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Sling TV Channels, Package Costs & How to Stream It Free Forever

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If you’re looking to watch live TV and cut the cable cord once and for all, one of the most affordable options out there is getting Sling TV channels.

There are plenty of Sling TV channels streaming popular live TV, and for as low as $35/month, you’ll be able to watch all your favorite cable channels for cheap.

Is there a Sling TV free trial? Are the Sling TV packages worth it? And what’s the deal with Free Sling Live TV for Life? How does Sling TV compare with YouTube TV, Fubo, and other streaming television services?

We’ve taken all your burning questions about Sling TV channels and did the research to help you find out how to maximize your account.

 

First things first: You can get free Sling Live TV for LIFE.

Hand holding a remote pointed towards a tv

Can you watch Sling TV for free? Yes, and while Sling is known for their low-priced cable-killing TV channels, they’ve got a completely free tier called Sling Freestream. As soon as you sign up (no credit card required!), you’ll get access to over 200 live TV channels, tons of free movies, and over 40,000 on-demand shows and movies, like Hell’s Kitchen, The Walking Dead, Portlandia, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and tons more.

You can also upgrade to Sling Blue or Sling Orange, if you wish, and get your first month for $15. Or you could just add Showtime, Starz, AMC+, or MGM+ for only $5 each for your first month.

There’s no catch — Sling Freestream is always free because it’s ad-supported.

Here’s how to get the deal:

  1. Click here to activate the promotion.
  2. Create an account with your email and password.
  3. That’s it — you’re ready to start streaming.
 

How much does Sling TV cost?

Sling TV channels displayed on an iPad

Sling TV comes in two different paid plans: Blue and Orange. The colors don’t really tell you much, but we’ll talk about what each plan offers in a sec. Just know that these plans offer different channels, depending on what you’re looking for. Each plan costs $35, but you can bundle them both for $50 — an instant $20 off (29% discount).

NOTE: Unfortunately, there’s no tier to get rid of ads entirely. You won’t be able to skip any ads unless you pre-recorded the show and skip through them on your DVR.

 

What’s included with Sling TV?

bowl of popcorn on someone's lap with tv in background

Getting either the Orange or Blue plan will get you plenty of channels that you can watch. Although Sling Blue and Sling Orange differ, here are the Sling TV channels that are included in both plans:

  • A&E
  • AMC
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • BET
  • Bloomberg Television
  • CHARGE!
  • CNN
  • Cartoon Network
  • Comedy Central
  • Comet
  • EPIX Drive-In
  • Food Network
  • Fuse
  • HGTV
  • History Channel
  • IFC
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Lifetime
  • Local Now
  • Nick Jr.
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • Vice

 

Which Sling TV channels come with the Blue plan?

A man laying on a couch watching football on a laptop.

The Sling TV channels that come with the Sling Blue plan include all of the standard channels (see the previous tip), plus a focus on news and professional football. It comes with 50 hours of DVR storage, and you can stream up to three devices using your account.

Here are the Sling TV channels that are exclusive to the Blue plan:

  • Bravo
  • Discovery Channel
  • E!
  • Fox
  • Fox Sports 1
  • FX
  • Fox News
  • HLN
  • MSNBC
  • NBC
  • NFL Network
  • National Geographic
  • Syfy
  • TLC
  • USA
  • TruTV

 

Which Sling TV channels come with the Orange plan?

family watching tablet and dad pointing to something on screen

The Sling TV channels that come with the Sling Orange plan include all of the standard channels (see above) with a focus on NCAA Football and family-friendly channels. It comes with 50 hours of DVR storage, but you can only stream on one device.

Here are the Sling TV channels that are exclusive to the Orange plan:

  • Disney Channel
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • Freeform
  • MotorTrend

 

 

Are there any additional add-ons that can get you more Sling TV channels?

family movie night on couch with bowl of popcorn

If you’re looking to add more Sling TV channels to your account, you can purchase add-ons that’ll give you access to additional channels. Here’s what you can get with each add-on:

