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Sling TV Review: Is it Worth $20 Per Month?

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Sling TV offers cable channels without the nasty contract. Read my Sling TV review to see if it’s worth the $20 per cost to get ESPN shows.

We’ve tried Sling TV on several occasions as we recently canceled our DirecTV contract and thought a review of the service would be good. We were intrigued by the idea of getting access to channels like ESPN for $20 without a monthly contract. Those who want to cut the cord are often held back out of fear that they’ll miss out on sports.

I used to be one of those people and was excited about getting ESPN and ESPN2 for $20 per month with the ability to cut it any time I want. We had a good overall experience, but ultimately decided not to keep it – and have come to the same conclusion with each instance we’ve used the service. Here’s a Sling TV review for 2017 to give a full breakdown of the service.

How Sling TV Works

 

As mentioned, Sling TV is a no-contract way to get television content. Ironically, it was launched by Dish TV in 2015 though they don’t have the messy contracts or high costs of the parent company.

As I’ve shared in the past, we now get all of our content through the Amazon Fire Stick and are more than happy with that as a replacement. We also get our local channels with the Mohu Leaf which has worked great for our needs.

Sling TV is an Internet based TV service that offers just over 30 channels for $20 per month. They also offer a $25 per month plan for 40 channels – though that doesn’t offer access to ESPN. They offer a premium tier that offers all base channels for $40 per month. You simply download the app to get started. You can download it straight from the Sling TV website or you can download it for free from Amazon.

Sling TV works on a variety of different devices. We only used it on our television, but you can use it from the following devices:

As you can see, there are a fair number of options to use Sling. The installation, at least for our television was relatively simple. I set up our account for it through the Sling TV website as they offer a free 7-day trial. I then downloaded it through our Amazon Fire TV Stick, and was set up in a total of maybe five minutes.

I will add that while I was setting it up on our Fire Stick there was an ad to try it free for 14 days. I chatted with their customer support area and they instantly upgraded me – so keep that in mind if you sign up.

I will also add that Sling TV is a mix of live TV plus on demand shows, so it’s really a marriage of Netflix and the channels you want from cable.

What Channels Do You Get With Sling TV?

 

The Sling TV app offers a base package of 23 channels. Those channels are:

ESPN                                               TBS

ESPN2                                             Travel Channel

AMC                                                 Adult Swim

Food Network                                CNN

A&E                                                   H2

History Channel                              Cartoon Network

TNT                                                   ABC Family

El Rey                                                Lifetime

HGTV                                                Galavision

IFC                                                     Bloomberg Television

Disney Channel                              Polaris+

Comedy Central                              ESPN3

BBC America                                    FreeForm

ViceLand                                           AxS TV

Newsy                                                Cheddar

Local Now                                         FlaMa

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Sling TV also offers eight, add-on packages for an extra $5 per month per package. Those packages are:

Sports Extra – which comes with nine channels, including ESPNews and the SEC Network.

Kids Extra – which offers five channels, including Disney Junior and Boomerang.

Best of Spanish TV – which lists 14 channels, including Univision and ESPN Deportes.

Deportes Extra – which provides seven channels, including Azteca.

Peliculas and Novelas Extra – which includes nine channels, including Uni Mas.

Hollywood Extra – which comes with six channels, including Sundance TV and TCM.

World News Extra – which offers seven extra channels, including HLN and RT.

Lifestyle Extra – which lists six channels, including DIY and the Cooking Channel.

In total, Sling TV offers access to 65 channels though it’d not make much sense to get each as you’d pay $60 plus tax every month, giving up much of the savings you’d get from canceling cable.They also offer HBO Now if you’d like access to that for an additional $15 per month.

Sling TV – What to Like

 

There’s a lot to like about Sling TV. Most importantly, it’s relatively inexpensive and does not require a contract. That alone is worth consideration. It lets you access some of your favorite shows if you’ve cut cable without the nasty cost.

I also like that it’s compatible with so many devices. You can use it on your phone or even on a video game console if you like, so there’s obviously a lot of options. We only used the television interface but it was relatively straightforward. You simply launch the app on the Fire TV Stick (here’s our Amazon Fire TV Stick review) or Amazon Fire TV (here’s our Amazon Fire TV review) and navigate to the channel you want to watch.

The app provides a “What’s On” section so you can see what’s live. You can also navigate to the specific channel to see what on demand programming they have available. I will add that many of the channels have pause, rewind and fast forward features, which is nice – though it does not work on channels like ESPN, TBS or TNT.

The other thing of note I really liked is the 3-Day Replay Sling TV offers. It’s not available on all channels, but is on most. This feature allows you to access content that has been on the given channel during the past three days. They also offer a similar “Start Over” function that allows you to jump back to the beginning of a show. While not the full features found in a DVR it does offer some ways around it.

Sling TV – What Not to Like

 

The main complaint I had with Sling TV was buffering issues. We have a relatively fast Internet connection (42.85 Mbps download speed, 6.13 Mbps upload speed and 90 ms latency) since we work from home, but still ran into buffering issues.

The most glaring time I saw this was while trying to watch the college football playoffs in January – with the championship game being the worst. It took 10-15 minutes for the game to come on though I’m sure it’s because there were many other people trying to access it at the same time. That being said, they had much worse problems during March Madness last year so it’s something to keep in mind.

Additionally, there’s no way to look at what’a on without kicking your out of the platform altogether – ultimately forcing you to start over every time you want to watch something different. Want another no-contract option? Check out DirecTV’s new service in my DirecTV Now review.

Another thing to keep in mind is Sling TV only works on one device at a time on the base package. That wasn’t an issue for us though it may well be for you. Lastly, some of the more popular channels are linear only which means live is the only option you get with no ability to fast forward or rewind.

Sling TV offers cable channels without the nasty contract. Read my Sling TV review to see if it’s worth the $20 per cost to get ESPN shows.

Sling TV Review – Final Thoughts

 

Ultimately, I believe Sling TV is the beginning of new things for those who want to cut the cord. As such, it’s not perfect. My hope is that they continue to improve its functionality and clear up the buffering issues. I think for those who want to cut the cord and still have access to channels like ESPN it can be a good option for the $20 per month price tag, especially given the lack of a contract. That’s also not to mention the fact they seem to be adding new channels and capabilities to the platform regularly.

We chose to forego signing up after the free 14-day trial. We have Netflix and HBO Now plus we can access a lot of content for free thanks to our Amazon Prime membership and Amazon Fire TV Stick. That saves us nearly $90 per month and we saw no need to add an additional $20 per month.

If you’re looking for something to include in your home theater system, then the Amazon Fire TV will be better suited for you thanks to its 4k capabilities and ability to connect to Alexa. Likewise, you can get the TiVo Roamio if you want to have a DVR, with no monthly fee, in your home entertainment system.

We also get local channels with our Mohu 50 Leaf, so we’re set for our channels and if we really can’t get something we can almost always find it somewhere online. We may change direction come football season but for now we’re content without it – but it still might be a good consideration for you given it’s free for a week or two and has no contracts.

