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Sling TV Packages 2020: Full Channel Lineup

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There are many Sling TV packages you can have to get content. Here’s how to customize the Sling TV channel lineup to get all the shows you like to watch.

When we cut the cord on our cable plan five years ago, Sling TV was one of the first streaming services we tried. While it has changed some since then, it still offers a solid mix of the most popular channels at a reasonable monthly cost.

Here, we break down exactly what channels you get with each Sling TV package. We also cover cost and local channels so you can choose the best package for you.

Sling TV Channels Cost

 

Briefly, Sling TV packages cost the following amounts:

  • Sling Orange cost = $30 per month
  • Sling Blue cost = $30 per month
  • Sling Orange + Blue cost = $45 per month

A low monthly cost is what makes Sling TV one of the most popular cable alternatives available. For $30 per month, you can choose a Sling TV channel lineup with the shows you want most.

Sling TV Packages

 

There are two main channel packages: Sling TV Orange and Sling TV Blue. While some popular channels, like A&E and CNN, are in both Sling TV packages, other important ones, like ESPN and FS1, are not.

Sling TV PackagesCost/Month# of ChannelsHighlighted Channels
Sling TV Orange$3030+ESPN, CNN, AMC
Sling TV Blue$3045+FS1, FS2, FX, USA
Sling TV Orange + Blue$4550+NFL Network, History Channel, ESPN, FS1

 

Sling TV also bundles both Orange and Blue into one bundle. This provides you access to all of its channels for a lower price ($40) than buying both Sling TV packages separately, which would cost $50.

Sling TV Orange Channel List

 

Of all the programming available on Sling TV Orange channels, there is one channel that people look for more than any other – ESPN.

When it comes to ways to watch ESPN without cable, it’s important to note that with Sling TV there are only two ways to get ESPN (as well as ESPN2 and ESPN3) – with Sling TV Orange or Sling TV Orange + Blue.

The Sling TV Orange Channel list comes with more than 30 channels, including AMC, CNN, ESPN, Food Network, and TBS.

channelschannel2channel3
A&ECNNHistory Channel
AMCDisney ChannelHGTV
AXS TVESPNIFC
BBC AmericaESPN2Lifetime
Bloomberg TelevisionESPN3Newsy
Cartoon NetworkEPIX Drive InTBS
CheddarFood NetworkTNT
Cheddar Big NewsFreeformTravel Channel
Comedy CentralFuseTribeca Shortlist
Viceland

 

As you can see, the Sling TV Orange channel lineup offers a good variety of content from news to sports to lifestyle and entertainment channels as well as programming for kids.

For example, Disney Channel is part of Sling TV Orange.

One drawback of the Sling Orange plan is that it only allows you to watch content on one screen at a time.

Other plans allow you to use Sling TV on up to three or four screens at once, so if that’s important to you, you may want to opt for the Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue plan.

Again, what sets the Orange channel package apart is the ESPN channels it offers.

Sling TV Blue Channel List

 

If you can live without ESPN, the Blue lineup provides a good choice of major cable networks across news, entertainment, sports, and lifestyle TV at a reasonable cost.

Not only will you enjoy FOX, FOX Sports, FS1, and FS2, you’ll also get NBC Sports Network and the NFL Network, making the Blue channel package a terrific option for sports fans.

Another highlight of Sling Blue is that it allows you to watch TV on up to three screens at a time.

For example, this means you can watch sports on your TV while someone else watches HGTV on a laptop and yet another person watches cartoons on a tablet.

channelschannels2channels3
A&EEPIX Drive InNBC Sports (select markets)
AMCFood NetworkNBC Sports
AXS TVFOX NewsNewsy
BBC AmericaFuseNick Jr
BETFXSyFy
Bloomberg TelevisionHGTVTBS
BravoHistory ChannelTNT
Cartoon NetworkHLNTravel Channel
CheddarIFCTribeca Shortlist
Cheddar Big NewsLifetimetruTV
Comedy CentralMSNBCUSA
CNNNational GeographicViceland
Discovery ChannelNBC On Demand

 

As you can see, on top of sports channels, the Sling TV Blue package also offers more lifestyle and entertainment content from BET, Bravo, Discovery Channel, FX, Nat Geo, Nick Jr, TLC, and USA.

