Everything you need to know about Sling TV

When it comes to streaming options in the U.S., Sling TV plans and prices continue to keep it among the best live TV streaming services available. That’s largely because it’s as close as you can get to true a la carte TV, which theoretically lets you pick and choose your channels. Sling TV isn’t quite that — it’s more of a skinny bundle situation. But it’s still an extremely good value.

Here’s how it works: Sling TV is broken down into two tracks — Sling Orange and Sling Blue. Separately, they cost $35 a month each. Or you can get both for $50 a month. They have their own sets of channels, too. Sling Orange has 31 channels and is more sports-heavy. Sling Blue has 41 channels and is more focused on news and entertainment. The idea is that if you want one track more than the other, you can just get one. But Sling is perfectly happy if you get both. Note that buying both plans together gets you fewer channels than the math would indicate — that’s because there is some overlap.

Sling TV login screen on a TV.Phil Nickinson/Digital Trends Sling TV price

The basic Sling TV price is $35 a month for Sling Orange or Sling Blue, or you can pay $50 for both. That’s the bare minimum, and it’s as inexpensive as it gets, given the number of channels involved. As of this writing, Sling is offering half off each plan for the first month. But while Sling has fewer channels out of the gate than its competitors, there are a number of Extras that you can tack on to expand your Sling experience.

Those Extras are bundles of additional channels that you can tack onto your Orange or Blue plan. They all come with an extra monthly fee, of course, so you’ll want to keep an eye on things before that $35-a-month bargain turns into a $100-a-month boondoggle. The Extras — which we detail below in the Sling channels section — range from $6 a month to $21 a month.

There are Premium channels available, too — again, for additional fees. Some are just single channels. Others — Showtime, for instance — include multiple channels for a single price. A sole premium channel may cost as low as $3 a month, while others range up to $10 a month.

And there are other additions to the service that can increase the price, and get it above and beyond its competitors. Do your homework. Keep an eye on what you’re spending.

Sling free trial

Sling TV no longer has a standard free trial, which actually is different than most of its competitors. Instead, they offer a half-off deal on your first month. (That’s the sort of thing that’s likely to come and go, though, so don’t be surprised if you see something different. We’ll update if and when things change.)

Sling TV channels and price.Phil Nickinson/Digital Trends Sling TV channels Sling Orange channels

Following are the channels available on the $35-a-month Sling Orange track. Channels that also are available on the Sling Blue track are noted in bold.

A&E, AMC, AXS TV, BBC America, BET, Bloomberg Television, Charge!, CNN, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, Comet, Disney Channel, EPIX Drive-In, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Food Network, Freeform, Fuse, HGTV, History Channel, IFC, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Local Now, Motor Trend, Nick Jr., TBS, TNT, Travel Channel, Vice

Sling TV Extras on the Orange track

These are the Extras available on the Sling Orange track with the monthly price, plus the channels you get:

  • Sports Extra ($11): SEC Network, ACC Network, PAC 12 Network, Longhorn Network, beIN Sports, NBA TV, ACC Network X, MLB Network, SEC Network+, ESPNU, ESPNews, Tennis Channel, NHL Network, MLB Strike Zone
  • Comedy Extra ($6): MTV, truTV, feTV, Laff, Paramount Network, MTV 2, CMT, Logo, Revolt, Game Show Network, TV Land
  • News Extra ($6): BBC World News, News Nation, NewsMax, HLN, Weather Nation, EuroNews, Science, News 18, RT America, CGTN, Law & Crime
  • Lifestyle Extra ($6): VH-1, Cooking Channel, DIY, FYI, Hallmark Channel, We TV, LMN, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Hallmark Drama
  • Hollywood Extra ($6): Reelz, Heroes & Icons, Start TV, Grit, HDNet Movies, Sundance TV, Cinemoi, TCM, Bounce
  • Heartland Extra ($6): World Fishing Network, INSP TV, Sportsman Channel, Pursuit, Outdoor Channel, GAC Family, GAC Living, American Heroes Channel, RFD TV, Destination America, PixL, Cowboy Channel
  • AMC+ ($7): AMC+, Shudder, Sundance Now, IFC Films Unlimited

Sling Blue channels

Following are the channels available on the $35-a-month Sling Blue track. Channels that also are available on the Sling Orange track are noted in bold.