 

Do you still have cable and, if so, how much are you paying for it each month? What’s one channel you feel like that you can’t live without? If you’ve used Sling, what are your thoughts on it?

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  • I have heard a ton of good thing about Sling, although I have never tried it. Hulu and Netflix are working out for us at the moment.

    • John Schmoll says:

      I had as well Holly, but it didn’t measure up to the talk. I’d stick with what y’all have and save the $20/month.

    • Mike says:

      I have Netflix and Hulu also and that seems to be enough for me. I will be keeping an eye on sling and see what happens. These cheap startup deals usually lead to mega bills.

    • Madeline says:

      Sling tv is a ripoff. I signed up to watch my favorite show the same night and it did not stream live as advertised so I cancelled the same night. Three weeks later sling tv has charged my account twice for the full monthly fee in one month. I reported this to my bank and now I have to wait three weeks for a new debit card.

      • Donald marazo says:

        Madeline my gut feeling is stay with what makes you happy. Sling would not compare to the cable company for two years now. Too much hassle to get involved with Sling.

    • cmstull says:

      Don’t do it! terrible customer service.
      tried the service and cancelled and got charged anyway even though it was a free trial.

      • G says:

        That’s what just happened to me so it’s not 7 days free it’s really 6 days bc on the 7th day they charge you!!

        • John Schmoll says:

          That’s unfortunately not correct G. They charge you literally the second the 7th day is over. So, you do get 7 days – you just have to watch it and make sure you don’t go over that time or they will charge you.

    • Sue Bardwell says:

      I don’t care for it I can’t see my favorite shows unless you pay monthly and if you watch them the shows are not current or up to date

    • Ed Dingess says:

      Sling was attractive at first, but not so much any more. The $25 package offers very little by way of movies but you get sports. The $30 option gets you movies but you lost sports. That pretty much forces you into the $40 option. But my cable is $115 with high speed internet. If I drop cable, keep my internet and subscribe to sling, my bill increases AND I get fewer channels. That is just plain stupid. I am very disappointed that they have restructured their package this way.

      • susan says:

        I agree with your review. Sling is overpriced for the few channels they are offering. There is no bargain there. If they were smart… they would drop the price to $10/month… but even still the channels they are offering are not the ones I watch. Why doesn’t anyone listen to that???
        THE CHANNELS I WANT TO WATCH.
        So I will keep Netflix and Hulu and stream everything else free like I have been doing for last 3 years.

      • Matthew says:

        I wouldn’t rely on Sling for movies so much. That’s best on Netflix or Hulu for pretty cheep price. The $25 package allows me to watch local, live pro sports. If I need more sports, just add $5 sports package. Overall, it’s extremely affordable with no contract. I’ve been using it for about a year.

    • Matthew says:

      I have the $25 Sling package and love it. It has no more issues than any cable/satalite company that I’ve tried in the past. I even get to watch local pro sports live (Milwaukee Bucks, Brewers). I also have Hulu for $8-9/month. So for $35 a month and no contract…great deal!

      • John Schmoll says:

        Glad you’ve found something that works for you – especially with the savings. Unfortunately, we’ve continued to experience significant buffering issues so it wouldn’t be worth the cost even if we did want to have it.

      • Marie says:

        I have Sling TV and I guess I’ve been lucky but I’ve not experienced buffering issues for a very, very long time. I have the cheapest package and added 2 additional bundles. Still cheaper than cable, at least where I live. Tried Direct TV Now for a short time, that was awful. Talk about buffering issues. Also tried PlayStation Vue, which started out great but then they cut some channels but not price. Out of the 3, Sling TV is the better option. At least for me.

    • David Almazan says:

      Have you tried Kodi Tv? It’s a free download and you can get almost any movie or tv show and you can also stream live tv and sports

  • We have been cable free for just about 6 years now. I’ve heard of sling tv before, but considering we never watched those channels much (with the exception of HGTV) I figured we wouldn’t get our monies worth. Also, many of the shows that I do watch on HGTV are now being played on Netflix, after season, of course. This makes Netflix so much more valuable to me:) I don’t mind watching after everyone else has at all…

  • Jaime says:

    We tried Sling TV for two weeks too and ended up canceling. I ended up watching for the most part and my bf gave up on it. Mostly because just like you did, we ended up having buffering issues.

    We’re also just too used to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and couldn’t get used to the commercials again. Meh for commercials!

  • Ben says:

    I tried Sling a while back when the college football season started, and I ran into the same buffering issues. Wasn’t worth it.

    We also live in an area where we can’t get local channels so I was bummed they didn’t offer those.

  • We just switched to basic channel only cable, and I admit I was going to look into Sling if my husband decided he just couldn’t live without his sports. So far, though, it hasn’t been a problem (and in NC during college basketball season, that’s saying something.) Good to know the draw backs though…if the buffering is bad, that makes it really frustrating to watch games.

    • John Schmoll says:

      The sports aspect is the big draw to Sling in my opinion. But, it just doesn’t measure up when it comes to the buffering. I have hope they, or someone else, will be able to improve upon that in the near future.

  • Michelle says:

    We don’t have cable, Hulu, Netflix, Sling, or anything else haha. Don’t miss any of them either!

  • I definitely have looked into Sling TV. We still have cable but after splitting the bill 50/50 with our renter it’s not that much more than Sling, so we’ve kept cable for now. We will likely cut cable out of our budget when she moves out this Summer. We actually already have Netflix and a roku, so I think it will just take a little adjusting to get used to having something like Sling and using a digital receiver/DVR.

    • John Schmoll says:

      I remember you mentioning that in a previous comment DC. I think you’d actually be fine without Sling. So much content is available through Netflix and Amazon Prime or Hulu you’d be fine without it – for the most part.

  • Syed says:

    Thanks for the review I was looking into this product because we are planning to cut the cord next month. Sounds good but not sure if it would be worth it for us. We will try to subsist on Netflix and local channels for a while and see where things go from there.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Not a problem at all Syed. We’ve done just fine with Netflix and stuff we can get through the Amazon Fire Stick. If you get a good antenna you’d be set up for nearly everything.

  • Sarah says:

    We just got Sling in December and we like it, but the only other option we have is Netflix. My husband likes ESPN, I like HGTV and my girls watch Disney in the morning. I do agree with you in that it’s not perfect – it freezes quite often or the picture will be blurry. Honestly, I could do without it, but I do like that my kids happily watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in the mornings 🙂 #priceless lol

  • We don’t care about sports, so Hulu and it’s $8.99 keep us perfectly happy. Sounds like we’re lucky because Sling appears to add up big time. Well, depending on what you’re looking for anyway.

  • Jason B says:

    I’ve been debating canceling my cable for a minute. After reading this post, I will keep it for a while longer. I’m only paying $65 each month anyway. I like my sports and would be pissed if I missed parts of games do to buffering issues.

  • I’ve looked into it since some of those channels may interest me and my wife. We currently don’t have cable at all and just use an antenna. We don’t really have much time for TV anyway but would consider it in the future. Hopefully they fix the buffering issues.

