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Sling TV Channels List: What Channels are on Sling TV?

Sling TV comes with up to 46 channels for subscribers to enjoy

Lara Vukelich
Person watching Sling TV screen

Streaming TV services are ubiquitous today, but that wasn't the case when Sling TV first launched in 2015 as the first real streaming television service that could offer a cable-esque experience without the channel bloat and high prices. And today, even with competitors like Hulu + Live TV and YouTubeTV, Sling remains one of the most affordable options available for this type of thing.

Sling offers three packages — Sling Orange for $40/mo. and Sling Blue for $45/mo. — or a combined plan for $60/mo. The Sling channel lineup isn't as extensive as some other services, but it's tailored to viewers who only want select channels or specific types of programming. It also offers a variety of add-ons to customize your viewing experience.

Curious whether the Sling TV channel lineup is right for you? Read on for an in-depth look at what the streamer has to offer and how it stacks up for your streaming needs.

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What is Sling TV?

Sling BlueSling OrangeSling Orange + Blue
Monthly price $45/mo.$40/mo.$55/mo.
Number of channels 423146
Access to on-demand titles? YesYesYes

Both Sling TV packages are OTT, and they also offer on-demand movies and shows that have previously aired live. Although the two plans include some overlapping channels, Sling Blue, which comes with up to 42 channels, is tailored to viewers looking for news and entertainment options. Sling Orange has 31 channels and is best for sports-lovers and families. 

Aside from different channel lineups, the two plans also differ when it comes to the number of simultaneous streams allowed. With Sling Blue, you can stream on three devices simultaneously, but on Sling Orange, you can only stream titles on one device at a time.

People who want everything offered in the two packages can combine them for $60/mo. This combo plan gives you access to all the channels in both lineups, for a total of 47 live stations.

Sling TV's cloud DVR is available to all Sling subscribers, regardless of the package you choose. The DVR provides 50 hours of recording space at no additional charge. If you need more space, you can upgrade to 200 hours for an additional $5/mo.

Sling TV also includes a unique feature for shared streaming -- 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 iPhones and Google Chrome or Apple Safari internet browsers on a computer. Even friends or family who don't subscribe to Sling TV can join three Watch Parties at no charge.

Sling TV Premium Channels and Add-Ons

Sling TV also has additional individual channels you can add for an extra fee. Here are some of the most popular:

  • Paramount+ with Showtime: $10/mo.
  • Starz: $9/mo.
  • AMC+: $9/mo.
  • MGM+: $5/mo.
  • Discovery+: $9/mo.
  • Hallmark Movies Now: $6/mo.

Noticeably, Sling is missing HBO, but you can subscribe to Paramount+ with Showtime on Sling for less than it costs on its own.

Need some more sports channels or comedy titles? You can continue to customize your Sling Blue or Sling Orange package with add-on bundles. Note, the following packages include only listed channels if you have Sling Orange and Blue, but vary slightly if you only have one of the two.

Sports Extra: $11/mo.

ACC Network, ACCNX, Big 10 Network, beIN Sports, ESPNU, ESPNews, FS2, Golf Channel, Longhorn Network, MLB Network, MLB Strike Zone, NBA TV, NFL RedZone, NHL Network, Pac-12 Network, SEC Network, SEC Network Plus, Tennis Channel

Comedy Extra: $6/mo.

CMT, Fetv, Game Show Network, Laff, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Paramount Network, Revolt, TruTV, TV Land

Kids Extra: $6/mo.

Baby TV, Boomerang, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Duck TV, Nick Toons, Teen Nick

News Extra: $6/mo.

BBC World News, CNBC, CGTN, Fox Business, HLN, Law & Crime, NDTV 24x7, News 18, Newsmax, Science Channel, WeatherNation

Lifestyle Extra: $6/mo.

Cooking Channel, FYI, Hallmark, Hallmark Drama, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, LMN, Magnolia Network, Oxygen, VH1, WE, Z Living

Hollywood Extra: $6/mo

Bounce, Cinemoi, FX, FXM, Grit, HDNet Movies, Heroes and Icons, Reelz, Start TV, Sundance TV, TCM

Heartland Extra: $6/mo.

American Heroes, Cowboy Channel, Destination America, Great American Family, Great American Living, INSP, Nat Geo Wild, Outdoor Channel, Pixl, Pursuit, RFD TV, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network

Sling TV is available on laptops, most standard streaming devices, and some smart TVs. Among these are Amazon Fire TV, Roku, AirTV Mini, Google Chromecast, LG, Samsung, TiVO Stream, Android, iOS, and Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Sling TV Full Channel List

About two-thirds of Sling TV's channels fall into the entertainment category. This includes popular channels like AMC, Comedy Central, Lifetime, TBS, TNT, and more. Sling TV also has plenty of sports, news, and kids channels, and you can choose the plan that features the channels you'll watch most.

