Sling TV: 7 Things to Know Before You Subscribe

“Is Sling TV good enough to cut the cord and cancel cable?” That’s a pretty common question from users who are interested in paying less for Live TV and still getting live sports and many of their favorite channels.

Sling TV is a live TV streaming service that even includes ESPN, and it is affordable compared to cable — even if you need to add more channels to get the plan you want.

Before you subscribe to Sling TV there are a few things you should know about the service. These are the most common questions we get from potential Sling TV subscribers and from new users.

How Much Does Sling TV Cost

What you need to know before you subscribe to Sling TV.
What you need to know before you subscribe to Sling TV.

Sling TV starts at $20 a month. You don’t need to have a specific carrier or cable company for this price and you can choose to add other premium channels and sports packages based on what you want.

You can choose the Sling Blue plan for $25 or the Sling Orange + Blue for $40 a month.

HBO live and on demand is another $15 a month, which includes a large catalog of previously viewed shows. Subscribers can also choose to add these packages

  • Sling TV Sports Extra – $5 / Month
  • Best of Spanish TV Extra – $5 / Month
  • Kids Extra- $5 / Month
  • Hollywood Extra – $5 / Month
  • Broadcast Extra – $5 / Month
  • News Extra – $5 / Month
  • Lifestyle Plus Extra – $5 / Month

You need a base $20 plan to add any of these services, but you can add in a lot of channels with the plans without paying for a significant number of channels you don’t want. Sling TV offers many other plans and options that you can add to a base plan including other languages as well as Cinemax and Starz. There is no contract and you can cancel Sling TV online.

Sling TV Channels and Shows

Sling TV includes Live TV and some channels include a three-day replay that lets you watch a show that recently aired, but you cannot fast forward during those.

Sling TV recently added Cloud DVR that allows you to record 50 hours of Cloud DVR content for $5 a month if you watch on Amazon Fire TVs, TV sticks and Fire tablets.

The base $20 a month Sling TV plan includes ESPN, ESPN 2, AMC, Food Network, A&E, History, TNT, El Rey, HGTV, IFC, The Disney Channel, Polaris+, Maker, TBS, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, CNN, Bloomberg Television, History Channel 2, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, Lifetime and Galavision.

We continue to see new Sling TV channels come to the service, so the best place to look for what you currently get is on the Sling TV packages page.

Local channels and the ABC, NBC, CBS feed for east or west coast are not included.

Free Sling TV Trial

Anyone can try Sling TV free for seven days. This is long enough to check out the service and see how well it performs on your devices and network. This will also allow you to see if you have enough channels and shows to justify the cost and to cut the cord with cable.

If you are an Xbox One owner you get a one month free trial if you start the trial on your Xbox One. Once you start it here you can watch on your other devices free for 30 days as well.

Only One Device at a Time Unless You Upgrade

The biggest catch to using Sling TV to replace a regular cable subscription is that you can only watch on one device at a time on Sling Orange.

If you upgrade toe Sling Blue, you can watch up to three streams of these channels at the same time. This makes Sling TV a much better deal for families.

Sling TV Deals

Sling TV is $20 a month to start, but you can score deals on the device you use to play Sling TV on your HDTV when you pre-pay for Sling TV.

You ca get an Apple TV for $89 when you prepay for 3 months of Sling TV. Here is where you can take advantage of this deal.

Get a free ROKU Express with the purchase of two months of Sling TV. Score 50% off the ROKU Premiere+ when you buy three months of Sling TV.

If you are just getting started with streaming to your TV, these deals are helpful as you will save on a device that works with Sling TV and with other services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and more.

Read Sling TV Reviews

Before you invest in a new device to watch Sling TV, you should read about the service to see if it fits your needs.

“Sling TV has a great foundation, room to grow and improve, and is the first step to taking control back of TV and loosening the grip cable providers have over everyone. If they can continue to improve the little things, add more content, and allow multiple devices to stream at once, there’s no stopping Sling TV. It is a must try, especially for only $20 a month.”