  • Marilyn says:

    Thank you for this review. We’ve cut the cord some time ago. We currently have Amazon prime and Netflix but as our daughter has gotten older really wants the disney channel and cartoon network. I’m debating on sling but we’re not avid sports fan and rarely watch the games so I’m torn on weather it worth the 20.00 bucks for just those two channels.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Not a problem at all Marilyn. It could be worth it, but much of Disney’s programming can be had on other platforms so you have to see if Sling provides a value.

  • Josh says:

    We’re considering Sling, but the best internet money can buy at our location is only 7 Mb, so I’m a bit hesitant to begin with.
    Are the buffering/quality issues primarily with big ticket ESPN events, or are they across the board? The reason I ask is that our house’s primary use would be kid shows, Disney, etc with occasional HGTV, TNT/TBS, and ESPN mixed in. If buffering isn’t as big an issue on Disney, etc, it seems like Sling may be a good fit for us…?

  • Bill C. says:

    I ditched cable about 4 months ago and opted in for SlingTV. I am very pleased with the service and the only channel that is sometimes blurry is ABC which I pay for separately (5.00 monthly) due to NBA playoffs. My internet service is uVerse at 24MB and I have great HD picture quality and zero buffering problems.The Food Network and Travel channel allow you to view previously broadcasted shows up to approx 3 days back and I can watch anything I find interesting and without a DVR recorder. My stream box is Amazon Fire TV which I bought at a 50% discount including free delivery for a 3 month SlingTV subscription. I also watch on my Fire Kindle HDX and iPhone, meaning I can watch TV 24×7. I miss out on some sports games, but I am not strapped with a fat cable bill and a contract.

  • Adair says:

    What is the best way to watch shows live like the walking dead? I’m trying to cut the cord and I currently have Amazon and Netflix. I thought sling would be great. However after reading some comments I’m not so sure now.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Yea, I was hoping for a bit more with Sling but my main issues was with watching sports. Have you checked out if AMC allows you to watch Walking Dead online without a cable subscription? You might want to try that as I know *some* networks allow that. If not, something like Sling may be the best option though I admittedly don’t know how many episodes they carry. From what I remember, a few of the shows I noticed only had the 5 most recent episodes.

  • Bill S says:

    i was looking into Sling, but i cant seem to find TCM. have they discontinued carrying TCM as a channel option?

    • John Schmoll says:

      Good question Bill. According to their site TCM is still a part of the “Hollywood Extra” upgrade package for $5. You get 6 extra channels, with TCM and Sundance TV looking to be the best add-ons.

  • I’ve never had cable but when I saw that Sling TV was offering a free Roku box for a 3 month commitment, I figured it was worth a look since it was equivalent to the price of a Roku box. I got to watch some of the NBA Finals and my wife likes the Food Network. Buffering issues are valid but my internet connect is not the fastest. I’ll probably cancel after my 3 month commitment though as I really don’t watch much TV anyways. And when I do, free TV is fine

  • Lisa Winans says:

    I would warn anyone against using Sling. The customer service is awful. I subscribed to Sling use with my Roku devices. After their system upgrade it stopped working. It hasn’t worked in a month. I have sent emails and had endless phone calls. They have no idea when it will work again. They will not offer a refund because it would be possible to view Sling “in other methods”. I subscribed to use with my Roku, not my computer or IPad. Of course they will still allow people to download the app on Roku knowing that it isn’t working for many costumers.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear about your experience Lisa. I never had an issue with their customer service, it seemed fine on my end. But, to be fair, I didn’t use it on Roku. That being said, my experience was far from perfect so can understand your frustration.

  • James says:

    The main draw I see is that Sling has a contract with the regional Fox Sports Network (FSN, specifically) which would allow me to live stream all of the local major league teams. As you probably know, I can’t do that with expensive MLR.TV, NBA.Live or NFL Sunday Ticket packages because of black-out restrictions for local markets. What that in mind, do you think it’s worth the cost?

    • John Schmoll says:

      That must be a newer addition to what they offer as I wasn’t aware they did. That’d make it more tempting to me to consider using Sling. I’m in Big 12 country, so having access to games would be nice to have. I’d be willing to check it out to see if buffering issues were still prominent.

  • James says:

    I intend to try the free trial this weekend. I’ll post on any buffering issues we experience. Thanks again.

  • Donnie Trumpie says:

    Just started using Sling TV, and as others have mentioned, the buffering is severe even on a decent connection, even though other online streaming services work fine.

  • Beverly McMasters says:

    We like watching Nascar races. But we can’t get cable where we’re at. We can’t afford satalite. We have a Samsung Smart Tv. So we have Netflix that we pay 7.99 mo.for. Our internet service is through Centurylink telephone. We have some buffering and freezing up on a couple of shows when we watch them on Netflix. But not a lot. Do we have to have anything special box wise to go through Sling TV?

  • James says:

    As indicated by many, experienced some pretty recurring buffering issues during our 7 day free trial. Great for a sports package if they can fix that specific issue with the new Fox Sports regional channels on the blue package, but $25/mo. is a little steep just for in-market sports…

  • James says:

    One more comment: I thought it was a little strange that the blue package allows you access to the local major league sports teams through the Fox Sports regional channel, but doesn’t include ESPN, which I believe is included in the cheaper orange package.

    • John Schmoll says:

      That is a good point James, not certain why they’d do that…well I see they’ve got a third tier that includes everything but at $40/month that’s more than I’d care to pay.

  • Louise says:

    So what seems to be the best route for cutting cable if you have avid Hockey, Baseball and Football sports fans in the NE. I am desperate to get rid of Comcast

    • John Schmoll says:

      That’s a good question Louise. I know Sling recently added Fox Sports as a part of their offering so that might be something to look into. Beyond that, I’m not certain what else would work as most of the packages offered by the individual leagues black out local sports teams.

  • Tammy Rockwell says:

    Do not get this service. It buffers constantly and it has taken me months to get it cancelled. Their customer service is terrible and I have paid for 4 months of service that I have not used. Posting on Social media sites was the only way I finally got it cancelled.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear about your experience Tammy, I would be frustrated as well. The buffering is a known issue, though this is the first I’ve heard of having problems canceling – hopefully it’s not the start of something new.

  • We cut cable over a year ago, went to a digital antenna and Roku with Amazon Prime. We recently added Sling TV and Netflix.

    Sports are my sticking point…college football and baseball. I bought the MLB package last year and renewed this year, but will cancel that because it’s depressing to watch my team now (NY Mets). I’m hoping Sling gives me more access to college football games because I’m a junkie and will watch all I can.

    We’ve had the same buffering issues as everyone else, hoping it improves sooner than later. If football games are really bad, I will likely cancel, otherwise we will tough it out.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sounds like you’ve got a pretty good set up Brian. I love my college football too, but I’m traveling a lot this fall so I can thankfully get most of my games thanks to hotel tv.

      That being said, I’ve seen Sling has added Fox Sports, so that should help but they do need to fix the buffering issue.