A&E, AMC, AXS TV, BBC America, BET, Bloomberg Television, Bravo, Charge!, CNN, Cartoon Network, Cheddar, Comedy Central, Comet, Discovery Channel, E!, EPIX Drive-In, Fox (Select Markets), FS1, FX, Food Network, Fox News, Fuse, HGTV, HLN, History Channel, IFC, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Local Now, MSNBC, NBC (Select Markets), NFL Network, National Geographic, Nick Jr., SYFY, TBS, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, USA, Vice, truTV

Sling TV Extras on the Blue track

These are the Extras available on the Sling Blue track, with the monthly price, and the channels you get:

  • Sports Extra ($11): NFL Red Zone, Big10 Network, NBA TV, FS2, MLB Network, NHL Network, Golf Channel, beIN Sports, PAC 12 Network, Tennis Channel, MLB Strike Zone, Olympic Channel
  • Comedy Extra ($6): MTV, truTV, feTV, Laff, Paramount Network, MTV 2, CMT, Logo, Revolt, Game Show Network, TV Land
  • Kids Extra ($6): NickToons, TeenNick, Boomerang, BabyTV, DuckTV
  • News Extra ($6): Fox Business, News Nation, CNBC, BBC World News, Law & Crime, NewsMax, Weather Nation, Science, EuroNews, France 24, News 18, NDTV 24×7, CGTN
  • Lifestyle Extra ($6): VH-1, Oxygen, Cooking Channel, DIY, FYI, Hallmark Channel, We TV, LMN, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Hallmark Drama
  • Hollywood Extra ($6): FXX, Heroes & Icons, FXM, Reelz, Start TV, Grit, HD Net Movies, Sundance TV, Cinemoi, TCM, Bounce
  • Heartland Extra ($6): NatGeo Wild, World Fishing Network, INSP, Pursuit, Sportsman Channel, Outdoor Channel, GAC Family, GAC Living, Destination America, RFD TV, PixL, Cowboy Channel
  • AMC+ ($7): AMC+, Shudder, Sundance Now, IFC Films Unlimited

Further reading Premium options

In addition to the basic plans and Extras, Sling TV has a pretty healthy stable of premium channels available. There’s a monthly fee for each, of course, so you’ll need to mind what you’re spending. Here’s some of what’s available:

  • Showtime channels ($10): Nine channels of award-winning series, films, and originals
  • Starz channels ($9): Six channels of the best Hollywood has to offer, plus originals
  • EPIX channels ($5): Four channels with the latest hits and exclusives
  • CineFest ($5): Cult classics, indie films, and more
  • Cinemoi ($3): Film, fashion, and lifestyle
  • Comedy Dynamics ($5): All things comedy, with stand-up specials, shows, and films
  • BET+ ($10): More than 2,000 hours of Black content, plus the best of Tyler Perry
  • Noggin ($8): More than 1,000 ad-free Nick Jr. episodes
  • ScreamFlix ($3): The next-gen horror from the best storytellers around
  • VSiN ($4): News for sports betting, including analysis and odds
  • UP Faith & Family ($5): Religious dramas, comedies, and originals
  • Stingray Karaoke ($7): More than 10,000 popular songs for you to sing to
  • CONtv ($5): Live panels and series from fan conventions
  • The Country Network ($3): Only the best country music videos
  • True Royalty TV ($6): All things Royals
  • CuriosityStream ($3): Documentaries spanning science, space, tech, and health
  • Docurama ($5): Award

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