Read our full Sling TV review to find out if this service is worth $20 a month.

What You Can Watch Sling TV On

roku streaming stickWe already shared how you can get a cheap new device to watch Sling TV on, but there are many more devices you can use to watch Sling TV. Here’s a rundown of what you can use to watch Sling TV;

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Roku
  • Nexus Player
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Android
  • Xbox One
  • Mac
  • Windows

There is not currently support for Sling TV on Smart TVs or on the PS4 or PS3.

111 Comments

  1. 60gregma

    07/30/2015 at 4:45 pm

    If Sling TV were not plagued with problems it would be a great deal. The service does not work properly most of the time. A couple of months ago it was common for programming drop out completely. They seem to have fixed that, but now they have audio issues where most of the channels are broadcasting the wrong audio track. I have opened at least 4 tickets on the problem and they have even acknowledged the issue on Facebook. After almost a week, the problem remains. I have canceled this service and will wait for a more reliable product from another company.

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  2. Newktrane

    07/31/2015 at 3:56 am

    I have enjoyed the service of Sling Tv now since the service became available to the public & I’ve yet to encounter any problems streaming the service on my Roku 3. I realize that live streaming is a brave new world as opposed to the streaming of archived content only via services like Netflix, etc….but I believe the live streaming will only get better for those using it via other streaming/ gaming boxes. I know I’m still amazed at how fast the stream comes on in forcus whenever I use it( if I had a cable box, I would have liked to turn it on with Sling Tv- as I think this internet stream comes on faster). I am enjoying getting the channels that I want- Espn, the HBO channel along with the basic package- and saving $$ to booth.

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  3. Joe Doe

    08/01/2015 at 4:29 pm

    Newktrane, your review reads like promotional material written by some low-level marketing hack.

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    • Jack MeHoff

      08/16/2016 at 10:10 pm

      Hmm…Joe Doe eats dog shit.

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      • J Par

        12/30/2016 at 7:32 am

        Jack, Joe would like for You to tell him how it tastes before he tries it, sense he knows your the expert on it? LOL!

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  4. curti22

    08/15/2015 at 5:37 pm

    ive had SlingTV since it launched and ive had no real issues, so as to what 60Gregma is having issues with i cannot fathom. Ive never had these issues. Im very happy with this service.

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  5. Danny

    08/22/2015 at 8:27 pm

    I have had Sling TV for about two months now and I love it…We have not had any of the problems talked about above. I love that on the HGTV channel you can go back and watch shows from the previous 3 days. We just recently cut the cord thanks to SLING TV.

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  6. Meghan

    08/24/2015 at 11:00 am

    I wasn’t all too sure about sling TV at first. Will I get good reception? Will I get all the channels I want at an affordable price? Do I really want to cut ties with my cable company?I answered yes to all of these questions after starting my free, no strings ateaches 7 day trial, which can be canceled at any time via their website or the 1800 number. And to top they have friendly customer service agents waiting to set you up now. So what are you waiting for?

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  7. pj

    08/31/2015 at 7:36 pm

    but how do I get abc, nbc etc? the hi tech bunny ears thing I bought for $60 at Best Buy pretty much only pulls in ION-tv and a bunch of Spanish-language stations.

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    • Mike Porter

      04/25/2016 at 8:03 am

      Move your rabbit ears to another location in the room, preferably in a window. I have one I paid 15 dollars for at big lots, live way out from town in a rural area and get about 22 channels including PBS NBC,CBS, RDC, 3 independent channels , Fox, and many others. Unfortunately I can’t get ABC but I can live with that.I’m very happy with it. Good Luck!

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  8. Rick

    09/02/2015 at 8:35 am

    Pj: US TV Now deal and that would fix your problem. (US TV Now utilizes a central PA local cable company to pull in local channel.) This is actually a great deal for NFL games where you can watch all that are on… usually only one per scheduled set of games with normal csble/satellite.

