Looking for ways to watch live TV like ESPN, FOX Sports, The History and Disney channels and access on-demand content without paying $200 per month for cable or satellite? You may want Sling TV.
What is Sling TV?
Keep in mind you’ll need high-speed internet and wi-fi for this and any other streaming application.
What does it cost and what is included?
There are two basic packages available from Sling TV. Depending on your wants and needs, select from either or both of the follow packages:
1.) The first package is $20 per month and includes:
***IMPORTANT: With this package you can stream on only one device at a time.
Optional Add-Ons for this package:
2.) The second package (their beta package which opened April 13th, 2016) is also $20 per month and includes:
Yay! Paul’s super excited about this package because he’ll be able to watch the Royals Baseball games on the regional Fox sports channel. 😀 #ForeverRoyal
***IMPORTANT: With this package you can stream up to three devices at once.
Optional Add-Ons for this package:
Note: Since this is a brand new package, your streaming device may not yet give you the option to select it. If that’s the case you may need to sign up online or give customer service a call at 1 (888) 348-1248 to get your trial started. You should then be able to access it from that or any qualifying device thereafter.
Pros and Cons
With saving this much money on television, of course there will be a few drawbacks. If you are a habitual channel flipper – quit that 😛 – yes, you can watch all of these channels live, but there is definite lag when changing channels. So, if you’re used to constant channel flipping, you’ll have to learn to renegotiate the way you channel surf.
There is a guide that you can view, which shows what is airing on each channel. So, at least you know what’s on before switching.
Another negative is that when you first tune in to a channel, the video quality may be lacking, but it will generally improve to HD quality within a few seconds.
Can you pause, rewind and fast-forward Live TV? Nope. No, you sure can’t. But you can when viewing in on-demand format.
Keep in mind, with option number one, the whole entire family either needs to be watching at different times, or watching the same thing together. There is the limit of ONE device streaming at one time. Keep in mind this is the ONLY package that includes ESPN.
If you go with option number 2, you will be able to stream on up to three devices at once. Giving you more flexibility if your family enjoys different types of programming.
Best part? NO contracts, NO hidden fees and you can cancel at ANY time.
Will I Be Able to Watch My Shows if I Miss Them Live?
Yes and no. While most Sling TV channels do have an on-demand feature, those that do keep their content available for varying lengths of time.
These channels will have shows available for 72 hours after their air-date:
These channels will have on-demand content as well, but it is up to each individual broadcaster as to how long they leave the content available (typically around one month):
Still on the fence?
Every streaming device (ie: Roku, XBox One, Amazon Fire TV) will give you a free 7-day trial period of Sling TV- with the exception of Chromecast, which currently gives you a free 30-day trial period. Not enough channels for you? You could always compliment this service with another streaming service and you’d still be spending WAY less than you would be for cable. Stay tuned, we will be discussing other options in the very near future.