Sling TV Review: Is it Worth $30 Per Month?

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Sling TV offers cable channels without the nasty contract. Read my Sling TV 2017 review to see if it’s worth the $20 per cost to get ESPN shows.

We’ve tried Sling TV on several occasions since cancelling our DirecTV contract three years ago and thought a review of the service would be good. We were intrigued by the idea of getting access to channels like ESPN and HGTV for $30 without a monthly contract.

I often get asked how to cut the cord on cable and many hold back out of fear that they’ll miss out on sports. This only results in you spending more each month than you need to.

I used to be one of those people and was excited about getting ESPN and ESPN2 for $30 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.

2019 Sling TV App Review


Do you want to cut the cord but afraid there are few options to watch your favorite shows? Below is our Sling TV review for 2019 to give a full breakdown of the service.

How Does Sling TV Work?


As mentioned, the Sling TV app 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. Check out our guide on the Fire Stick channels list to see what you can expect from the dongle.

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 $30 per month. They offer a premium tier that offers all base channels for $40 per month.

You simply download the app to get started. You can get a free 7-day trial straight from the Sling TV website and be watching TV in a few short minutes.

What Devices Support Sling TV?

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 numerous options to use Sling and their developers are always adding more platforms. The installation, at least for our television was pretty simple. I set up our account for it through the Sling TV website as they offer a free 7-day trial. After that, I 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.

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 Are The Sling TV Channels?


The Sling TV app offers a solid base package of content. Here is the Sling TV channels list for the base package:

ESPN                                              TBS

ESPN2                                            ACC Extra

Travel Channel                             Epix Drive-in

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 News

Local Now                                         FlaMa

Maker                                                 Tribeca Shortlist

Fuse                                                    Cheddar Business

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.

For those that like sports though, the platform can be a great option – even at the base rate. If you want to watch college football without cable or satellite, for example, Sling TV is a solid provider to consider.

Check out our guide on Sling TV packages to get a complete breakdown of all the options they offer.

Sling TV – What to Like


There’s a lot to like about Sling TV. Most importantly, it’s 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 or Amazon Fire TV and navigate to the channel you want to watch. As you can see above, the Sling TV channels list is fairly impressive given the cost and popularity of the selected channels.

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.

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The other thing of note I really liked is the 3-Day Replay Sling TV app 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. Sling TV does also have a cloud-based DVR with 10 hours of recording capacity. It doesn’t work on all channels, but DVR functionality is not a service all streaming providers offer.

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. We’ve tried it more recently and noticed an improvement, so your situation may vary.

Additionally, there’s no way to look at what’s on without kicking you out of the platform altogether – ultimately forcing you to start over every time you want to watch something different.

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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.

*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.*

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 Review – Final Thoughts


Ultimately, I believe Sling TV is a solid option for those who want to cut the cord. It’s not perfect, but no streaming provider is 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 be able to watch HGTV without cable, not to mention other popular channels,  it’s a good option for the $30 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 Fire TV Stick.

That saves us nearly $90 per month and we saw no need to add an additional $20 per month. You can also try out Hulu, who offers plans for $5.99 or $11.99 per month. Click here to look at their plans to see which is best for you.

Each of the best alternatives to cable TV have their drawbacks. None of them are perfect, but Sling TV and others provide a great alternative to spending $110+ per month on cable.

If you decide to give Sling TV a try, take advantage of their 7 day free trial. It’s a good way to learn the platform and see what they have to offer. If you like it, it can be a great way to save $50 or more each month and still get the content you want.


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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  • Holly@ClubThrifty says:

    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.

          • Ivan Franceschi says:

            I can confirm what John says. I recently tried Sling TV (the 7-day trial) and ALMOST forgot to cancel. Thank the Good Lord I remembered about 20 minutes before the 7-day trial was over, and I canceled without getting charged anything. The account membership area on the website tells you the date and time you will be charged if you do not cancel, and you get a full 168 hours.

            • John Schmoll says:

              Glad it worked out for you Ivan! You’re right, they give you 168 hours and not a second more. We always cancel the day before so we don’t run into any issues of forgetting.