  • Mfavor says:

    Tired Sling Tv last year for “football season” the buffering was terribly frustrating so we cancelled. Seen they had added options so signed up again just a few moments ago for a 7 day trial period and will be cancelling again the buffering issues have not been fixed 🙁 and a bit pricey for fox southwest but would probably pay if the buffering issues were addressed

  • Carolyn says:

    I was thinking about Sling till reading your reviews. We currently have netflix and cbs access and that is costing up $16 a month. Now I’m intrigued with hulu but not sure about cancelling and what’s included in the base price.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Glad to help give some direction Carolyn. I’ve heard good things about Hulu and believe they don’t have a cancelation charge though I could be wrong.

      • MaryAnn Jackman says:

        No cancellation charge with Hulu. We went back to DirecTV and cancelled Hulu, no problem. It’s a great service, and now we are cancelling DirecTV again and going back to Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime and over the air for local channels. What we can’t find on those platforms is available online. We have Prime just on general principles — it provides a lot more than TV service — free shipping, books, tons of free music. With Hulu, you can watch what was on network TV the day after it airs, or anytime that’s convenient for you. Well worth the price, and way cheaper than cable.

        • John Schmoll says:

          I’ve learned that MaryAnn as we’re actually in the middle of a free trial with them. After that, we’ll go back to Amazon/Netflix/our antenna. Completely agreed on the value of Prime.

  • Ed says:

    I had buffering problems when I first got sling but no longer. I use a roku to stream sling at first it was in a cabinet and had buffering problems. When I pulled it out it was hot so I unplugged it. When I hooked it back up I layed it by the tv and no buffering. The next day it was buffering again. So I unplugged it let it cool down buffering went away. Now I let it hang behind the cabinet just held by the HDMI cable. It doesn’t over heat and no buffering. I’m watching a football game right now. I got Google fiber hooked up yesterday did a speed test and wireless I get 48.7 mbps by the tv. I still have at&t hooked up it is 15 mbps wired don’t know what the wireless speed is. I see no difference in the picture with either connection. I also had buffering problems with netflix before I let the roku hang.

  • Aaron says:

    Here’s one for you, John. As Sling is a service of DISH, does it entitle one to use a DISH subscriber account to log into the various network apps (FXNow, ESPN, etc)? Looking for a silver lining side effect to not having DVR functionality.

    • John Schmoll says:

      That’s a good question Aaron. I’ve not seen anything on it, but I’d imagine it’d be a no as that would allow anyone to switch over and get all the benefits of a Dish membership without the added costs. Hopefully they’ll clean things up with Sling in the near future so that would be a possibility. 🙂

  • Scott Barton says:

    You people realize that your not actually cutting the chord from DishTV don’t you—DishTV is the parent company of Sling Tv so when you decide to cut the chord and get rid of Direct and Dish and TimeWarner make sure your not getting a package deal from the company your leaving. Sling TV belongs to Dish TV don’t get fooled by these ridiculous idiots

    • John Schmoll says:

      That’s a fair point Scott and agree, to a certain extent. That being said, I think it may be missing the larger issue. You’re still getting rid of a monthly contract that binds you for a certain period of time for some crazy price – and at the whim of them raising prices all the time.

      At least with Sling you can leave whenever you want without having to pay a fee. I think many who cut the cord could care less who they’re getting service from as long as they don’t have that contract and are paying substantially less. That’s also not to mention the fact that Dish was among first to market with an option like this. It’s not perfect by any means, but at least it’s a step towards a hopefully leveled playing field that gives us fair/money saving options.

  • Mike says:

    I have a 30mps internet and with Netflix and with Amazon, I have a 1080p picture and with Amazon I can get the 4K Ultra Picture. But Sling doesn’t stream in HD? That would be the only complaint that I would have.

  • Susie says:

    Honestly the only reason why I have sling tv is for the PAC-12 network. I have directv and it’s not available there so I pay the $25 a month and I’m able to watch all the soccer I’d otherwise miss. Plus this is cheaper than actually switching to Dish Network so I guess it works out.

  • Glori B says:

    My son plays college football and I recently learned that Direct TV no longer carries Pac 12 Network. We are huge sports fans…….what is the best way to get all the sports channels without paying the HUGE cable/satellite costs?

    • John Schmoll says:

      That’s awesome Glori though sorry to hear they’re not carrying it any longer. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any good options for the Pac-12 Network. The best solution I know of is Sling and add the “Blue” package which, I believe, is $25 per month total. It doesn’t have the Pac-12 Network, but it does have FSN which carries many Pac-12 games. Sorry not to be of more help.

  • Gwyneth says:

    I tried out Sling for two weeks and I did okay with it. I didn’t subscribe, however, bc my husband wouldn’t even try it. What I’m actually wondering is if when the weather is bad you still get channels on your antenna? Thanks!

    • John Schmoll says:

      Glad to hear it worked out decent for you Gwyneth though hopefully y’all can move to something that can help you cut the cable bill. 🙂 That’s a great question! There have only been 2-3 times over the course of the year where reception was not optimal due to weather, which is honestly on par with what we used to experience with DirecTV when we had them. Those 2-3 times were due to pretty bad weather so it hasn’t been very concerning.

  • Kcgirl says:

    Guys, I think cable is ripping me off. I want to let go but need to know which steps…I’m older. For example, I tried to cut back with comcast cable but Internet alone is $80 a month. Verizon won’t allow use of new promos since I use phone service already. I can’t watch TV without cable service. Should I buy the digital converter box and which brand is best? Must haves: local news, CNN, Weather Channel, I like AMC, TCM, espn, USA, Free, MPT, TN, tbs, FX, syfy, spike, Ae, life, history, DSC, TLC, animp, own, tvlnd, hgtv, vh1, cnbc, E!, com, Bet, tvone, wild, natgeo, ID, AHC, BBC, We, aspre, diy, cook, oxgn. The added NFL as an option to lower costs for good customer but it went from $200(lowered amt. from $230; to $265!). I can’t do this anymore but I’ve grown accustomed to watching my fav shows and having access to them. It’s part of my cable package.

    Can you put a concise step by step outline (I’m a visual learner) on how I can cut the cord and still be happy with little sacrifice to my viewing habits, after divorcing cable in 30 or 60 days?

    • John Schmoll says:

      I can definitely tell you that cable is ripping you off KC girl, they do in virtually every case. That being said, I’m not certain what would get you all of those networks. I’s look at Sling and Hulu to get you started.

  • Tony D says:

    I have Netflix, Hulu and antenna tv. Purchased a DVR for the antenna tv and its working out fine.
    The only problem after cutting out SATELLITE my internet provider informed me that I was using to much GBs. They will cancel my account or I would have to get a commercial acount at 250 per month.
    Solution: reset hulu to down load from HD to lowest setting, now using .3 GB per hour instead of 7
    CenturyLink – not really unlimited!

  • S says:

    I have Hulu and Amazon Prime. I decided to go with the seven-day test of Sling because I miss live sports.

    It is NOT ready for prime time. I have a top end Internet connection, but the connection is constantly dropping. The error message says the sling.exe has stopped working.