Full Lineup

 

If you want all the Sling channels and the ability to watch on up to four screens or devices at a time, this package is the best choice for you.

channelschannels2channels3
A&EESPNMotorTrend
AMCESPN2National Geographic
AXS TVESPN3NBC (select markets)
BBC AmericaFood NetworkNBC Sports (select markets)
BETFreeformNBC Sport Netword
Bloomberg TelevisionFOX (select markets)Newsy
BravoFOX NewsNick Jr
Cartoon NetworkFS1Paramount
Cheddar BusinessFuseStadium
Cheddar Big NewsFXSyFy
CNNHGTVTBS
Comedy CentralHistory ChannelTMC
CometHLNTNT
Discovery ChannelIFCTravel Channel
Disney ChannelInvestigation DiscoveryTruTV
E!LifetimeUSA
Epix Drive-InLocal NowVice

 

You’ll receive every channel Sling TV offers for only $45 per month. Some of the reasons to choose Sling TV Orange + Blue include:

  • You love sports and regularly watch games on ESPN, FOX, and NBC
  • Someone in your family loves lifestyle programming
  • You want more choice for a reasonable monthly cost

If you’re not sure which channel package is best for you, try Sling TV free for 7 days and choose the Orange + Blue channel package.

See which channels you watch most during the trial and then pick the package that contains all or most of them.

*Note: when you start your free trial, Sling TV will ask you to combine the Blue and Orange channels in your guide to avoid duplicate entries. Do this or you’ll be confused when you search for programs to watch.

Sling TV Extra Packages

Sling TV is the best option for an a la carte TV experience. They do this by offering a well rounded selection of the most popular channels in their base packages and then offering ‘extras’ that you can add on for an additional monthly fee to get the exact content you watch most.

Not only does this make Sling TV different from other streaming providers, it’s also very different from the cable TV approach, which bundles everything together at a higher monthly cost.

While this might be more convenient when you’re signing up, it’s more expensive and it usually ends up in causing you to scroll endlessly through dozens of channels you never watch.

With Sling TV, you can customize your TV to the content you enjoy most with ten extras packages. The extra channels available vary depending  whether you have Sling Blue or Sling Orange.

Sling TV Extra PackageCost/MonthChannels with OrangeChannels with Blue
Comedy$5CMT, GSN, Logo, MTV, MTV2, truTV, Paramount Network, TV Land, RevoltCMT, GSN, Logo, MTV, Paramount Network, Revolt, TV Land
Espanol (Spanish Channels)$5 or $10VariousVarious
Heartland$5AHC, Cowboy, DA, Outdoor, Pixl, RFD TV, Ride TV, Sportman, WFNSame
Hollywood$5Cinemoi, Fandor, Film Detective, HDNET+Movies, Reelz, SundanceTV, TCMSame
International$5Globo, MBC, Sony, Welt, Willow, Zeecinemalu and more.Same
Kids$5BabyTV, Boomerang, Disney Jr., DXD, DuckTV, Nick Jr., NickToons, Teen NickBabyTV, Boomerang, DuckTV, NickToons, Teen Nick
Lifestyle$5Afro, BET, Cooking, DIY, FYI, Hallmark(3), Lifetime Movies, Vbrank, VH1, WeTV, ZLivingAfro, Cooking, DIY, E!, FYI, Hallmark(3), Lifetime Movies, OXY, Vbrank, VH1, WeTV, Z Living
LocalsFree depending on where you live.ABC, CBSFOX, NBC in select mkts.
News$5BBC World News, Blaze, CGTN, Euronews, Fusion, FSTV, HLN, News18, NewsMaxTV, RT, SCIBBC World News, Blaze, CGTN, CNBC, Euronews, France24, FSTV, HLN, MSNBC, News18, NDTV24x7, NewsMaxTV, RT, SCI
Sports$10ESPN (Goalline, BL, News, U, Bein, NBA TV, PAC12 Network, NHL, Outside, SEC Network, SEC ESPN +, Stadium, TennisACC Network, ACC Extra, Bein, Longhorn, MLB (SZ), NBA, NBC Golf, NFL RZ, NHL, Outside, PAC12 Network, Tennis

 

The best thing about Sling’s extra channel packages is that most cost just $5 per month. The Sports package costs $10 per month. As of July 2019, Sling offers their Total TV deal for $20 per month.

*Related: Can’t decide between Hulu Live and Sling TV? Check out our Sling TV vs. Hulu Live guide to see a side-by-side analysis.*

For this price, you receive seven extra packages, those are: Sports, Kids, News, Lifestyle, Heartland, Hollywood, and Comedy. Sling includes the Cloud DVR to complete the package.

Choosing the Total TV deal allows for savings of over 50 percent if you were to buy the packages separately.