      • MPage says:

        Same thing happened to me! Called on the 7th day to cancel and they charged my card because I was 20 minutes late. No one had any authority to make an exception. They make A LOT of money off of their trials.

        • Jason says:

          They make the money because people do not pay attention to the instructions. Don’t wait until the last minute to cancel if you don’t like it, simple as that.

          • John Schmoll says:

            Completely agreed Jason. We always cancel the day before we try Sling, or anything else like it, out so we don’t run into this issue.

    • 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???
        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.

        • John Schmoll says:

          Agreed there are better options for movies. While it is affordable, I’d argue the many buffering issues they continue to experience doesn’t make it worth the expense.

        • Terry says:

          Do you have problems with buffering when you are watching sports?

          • ben says:

            yes. I was having terrible buffering issues but the buffering issues stopped when I devoted my internet service line strictly for streaming Sling.

            In other words do not use internet devices while watching Sling, it sucks i know but its the only thing thats worked.

            High Speed internet helps.

        • Yo says:

          How do you get to watch live sports on Sling? Have tried for a week now and no luck. It’s been so frustrating!

          • John Schmoll says:

            Sorry to hear that. You just need to select a channel that’s showing a live sports broadcast. So, for example, if you want to watch MNF when it’s football season, you simply put on ESPN and you should be good.

        • Richard Mrozinski says:

          Hi, can you tell me if you can get the Yes network, I know not in all areas

      • James Baker says:

        I pay 64.97 for internet and no other choice in that matter and by adding Sling TV for $20.00 a month I can lower my internet by adding cable and it would just cost $6.00 more a month. My wife and I do not like sports at all and with Sling and others you still get more sports channels than anything. I wish we could still use the 10 foot dish we used and just order per package of $2.95 – $4.95 and for all stations I just paid $30.00 a month and that wasn’t bad. If all paid services would just let you pick what channels you want then they would get more business.

    • 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.

        • Lorries says:

          I have not experienced any problems with Sling, I love that I get ESPN and CNN, I got rid of my 139.00 cable bill. I now have Netflix, Hulu, my antenna and Sling. Did I mention I got a free Fire stick for paying for two months ?
          Can’t beat that, 40.00 value right there. I have 3 smart tv’s. I’m very happy.

          • Jeffrey says:

            Great comments! Sling has improved. My wife loves Hallmark and Sling gives you three Hallmark channels. DVR is a plus. Free Roku is a plus. We don’t care about sports so Sling is good.
            Also Cooking Channel included with the Hallmark add on for $5.

            • John Schmoll says:

              Agreed Jeffrey, Sling TV has improved their offering. With the competition out there it made sense for them to do so. They’re definitely one of the higher alternatives out there.

      • 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.

        • Lori says:

          Yes, we are getting ready to cancel Direct TV Now, buffering and crashing issues, it’s not living up to it’s hype in my opinion!

      • Karen says:

        How are you watching Milwaukee Bucks and Brewers??

    • 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

    • reginald scott says:

      If you can get past the interruptions and Freezes that happen pretty often then it is a good deal. They happen when you least expect it and make you mad. But for the price it is cool.

  • Latoya @ Femme Frugality says:

    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…

    • John Schmoll says:

      We’re pretty much in the same situation. Most of what Sling offers we get via some other avenue so it’s not worth the cost.

  • 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.

    • ben says:

      yes. I was having terrible buffering issues but the buffering issues stopped when I devoted my internet service line strictly for streaming Sling.

      In other words do not use internet devices while watching Sling, it sucks i know but its the only thing thats worked.

      High Speed internet helps.

  • Emily @ JohnJaneDoe says:

    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!

  • DC @ Young Adult Money says:

    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.

      • DC @ Young Adult Money says:

        So we did cancel cable a few months back and even though I mention Sling in the post and factor it into the financial calculations, I actually did not purchase it and we have gotten by without it! Having the TV Roamio OTA DVR and netflix has been all we need. We love TV shows and I’ve watched less and less sports over the years so it’s been easier to get by without cable and, currently, without Sling. Now if Sling allowed me to record shows with a DVR….I would consider it.