    The customerbase to watch live sports is HUGE, but I don’t quite think this is ready given the number of restarts during one sports game. I don’t have this happen on any of the other streaming platforms.

    • John Schmoll says:

      You’re not the only one to have that experience with Sling unfortunately. We just finished trying a free trial again, and like you, have top of the line internet and it’s buggy and has buffering issues.

      I’d agree, it’s not ready yet. I’m glad they’ve come out with it as it’s a first step, but it needs a good bit of improvement.

  • Justin says:

    I would recommend for everyone to try. I just tried this for The Walking Dead season premiere, and have been watching for several hours now. A channel had stopped once for maybe a few seconds and got blurry maybe twice for a few seconds each. This streamed for me better than Netflix does half the time. My internet is very basic (like 10mb/s dl and 11mb/s upload, at least when i tested it online while streaming). In conclusion I don’t know if this is from a recent update to the service or what but the so called buffering issues didn’t exist for me and I am very happy with this service.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sounds like you’ve had a much better experience than I’ve had Justin. We’ve tried it multiple times, just this last week in fact, and on multiple devices and they still have buffering issues. We have the highest level of Internet speed as we work from home so it doesn’t make sense. That being said, here’s to hoping they can get it straightened out as there’s certainly room for growth in this space.

  • Dave says:

    I was so sick of my $150.00 cable bill. Cut the cord and started to use Netflix along with a regular TV antenna which gave us the networks. However, I’m getting tired of Netflix and the way they will suddenly take the series that you are watching off the site. Also, you have to wait too long until they give you the next season. I found a great on-line third-party site which keeps your TV programs up to date and has a great selection of movies; just as good as or better than Netflix—totally free. However, the only reason I am trying Sling TV is for the sports. I can’t get the ESPN’s or TNT and TBS for basketball on the other avenues I have. Plus, my third-party site usually doesn’t get the shows on HGTV or A&E. I am currently using Sling TV on the 7-day trial. I watched the NFL game last night and for the most part, the streaming was fine. A couple of minor stutters in the broadcast, but not to the extent that some of your reviewers have said. Jury is still out, but since I plan on cancelling Netflix, the difference would mean I would only be paying $12.00 for Sling TV, which may be worth it for the sports.

    • John Schmoll says:

      That’s a good point Dave, as that would essentially cut the bill in half. Cutting Netflix isn’t an option for us as our young kids love too many shows on it. I’ve found Sling to be hit or miss on sports, but too often it’s been pretty bad so not worth the $20/month to me.

  • Dorothy says:

    We currently pay $90/month for unlimited internet, cable, and landline. We need the Internet and my husband needs his sports. The kids and I would be perfectly happy with options like Hulu and Netflix. We have a landline because the package was cheaper with it Than without. But we keep cable because of the sports. Is there any other option for just quality sports out there (ESPN, Fox Sports) so we can get rid of the rising cable costs??

    • John Schmoll says:

      I think the best option would be to try out Sling, albeit with its issues. You could take advantage of the free 7 day trial and see how it works for y’all. Outside of that, I don’t know of any other options unfortunately.

  • Steve says:

    Unlike many here, I have had a great experience with Sling. We cut the cord this summer and I was wondering how I would watch my college football team in the fall. I tried both Sling and Playstation Vue. Vue did not work for me at all. I could not get their “DVR” service to work, and their menu system confused me. (I am pretty tech savvy.) So far, after one month, Sling has been smooth. I don’t like that their Orange and Blue packages have different channels. Sometimes my team is on ESPN, sometimes on FS1. But they are really good about allowing you to switch between Orange and Blue as many times as you want, for no extra charge if you do it via chat (and I assume by calling them). In addition, they are the only streaming service which carries Pac-12 Network (for an extra $5/mo)! And while neither FS1 nor ESPN have “DVR” functioning, you can use your Sling subscription to view Watch ESPN, which has most all their games shortly after the game is over. We’ve got a Roku 2 (the latest version which is essentially Roku 3) and have only occasional minor stuttering problems. I have to say they have exceeded my expectations and I am a fan.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Glad to hear it’s working out for you. We’ve got near commercial speed Internet speed as we work from home and have issues each of the few times we tried out the free trials. Agreed on the different channels, but at least they make it relatively simple for you to switch.

  • Mike says:

    So I still have to pay $80/month to my cable provider for internet only access, and $40 dollars for Sling TV plus extra for add-ons, I’m really not saving anything so I might as well continue paying $120/month to my cable provider. The only thing that would save me by having Sling would be the elimination of a contract. I don’t see a deal here. If you stay at home and want cable you’ll have to have access by a local ISP or mobile device. That’s still at least $80/month for decent speed services. Ill stick with what I have…cable. it’s not competitive.

  • Steve says:

    At those rates, Mike, I agree with you. Our internet access is only $40/mo. Of course that will go up to $50 or $60 when the one year deal runs out. And I only get Sling during football season (2 months out of the year- $20-$25/mo because I switch back and forth between the blue and orange plans). Otherwise, we watch OTA channels (DVR’d with a Channel Master) and Netflix. That’s much better than $120/mo for us.

  • JP says:

    Great write up. I have been using Sling for the past month and a half. So far using it across Iphone, Xbox1, Firestick and occasional ipad.

    Iphone has been horrible with buffering issues even worse is the Xbox 1. I have a 55mb Fios link and still no matter what time of day it still has issues directly connected to the router. The concept is great, the GUI really needs more work if your not careful you will shoot across the menu and miss what you want.

    Firestick has been somewhat decent but still has alot of buffering issues.

    I have the Full stack plus the Brazilian GLOBO channel so monthly is about 60.00. So far not worth the money. Amazon Prime has been more usefull and will look for alternatives to GLOBO as well.

    • John Schmoll says:

      I love the concept too and completely agreed on the interface – it could use a lot of help. That being said, it’ll be cool to see what comes out of an offering like this when it becomes more advanced.

  • Audra says:

    Yeah it was definetly not worth it. I tried the free trial for a 7 day period. I was literally never able to watch anything not even once. So I ended up being charged 50 dollars for no viewing time. It was my fault for missing the 7 day window by half a day, which I’m usually extremely good about. But I will not ever try them again.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear that Audra. You should contact them, explain the situation and ask for a pro-rated refund. We just tried them again recently and missed our window by a few hours. They gave us a pro-rated refund, which was everything but maybe $1-2. We weren’t expecting to get a refund, but were pleasantly surprised.

  • Christine says:

    Review and comments have been enlightening. I really would like to go with TiVo but it doesn’t work with PlayStation Vue which isn’t even beging discussed and my ultimate goal is to have one remote and to DVR the OTA programs which is what we really miss. My son in law is recommending Channel Master and Sling TV. After reading reviews I don’t feel any better about Sling TV than I did before and Channel Master isn’t cheap either. Your thoughts?

    • John Schmoll says:

      Glad to be of help Christine. I’ve not heard of Channel Master, unfortunately. I’d recommend trying out Sling since they offer a free trial and see how it works for you and go from there.

