Cut The Cord: The Best Television Streaming Services
Sling TV is one of the original television streaming giants. They are also one of the most popular, thanks in large part to their affordable service and wide array of channels. Similar to PlayStation Vue, their tiered subscription plans will give you that cable feeling without the costs.
Sling Orange $20/month
The most basic, 25+ channel plan, called Sling Orange, includes favorites like ESPN, HGTV, CNN, Comedy Central, TBS, and Disney Channel.
Sling Blue $25/month
The second tier, Sling Blue, offers the same basic channels, plus plenty of sports and local favorites like Fox, NBC, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Tru TV, and National Geographic.
Sling Orange+Blue $40/month
The Sling Orange+Blue plan is considered the best value with access to all channels from the Blue and Orange plans.
The best thing about Sling TV is its affordable pricing for basic service. It is accessible on several platforms, including laptops, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iOS, and Android devices, and there is no annual contract. In fact, you can easily cancel online without having to make any annoying phone calls.
Sling TV prides itself on being an A La Carte television service. Because of this, there aren’t as many channels offered within their basic subscription plans. If you want access to additional channels, like MTV, NHL Network, BBC World News, Disney Junior, DIY, ABC, or HBO, you are going to have to subscribe to several different add-ons. Each of the channels just listed, by the way, are in their own separate add-on packages. The cost of adding all of them is an extra $50, and there are still a few extras that haven’t been included. Also, if you want access to a cloud DVR, it’s going to cost another $5 per month.
Sling TV is an affordable option for people wanting access to just a few channels without having to deal with a bunch of garbage that they aren’t interested in. The basic programming is even more affordable than PlayStation Vue, but if you want more channels you will have to subscribe to extras, which can really add up. Still, if you are someone who turns ESPN on first thing in the morning and never changes the channel, the basic $20 price tag is almost too good to pass up.