  • 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

  • Abigail @ipickuppennies says:

    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.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Yea, that’s why I’m fine without it now as there’s no football on. It might be a different story come the fall though.

  • Andrew@LivingRichCheaply says:

    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.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Agreed, I hope they fix them as well. I think they, or someone else, is bound to – there’s too big of a market for it not to happen.

  • 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…?

    • John Schmoll says:

      From what I see it was really only ESPN/bigger ticket type situations. But, we also have pretty fast internet so that didn’t even help.

    • Lisa Winans says:

      Don’t do it! If you ever had an issue with their services you will find it almost impossible to resolve.

  • 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.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Glad to hear you’ve been able to find a good solution – especially one without a crazy cable bill.

  • 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.

  • Andrew@LivingRichCheaply says:

    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

    • John Schmoll says:

      Yea, seems like buffering is the biggest issue for most. We don’t watch much either, free or Netflix works great.

  • 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.

  • Brian Stephens says:

    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!

    • John Schmoll says:

      Glad to hear you found a workaround Tony. Sorry to hear about your hassle with CenturyLink, our internet bill is the next one that needs to be slashed.

  • 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.

    • Dave says:

      This is a five-month update. We still are fairly satisfied with Sling TV. We watch a ton of sports, HGTV, and the Food channel, which you can’t get on Netflix. Plus, I’ve been able to watch many of the tennis tournaments. Having buffering problems while watching live sports has not been the problem for us. It’s actually the TV shows that are available to watch reruns. The freezing and shutting down is starting to drive us crazy. You have to totally shut it down and then reenter the site. The $20.00 is still worth it to us, so along with the $7.99 for Netflix, and our OTA antenna, it’s still better than paying the $150.00 cable bill. Just hope they improve the freezing and shutting down.

  • 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.

    • John Schmoll says:

      That’s a valid point Mike. If you throw in a few add-ons to the basic package it becomes much less of a savings.

  • 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.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear about the problems you’ve encountered, though I’d agree they don’t seem to be listening to customers.

  • 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!

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear that Faith, that can definitely be a problem. Have you tried their instant chat feature? I’ve never had a problem with that and is usually pretty timely.

  • 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.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Good point and would like to see that myself. I only really view either in the event of a major event and having access to both is something I’d prefer.

  • 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. 🙂

      • John says:

        As someone who has tried Sling on 3 different occasions on multiple devices (PS3, XB1, Laptop, Desktop, iPhone, iPad) with multiple connections (copper, fiber, etc), I gave up hope they would fix these buffering issues. Every time I cancel, it’s the same reason. The UI is a mess. The load times are unbearable at times. The buffering is the worst. I have tried everything their techs have asked of me and nothing seems to resolve the issues.

  • 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.

    • John says:

      Normally, I cancel as soon as I place the order. 99% of the time, you will be able to use it until your trial is over. If you like, then sign up once you determine that.

  • 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!

    • John Schmoll says:

      While I’d agree with you Holly, too many have had significant buffering issues with them – myself included. Until they clean that up it’s hard to recommend them.

  • 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:


    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.

      • Scott says:

        Thanks, John. Im OK w the current cable situation (as long as the arrangement is fair, have no issue w/ a contract), but trying to understand why the trend is distinctly moving to cord-cutting, and if it should apply to me. Is it purely cost-savings (w cable providers charging much more than they are in my area), desire for portability (device/location-wise), or something else/combination? I have thought for Netflix/Hulu, etc cord-cutting the shift to cord-cutting was driven better produced content / on-demand that tipped the scales, but for Sling, neither of those seem to apply. What do you think is the largest reason? Thanks.

        • Jess says:


          You have a great deal on price. My bill just went up again from our cable company we are paying $188 a month for internet and cable (no movie channels). If we just keep internet it is $65 a month. To do Sling or something like it cuts our bill way down.

  • 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.

  • Sean says:

    I have had it for almost a year it is very good for the cost. It does need good internet, my only complant. There are plenty of movies and the channels have there past episode also on there shows.

