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Sling TV Review 2023

9.5
excellent
Katy Ward

In a Nutshell

With 3 plans, Sling TV provides access to more than 85,000 on-demand movies and shows and over 200 channels. As well as offering 50% off for the first month, it also allows non-members to watch thousands of hours of content for free. Although Sling TV’s regional content offering is limited, its reasonable fees could mean the company represents good value for viewers who prioritize access to high-profile sports and entertainment programs.

pros

  • 200+ channels and 85,000+ on-demand movies and shows
  • 50% off the first month
  • Thousands of hours of free content

cons

  • Poor reviews on Trustpilot
  • Limited local channels available

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Sling TV: Plans & Pricing


Sling Orange

Best for sports fans and families

Sling Blue

Best for showbiz and news

Sling Orange and Blue

Best for full bells-and-whistles viewing

Cost Per Month
$40
$40
$55
Number of channels
31
41
47
Number of simultaneous streams
1
3

1-3

(channels included only in Orange have 1 stream/Channels included only in Blue have 3 streams)

Notable channels*

ESPN

Disney

CNN

TNT

Comedy Central

Bravo

Discovery

E!

Fox News

CNN

Bravo

Discovery

E!

ESPN

FOX news

* Full channel list available here

How Much Does Sling TV Cost?

With the inclusion of ESPN and channels such as Nick Jr. and Lifetime, Sling Orange could provide excellent value for families who love sports and have young children. If you have a keen interest in current affairs and showbiz, Sling Blue may be a more worthwhile investment, as it offers channels such as E!, FX, and Fox News. For families who are unable to make a choice or have eclectic viewing tastes, the combined Sling Orange and Blue plan could be the best choice as it offers access to all available channels.

At present, the company has several deals available. For example, you can receive a free Chromecast with Google TV if you sign up for Sling TV and prepay for a month’s service. Likewise, you can receive a free HD antenna (worth $44.99) when you prepay for 2 months of Sling TV. You can find a full list of deals here.

The company also provides access to thousands of hours of free live and on-demand content through Sling Free. You can create a free account from the website without having to enter any credit card details.

Overall, Sling TV is one of the most affordable streaming services on the market and is especially good value if you opt for a base plan without extras. (See below for more information on those.)

Optional Add-Ons

Once you’ve chosen your base plan, you can then customize your subscription with Sling Extras, which are packages of additional channels.

  • Sports Extra ($11 per month): includes SEC Network, NBA TV, beIN Sports, and more
  • Comedy Extra ($6 per month): includes MTV, TruTV, CMT, Paramount Network, and more
  • News Extra ($6 per month): includes reporting from HLN, plus leading networks in Europe and India
  • Lifestyle Extra ($6 per month): includes VH1, WE, Hallmark Drama, FYI, and more
  • Heartland Extra ($6 per month): includes World Fishing Network, Insp, Outdoor Channel, and more
  • Hollywood Extra ($6 per month): includes Cinémoi, Sundance TV, TCM, HDNet Movies, and more
  • AMC+ ($7 per month): includes AMC+, Shudder, Sundance Now, and IFC Films Unlimited
  • 4 Extras ($13 per month): includes Kids Extra, News Extra, Lifestyle Extra, and Comedy Central
  • Total TV ($21 per month): includes all extras 

The company also offers a choice of 26 premium channels that you can add to your subscription. Here’s a list of some of the most notable:

  • Showtime ($10 per month)
  • Starz ($9 per month)
  • Epix ($5 per month)
  • Cinémoi ($3 per month)
  • Hallmark movies ($6 per month)
  • Bet+ ($10 per month)
  • Dove Channel ($5 per month)
  • Magnolia Selects ($5 per month)

You can find a full list of available premium channels and networks here.

Sling TV also offers a DVR Plus upgrade for $5 per month that allows you to record up to 200 hours to your DVR. Without the upgrade, you’ll receive 50 hours of free DVR storage.

How Does Sling TV Work?

If you’d like to sign up for Sling TV, visit the company’s website and click on the 'Try It Free' button for the plan you’re considering. You’ll then need to enter your email address, create a password, and provide your billing information. Then you can add premium channels or extras to your subscription. Unless you cancel your membership during the trial period, you’ll become a paid member and get charged on a monthly basis.

You can watch Sling TV via a wide range of devices, including the following:

  • Amazon Fire
  • Android TV, Google TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Google Nest
  • Oculus
  • Roku

Find a full list of supported devices here.

In addition to high-profile channels and networks, you can also watch local channels through Sling TV. To do so, you’ll need to purchase an HD antenna (available for free if you prepay for 2 months of Sling TV). Note, the availability of local channels is not as extensive as some of Sling TV’s competitors and will depend on the area you live in. You can find a list of channels available in your region here.

With a strong focus on international programming, Sling TV also provides content in languages such as Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, French, German, Greek, Italian, and Polish. 

Overall, we found Sling TV’s website extremely easy to navigate, with a clear explanation of all its customization options.

Is Sling TV Reliable and Safe? 

Sling TV currently has a rating of 1.3/5 on Trustpilot. While satisfied customers mention its value for money and ease of use, others complain of difficulties in canceling their plans and of their service freezing when in use.

