Channel lineup subject to change
Sling Orange has sports channels including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, TNT, and Stadium. However, Sling Blue offers three different sports channels — FS1, NBCSN, NFL Network, TNT, and Stadium. The best way to get complete sports coverage is to sign up for the combined Sling Orange + Blue plan.
Both packages offer separate Sports Extra packages that each cost $11 a month. The Sling Orange Sports Extra package comes with about 14 additional channels. Among these are ESPNU, ESPNews, and MLB Strike Zone. The Sling Blue Sports Extra package has 10+ extra channels, including FS2, Golf Channel, NFL RedZone, and the Olympic Channel. Both Sports Extra packages include MLB Network, NBA TV and the NHL Network.
Viewers with the Sling Orange + Blue plan can also get the Sports Extra package for an additional $15/mo. That puts you at $65/mo. for every sports channel that the streaming service offers.
None of the FOX or NBC regional sports networks are available on Sling TV. Subscribers should also check for blackouts and local availability.
Depending on the geographic area, the local FOX and NBC channel may be available in the Sling Blue package. However, the local ABC or CBS stations are not available. Viewers wanting to catch their local news or sports will need to purchase a separate HD antenna. You can learn more about local channels here, and search by your location.
When comparing the service to other streaming options like fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Philo, or YouTube TV, Sling TV is in the middle of the pack. Sling TV offers the least amount of channels — 50+ on the combined package — but is more affordable than all of the other services except Philo, which offers 64 channels for $20 per month. The other services — fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV — are each $65 per month and offer from 65 to 117 channels.
With the majority of Sling TV's channels in the entertainment category, this is a good option for viewers looking for entertainment shows as their primary viewing experience. Unfortunately, Sling TV does not offer HBO or Univision as an option in its basic or add-on packages.
Sling TV's sports channels include the primary ones most sports fans are looking for — ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, FS1, MotorTrend, NBCSN, NFL Network, and Stadium.
You can find league-specific networks like MLB Network, NBA TV, or NHL Network in Sling TV's extras and add-ons section. Same with ACC Network, Big Ten Network, Pac-12 Network, and SEC Network.
Sling TV provides viewers with about seven news options in its basic Blue or Orange packages. Sling TV has some of the most popular news channels, including BBC, Bloomberg, Cheddar, CNN, Fox News, HLN, Local Now, MSNBC, and Newsy. However, with the right add-ons there are about 20 different news options.
Sling TV has a few kids channels included in its lineup. Sling TV's three kids' channel options (in the Blue or Orange packages) are Cartoon Network, Disney, and Nick Jr. If you decide to add on the Kids Extra package or buy individual channels (like TumbleBooks TV at $5/mo., for example) you can choose from closer to 15 different channels for kids.
If you're looking for a good viewing experience at a moderate price, Sling TV could be the way to go. While it doesn't have as many channel offerings, it beats fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV for price. Sling TV is a great option for someone who doesn't watch a lot of TV or who's looking for a specific channel, like Comedy Central, Lifetime, or ESPN.
Even if you start adding the most popular options onto your package, then Sling TV is still competitively priced compared to fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV. For example, the combined package of Sling Orange and Sling Blue ($50), along with the combined Sports Extra package ($15), and DVR Plus ($5), brings the Sling TV monthly total to $70.
The Sling TV channel list offers something for everyone. It's not as robust as other streaming platforms with its base Orange or Blue plans, but it gives viewers the opportunity to customize their service so they're only paying for what they primarily plan on watching.