  • Claudine Mclamb says:

    My husband and I just purchased the amazon fire stick and thinking of getting rid of cable by the end of the month, however we have always had cable and don’t know how to make that leap from cable to fire stick, my husband loves sports and we don’t know how we would be able to have live TV when a game or show we love is on. Please help any suggestion or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • John Schmoll says:

      I think it’s definitely possible. I love sports myself and locals carry a fair bit, but for those that are on cable I’d look at either Sling TV or DirecTV Now. I prefer DirecTV Now as it works better and doesn’t have the streaming issues of Sling. I’ve put my DirecTV Now review below to get an idea of how it works.

  • Tiff says:

    We got Sling about 1 1/2 months ago and we love the price and the channels. Our kids can live on Disney and Cartoon Network, while A & E, History, Travel channel, BBC, with some others are all we watched on cable anyhow, and much cheaper now.

  • Eric J Illgen says:

    Sling TV is run by a bunch of bandits. You sign up for a 7 day free trial. Then if go online during that free trial to cancel, they take your 20 bucks anyway. I wonder how many people they take in like that. They will not refund your money. Don’t get sucked into this like I did!

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear about your frustrations Eric. I’ve actually found the cancelation process quite simple & straightforward. So long as you get it done before the 7 days are up you should have no problem.

  • Bill says:

    I don’t recommend Sling tv. It’s not a serious company. We cancelled two months ago and they still taking our money. We just called again and they said we have not the service … we don’t wanted it anyway … and we won’t have our money back . Yes. They stolen our money

  • Lauren Jasch says:

    Don’t do it! I signed up for the “free” 7 day trial, and was charged that same day. Also we just was going to get it to watch NFL, but they showed 0 full games, even though it says they’re the football place! I canceled that next day and tried to get a refund as I was suppose to not be charged until the 7th day and they said there was nothing they could do about it. Complete waste of your time and money

  • Greg says:

    Kodi works great for me for tv and movies but I need sports with minimal buffering.

  • Gryst says:

    In the two weeks I’ve used Sling, I have encountered most of the same issues already mentioned here: Buffering, figuring out how to navigate, and I would say the rudest customer service I’ve ever encountered, except I had an eve ruder experience a few days later — but that was a bank regarding my bankruptcy!

    My big issue this morning is that when I watch CNN (don’t know about others), when a show ends (Inside Politics, 8am EST), it does not automatically move on to other next program (State of the Union), but rather, repeats the show I just watched. I have to manually proceed to the next channel. I’m not sure if this is all the time, but it’s especially rich since there is usually no-pause-rewind on this channel. Which is why it will be out of my life forever as soon as this month is finished.

  • Dave says:

    Omg…..buffering at the worst time!!! Basketball game with 3 seconds left and buffering lasts 30 seconds. Game comes back on and of course over. NOT exactly happy.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Yep, we’ve had those things happen as well – of course at the worst moment possible.

    • Sree says:

      what device are you using? if you use Roku3 box and a hi speed wifi, it should solve your issue in most cases. Roku stick or Fire stick with Sling is a bad combination.

  • Jess says:

    I was excited about checking out Sling Tv to lower our monthly tv bill its way to high. But I am disappointed that it is Dish owned. I am not even sure I want to try it now. Their customer service has always been a nightmare.

    • John Schmoll says:

      That’s a fair point Jess, totally understood. That being said, I’m really just looking at the savings opportunity. Unfortunately, I think it’s going to be the big players that’ll be able to offer services like this since they already have the infrastructure to support it.

  • Dave Spear says:

    Sling is a rip off. I got the basic package and later it sold me on moving up to to an upgrade. A few months later I went to cancel service and they said they could not find my account but noted the cancellation. A week later they charged my card again. I called and requested a refund but they claim they could not find my account. So I pasted a copy of my subscription confirmation and then I pasted a copy of my cancellation to them and a copy of their response. When I asked for my money back, they said no and that it was up to me to get the account cancelled and since I didn’t, they were keeping my money .

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear that Dave, that’s not cool. I always cancel before the trial ends to avoid any potential billing problems.

