Sling TV is a new streaming service that differs from traditional services in a pretty big way. Sling TV is aimed at users who don’t want to spend a lot of money but still want access to certain TV channels normally only available to people with a full (and expensive) cable subscription.
Sling TV is relatively new and has a niche demographic compared to similar streaming services. If you are interested in checking out Sling TV, consider the following things you need to know about the service.
It’s very basic–for a reason
Most streaming services proudly boast that they offer dozens of channels and thousands of movies or TV shows—but Sling TV prides itself on its simplicity and its ability to offer users a few basic channels. Sling TV’s most basic packages offers just 19 channels a month, which includes ‘staples’ of basic cable TV: such as ESPN, AMC, the History Channel, and more. Sling TV also offers “add on packs” which can add more channels to the user’s network.
There basic package can be supplemented by Extras
The most basic package costs only $20 per month; each ‘add on pack’ adds $5 per month to the total bill. Unlike regular TV, there is no contract or minimum purchase requirement—the service can be cancelled at any time with no strings attached.
The following add on packs (called Extras) are currently available:
- Sports Extra: sports channels, including ESPNEWS, Universal Sports, ESPN Goal Line and more
- Kids Extra: children’s channels, including Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, and more
- Lifestyle Extra: lifestyle channels, including WE TV, Cooking Channel, Lifetime Movie Network, and more
- World News Extra: international news channels, including Euro News, Russia Today, and more
- Hollywood Extra: movie channels, including Sundance TV, EPIX Drive-In, EPIX, and more
It is available on multiple devices
Sling TV is available on a number of different devices, including: Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, XBox One, Roku, Android mobile devices including phones, iOs mobile devices including phones, and desktop computers and laptops.
Sling TV also announced that they were planning to update the service to include compatibly with Android TV devices, the Google Nexus Player, LG Smart TVs, and Chromecast. Sling TV is not available on PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 devices, and is currently not expected to be made compatible due to Sony’s own cable-like service, PlayStation Vue.
There are limitations
These limitations include the fact that Sling TV can only be watched on one device at a time–so multiple members of the household cannot watch a channel on Sling TV at the same time without opening up (and paying for) their own monthly service.
The service also has commercials, which include standard commercial breaks and nation-wide ads as standard cable channels.
Unlike other services, channels watched on Sling TV can’t be paused, rewound, fast forward or otherwise tinkered with. They must be watched live as they would be on a standard cable TV service that did not offer these functions.