If there’s something you really want to see that isn’t in your Orange or Blue package, you can add it on and keep your overall monthly cost well below the average cable bill.

Sling TV Channels: Premium Add-ons

If you enjoy premium channels, you don’t need cable to get them. Sling TV lets you easily add them on to your base package for an extra monthly fee.

  • Cinemax – $10
  • Documentary Channel CuriosityStream – $6
  • Epix (three channels) – $5
  • HBO – $15
  • Pantaya – $6
  • Showtime (nine channels) – $10
  • Starz (six channels) – $9
  • Up Faith and Family – $5

Local Channels: How to Get Them

Sling TV does offer local channels, with a few catches. First, you have to live in the right place.

FOX and NBC are included in Sling Blue on demand and live in select markets.

Depending on where you live, you might be able to receive ABC and CBS thrown in to whatever plan you choose for free.

If local channels are important to you, the best option is to buy a digital antenna. After you buy the antenna, all the local channels in your area are yours, free.

We bought a Mohu Leaf on Amazon a few years ago and love it.

Does Sling TV Have A DVR?

Yes, Sling TV offers a cloud DVR service. At no extra cost, you can record up to 10 hours of your favorite shows.

The DVR option lets you record and watch live TV anytime on your devices as well as your TV. It also lets you pause and rewind through all recorded content as well as to fast forward through commercials and keep your recorded programs for as long as you are a Sling TV customer.

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Another bonus is that you can record multiple shows at once.

You can record up to 50 hours of programming and Sling makes it easy to set up and manage your recordings through the ‘My TV’ portion of its channel guide.

Supported Devices

 

Sling TV is supported by a large number of devices and platforms, including all the major ones.

  • Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick – check out our Amazon Fire TV Stick review to know how it works
  • Android TV, phones and tablets
  • Apple TV, Chromecast, Facebook Portal
  • Google Chrome, Google Nest HUb, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
  • LG TV, Microsoft Edge, Oculus
  • Roku, Safari, Samsung Smart TVs
  • Windows 10, Xbox, and XfinityX1

Whether you want to watch on your phone, tablet, computer or TV, chances are excellent that you can watch live TV as well as recorded programming (if you choose the cloud DVR option) with Sling TV on your favorite device.

Plus, Sling TV is always adding its app to more devices. If you don’t see yours listed, you probably won’t have to wait long until it becomes available.

*Related: Love college football? Check out our guide on how to stream college football games without cable to catch all the action without a pricey contract.*

If you don’t see your device listed, check Sling TV’s website for more details.

FAQs

 

While we’ve already answered the question of ‘what channels do you get with Sling TV?’ you may have other questions you want answered before you take a chance on Sling TV.

Here are some of the most common questions about Sling TV our readers ask.

How fast does my internet need to be to stream Sling TV?

Sling TV is best enjoyed at an internet connection of 5.0 megabits per second (Mbps) or higher. Ideally, 25 Mbps or more is best. If you’re watching on a tablet or phone, you can get away with slightly lower speeds.

Do you need Wi-Fi for Sling TV?

Yes you do. Per the above, you need Wi-Fi to get Sling TV, and any other streaming option for that matter.

Will I get major networks?

Sling TV offers limited programming from FOX and NBC. As mentioned earlier, you might be able to get ABC and CBS as well depending on where you live.

If watching ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC are important to you, the cheapest way to get them is with a digital antenna. The Mohu Leaf is one good option which sells on Amazon for a reasonable one-time cost.

Are there commercials on Sling TV?

Yes. Expect it to be similar to cable TV. If you choose Sling TV’s cloud DVR option though, you can fast forward through commercials on programs you’ve recorded.

How can I watch for free?

The best, and only, way to watch Sling TV for free is through their free trial. You can sign up for their 7-day free trial to test out the platform.

In some cases they may offer trials up to 14 days.

Does Sling TV include on-demand content?

Sling TV is different from Netflix. While there is on-demand content, there is also live TV. The amount of on-demand content varies and can come and go without notice.

The good thing is that all Sling TV channel packages include free on-demand programming.

How many devices can I stream Sling TV on at once?

The answer depends on your plan. Sling Orange lets you watch on only one screen at a time. Sling Blue lets you watch on up to three screens (or devices) at a time.

The combined offering lets you stream on up to four devices at once.

 

Summary

 

After breaking down all of the channels and add-ons Sling TV offers, one important question remains – is Sling TV worth it?

If you want to cut the cord, Sling TV is a solid choice. If you want to slash your cable bill and still be able to watch ESPN or watch HGTV without cable, it’s worth $30 per month.