  • Steve says:

    Christine- we’ve got a Channel Master DVR+ and love it. They’re currently running a Black Friday special- for $249 you get a DVR+ with a 1 TB internal hard drive. Of course, you will need a good antenna to get the channels you want. And unlike many others here, we’ve had a really good experience with Sling. We access Sling on our Roku 2 (latest version) though, not through the DVR+. I cannot speak to the experience through the DVR+. Hope that helps.

  • Susan says:

    I thought of trying Sling but I never watched any of those channels before I left cable. And of course the ones I did watch they don’t offer. I think $20 is lot especially if I maintain Hulu, and Netflick… I’ll be back up to Dish and Cable prices.

    Providers need to stop nickel and diming and provide a reasonable service at a reasonable Cost. I work 40+ hours a week which is why I dropped cable. I was paying for a service a hardly used. So let me choose my stations at low reasonable monthly rates like $3-$5 per month.

    • John Schmoll says:

      That’s an excellent point Susan. I think these companies expect us not to do the math to see that adding on multiple services will keep us around the same cost – just not with a contract.

  • Dave says:

    For us, it’s worth it. Had a whopping $155.00 cable bill when you figure-in two boxes, a DVR, plus the Starz package. Anyway, we cut the cord and got Netflix, along with our OTA antenna, as I watch a lot of sports and needed the networks for NFL football. However, you can’t get live ESPN or TNT for MNF or NBA games through an antenna or Netflix. Plus, we watch HGTV, Food Network, and Disney for Girl Meets World. Yes, you can get GMW on Netflix, but like the majority of the shows on Netflix, you have to wait like six months for them to put on the next season. Then sometimes they take off a show you’re in the middle of watching, which is frustrating. We can watch all of our TV shows on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, from their online sites. That way, we don’t have to watch those shows live through the OTA antenna. In regards to issues, yes, we have encountered some buffering issues, but not with the live broadcasts. It mainly happens when we watch the videos of past shows. Sling TV has filled the gaps for my sports and other shows we like. So for the cost of us eating drive-thru once a month, it’s more than worth it to us.

    • John Schmoll says:

      That’s awesome Dave! We’ve unfortunately seen buffering problems on both live & on demand, but glad it’s a minimal issue for you. Anything that can help you get what you want and save $100+/month is a good deal in my book.

  • Janice says:

    I’ve been having buffering issues with my sling tv from the beginning but lately they’ve gotten worse! Now I can’t watch anything! It lets me go into Sling, select my station & then the program, then the wheel turns forever without any progress… I watch maybe 2 shows a week but it’s not worth the $20 if I can’t see them.. I sent an e-mail for technical support but never received a reply. Any suggestions on another way to get the station AMC & cancel this subscription???

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear that Janice. Have you tried instant chat with them? That’s the method I’ve always used with them – that way I ensure I get done what I need done. I took a look at the AMC site and it looks like they have a number of their series directly on their site. It’s not the full series, and varies by series, but many look to have 5-10 of the last episodes with no log in required.

  • DrDub says:

    Take a good hard look at the channel offerings — for example, their “news” channels consist of CNN, Bloomberg, and Newsy(?). All three are ultra-liberal — CNN being the most conservative of the batch (funny, right?!??!). Odd that Sling is willing to alienate ~50% of its viewers by avoiding balanced news offerings. The buffering issue is a huge problem as well — especially with sports programs. The Sling business concept is great, it just needs to mature a bit. I’m dropping the service as soon as my prepay period expires.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Wow…politicizing a channel lineup?? I’ve heard it all.

      • Mike Pershing says:

        Political news, certainly. I didn’t see CNBC in the list I saw earlier. In retirement that’s about the only channel I ever watch on TV, and wouldn’t have a provider that doesn’t carry it. Oh, sometimes I switch to Bloomberg when CNBC’s talking heads are having a faux-argument.

        • John Schmoll says:

          That’s missing the point…that’s half the problem of our country – politicizing a channel lineup…is that what we’ve come to? In today’s day you can get “news” virtually anywhere. The only time I really watch a national cable channel is when there is some major event that’s going on and far from political.

          That being said, agreed, I’d love to see CNBC as an addition – DirecTV Now has it at least.

  • Dave says:

    I got Sling mainly for AXStv since my provider won’t carry and also added the Hollywood package for Epix. So far I am very disappointed because AXSTV is live only with no FOD content and obviously you can’t DVR anything. So basically the only thing I can do is be home when those shows come on or download a pirated copy. Not worth the $20 a month. I think I’ll unsubscribe once the trial is over.

  • Dave says:

    My bad. I actually found the FOD content for AXS. Its pretty good. I think I will give this a shot

  • David Costanzo says:

    I cut the wire about 5 years ago, I have netflix for the kids amazon prime and sling tv I am very happy with sling tv I never lag my internet averages 45 mbs but as I see alot of you have buffering issues you need to chanhe devices to the fire stick most of your problems are with the roku device I had a roku since they came out under the hood that device does not perform get the firestick and YouTube kodi and you will be the happiest person without cable also advise to get a over the air antenna for local channels most location. near a city have 25 of them in HD quality.

  • Travis Spurgin says:

    Have very high speed internet now,,tried sling again…today buffering problems,,all sling channels,,maybe cold weather causing problem,,everybody staying indoors ,watching sling,,disappointing

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear that Travis, unfortunately that seems to be the theme with Sling TV for many.

    • Nick Brown says:

      I have agree with Travis on this. It looks over all to be a great product/option, if not for the buffering issue. My streaming library consists of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Vudu, which now offers some free content. In all, more content then Directv, way less cost and, worry. I do plan to keep an eye on Sling to see if the buffering issue gets better, but for now, I think I’m going to drop it.

  • Joel says:

    I have Sling and I adjusted the resolution speed on sport channels to High instead of Best resolution. It works. I’m confident as time goes on Sling will work on this and fix the buffering issues. If they don’t, I’ll cancel.

  • Phillip Franklin says:

    Horrible buffering issues. Sling TV is a joke. Their support is useless. This thing is turning out to be scam. It’s a far cry from even the worst cable TV provider in terms of service. Don’t waste yor time or money..

    • John Schmoll says:

      I’d completely agree on the buffering issues. That said, I don’t know that I’d say it’s a far cry from a bad cable provider – at least you can get out of it whenever you want without cost.

  • DickB says:

    I have been using Sling TV for 5 months. I started with the Orange package plus TCM. I found that buffering became a problem. I upgraded my internet to the Cox high speed. I then added Sling’s Blue package (cost now $45). I did so that mulitple tv’s can access channels (except of course the Disney owned group which includes ESPN). I now have more buffering on my base computer hookup (next to my router) and the other active connections have less buffering. My TCM channel really has a buffering problem (even when it’s the only devise operating) add to that Sling has to black out certain TCM showings. One day last month there were 7 programs in one day blacked out with the lovely saying, “Content Not Available”. I contacted Sling and their answer was that they are working on issues with Turner. Until then I’m stuck. I need TCM similar to that on cable. Sling’s answer made no sense to me. I don’t see how they can succeed with their major buffering issues. I DON’T THINK THEY ARE LISTENING TO THEIR CUSTOMERS. If they are, it’s one of those corporate management deals that consider the vast numbers of clients exceed the gripes so don’t do anything, just make a buck.