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    • Doug

      09/29/2015 at 9:49 am

      US Tv Now is for use only outside the US. Not available in the US.

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  9. Paul

    09/13/2015 at 11:33 am

    Sounds OK. IF SLING Tv adds some more sports channels (NBCSports, Fox Sports 1 & 2, etc.) to the base package, then I would subscribe IMMEDIATELY.

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  10. John Dice

    09/13/2015 at 10:53 pm

    I have looked at roof top TV antennas and will likely go that direction with a booster for al local channels. If a rooter is added, I think I will get other market channels out of my area. My city does not require a permit for a roof top and then new ones are much smaller than the old one from 40 years ago. Worst is, I can get the lowest cost satellite service they offer for just local stations. I am about to cut the cord and get a second Roku

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    • orator1

      03/01/2017 at 5:01 pm

      I have an outdoor antenna with a booster on it. I get 36 channels off the air, all for free, and many of them are out of market. By the way, a few years ago, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that you do not need a permit or permission to place an antenna on your home — just thought you’d like to know that.

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  11. Garrettm47

    09/14/2015 at 9:37 am

    Can you add additional Roku’s to separate TV’s in order to watch TV on different televisions? I have 3 TV’s and my kids will use the other 2 to watch cartoons etc while I watch what I want in another room. Can this be done?

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    • Thatguy

      09/17/2015 at 12:49 pm

      No you can not. Sling TV only allows viewing on one device at a time.

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      • king

        09/04/2016 at 8:36 am

        sling tv site says you can watch on more than one device at a time depending on the package you choose. Orange-one stream, Sling blue up to 3 at a time.

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    • Thatguy

      09/17/2015 at 12:51 pm

      Also, did you even read the article?

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    • Sarah

      03/10/2016 at 11:35 pm

      Im a new customer and I have set up one tv. I was told by cuter service that the only way to have on multiple tvs and devices is to have separate accts. For instance I have an acct for my mother in MD and an acct for my residence both in my name but two diff WiFi connections. So that works. Now in my home I have the main tv n two other rooms. All roku devices. So far I only have sling on one tv but since I have my WiFi connection and a hotpot connection. I’m going to attempt to run the second service through that 2nd WiFi. I don’t know if you have 2 connections but it is possible. I’m putting effort into it because either way I’m saving money on TV that really shouldn’t consume or lives at $200.00 a month!! $60 a month vs. $$200.00?? I’ll take $60. Oh n with my $12.00 Netflix for 4 tvs or devices it’s still cheaper than cable! I’ll take it. Especially if you watch the same certain channels. Good luck!

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      • Sarah is a liar

        04/06/2016 at 4:44 pm

        You can have multiple TV’s by buying an additional TV. Now if you would like the service on all of them then you are correct. You need to be more specific with what you say or else you become a liar. Like 3/6/2016 when you stated you cant have multiple TV’s or devices, when you really can. They just need their own accounts to stream at the same time. Regards and good luck you liar

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        • Girl

          07/17/2016 at 8:16 pm

          That wasn’t nice

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    • Tyson

      05/09/2016 at 11:26 am

      Yes, you can add more Roku’s to your TVs – I have done it before!

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  12. Phil

    09/22/2015 at 9:07 am

    I have been using Sling TV for about 4 months now, mostly on a couple of Roku streaming sticks, and one older model Roku. I cut the cable cord about 6 years ago, so this has been a nice addition. Mostly, my wife watches programs on Food and HGTV, and Sling seems just about perfect for that. Those 2 channels have the ability to search backward to find shows that have already aired, maybe up to a week or so. It would be nice if all of the channels included were capable of that, especially one like AMC. It seems like everything I want to watch on AMC airs on Sunday nights, and that night is virtually impossible for me to sit and watch TV. I’m not sure what other channels are capable of this style of “On Demand” service, I just know that AMC and Disney are not capable of it.
    The few times I have watched ESPN, the quality has been a mixed bag. Sometimes it is crystal clear, other times it gets real pixelated and lo-res. I suppose it could be my internet provider, but none of the other channels seem to have lessened quality at the same time as ESPN is going through it’s difficulties. It doesn’t matter to me that much as I tend to use the Watch ESPN app anyways. The only other thing I find a little on the disappointing side is the choppy-ness/laggy-ness or the unresponsiveness of the app when pushing buttons on the remote control. It feels like it should run much smoother than it does, but maybe that is the price of streaming live TV.