    • Patti Peterson says:

      Im very unhappy with sling. I thought I’d give it a try and did the 7 day trial. I didnt like it,but maybe my hubby would next day i had a mini stroke off to the hospital i go,my daughter borrowed the laptop it was on(only one i cld put app on) i asked her to cancel for me. Yeah nope didnt happen. I get home sat night very late and yesterday they charged my acct. I called explain my situation and was told very bluntly no will not refund anything even tho i cant at this time access it. Not good customer service at all. They can check my isp and see it was used maybe 30 min on day one. Ill stick with netflix and prime. When i can renew my accts since im paying $50 something bucks this month for not watching sling. Never will i even give them another try. Sorry i had a stroke and canceling sling wasnt foremost on my mind.

  • Betty Spinks says:

    Great post! I agree with all the points you make. Especially getting kicked out when you want to look at lineup. Seems like such an obvious feature. Hopefully an easy fix.

    Sling is great if you like the channels they offer. I had a need for espn,tnt, cnn, comedy central, amc, and viceland. Voilá, Sling. And it’s super easy to use.

    If people are having problems using it, they need to look in the mirror and make peace with the fact that they’re just not very smart.

    Sign up is easy. Cancellation of 7-day trial is easy. These jackwagons that wait till the 7th day? It’s their own fault. Cancel on day 5. I bet these people are the same ones that studied for exams the night before, if they studied at all, which it doesn’t sound like they did, because again, not very smart.

    By the way, Sling customer service? No different than any cable company. Which is to say, yeah, they suck. So don’t leave yourself in a spot where you’re depending on them to save your precious pennies.

    As for people who can’t figure out how to use Sling. Where’s the confusion?

    Sling is live cable tv. You watch the same line up on the same night that everyone else is watching. It’s not Netflix. And it’s not Tivo. You can’t watch a football game 5 days later. If the game is on espn now? It’s on sling now.

    People that call it a rip-off are people that blame everyone but themselves for their lot in life.

    Don’t be a victim your whole life. Be a winner. Take control. You only have yourself to blame.

    If your happiness depends on $20 a month live tv, maybe don’t watch tv!

    Thanks again for a great post.

  • Robin Barnum says:

    Thanks for ur review. I have wondered about this service, but haven’t tried it because I’m too busy to watch much TV right now & I get local channels via antenna & when no interference, from the Dallas area. Very thorough & helpful. I would like to mention I have a model of the TiVo OTA DVR that is $14.99/mon. At first seemed great, but when trying to record, it kept rebooting if I tried to change channels when it was recording another channel, even tho it’s supposed to be able to record up to 4 channels at a time. After I added a mini-base in another room, it got way worse. I finally disconnected the antenna from both boxes & right now am only using it for Hulu, Netflix, Prime. Will experiment if I can get those straight to TV & if so, will let the TiVo go. I started the svc about 2 years ago. Seems after they merged or were bought out about that time & in checking reviews now see many complaints by other customers for rebooting issues, both monthly fee or one-time purchase fee. Cust Svc is not good, wait time is horrible. I think it’s because ur boxes have to go thru their server & I believe it needs to be expanded, which they aren’t doing. Just know I can’t tell others it’s a great product anymore. I did buy & haven’t gotten it hooked up a new converter/DVR box that records to a flash drive. Haven’t tried it yet cause got a new antenna remote box & have been getting the best reception since I got the antenna 2 yrs ago & don’t want to screw that up….

  • Allie says:

    I have only had Sling for about a month, but I see great benefits. The free like TV app I was using did nothing but buffer. I have a high internet speed, have three tv’s running on Sling + a gaming system all at the same time and have very little buffering if any. If you are getting a lot of buffering it’s probably because either you don’t have a high enough internet speed, or you don’t have a strong enough router. I got rid of my Netflix because I watch movies through Kodi, which is much better for free movies. So the money I saved with Netflix made up for half of my Sling bill. Love it and will continue to use it.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Glad to hear it has worked for you Allie. We have top of the line speed & router as my wife and I work from home but still run into significant buffering issues so I don’t know what the problem is.