You can always cancel any time without any fees since there’s no contract.

Depending on what matters most to you (i.e. ESPN or FOX vs. USA and Bravo), you can find it in one of Sling TV’s channel packages.

Sling TV makes it easy to customize your experience further with affordable extras that run only $5 per month.

If you’re paying $110 or more per month on cable, a switch to Sling TV will instantly save you $85 per month or more.

If you decide to give Sling TV a try, take advantage of their 7-day free trial. Sign up for the Orange + Blue package and see which channels you watch most. The free trial is a risk-free way to explore their platform and see if it is a good fit for you.

 

Do you still have cable or have you already cut the cord? If you have cable, how much are you paying for it each month? What’s one channel you feel like that you can’t live without? 

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70 Comments

  • Terry Ray says:

    So, if I have both orange and blue and I added the sports package for $5.00 more a month I would get everything listed in both orange an blue columns, correct?

    • John Schmoll says:

      Yes, that’s correct Terry. It’d give you all of the base channels they offer plus everything in the sports package.

  • Cindi says:

    I don’t see Fox News. Is that in any of the packages. I pay $151.99 for tv.and $91.98 for internet. Included in my t.v. price I have to pay $50.00 for boxes. Can you help. I am looking to combine orange and blue package.

  • Duane says:

    So trying to find these sports channels that should be available in sports package but dont see them..Be-insport..
    Also looking where to add HBO cant find that either…

    • John Schmoll says:

      Beinsport is actually offered as a part of the Blue package – we have it included in that list. 🙂 If you look under the “Premium add-ons” section, you will see HBO, plus other premium services Sling lets you add.

  • Jay says:

    I love to watch my Atlanta Braves. They are carried daily during the regular season by Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast. Does Sling offer these channels in a local package? I also don’t see the Science channel. Would have to have these if I switch to Sling.

    • John Schmoll says:

      No, there is no local package unfortunately. Any Fox sports channels would be a part of one of either of the two packages.

  • Mary Erickson says:

    Does Sling TV carry the Fox News Channel for zip code 52747

  • Chery Boyd says:

    I pay $200+ per month. I rarely get to watch tv, however I do have a dvr. My issue with switching is I don’t see the lifetime movie channel nor OWN. Those are the only channels I watch regularly. Are they available?

  • Cheryl says:

    QVC or hsn?

  • Artie Walker says:

    If I go with Sling will I still need to have Buckeye cable service for internet? I am in the 43623 area code.

  • Linda Ott says:

    For some reason, Fox is no longer available on my Sling package. I have Blue and Orange. What happened?

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear that Linda. As covered in the post, they only offer locals in select markets so it’s possible they decided to drop it in your market.

  • Jean says:

    I am paying 117$ to Comcast…hate them…just purchased an Amazon fire stick with Alexa remote from QVC for 35$
    If I take the plunge and say sayonara to Comcast,will I still see my shows in hd?

    • John Schmoll says:

      That depends on the channel, not the service. 🙂 If the channels airs in HD, then that’s how you receive it.

  • Nancy says:

    Does sling tv offer the weather channel?

  • Kendra says:

    Do you carry the OWN network?

    • John Schmoll says:

      While we love you think WE are Sling TV, sadly we’re not. Nope, if it’s not listed in the post then they do not offer it. 🙂

  • Davonne Burley says:

    hello i would like to sign up can you please assist me. I would like the orange and blue and add on showtime and starz. can i do so with the fire stick? thanks

  • Gianni Vassallo says:

    NFL Redzone? I see NFL Network, but does the Sports package include NFL Redzone?

    • John Schmoll says:

      Yep, it’s listed right there in the Sports package. 🙂 You must have Sling Blue for it to be included.

  • RyanK says:

    Thank you for your informative, non-biased articles. Having searched many hours on ways to cut cable to find the solution for my viewing wants, I still have some questions. Frontier cable is $175 with internet and dvr, no premium channels. I have Netflix & Amazon. TV is a LG OLED which really is my main drive to find a solution and may not be the right platform here. Sorry, this is long, I have Amazon Fire TV still sitting in a box. IF I cord cut, I really can’t live without a dvr, which is why I was considering Sling and the Fire TV hooked up. Sling for a few channels but mainly dvr. Can Sling be paused? Do I need Sling for the dvr or can you suggest a better option, please? The LG issue is it’s auto screensaver turns on after pausing for 2 minutes. When returning to a program, it either reverts to the program’s beginning or I cannot fast forward. If I forget to hit Resume, it auto starts at beginning. I read the only way to get rid of this (no disable function per LG) was to setup a streaming service through the HDMI port so the tv recognizes an external source. Bottom line, any way I can get rid of the auto-screensaver, have the dvr option, and cut the cord I’ll be happy! Thank you for your time and assistance. Sure hope someone can help!

