Are you tired of paying expensive cable bills, but unwilling to give up your favorite sports and tv shows? Join us, and make the switch to Sling TV! Check out my review of Sling TV below to learn how it works and why we love it!
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What you should know about Sling TV (& why we love it!)
Once upon a time, when we owned two houses, we dropped cable to cut some costs. My husband thought that if we could just make it through the first football season, we could cut cable for good. (He’s a big Oklahoma State fan.) And it worked out pretty well – we were still able to watch many of the games by visiting friends & family or our local Buffalo Wild Wings on game days. However, I still missed watching my favorite HGTV shows! I mentioned this to a friend, and she told me about Sling TV… and how they were able to watch HGTV, Food Network, the Disney Channel, ESPN, and more for only $20 a month. With no contract! We signed up for a free trial and have been watching television through Sling TV for the last 3 years.
What is Sling TV?
Sling TV is an app based service that allows you to stream live TV channels over the internet. You can watch on any device that has the Sling TV app downloaded to it. We watch on our TVs using either a Roku Stick or an Amazon Fire TV stick. (These devices plug into an HDMI port on the back of your TV and connect to your home WiFi. In addition to Sling TV, there are many other apps that you can download to watch videos and stream music.) We also have the Sling TV app downloaded to our phones and Kindle Fires so we can watch on the go!
Sling TV Packages
There are two basic Sling TV packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue. They both contain many of the same channels, however there are some channels that are only included in one package or the other.
Sling Orange includes 30 channels for $20 a month and allows viewing on one stream at a time. (Meaning, Sling TV can only be watched on one TV or device at a time.) The ESPN channels and the Disney channel are included in Sling Orange, but not Sling Blue.
Sling Blue includes 45 channels for $25 a month and allows three simultaneous streams. The Fox sports channels and the NFL Network are included in Sling Blue, but not Sling Orange.
To get all of the channels in both packages, you can subscribe to both Sling Orange and Blue for $40 a month (a $5 discount). We have the cheaper Sling Orange package for most of the year, as it includes the ESPN channels. However, we have added the Blue package or the Sports Extra (mentioned below) for short amounts of time as needed (depending on which networks were airing our games). (If you are beginning to think that our lives revolve around football, I probably shouldn’t mention that we set our wedding date to correspond with an away game… Because we had season tickets, we couldn’t miss a home game… and our friends had already taken the bye week for their wedding date! )
In addition to the base packages, you can add Extras for a few dollars per month. “Extras” are add-on packages that include several channels within a specific interest, such as Kids, Sports, Lifestyle, etc., for as little as $5 more a month.
Click here to view all available channels. You will be taken to the “Explore Channels” page (shown below), where you can then click on the channel you can’t live without. Clicking on the channel will bring up the package (and “Extra” if necessary) that is required to access that channel.
In the example below, I’ve selected the “Disney Junior” channel from the “Explore Channels” page.
How to get the most out of your Sling TV subscription
One of the best things about Sling TV is the flexibility. There is no contract, so you can add and drop packages whenever you like. As previously mentioned, we have switched from Blue to Orange (or had both), and added and dropped the Sports Extra package as needed. By doing this, we can watch our sports in season, and save money during the off seasons. You could also do this with the Kids Extra package and add it during summer break when your kids will be spending more time at home!
Another perk to Sling TV is that in addition to live TV, many of the channels have shows that you can watch on demand. (Which depends on the date that they aired.) With three kids, I rarely (if ever) get to watch my favorite shows live. But I can watch Fixer Upper, Property Brothers, and Love It or List It on demand when I’m folding laundry! (For this reason, I actually look forward to doing laundry! 🙂 )
I also recently learned that Sling TV is now offering a cloud DVR service! If you can’t live without a DVR, this service is an additional $5 a month.
Great offers for new Sling TV subscribers
According to the FCC, the average cost of cable in the US is $69.03. (Data from 2016.) With Sling TV, you can pay as little as $20 a month. That’s a savings of over 70%!
If you are looking to save money without giving up your favorite shows, join me and make the switch! Click here to sign up for a free 7 day trial of Sling TV.
Or, if you are already convinced, check out my favorite Sling TV deals for new subscribers:
**Note – these are not available with the 7 day free trial.** Click on links for full details.**
FREE Roku Express when you prepay two months of Sling TV. (If you plan on watching Sling on your television but do not have a smart TV, you need one of these! We have a Roku Streaming stick, which plugs directly into the HDMI port. The Roku Express is a small box with an included HDMI cable that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. I don’t have experience with this model, but it has great reviews on Amazon, which you can check out by clicking the link!)
AirTV Player + Adapter Bundle just $50 when you prepay three months of Sling TV. ($80 savings!) I had not heard of the AirTV Player before seeing this offer, so I had to check it out…and it sounds amazing! The AirTV Player integrates Sling TV, Netflix, and local channels (when you connect your antenna to the AirTV adapter)into one integrated guide. So there would be no more switching apps or TV inputs!
If you have any questions for me about our experience with Sling TV, or the devices we use to watch Sling, please comment below or shoot me an email!