Sling TV Features
Sling TV plans feature live TV (including sports coverage), a DVR service that lets you record and save programs, on-demand content that can be selected and watched anytime, and premium channels that can be added to your account for extra monthly fees.
The result is a service that is much more customizable than most cable networks or streaming services like Netflix or Hulu. Once you have one of the base Sling TV plans, you can buy as much or as little extra as you want. So long as you don’t need local channels that require an antenna hookup, you can add, record, and stream whatever you need from any device that supports a Sling TV account and has a suitable internet connection.
Continue reading for a breakdown of the main features offered by Sling’s three subscriptions.
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Live TV streaming
Sling TV offers a variety of channels at a maximum resolution of 720p, which is lower than true HD (1080p). That’s the typical cap for live-streamed TV, but the resolution you ultimately receive will depend on your internet speed.
Without add-ons, the channels available through Sling TV — whether you get the Orange or Blue plan — include:
- Comedy Central
- Food Network
- History Channel
- Travel Channel
Some channels are specific to the Orange plans, such as Disney, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN 3, Freeform, and MotorTrend. Channels specific to Blue plans include Bravo, Discovery, E!, FOX, Fox News, FOX Sports 1, FX, HLN, MSNBC, NFL Network, National Geographic, Syfy, TLC, truTV, and USA.
The sports options available through Sling TV make it preferable to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, which either don’t offer sports content or charge more for it, as in the case of the Hulu + Live TV plan ($69.99).
Like those streaming services, however, Sling TV also offers on-demand content, which means you can watch it any time by clicking it on any of your supported devices. They have too many movies and shows to list them all, but some highlights include:
- “Fear the Walking Dead”
- “Law & Order”
- “South Park”
- “60 Days In”
- “Below Deck”
- “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”
- “Top Gun: Maverick”
- “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
- “No Time to Die”
- “Spider-Man: No Way Home”
Sling DVR allows you to record up to 50 hours of your favorite shows and movies for free. Once recorded, you can watch them whenever you want on any supported device. You can even fast-forward through commercials.
If you want more space, you can get 200 hours for $5 more per month, which also lets you download a backup of your favorites. Sling TV has options to automatically record certain shows so you never miss them.
Sling TV does not offer as many opportunities to stream on multiple devices as other TV streaming services, such as FuboTV. Sling Orange plans can be streamed to only one device, while Sling Blue can stream to three and Orange and Blue can stream to four.
That means multiple family members can watch their content on compatible devices — such as a smartphone, tablet, or TV — at the same time. Only one TV can be used regardless of how many devices you have in your plan, though, and the six channels unique to Sling Orange cannot be streamed to multiple devices even if you have the Orange and Blue plan.
Premium channels can be added to your Sling TV subscription at extra costs per month, which allows you to stream the content from those stations to any of your compatible devices. Here’s a list of some of the top premium add-ons and their related costs:
- Showtime ($10 per month)
- STARZ ($9 per month)
- MGM+ ($5 per month)
- AMC+ ($7.99 per month)
- Discovery+ ($4.99 per month)
- Acorn ($6.99 per month)
- ALLBLK ($5.99 per month)
- BET+ ($10 per month)
- Carnegie Hall+ ($7.99 per month)
- CineFest ($5 per month)
- Cocina On ($3 per month)
- Hallmark Movies Now ($6 per month)
- Shudder ($6 per month)
- UP Faith & Family ($5 per month)