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I travel. A lot. And when I’m not traveling, I’m working so I can make money to travel more. I need to keep my expenses as low as possible so every spare dollar I have can be used to eat some fantastic food in Japan, go cave diving in New Zealand, or float in a blue lagoon somewhere (read about some of our adventures here).
One of the ways I used to save money was by not paying for television. Instead, I’d conveniently visit my parents whenever there was something on TV I wanted to watch. It was a brilliant plan because I paid my obligatory visit and got to watch my show at the same time. Brilliant! And it worked until, after 28 years, my parents disconnected their cable TV.
As an alternative, they added several Over the Air (OTA) antennas to two of their TVs which, under the right weather conditions, bring in a grainy version of our local stations. It’s hilly, rainy, and windy here in Seattle. What were they thinking? My news-addicted father is lost without his beloved CNN. He is not happy, and he isn’t the only one.
It’s clearly time for me to find an inexpensive solution to this problem, and I’ve been checking out my options. There are so many it’s mind-blowing, and it’s hard to figure out how to get the content I want without paying for stuff I don’t.
That’s where Sling TV comes in. It’s an app I can use at home, work, or even when I’m traveling within the US. It streams live content to any compatible device, including Apple TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, Chromecast, iPad, iPhone, PCs (running Windows 7 and higher), Android TV, and Xbox One, plus devices running Android, iOS, and Windows. I can even pick up free local programming by adding a RCA or TERK OTA antenna. I live in West Seattle, so unlike my parents, I’ll likely get a fantastic picture.
Sling TV – Here’s What’s Streaming
With Sling TV, you can watch ESPN, AMC, CNN, HGTV, Cartoon Network, History, Disney, and more for just $20 per month on Sling Orange. Or, with Sling Blue, you can get local favorites and regional sports networks (where available), including NBC, NBC Regional Sports (coming soon), Fox and Fox Regional Sports. Plus, top shows on AMC, FX, CNN, HGTV, USA, Bravo, BBC America, Syfy, and more. Check out the entire current channel lineup here.
Sling TV – What’s it Cost?
Sling TV offers two types of channel packages. Sling Orange, the single-stream service, is just $20 a month. Sling TV comes with no hidden fees, no long-term contract, and easy online cancellation. You get a single stream of content with 25+ channels including ESPN, HGTV (my mother’s favorite channel), CNN and the History Channel (Dads’ favorites), TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Food Network, Travel, and more (my favorites).
Sling Blue, starting at $25 a month, gives you content on up to three devices simultaneously. The channel line-up is different with more channels from Fox and NBC, but for me it’s a natural choice. With up to 3 screens, my girlfriend and I can enjoy different shows. We won’t get access to ESPN or Disney, but for us that’s not a problem.
Or, you can choose to subscribe to Sling Orange + Sling Blue and get access to all the channels for just $40 per month (and save $5 per month). To choose the right Sling TV plan for you, visit the Compare Service page for a side-by-side comparison of the channels included in each plan.
Sling Blue Extras
Want more TV? There are up to 100+ extra channels available for a small fee. Each Extra is just $5 a month with the exception of HBO and Cinemax, which are $15 and $10 a month, respectively. Parents can add the Kids Extra with Sling Blue to include TeenNick, Nicktoons, Boomerang, BabyTV, and Duck TV. Or opt for Comedy Plus Extra to add CMT, MTV, MTV2, Spike, TV Land, and Logo. There’s also the Lifestyle Plus Extra, which adds VH-1, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, FYI, WE TV, and LMN, and the newest addition, Sports Extra, which brings Golf, beIN Sports, Outside TV and Univision Deportes.
If you’re a movie fan, the Hollywood Extra is perfect for you. It adds Epix, Epix2, Epix Hits, Epix Drive-In, Sundance TV, and TCM (Turner Classic Movies). And for newshounds, the World News Extra will bring news from CNBC, BBC World News, HLN, EuroNews, France 24, MSNBC, News 18 India, NDTV 24×7, and RT. Speak Spanish? The Best of Spanish TV gives you AZ Cinema, AZ Clic, Azteca, Azteca Corazón, BabyTV, Bandamax, beIN Sports, beIN Sports en Español, Cbeebies, Cine Sony, Cinelatino, De Película, De Película Clásico, ESPN Deportes (single-stream only), FOROtv, Galavisión, NBCUniverso, NTN24, Pasiones, Telefórmula, Telehit, TeLe-Romantica, UniMás, Univision, Univision Deportes and Univision tlnovelas. These channels were current at the time of publication – visit the Sling Services page to verify the current offerings.
Sling TV Free Trial Offer & Special Offers
Check out the 7-day free trial. You’ll need to provide an email address and credit card. Cancel before your trial is up or continue your service and be billed monthly.
There are also several specials offers right now. New Sling TV customers can get 50% OFF THE NEW ROKU 3 WITH VOICE SEARCH (reg. $99.99), or a FREE ROKU 2 (reg. $69.99), or an APPLE TV for just $89 when you prepay three months of Sling TV. Pricing and offers were current at the time of publication –please check the Sling TV site for the most up-to-date information. You can also find out more via Facebook and Twitter.
Living with Sling TV
So now I have live TV at my fingertips, and I told my parents all about Sling TV, so they have it too. Just one problem: I’m going to have to figure out a new reason to visit them. Maybe I’ll bring my mom my laundry. She loves that.
What would you do with all the money you save by switching to Sling TV?