  • A&E

  • AMC

  • AxsTV

  • BBC America

  • BET

  • Bloomberg TV+

  • Bravo

  • Cartoon

  • Charge!

  • CNN

  • Comedy Central

  • Comet TV

  • Discovery

  • Disney

  • E!

  • ESPN

  • ESPN2

  • ESPN3

  • Food Network

  • Fox

  • Fox News

  • Freeform

  • FS1

  • Fuse

  • FX

  • HGTV

  • History

  • HLN

  • IFC

  • Investigation Discovery

  • Lifetime

  • Local Now

  • MotorTrend

  • MGM+ Drive-In


  • National Geographic

  • NBC

  • NFL Network

  • Nick Jr.

  • SyFy

  • TBS

  • TLC

  • TNT

  • Travel Channel

  • TruTV

  • USA

  • Vice

*Channel lineup subject to change

Sports Channels with Sling TV

If you can't get enough live sports, Sling TV can cover a lot of bases for you. Sling Orange has sports channels including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, TNT, and MotorTrend. Sling Blue may not be billed as sports centric, but it still offers FS1 for general sports coverage, NFL Network for football, and TNT for NBA basketball and the NCAA basketball tournament. 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/mo. The Sling Orange Sports Extra package comes with 14 additional channels. Among these are ESPNU, ESPNews, and MLB Strike Zone. The Sling Blue Sports Extra package has more than 10 extra channels, including FS2, Golf Channel, and NFL RedZone. Both Sports Extra packages include MLB Network, NBA TV and 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 $75/mo. and, given that this price tag delivers every sports channel that the streaming service offers, you're definitely getting more bang for the buck.

None of the Fox or NBC regional sports networks are available on Sling TV--they've been gone from every streaming service aside from Fubo and DIRECTV STREAM for years now. You'll also have to look elsewhere--like actual cable or a standalone subscription--for regional Bally Sports networks. Subscribers should also check for regional blackouts and local availability. 

Local Channels with Sling TV

Depending on the geographic area, your local FOX, ABC and NBC channels may be available in the Sling Blue package. However, the local CBS stations are not available by default. If you want to get that network, you'll have to get an HD antenna, or you can get the Paramount+ with Showtime add-on that will allow you to stream CBS live that way — Paramount+ with Showtime is $2/mo. cheaper if bought through Sling than it is separately. You can learn more about local channels here and search by your location.

How Do Sling TV Channels Compare?

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 -- only 46 on the combined package -- but is more affordable than all of the other services except Philo, which offers 70-plus channels for $25/mo. Live streaming services like fuboTV, Hulu + Live, and YouTube TV -- start at $65/mo. but offer more national and local channels.

For Entertainment Channels

With the majority of Sling TV's channels in the entertainment category, this is a good option for viewers looking for comedy and drama titles as their primary viewing experience. Scripted and reality TV both fall into this category, including your favorite shows on Bravo, TLC, A&E, and more.

Unfortunately, Sling TV does not offer HBO Max or Univision as an option in its basic or add-on packages.This is bad news for fans of Succession and Barry. It's also worth noting that Sling TV does not create any original titles. Hulu + Live TV has Sling TV beat in that regard, because Hulu subscribers get cable titles plus access to Hulu's entire library of original shows and movies. 

For Sports Fans

Sling TV's sports channels include the primary ones most sports fans are looking for -- ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, FS1, MotorTrend, and NFL Network.

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 10 Network, Pac-12 Network, and SEC Network.

In short: Sling TV is a good option for sports fans, offering the big options in its basic plan and the ability to customize with add-ons. However, fans of more niche sports or regional programming may find Sling falls short compared to competitors like fuboTV.

For News Channels

Sling TV provides viewers with a range of news options in its basic Blue or Orange packages. Sling TV has some of the most popular news channels, including BBC, Bloomberg TV+, CNN, Fox News, HLN, Local Now, and MSNBC. However, with the right add-ons there are about 20 different news options.

For Kids

Sling TV has a few kids channels included in its lineup. Sling TV's three kids' channel options in the core 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.

Overall Value for Price

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 in the pricing department. Cutting the cost for basic channels gives you an ample budget for premium channels. 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, 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 ($60/mo.), along with the combined Sports Extra package ($15/mo.), and DVR Plus ($5/mo.), brings the Sling TV monthly total to $80/mo. -- which is about the same price as other live TV streamers.

Does Sling TV's Channel List Beat the Rest? 

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. If you are a casual TV viewer or you want to save big on live streaming, Sling TV is the way to go.