    • John Schmoll says:

      Of course, happy to help. I’d honestly recommend Hulu Live, given your questions. They offer most of the channels Sling does, more actually, and include a DVR.

      • RyanK says:

        Thank you, John. Had not looked into Hulu options! On the OLED Fireworks dilemma, I updated my $45 hdmi cable from 2017 to a 2019 4K hdmi. It’s made a huge difference with clarity. The fireworks screen while streaming still comes on, but I can now hit ‘resume’ with no problems.

  • Susan Speetzen says:

    Does Sling offer MSNBC and the live Golf Channel?

  • Michelle Wallace says:

    If we have the antenna then we should get everything local correct? What would the price be for orange and blue plus sports and kids channels? I also can’t live without HGTV or lifetime as well.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Yes, that’s correct. You just need to add the cost of the base package plus any specialty packages to find your price – they’re all listed. 🙂

  • Patty Miller says:

    If I get the blue package and an additional $5 service, can I choose to use my 3rd device at a different address?

  • Allan Córdoba says:

    Hello I don’t see Telemundo 51 on packages is not available and Centroamérica TV?

  • Mike says:

    Its somewhat disengenious to talk about saving $80 if you cut the cord and sign up with Sling. You might have cable TV with no internet, but absolutely cannot have Sling (or any other streaming service) without internet. Now the good news: Spectrum just increased my bill to $218/mo. and within 10 minutes of seeing that they were out of here. But I still have their internet, $60/mo.

    • John Schmoll says:

      We don’t see how it’s disingenuous at all Mike. The average cable bill is $110 per month. You can get Sling TV for $25 per month so the savings are obvious. Yes, you do need internet, but that doesn’t make the savings statement off at all. As you can see, we’ve responded to comments explaining you need internet. We have a post on how to get internet without cable, explaining what to do. Each situation is different, and most times you will still save money by having standalone internet plus a streaming service, thus why doing the math is vital. Search our site and you’ll see where we say that many times. Just because it may not be true for a few doesn’t make it so for the majority.

  • Marta L Strong says:

    Can you get the weather channel ?

  • Richard Lipscomb says:

    Is it possible to get the golf channel?

  • Sue P says:

    I have a Vizio smart TV, which is connected to the internet and streams Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc. Do I need a fire stick or Roku (for example) to get SlingTV after creating an account? I do not use any of those things to stream the above mentioned platforms

  • Debra Schuster says:

    I have a cottage and house both with internet’s. Do I need two packages

  • Peggy Ludwig says:

    Thank you so much John for all the information. I am so new to the firestick, I am trying to gain as much info as I can. Have not totally cut the cord yet. But next week. Lining up the internet connection and everything which is spectrum. Say goodbye to direct TV. The main thing my hubby wants is his football. And I want to be able to see a few local shows when the new ones start mid Sept. Most on .major networks
    But dont care if its live

  • Karl Kanitz says:

    What is difference between NBC Sports, NBC golf, NBC Sport Network

  • MARIE says:

    which package would be best for me?
    I watch

    Hells Kitchen & Master Chef
    College football & Pro NFL

    • John Schmoll says:

      I’m not certain what channels those shows are on, so you would need to verify that. For the football, you’d want Orange + Blue, plus potentially the Sports package.

  • Don Perry says:

    I’m looking to have local channels, history channel an golf channel will sling tv blue an orange plus sports package give me that, an what channels are in sports package

    • John Schmoll says:

      Hulu Live would be the better option in your case as they carry locals whereas Sling typically doesn’t. They don’t have the Golf Channel, but NBC Golf.

  • Paul Buschke says:

    Does the sports package cover Big Ten Network

  • Gail says:

    Can I get local Nashville TN ABC, CBS, NBC in zip code 37342? Thanks!

  • Becky says:

    My daughter goes to college out of state and I was wondering if she can use the “family” account at school. Since we are planning on doing the family package(I guess that’s what you call it) I was hoping she could

    • John Schmoll says:

      You can, but you will need to go with at least the Blue package to make that possible as it allows for simultaneous streaming on three devices.

  • Larry Jones says:

    Does Sling have CBS Sports Channel. Also, can I purchase or watch NFL Sunday Ticket and at what cost.

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