  • faith teems says:

    After receiving a flyer I decided to try their week trial period , but decided not to subscribe after 5 days ( didn’t have enough channels I like ) . So I went into their website to cancel on 5th day. There is no phone # listed so you can only cancel by email under the “contact ” button ( or at least this was the only option on Nov 15th,2016 ). Shock… to get my Visa bill a month later and see their full amount charged!!!!! and what is worse their phone # next to their name on my bill had a recording saying “no longer in use”. Thru emails they are stating that the cancellation email from their website somehow must not have gone thru so they will not reimbursed their charges..even though pop ups kept coming up wanting to know why I was cancelling!!!!!!!!! They are responsible for their website working and they don’t have a # to talk to anyone!!!!!!!!!!!…the bank is now involved in this with this crooked company!

  • Kris Obie says:

    i just canceled sling and now direct tv now for 35.00 a month as long as you keep it you pay 35.00 over 100 channels way better than sling. I tried to cancel sling and because i watched it one day they wouldnt refund my money. I also have netflix, hulu, amazon prime, the CW channel lifetime channel plus 3 library websites you can stream movies and books still with all the stations i have i pay less than my cable bill. I also have rabbit ears and have local stations such as pbs abc cbs 25 56 68 so we have plenty to watch.

    • John Schmoll says:

      I’d tend to agree that DirecTV Now is better than Sling. Sorry to hear about the hassle with Sling, but be careful with DirecTV Now if you ever choose to cancel – they follow the same billing procedures as Sling TV.

  • Jodi says:

    So far I love Sling TV and have encountered no problems. While signing up for the free Roku I did have to use the Sling chat and was quite impressed with the quick response, which they also resolved my issue right away. As for buffering? I’ve watched many programs on Sling and have never once encountered a buffering issue. I give Sling a thumbs up!

    • John Schmoll says:

      Glad to hear you’ve not had any issues with Sling, you appear to be in the minority. 🙂 That said, I have found their instant chat to be pretty responsive and has been my go-to.

  • Richard K Kinlaw says:

    The only thing holding me back is the lack of national news. I prefer a mix, such as Fox and CNN. Need to hear both sides.

  • Sree says:

    I switched over to Sling base package with Kids package. We love it. It actually gives us the channels we need and the kids love Disney junior. I was a bit surprised when I saw so many comments with buffering issues. I never have seen this issue. I am not sure if it is because Sling has improved over the months or because I am on Roku3 on a 50 mbps line. I would imagine, Roku3 to provide a better throughput than Roku stick and Fire stick. But anyway, just wanted to know that we never had an issue and saving a lot of money cutting the code.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Glad to know you’ve not had an issue. Unfortunately, buffering is a known issue for Sling. We’re on a free trial right now and still running into issues with a pretty fast connection speed.

      • Sree says:

        Just out of curiosity, I connected my old Roku stick to TV and used Sling. I could see the buffering issue a lot in there even though I am using the same 50 MBPS line and same router that I used for Roku3.
        I could be wrong, but I think this is due to the streaming speed used by Sling.
        Some of the high end content providers like Netflix, Disney and Amazon utilizes high performance Akamai servers. Vendors like Sling and other medium range content providers are yet to reach that level.
        As such, a better device like Roku3 or XBox with a better internal memory will compensate for that streaming speed.

  • Amy Ramsey says:

    Do you need a Mohu 50 Leaf for every tv?
    We have amazon prime already and really want to cut the cord with cable.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Good question Amy – yes you do need a Mohu Leaf for each TV. I believe that’s the case with all antennas.

      We have two TVs, a Mohu for each & the Fire Stick and that gets us all our content so I think you’d be good.

  • Kevin says:

    We are thinking about sling tv but where we live we only have WiFI hot spot through Verizon jowls would that work we like the price that sling offers compared to paying a high cable bill but just not shure how it would work thanks for any impute

    • John Schmoll says:

      I apologize, but I really don’t know how it’d work with a WiFi hot spot. We have a pretty fast connection ourselves and still run into regular streaming issues so I’d assume you’d face the same problem.

    • Sree says:

      Sling gives a week free trial. Just make sure you cancel after the week, if you are not sure.
      I would doubt, if the WiFi spot will have enough speed. But it is possible. But in that case, you definitely will need a device better than what you get as a USB stick.

  • Roger Hill says:

    not sure if this is for my wife and myself, will be cutting the cord of my cable this week-end. will try it for a week(sling) and see how it goes.If it works,then I will keep it if it does not. I will cancel.I hope it works for us

  • Kirk says:

    Just wanted to add my review. This is my simple but not perfect solution for now. I’m researching options for DVR as well. I bought a Roku Streaming stick $49 and hooked to my TV via wi-fi. My ATT U-verse has around 6-7mbps download. I then signed up for a free trial of SlingTV (last night). After about 20 minutes of creating accounts and hooking up the Roku I was streaming live TV via SlingTV! I left it going on ESPN and others for around 2 hours with very little buffering. For most of that time on ESPN and TNT I had no buffering at all. There was a time toward the end of two hours where for some reason the screen would go black and then come back a few time. That only happened twice and only lasted a few seconds. Then I was watching sportscenter at around 10:00 PM CST and I did notice a little buffering but not enough to be a pain. I also noticed I had the picture quality on the Roku at best quality so I changed to the next lower level. I didn’t notice any picture quality difference and it seems to help with what very little buffering I had. I have an OTA antenna connected directly to the TV so it’s a pain to switch from local channels back to SlingTV but I can get used to that I think. The solution I’m researching is a ChannelMaster tuner/DVR where I hope to connect my OTA antenna and use that device for streaming at the same time. Of course this option comes at a steep price of $350. I may have to get a better OTA antenna so when I connect it to the tuner I won’t lose amps to the antenna booster. But so far this simple solution works for me and cuts my TV bill from $91 for Dish to around $20 for just SlingTV. I’m sure I will make more changes in the future but for now it’s working for me

  • Kacie B says:

    I tried the 7-day trial with Sling. The streaming quality was awful so I cancelled on day 5. Buyer beware: they make it VERY difficult to cancel. Take screenshots of your cancellation screen because in my case, I didn’t receive the cancellation confirmation email until the morning immediately after day 7. As a result, they charged my credit card and refuse to refund it. I also made the mistake of opening the Sling app to verify it was cancelled since I hadn’t received any communication from them. Because I opened the app, they said I accessed the service and owe them for that as well. Customer service is awful, and it takes several days for them to respond to inquiries. If you look on the Better Business Bureau site, they have a 95% very negative rating. Stay away!

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear about that Kacie. I’ve not had any issues the few times we’ve used them – buffering issues notwithstanding. That being said, you should check into whether or not you can dispute it with your credit card company.