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  13. Tony

    10/15/2015 at 5:59 pm

    This service is awful Terrible, terrible, terrible. Don’t buy it. It sucks.

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  14. Pablo

    10/22/2015 at 11:12 am

    I recently cut the cable cord (pause for applause)…I have 3 televisions in my home. I went with an HD Antenna for my local channels and I have two Roku 3’s and one Fire TV box. I have tested USTVnow and Sling TV for live streaming channels. Here are a few key points that stuck out for me.

    USTVnow:
    . Good reliable streaming service.
    . Support for… Android, PC, Roku, (Fire TV w/Plex Server)
    . $29 per month for Base Package…see website for channel line up.
    . Support for 3 simultaneous device users or 1 PC user.

    Sling TV:
    . Good reliable streaming service.
    . Support for just about any device.
    . $20 per month for Base Package…see website for channel line up.
    . Add-on packages available…most are $5
    . Supports 1 user at a time…this may ultimately be the deal breaker for me.

    I suggest you that you invest the time to try each streaming service so that you can find the best fit for you and your family’s needs.

    Stream on!

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  15. Jim Mandsa

    10/25/2015 at 8:43 am

    I keep getting a 8-270 error and the stream fails after 1 min of streaming. I can stream on my PC but not my TV. my speed is 75/75 and direct connect so I know it’s not the speed. I see many people have this 8-270 error and so far Sling can’t fix my problem.

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  16. Brian Miller

    10/31/2015 at 12:54 pm

    ESPN is a 50/50 whether it will load and continue to run. Other channels much better, though noticed CNN becomes a problem during presidential debates. I wonder if the problem is when too many users are wanting to watch same channel, then they can’t keep up – like a bandwidth issue from the sender side??

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  17. MMadden

    11/09/2015 at 11:15 am

    I use Sling TV to watch football since we can’t afford cable. The service is a good idea, but when I use it on my MBP, the fans start running within about 30 seconds and continue to run until I close the app. I’ve had the computer almost two years and no amount of Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, etc. has ever triggered the fan. My battery also drains completely within an hour or so, though it typically lasts all day otherwise. The app is pretty buggy and, given the amount of video lag or drop in quality much of the time, I don’t plan to continue my subscription after football season.

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  18. Mike Smith

    11/16/2015 at 8:26 am

    I acquired Sling TV in October to watch the baseball playoffs. For the most part it seems to work properly and I have taken into consideration that this is streaming TV and will look different. I did experience several drops and pixelated pictures during the games which at first I thought was my internet provider but later found out that others were having the same issues. I’m going to give this a little more time with college basketball now starting up and hope (hoop) for the best. I was a faithful cable subscriber for over 31 years before I cut the cord and went to this. Please continue to add more sports and improve on drops and pixelated picture problems and I’ll keep the service.

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  19. Laurie

    11/29/2015 at 5:37 pm

    My numero UNO reason to sign up is because I was led to believe local channels would be accessible. Please, someone tell me if I can do something besides an antennae!

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  20. Aimee

    11/29/2015 at 6:34 pm

    I have not even had sling TV for a month and I will be canceling asap! Don’t waste your money people, I wouldn’t even watch it if it was free! Every Sunday when I try to watch TWD and it freezes, skips, or lags terribly. Can’t believe how much they charge for this garbage! Netflix and Hulu are soooooo much better and the2 of them combined are cheaper than this junk! Trust me, don’t bother!

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  21. Murphy

    12/01/2015 at 6:41 pm

    Brand new to this, and already wish I could cancel before a month is up. Is my older Roku an issue? I have a 2014 UHD Samsung Smart TV, and I’m watching this crap app?

