While Sling TV may not be your only option to stream TV live online anymore, it remains one of the most popular. It has grown tremendously since it’s launch in 2015, and is now home to more than 2 million active subscribers.
Sling TV was one of the very first to allow viewers to watch regular programming without a cable subscription. While your options were initially very limited (and still are to some degree), Sling TV made it possible to watch live television at a limited cost and with no long-term commitment.
Access to Sports
This is an area that Sling TV was able to take advantage from the start. Having been partnered with ESPN since its inception, Sling TV seemed to be a requirement for any sports fan who wanted to ditch cable. Since then, some other other options have emerged, but Sling TV has been able to grow and offer a huge variety of sports channels and even a specific sports package.
Traditional Cable Feel
While some other content services pride themselves on being different from cable, Sling TV can often feel like you still have access to your old cable box. The ability to select different channels and see their live programming is something customers are used to. It simplifies the decision of what to watch tonight and can build loyalty towards networks rather than specific shows.
Sling TV likes to promote themselves as “A la carte TV”. They follow through on this catchphrase by offering a variety of different extras for whatever you prefer. For example, you can choose to add on the sports extra package, the kids extra package, or even the best of Spanish TV extra package.
Since Sling TV is simply providing you access to watch the traditional cable channels, you are still going to see your traditional commercials. While you always have the option of flipping to another channel, you may find yourself frustrated if you are used to an ad-free experience.
No On-Demand Content
Differing from other content streaming services, Sling TV does not offer On-Demand viewing. That means binge-watching your favorite series can be tough. You can check the TV listings to see what will be on and plan ahead, but with a busy schedule, this can oftentimes be inconvenient.
Sling Tv offers a couple different packages with the options to add on different extras:
Sling Orange ($20/mo)
This plan gives you access to around 30 channels. This gives you some basics such as ESPN, A&E, and Disney Channel, but does not include Fox or NBC. This plan also limits you to one stream at a time.
Sling Blue ($25/mo)
Sling Blue adds on about 15 channels (this does include NBC and FOX) to the orange package. Additionally, you can have 3 simultaneous streams.
Extras are available to add onto either of these packages. They range from premium networks like HBO or Cinemax to genre style packages such as lifestyle or comedy.