Sling TV Orange Add-Ons

  • Sports Extra ($11/month):
    • ACCN
    • SEC Network
    • ESPN
    • ESPNU
    • PAC-12 Network
    • beIN sports
    • Longhorn Network
    • ACCNX
    • MLB Network
    • SEC ESPN+
    • NBA TV
    • ESPNews
    • Tennis Network
    • NHL Network
    • Strike Zone
  • Comedy Extra ($6/month)
    • MTV
    • TruTV
    • FETV
    • Laff
    • Paramount Network
    • MTV2
    • CMT
    • Logo
    • Revolt
    • Game Show Network
    • TV Land
  • Kids Extra ($6/month)
    • Disney Junior
    • Disney XD
    • Nicktoons
    • Teen Nick
    • Boomerang
    • Baby TV
    • Duck TV
  • News Extra ($6/month)
    • BBC News
    • NewsNation
    • NewsMax
    • HLN
    • News 18
    • CGTV
    • Law & Crime Network
  • Lifestyle Extra ($6/month)
    • Magnolia Network
    • Hallmark Channel
    • VH-1
    • Cooking Network
    • fyi
    • We TV
    • LMN
    • Hallmark Drama
  • Hollywood Extra ($6/month)
    • Reelz
    • H&I
    • Start TV
    • Grit
    • HDNet Movies
    • Sundance TV
    • Cinemoi
    • TCM
    • Bounce
  • Heartland Extra ($6/month)
    • World Fishing Network
    • INSP
    • Sportsman Channel
    • Pursuit, Outdoor Channel
    • Great American Family
    • Great American Living
    • American Heroes Channel
    • Red TV
    • Destination America
    • Pixl
    • TCowboy Channel
  • AMC+ ($7.99/month)
    • AMC+
    • Shudder
    • Sundance Now
    • IFC Films Unlimited

 

Sling TV Blue Add-Ons

  • Sports Extra ($11/month)
    • B1G Network
    • RedZone
    • PAC 12 Network
    • NBC Golf
    • FS2
    • NHL Network
    • NBA TV
    • beIN sports
    • MLB Network
    • Tennis Network
    • Strike Zone
    • The Olympic Channel
  • Comedy Extra ($6/month)
    • MTV
    • FETV
    • Laff
    • Paramount Network
    • MTV2
    • CMT
    • Logo
    • Revolt
    • Game Show Network
    • TV Land
  • Kids Extra ($6/month)
    • Nicktoons
    • Teen Nick
    • Boomerang
    • Baby TV
    • Duck TV
  • News Extra ($6/month)
    • FOX Business
    • NewsNation
    • CNBC
    • BBC World News
    • Law & Crime Network
    • NewsMax
    • News18
    • CGTV
  • Lifestyle Extra ($6/month)
    • Magnolia Network
    • Hallmark Channel
    • VH1
    • Cooking Network
    • fyi
    • Oxygen
    • We TV
    • LMN
    • Hallmark Drama
  • Hollywood Extra ($6/month)
    • FXX
    • H&I
    • FXM
    • Reelz
    • Start TV
    • Grit
    • HDNet Movies
    • Sundance TV
    • Cinemoi
    • TCM
    • Bounce
  • Heartland Extra ($6/month)
    • National Geographic Wild
    • World Fishing Network
    • INSP
    • Sportsman Channel
    • Pursuit, Outdoor Channel
    • Great American Family
    • Great American Living
    • American Heroes Channel
    • Red TV
    • Destination America
    • Pixl
    • The Cowboy Channel
  • AMC+ ($7.99/month)
    • AMC+
    • Shudder
    • Sundance Now
    • IFC Films Unlimited

 

Other Add-Ons

  • Showtime: $10/month
  • Starz: $9/month
  • Epix: $5/month
  • Cinefeset: $5/month
  • Cinemoi: $3/month
  • Comedy Dynamics: $5/month
  • BET+: $10/month
  • Noggin: $8/month
  • ScreamFlix: $3/month
  • Pantaya: $6/month
  • Up Faith & Family: $5/month
  • Stingray Karaoke: $7/month
  • CONtv: $3/month
  • The Country Network: $5/month
  • True Royalty Network: $6/month
  • Curiosity Stream: $3/month
  • Docurama: $5/month
  • DogTV: $5/month
  • Dove Channel: $5/month
  • Magnolia Selects: $5/month
  • Monsters & Nightmares: $3/month
  • Warriors & Gangsters: $3/month
  • DOX: $3/month
  • Qello Concerts by Stingray: $8/month
  • FlixLatino: $3/month
  • Kartoon Channel: $4/month
  • Grokker: $7/month
  • Hallmark Movies Now: $6/month
  • Here TV: $8/month
  • Hopster: $5/month
  • Outside TV Features: $5/month

 

 

Is there a free trial for Sling TV?

Sling TV channels deal shown on a phone screen near television

Unfortunately, there’s no free trial for the Orange or Blue Sling TV plans — but the Sling Freestream is a great, free way to get to know Sling without so much as giving them your credit card.

But if you wanna try out the paid plans, know that you’ll get half off your first month of Sling TV no matter which plan you choose. That means the Blue or Orange plan is going to be $17.50, and the combination Orange and Blue plan will be $25 for your first month.

