Sling TV is the most complete cable alternative for a reasonable price. At $35 a month, there’s no better way to catch all your favorite sports, news and entertainment content without a contract.
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 = $35 per month
- Sling Blue cost = $35 per month
- Sling Orange + Blue cost = $50 per month
A low monthly cost is what makes Sling TV one of the most popular cable alternatives.
What are the 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 Packages||Cost/Month||# of Channels||Highlighted Channels|
|Sling TV Orange||$35||30+||ESPN, CNN, AMC|
|Sling TV Blue||$35||45+||FS1, FS2, FX, USA|
|Sling TV Orange + Blue||$50||50+||NFL Network, History Channel, ESPN, FS1|
Sling TV also bundles both Orange and Blue into one package. This provides you access to all of its channels for a lower price ($50) than buying both Sling TV packages separately, which would cost $70.
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.
If you want to get ESPN, you must choose either Orange or Orange + Blue.
The Orange Channel list comes with more than 30 channels, including AMC, CNN, ESPN, Food Network, and TBS.
|Cartoon Network||EPIX Drive In||TBS|
|Cheddar Big News||Freeform||Travel Channel|
|Comedy Central||Fuse||Tribeca Shortlist|
As you can see, the Orange channel lineup offers a good variety of content from news to sports to lifestyle and entertainment channels as well as programming for kids.
One drawback of the Sling Orange plan is that it only allows you to watch content on one screen at a time.
Other plans let you stream 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 Blue or Orange + Blue plan.
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.
|A&E||EPIX Drive In||NBC Sports (select markets)|
|AMC||Food Network||NFL Network|
|AXS TV||FOX News||Newsy|
|BBC America||Fuse||Nick Jr|
|Cartoon Network||HLN||Travel Channel|
|Cheddar Big News||Lifetime||truTV|
|Discovery Channel||NBC On Demand|
In addition to 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.
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.
|AXS TV||ESPN3||NBC (select markets)|
|BBC America||Food Network||NBC Sports (select markets)|
|BET||Freeform||NBC Sport Netword|
|Bloomberg Television||FOX (select markets)||Newsy|
|Bravo||FOX News||Nick Jr|
|Cheddar Big News||FX||SyFy|
|Comedy Central||History Channel||TMC|
|Discovery Channel||IFC||Travel Channel|
|Disney Channel||Investigation Discovery||TruTV|
|Epix Drive-In||Local Now||Vice|
You’ll receive every channel Sling TV offers for only $50 per month. Choose this package if:
- 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 3 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.
The extra channels available vary depending whether you have Sling Blue or Sling Orange.
|Sling TV Extra Package||Cost/Month||Channels with Orange||Channels with Blue|
|Comedy||$6||CMT, GSN, Logo, MTV, MTV2, truTV, Paramount Network, TV Land, Revolt||CMT, GSN, Logo, MTV, Paramount Network, Revolt, TV Land|
|Espanol (Spanish Channels)||$6 or $11||Various||Various|
|Heartland||$6||AHC, Cowboy, DA, Outdoor, Pixl, RFD TV, Ride TV, Sportman, WFN||Same|
|Hollywood||$6||Cinemoi, Fandor, Film Detective, HDNET+Movies, Reelz, SundanceTV, TCM||Same|
|International||$6||Globo, MBC, Sony, Welt, Willow, Zeecinemalu and more.||Same|
|Kids||$6||BabyTV, Boomerang, Disney Jr., DXD, DuckTV, Nick Jr., NickToons, Teen Nick||BabyTV, Boomerang, DuckTV, NickToons, Teen Nick|
|Lifestyle||$6||Afro, BET, Cooking, DIY, FYI, Hallmark(3), Lifetime Movies, Vbrank, VH1, WeTV, ZLiving||Afro, Cooking, DIY, E!, FYI, Hallmark(3), Lifetime Movies, OXY, Vbrank, VH1, WeTV, Z Living|
|Locals||Free depending on where you live.||ABC, CBS||FOX, NBC in select mkts.|
|News||$6||BBC World News, Blaze, CGTN, Euronews, Fusion, FSTV, HLN, News18, NewsMaxTV, RT, SCI||BBC World News, Blaze, CGTN, CNBC, Euronews, France24, FSTV, HLN, MSNBC, News18, NDTV24x7, NewsMaxTV, RT, SCI|
|Sports||$11||ESPN (Goalline, BL, News, U, Bein, NBA TV, PAC12 Network, NHL, Outside, SEC Network, SEC ESPN +, Stadium, Tennis||ACC 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 $6 per month. The Sports Extra package costs $11 per month, or $15 if you have both Sling Blue and Sling Orange. If you want all of the add-ons, Sling offers this in their Total TV deal for $21 per month, or $27 if you have both Sling Blue and Sling Orange.
*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.*
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.
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 – $3
- Epix (three channels) – $5
- HBO Max – $15
- Pantaya – $6
- Showtime (nine channels) – $10
- Starz (six channels) – $9
- Up Faith and Family – $5
Can You Get Local Channels with Sling?
Sling TV does offer local channels, if you 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.
Do You Get a Cloud DVR?
Yes, Sling TV offers a cloud DVR service. At no extra cost, you can record up to 50 hours of your favorite shows or upgrade to 200 hours for only $5 extra per month.
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.
Another bonus is that you can record multiple shows at once. Sling makes it easy to set up and manage your recordings through the ‘My TV’ portion of its channel guide.
What is the Monthly Cost of Sling TV?
The base cost is $35 per month, regardless if you select the Blue or Orange plan. If you select Blue + Orange, the cost increases to $50 monthly.
Add-ons will increase your cost, or you can choose the total TV deal for $21 a month, which is on top of the base price you select. Given it’s affordable cost, Sling TV is a good YouTube TV and Hulu Live alternative as it’s nearly half the price of those services.
Sling TV is supported by a large number of devices and platforms, including all the major ones.
- Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
- 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.
*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.
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 this streaming provider.
Here are some of the most common questions our readers ask.
How fast does my internet need to be to stream Sling TV?
Shows and movies are 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.
What’s the difference between Sling Orange and Sling Blue?
The key difference between the two packages is orange includes ESPN, and blue does not. Blue offers FS1 and FS2 as an alternative.
Blue also offers roughly 15 extra channels, chiefly lifestyle and entertainment channels.
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 3-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 streams at a time can I have?
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.
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 one of the best streaming services offered in the cord-cutting space. 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.
Plus it’s easy to customize your experience with affordable extras that run only $6 per month.
If you decide to give Sling TV a try, take advantage of their 3-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?