  • Kathy Vorderbruggen says:

    I had sling for less than a week I never watched it because I couldn’t get any channels period I called twice and nobody would fix it or help me all it would say was Channel unavailable and it was a grey screen with orange writing. But I never got to watch anything on there so less than a week I did get rid of it so today I decided to call and maybe try it again only to find out that I don’t get to have a retrial since I already had a three-day one the lady was a b**** and told me that it’s a prepaid company so if I paid the $25 today and then I didn’t get sling to work I would not get my $25 back period I could cancel I just wouldn’t get the money. I have Netflix and I’m going to get it Hulu again and never mess with slang and I know people who have had problems and they refused to even try sling again and I certainly will not especially with the way the customer service is and the technical support sucks

  • DC @ Young Adult Money says:

    Hey John I actually have been trying out Sling and I like what I see. I also like the new optional $5/month 50 hours of DVR time, which I believe was not offered until very recently. With that being said, I am pretty torn on this. We have gotten by on our HD antenna, Tivo Roamio DVR, and netflix. I don’t see much reason to add more to that. I also am not happy that one of the only sports networks they don’t offer as an add-on is the one that kept me with cable for a while longer: Big Ten Network! If they offered that I would probably subscribe each Fall and then drop off after football season.

    • John Schmoll says:

      I didn’t know the details of their beta DVR, but that’s not a bad option. Hopefully the market will push it to being free in the future. Ah, yea, I can see why you’d want BTN. I did check & PlayStation VUE offers it in their $45/mo package. DTV Now also offers it, as does Hulu Live – but not certain what priced plans those are for. I believe many of them offer their own free trials, so could be an option come football season.

  • LW says:

    Good article. Cut the cord 4 months ago and thrilled to save money and not be forced to have channels I dont want. BUT Sling sucks, and I’m thisclose to going to HULU. Constant freezing, missing On Demand programs, watching an On Demand program that freezes and will not advance, especially during commercials. Slings response is sign out and sign in but thats I ineffective and ridiculous, given my ROKU 3 and Internet connection is fine with Netflix, HBO, Amazon, etc. Very, very frustrating.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear about the hassle LW. We’ve definitely had issues with Sling – not as bad as what you’ve encountered but still some challenges at times. Hopefully that improves over time.

  • Courtney says:

    I am very new to all of this. A career change followed by a divorce landed me back at my moms house where cable was available but it was what she wanted to watch, black and white movies and/or Discovery ID. The latter was fine but not 24/7. Anyways, I am REFUSING to pay Comcast an ungodly amount of money to watch TV. No way. I have an appointment set up for AT&T internet only ($99 instillation fee to install a modem irritates the fire out of me but I’m still standing my ground against Comcast). Anyways, I’ve done a boatload of research on this, so much that it’s driving me mental but that’s ok, I’ll make it through. I already have Netflix & I am an Amazon Prime member (I am not educated on all thatvis included in the membership). What I am finding is Netflix, Hulu and I suppose Amazon Prime (Prime has so many benefits that I’m excited to add yet another one) is more than plenty. Based on thousands of reviews I have read, Sling just isn’t adding up. I read at least 60-80 comments on this article and there was just 1, I repeat, just 1 positive review of Sling. For now I will go ahead and invest in Hulu and be happy with Netflix, Amazon & Hulu. I like my basic local channel shows and if I’m reading correctly, Hulu will provide that need. The only thing I’m unsure of is the difference between Hulu and Hulu live but I have yet to discover what basic Hulu has to offer. I find it interested the overwhelming amount of negative reviews towards Sling but I am grateful for the consistency. Thanks for all input from the author and reviewers!!! Shove it Comcast!!!