TIP: If you’re a new Sling TV subscriber, make sure to prepay for two months of service to get a freebie worth up to $79.99. In the past, we’ve seen them give out free Fire TV Sticks and AirTV Mini streaming devices.

 

Does Sling TV have shows on demand?

woman with blanket on couch channel surfing with remote

Yes, Sling TV does have tons of shows on demand, regardless of if you have Freestream or one of the paid plans. Just head to the On Demand section to browse the offerings, or select the channel you want to watch, go to the channel details, go to the schedule, and check all the on-demand shows available on that channel.

Unfortunately, there are still commercials on on-demand content. Think of it like you’re watching a DVR-recorded program from a live channel. (Except you can’t fast-forward past commercials in this mode.)

 

How can I cancel my Sling TV subscription?

man in loungewear in bedroom watching football on Sling TV channel

If you’re unsatisfied with your Sling TV subscription, here’s how you can delete your account. If you cancel your subscription before the current payment period ends, you’ll still have access to your shows until it ends.

  • Go to your “Account Dashboard”
  • Click on “Cancel Subscription”
  • Confirm your cancellation

You’ll receive an email confirming your cancellation. If you cancel before your billing period has ended, you’ll be able to keep watching Sling until that date.

 

What can you stream Sling TV on?

hand holding remote with news on tv in the background

There are plenty of devices that you can stream Sling TV on, which means that you can take Sling TV with you wherever you go. Here are all the devices that you can stream Sling TV channels on:

  • AirTV Mini
  • Amazon Fire Devices
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • COX
  • Evoca
  • Google Nest
  • Google TV
  • LG Devices
  • Oculus Devices
  • Portal
  • Roku
  • Samsung Devices
  • TiVo Stream
  • VIZIO Smart TVs
  • XBOX Series X
  • Xfinity

 

 

Does Sling TV have local channels?

two young adults on chair eating popcorn watching a movie

Another benefit to having Sling TV is having access to local channels. Not every location has access to local channels, so make sure to check the Sling TV website to see if you can get local stations on your Sling TV.

You’ll automatically have access to all the local FOX and ABC channels in your area through Sling TV at no additional cost.

Plus, there are several other ways you can watch live TV for free.

 

How does Sling TV compare to other live TV options?

woman's hand pointing remote toward TV with hulu app

At $35/month, Sling TV is by far the cheapest option for live TV streaming services. Here are the alternative options and how much more expensive they are compared to Sling TV:

  • Average cable cost: $116/month (69.8% more expensive than Sling)
  • Hulu Live TV: $69.99/month (50% more expensive than Sling)
  • FuboTV: $65/month (46.1% more expensive than Sling)
  • YouTube TV: $64.99/month (46.1% more expensive than Sling)

TIP: Here’s everything you need to know about watching TV without paying for cable.

 

Are there any Sling TV promo codes or coupons?

woman in hooded sweatshirt pointing remote at tv with Sling app

Unfortunately, there are no Sling TV promo codes or coupons available anywhere. Your best bet is going to be signing up for the impressively robust Sling Freestream offerings at no cost to you. (If you’re looking for discounts, though, here’s every student discount, teacher discount, military discount, and senior discount you can get with your ID.)

 

What movies and TV shows can I watch for free?

Although Sling Freestream is limited in premium channels it has a ton of content. The free service has over 40,000 on-demand movies and TV shows you and your family can watch for free. Here are several that are available live or on-demand, along with their release dates (for movies).

Movies for you

  • Ambition, 2019
  • Big Match, 2014
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961
  • Camp Cold Brook, 2020
  • Checkmate, 2015
  • Fathers and Daughters, 2015
  • Home Sweet Home, 2020
  • I’m Not in Love, 2021
  • King of California, 2007
  • Love, Lies, 2016
  • Meet the Patels, 2014
  • People, Places, Things, 2015
  • RGB, 2018
  • Survivor, 2015
  • The Moviemakers: Spielberg, 2023
  • The Wolfpack, 2015

TV shows for you

  • 20/20
  • Forensic Files
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Kitchen Nightmares
  • Impossible Builds
  • Shameless
  • The Boondocks
  • The Joy of Painting With Bob Ross

Movies for kids

  • Blinky Bill: The Movie, 2015
  • Maya the Bee: The Honey Games, 2018
  • Quackerz, 2016
  • Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, 1996
  • Seventeen Again, 2000
  • The B.F.G., 1989

TV shows for kids

  • Barney
  • Lego Friends: Girls on a Mission
  • Peppa the Pig
  • Ryan’s World Specials
  • Samurai Jack
  • The Amazing World of Gumball

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