Yet Another Update On The Evolution Of Sling TV

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Get Back Some Of Those Channels!

Sling TV
Yes time does move on and with that so does the evolution of one of my favorite streaming subscription services Sling TV. If you haven’t read my other two posts about Sling TV here are the links if you just want to get a little back history.

The Dish Network Sling TV – First Crack In The Bundling Wall

Dish’s Sling TV – A 6 Month Update ON My Original Post

Now that that’s taken care of let’s move on to the matter at hand.

Sling TV has made some outstanding changes to their subscriptions in recent months after doing some beta testing. They now offer three subscription levels from which to choose along with their separate five dollar add-on packages that have been there since the beginning. These subscriptions are Sling Orange (which is the renamed original package), Sling Blue and the third offering is a combination of both Orange + Blue.

Sling Orange carries 25+ programs which for the last six months have changed very little. Sling Blue on the other hand sports 30+ channels with many notable additions and these additions can be seen by comparing the two images below. My personal favorite addition to Blue without a doubt is the SYFY channel.

Sling Orange

Sling Orange

Sling Blue

Sling Blue

Sling Extras

Sling Extras

Now you may be looking at the breakdowns of the subscriptions and saying to yourself “Wow there are way more channels than 30 specified on Sling Blue.” Yes you are correct and by my count there are 40 just with the programs that are offered everywhere in the country. If you start looking into the channels (Fox, NBC, Fox Sports and CSN) that are offered in select markets you come up with 44. Talk about under promising and over delivering!  I personally would think that the select market offerings will eventually rolled out the rest of the country once whatever negotiations that need to be completed are done.

You may also be wondering about the price differences between the three subscriptions. Sling Orange is still at the original $20 per month, Sling Blue was rolled out at $25 a month and Orange + Blue is currently $40 per month.

I personally signed up for the beta testing for sling blue when it was offered and while it did have its bugs, most notably trying to modify your subscription, it has come a long way. That’s not to say that there aren’t still problems, such as hang-ups in the streaming process but those are becoming less over time. I’m also not sure how much of it can be attributed to Sling as opposed to the Roku unit that I view it through. You will also notice that the service is available through a number of other platforms as shown in the image below.

Platforms That Sling TV Is Available On.

Sling Availability

As I mentioned earlier Sling TV is hands down my favorite way to get back many of the channels that I lost when I cut the cord several years ago. While not free it can cut your monthly cable subscription by around half if you sign up for both the Orange + Blue subscriptions. I personally find that simply having the Blue package replaces most of what I want and keeps the price fairly low.

What the heck though why not give one of the subscriptions a try for a 7 days (it’s free) and see how you like it. There are no contracts and everything is month-to-month after the free trial with cancellation being as simple as logging onto their website and clicking a few buttons.


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