  • Julie says:

    Hi I don’t watch sports but a huge walking dead fan and thats on amc. Im tired of cable and only really watch 10 channels if that. Would it be worth a try??

  • Brian Abbott says:

    I decided to eliminate my cable bill and went with sling. I also have Netflix and amazon prime. I like all three, and sling is great, when it does not have the buffering issues . Yes, frustrating , but all new things have growing pains. I am saving about $100 with all three, so I cannot complain. I just hope they fix the issue as they grow.

    • John Schmoll says:

      That’s a good point Brian. They’ve had the same issues for the past year or so – so I do hope they fix them sometime soon. But, like you said, it’s hard to complain when you’re saving money like that. 🙂

  • JMartin says:

    I think companies should not be allowed to get billing information unless you call and say you want to keep something if it is FREE trial for 7 days then on the 7th day if no contact or payment is rendered then they simply cut you off, I am becoming opposed to all this give us your billing info when you sign up and if you don’t want our service after free period you can call and cancel and they not suppose to charge you, what they hope is you forget and if you stay on 1 day pass trial period they can charge for the whole month. I say no more getting billing info before I decide during FREE trials of anykind.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Completely understood and agree to a certain extent, but I don’t see it changing any time soon unfortunately. I can see it from both sides and do everything in my power to avoid that charge. However, they’re also giving away something for free and it would cause headaches on both sides if they just cut you off. There’s no perfect solution unfortunately.

  • Phillip Franklin says:

    John I disagree with your assessment because it really is not done in good faith by companies like Sling. It is more of a scam in that they make the would be subscribers jump through serious hoops to dislodge from these services. For example most of the signup for one free month on services that go through Roku such as HBO Now are very good about warning when the free month is about to expire and give the customer ample time to unsubscribe. This is simply not true with buffering Sling. Sling is really just another sleazy cable TV operator (Dish Network) trying to act as if they aren’t. Sling TV has a horrible reputation. That is the biggest reason not to deal with them.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Phillip, while I agree that Sling really is just a means that Dish is trying to keep subscribers (which is a smart move to be honest). “You” can say what you want about that but is what it is.

      However, I do disagree with you on a few points. First, what in life is free? Last I checked few things are truly free. Sling is taking on the risk of giving you as the subscriber something for free thus it’s not a scam. We’ve also personally had Sling 6-7 times and never had an issue canceling. Yes, they do all they can to keep you (and as long as you read through their prompts) the act of canceling is quite simple and only requires a few clicks – not the serious hoops you claim they have to cancel.

  • Theresa says:

    Wow! Our AT&T bill just went up again–$200/mth. Just bought antenna and thinking of sling, but after negative reviews, will probably try Amazon Prime. Does it cover 2 TV’s for the $100/yr price? Does it stream The Walking Dead? I like the basic channels while my husband likes the Walking Dead, CBS, etc. Thanks for taking time to share your experiences–very enlightening:)

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear that Theresa. Yes, with the Fire Stick you can watch on two different TVs. For the Walking Dead, I believe they stream it on AMC online so you may want to check that route.

  • Holly says:

    I love SlingTV! I’ve watched it on multiple Roku devices and on FireStick. It works great on all my Roku devices. Constant buffering on FireStick. As for the reviewer’s comment about not being able to view what’s on other channels without exiting what you’re currently watching. Not true, hit the up or down button on the remote. A menu of channels pops up. Easy! If you don’t want to sit forever trying to pick out a show to watch, get SlingTV so you can watch TV live. Select shows/movie are even available on demand. It’s a great service!

  • Holly says:

    My parent’s had a buffering issues. Turned out to be because their wireless router was too far away. Moved it, now it works perfectly.

  • Chrissy says:

    I am the one totally clueless to these streaming devices… smile. I was living with my parents who were very ill, taking care of them, but they both just passed away only weeks apart. I had to start out on my own again and come to the realization of how expensive cable is. I bought an Amazon Fire Stick with Kodi online that supposed to be jailbroken and fully loaded, but I feel like there is hardly anything on it that I would really enjoy. It does not have most of what I would normally watch such as the local news, cnn, weather channel, own, tbn and some others. It would tell me some of the channels I listed works, but when I click on them, nothing happened. Is there a website or something that I can look at to help me learn how to use this properly? How can I get this to work for 2 TVs? Would I need to buy another fire stick? I am very lost on this one so I would appreciate any advice I can get to lower my bills and yet be able to enjoy the above listed channels. Thanks.

  • James says:

    Chrissy:

    I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. I concur with the poster regarding Roku v. Firestick. I had significant issues with streaming Sling using the Firestick. I switched (upgraded?) to the Roku Premier and have had virtually no issues whatsoever with Sling. Knock on wood, but I’ve been very pleased thus far. I suspect a large part of streaming Sling has to do with maintaining updated wireless devices.

  • Ray says:

    Use caution, when you subscribe with any of the FREE offers, “Free Roku Express, $89 Apple TV, ETC..” you will be charged the full agreed upon amount with NO cancellations until trial period is over and regardless of quality of service. I subscribed to SlingTV using the THREE month pay ahead plan which included a “Roku Stick”. The quality of the signal was so poor and buffering was constant that service was just not worth the money. I tried to cancel two weeks into the 3 month plan and was told, “NO, you have to use up the three month” regardless of the service quality. BEWARE! If you want to try the service, get the “Watch Now 7 Days Free” plan, avoid any free offers, YOU MAY REGRET IT LATER!

    • John Schmoll says:

      Great point Ray! I’d only recommend even considering doing something like that if you’ve already tested out the platform, it works great for you & you’d already be signing up for a longer term plan. If not, it doesn’t make sense to sign up for the promo deal.

  • Scott says:

    Through all this cord-cutting talk the last few years, either I’m missing something, or it seems our family may be living in a bubble (or both!):

    We’re paying $83/month, non-promotional 2-yr rolling contract, for FiOS Internet and Prime TV. We have a TiVo Roamio w/ Cable Card, w/ no monthly fees (we were fortunate to get a great deal Sept ’15 as they were thinning inventory ahead of Bolt release). FiOS Internet would be $50, non-promotional 2yr contract as a standalone product. So we are paying $33/month for media content.

    So if we cord-cut to Sling for $20/month, (and even didn’t add in sports/kids packages to make selection comparable) losing the ability to DVR/skip, having 1 show at a time limit for family, and subject to live streaming issues (from server / WiFi, etc), seems like a no-brainer to stay with current arrangement.

    Am I missing something, or is my situation different enough compared to average to make a difference?

    • John Schmoll says:

      I think you’re situation is unique enough Scott. The main thing I don’t like is the contract. Ultimately, in my opinion, you have to do what’s right for your situation. If it makes financial sense, and it gets you what you want then no one can really argue with that.

  • Brad says:

    So is sling blacked out if you live in a region where a local college game is televised. I.e university of Kansas in Lawrence, Ks blacked out to local viewers.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Good question Brad. It is possible to run into a situation like that. Looking at their FAQ, they do say it’s possible and is something that typically depends on the league or network airing the game or content.

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