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear about the hassle Courtney. I’d try and negotiate that cost from AT&T – it’s largely profit from them, so see if they can do anything for you for bringing them your business. Sling has its good points, but the buffering issue is a real problem. I personally couldn’t use it on a long-term basis confidently. You should be more than fine with what you’re thinking. Hulu Live is similar to Sling or DirecTV Now, it’s a live streaming service that replaces cable. Hulu doesn’t offer the live streaming of shows, but you do get access to a lot of shows one day after they air. We’ve tried the latter a few times and it’s significantly cheaper than the Live version, but you do lose out on the live streaming. Best of luck making the switch and, yes, Comcast can shove it. 🙂

  • Sherry says:

    We are SO wanting to get rid of Comcast. I got on online chat with Sling and they were very patient at explaining how their service worked. Our 1 year contract with Comcast is up next month & I know they’re going to stick it to us…we already pay $197 a month(that’s a promotion???) but after reading about the buffering issues with Sling – I think I’ll try ‘fire & fury’ with Comcast to see what kind of ‘deal'(I use that term very loosely) they will offer us. I wish the reviews were better about Slings buffering issues – that would make everyone in my household crazy as we are HUGE sports fans. I relish the day we can tell Comcast to stick it!!!

    • John Schmoll says:

      Ouch, sorry to hear about that bill Sherry – I can’t totally understand why you want to tell Comcast to take a hike. I understand what you’re saying about Sling TV – but it’s still worth it to give it a shot. They offer a free 7-day trial, so it wouldn’t hurt to at least try it to see how it works for you. If it doesn’t work, you’e not out anything to them.

  • Elizabeth Shivel says:

    Hi, I installed the Amazon Firestick a few months ago, but haven’t gone back to it to get more familiar with it, need to get back to the right HDMI for it. I spend $261 a month with ATT Uverse and found out I’ve been billed for ESPN, HBO, Showtime, and many others that I didn’t sign up for. So I want to get rid of all of ATT Uverse if possible. I’m going to get back to the Firestick selections again and really search for what I watch, A&E, HGTV, QVC, Ovation, Oxygen, Food Channel, DIY, and see what I can find and then cancel as much of ATT as possible. I’ve read your posts and they’re wonderful. I’m not too technical with these things, but it seems from your info that the missing channels might be found through Hulu or Netflix or Sling TV. Any other suggestions are welcome. Thank you!

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear about the overcharge! Yes, you very well could find some of those channels on other providers and save big money. Just find what’s most important for you to have and go with that offering.

  • Chris Quitnow says:

    John, you keep saying how great Amazon Prime movies are but on the rare occasions that I try to watch movies most of the movies I want to watch I still have to pay for. The one movie was over two years old and they still wanted me to pay $2.99 to watch it. I don’t understand what is so great about Prime movies.

    • John Schmoll says:

      I don’t know that I’ve ever said how “great” Amazon Prime movies are. I do list them as a benefit, which they are. Yes, their choices aren’t always the best and they do charge at times (I’ve run into a very similar situation as you described) but that doesn’t mean they’re not a benefit of having a Prime membership. That’s also not to mention the fact that no streaming service is perfect. I’d much rather pay a few bucks the few times I want to watch a movie than to keep a cable subscription that costs significantly more.

  • Cat says:

    I am currently looking to cut the cord and was looking at Sling TV. I must have missed it on their web site but did I understand you to say the monthly cost is only for one TV? If I want to watch it on more than one TV I have to pay for each TV? We have a total of 4 TVs and usually 3 of them are being watched at one time. Am I not able to “share” Sling between the 4 sets?

    • John Schmoll says:

      You’re right, to a certain extent Cat. The base packages for Sling TV only allows you to stream on one TV at a time. Their higher packages allow for three. Another option is DirecTV Now as they allow for two streaming devices at the same time. With either, once you start streaming on an extra device it’ll kick you out of the other.

  • Dallas Dally says:

    We just purchased a roku which already comes with quite a few free streaming choices on the device. We then did a 7 day trial of direct TV now. We are very pleased with the service. So far no buffering issues and all of the channels we watch are included in the $35 a month basic package. It comes with 60 channels. So up front it is a way better value than sling is. It also has a guide set up just like cable so you can surf through the channels. No dvr yet but their site says its coming soon. We are going to drop cable and just use direct TV now and Netflix. Those two programs combined with all of the free streaming content on roku meet all of our tv/ movie needs. We will be saving around $100 a month.

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