The company is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has a rating of A+ with the body, although it has a score of just 1.11/5 based on customer reviews.

Help and Support

You can contact Sling TV through phone, online chat, social media, or 24/7 virtual assistant. Its phone support hours are 7 days a week, 9.30AM-12AM (ET), while its social support hours are 8AM-1AM.

When we contacted the company over Twitter, we received an extremely helpful reply within 30 minutes.

Sling TV also has a wide selection of FAQs on its website, which provided most of the details we needed. You can also consult a range of articles and how-to guides in its online help center, which also include a great deal of information about the service.

What About the Sling TV App?

If you’d like to watch and stream TV directly to your mobile device, you can download the Sling TV app from Google Play or the App Store and access all the features on your account.

To download the app on Android, you’ll need version 5.0 and above, while Apple requires iOS 11 or later.

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Bottom Line

If you’re seeking a streaming service that will allow you to personalize your subscription for an affordable fee, Sling TV could be an attractive solution. We were impressed by the availability of its free content, which could provide a great insight into whether you would benefit from a paid subscription. Although Sling TV is one of the most budget-friendly streaming options on the market, whether it offers value for money will depend not only on the base plan you choose, but also any optional extras you add. 

FAQs

Can I cancel Sling TV?

Yes, you can pause or cancel your subscription at any time. However, Sling TV will not refund you for any prepaid or partially used months.

What internet speed will I need?

Sling TV recommends a minimum download speed of 3MBPS if you’re using a portable device such as a smartphone or tablet, 5MPS for devices such as PCs or Macs, and 25MBPS or higher if your household uses the internet on multiple devices.

How do I add or remove channels to my plan?

You can make changes to your package, including adding or removing channels, by clicking on the 'Edit Subscription' button in your online account. Payment for any premium channels or extras bundles is taken immediately. If you’re removing channels, the extra will be removed on your next payment date and you’ll no longer be billed for this service.

Oxford graduate Katy Ward is a seasoned journalist and editor covering personal finance and software topics for Top10. Over a 15-year career, Katy has worked with several finance titans, including Barclays, Tandem Bank, and Yahoo! Finance.

Sling TV customer reviews

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6 months ago

I love Sling. It is simple to use and has a lot of good shows with a lot of variety.

6 months ago

I've been a Sling TV customer for four years, and except for the more recent price increase, it also meets my needs and is very easy to use across all my devices.

6 months ago

Sling's monthly subscription is an excellent price, plus you get a lot more watchable channels than you get with satellite. Sling carries only the best channels. They are the best streaming service on the market, by far.

6 months ago

It is easy to navigate and user friendly. We love the wide selection of programs and shows and really enjoy using it. I recommend it to my friends and relatives.

6 months ago

I love Sling because I can find everything that I want to watch on there. It also has my favorite news programs, such as Fox. And the price is affordable compared to cable TV.

7 months ago

You can watch just about anything any time you want. I like that they have a huge selection to choose from.

7 months ago

We've subscribed to Sling now for about 4 years. We're happy with the shows we are able to watch. We are also happy with the price and the fact that in the time we've had it the cost has only gone up once. Even though it went up Sling is still cheaper than cable or Direct TV.

7 months ago

When I am bored with regular tv, Sling is my go-to account. There are a lot of movie and tv choices to watch, and it's a welcomed change.

7 months ago

I like that Sling offers different package deals. It also gives you additional channels for review or to add on the current package deal you have.

7 months ago

Sling has a wide variety of movies, tv shows and live tv that I like to watch. I don't remember exactly what it costs. I know that streaming television is a lot cheaper than regular cable.

8 months ago

It lets me only choose which channels I want to subscribe to, so I'm not paying for something I don't use. They have packages and add ons that give me the channels I prefer to watch.

5 months ago

Sling offers lots of channels. I would like it if they offered some of the older "classic" tv shows that are available on other channels. I find their new setup is beyond terrible, they should go back to the way it was.

5 months ago

It's free and has almost everything I need in a streaming app, and using Sling on my smart t.v makes it much easier.

5 months ago

I'm very happy with the their service, the variety of channels and price. About once a week the service cuts out and they need to work on improving their signal connection.

5 months ago

Overall it is good. The guide could be more user friendly. I wish I didn't have to come out of one show to get to the guide to change channels for another show. Make the process more streamlined.

6 months ago

If you're thinking of cutting your cable, Sling's streaming system along with a Roku stick works pretty great, and it comes with DVR too. It's really a good value for your money.

6 months ago

Sling gives me access to all my DVR recordings. I can watch them anywhere and anytime, which I like. It doesn't always interface properly with the device I'm trying to use to stream content on i.e., my tablet won't always work correctly with it, so need to switch to smartphone, which I don't like.

6 months ago

Sling is reliable. It has many channels I watch. It raised the price which I do not like, but they did give more hours on the DVR.

6 months ago

Sling TV is something I don't watch very often. I have been very satisfied the few times I did watch it. The subject matter available on Sling wasn't something I was very interested in, but it was ok.

7 months ago

It is a good streaming service with a lot of good content. However, it doesn't have all of my favorite shows. They need to add newer content to their service.

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