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  22. Al in SoCal

    12/03/2015 at 9:34 am

    It would be $15 or less a month without ESPN – I don’t like sports, I don’t need sports and ESPN adds 5 or more dollars to each subscription. Shame for a service trying to break this the mold actually keep it going.

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  23. KW

    12/19/2015 at 3:57 am

    Why should I have to watch TV when the networks decide to air it. Without DVR and with only limited on demand it’s not worth the money.

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    • Sarah is a liar

      04/06/2016 at 4:55 pm

      Bitch you are you not paying for a DVR service, DVR is separate from cable. That is why cable providers charge extra for it. Knowledge is power. Better learn you some

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  24. Pray Daily

    12/25/2015 at 3:55 pm

    We have ROKU2 … the signal drops often.
    During the free trial the shows would ask ‘to watch’ instead ‘resume’ to where the signal was lost.
    SOOO frustrating! Then the fast forward barely works — took 30 mins to get to the halfway of the movie’s previous location. Or I guess I could’ve watched everything all over again.
    We will not be keeping this subscription.

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  25. Ed Midwest

    12/25/2015 at 5:49 pm

    i have to agree with Al’s comment on ESPN. I am considering whether to keep my Sling subscription, and a lower cost without ESPN (which I do not watch) or additional channels in place of ESPN would go a long way to keeping me as a customer.

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  26. Gail Gary

    12/26/2015 at 11:03 am

    Not a reliable product, even at this date. Cableless by choice for the last eight months, I wanted a major news channel again. Sling looked very promising. However, I just canceled it after keeping it for five weeks. The reasons: 1) The audio gets out of sync constantly, and you have to exit and restart the software to fix this. Often, if it’s a busy time of day, you can’t pick up CNN again, you have to wait an hour or two. 2) Seriously, CNN is not available much of the time—which has to do with my cable provider and maxed-out nodes in my building, which cannot be fixed (no competitors in the area, and I have no choice but to put up with inadequate cable). Even though I have a supposedly very fast connection, it doesn’t matter; streaming is a nightmare much of the time. I can only reach CNN, the reason I wanted Sling in the first place, about half the time, and if everyone is home from work, forget about getting the news for at least a couple of hours. 3) I can usually pick up the other channels offered, but I really don’t care about them, I just want CNN. A lot of people like ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, TNT, H, H2, TBS, IFC, Travel Channel, HGTV, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Bloomberg, Cartoon Network, etc., but I never watched that stuff when I had regular cable. It was literally worthless content to me. I just want a major news channel, and Sling can’t even deliver CNN consistently for me. So it was a waste of time and $$.

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  27. Gail Gary

    12/26/2015 at 11:10 am

    Just to clarify above, I don’t have cable TV right now, just Internet and digital phone. When I said the nodes were maxed out, I am specifically referring to the Internet service. However, when I had cable, it was crappy then too, and often unreilable. The underlying equipment support for the technology in my neighborhood is old, overloaded, and neglected.

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  28. sfm

    12/29/2015 at 11:36 pm

    Way too many bugs / HUGE freezing issues.

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  29. Lin

    01/01/2016 at 9:13 am

    We really, REALLY wanted Sling to work for us, but sadly—NOPE! We’ve been cable-less for about 25 yrs. now, we got mad & cancelled it once the cable co. started forcibly charging $5 per month for remote rental when we had a universal remote that worked fine. Have a Roku that we use quite often (Netflix/Pandora/PBS channel,etc), but there’s really no sports programming & now that most sports have gone to cable this is causing my husband major distress. When we found out that the all of the college bowl games were going to be on ESPN, I remembered seeing an ad for Sling online that stated ESPN was one of the channels it offered. We called the 800# & spoke with a very nice girl that quickly got us signed up for a 14-day free trial. We received our welcome email & got our password and then added/activated the channel though the Roku channel store. All of this went very well, then the problems began. Never could get Sling to play. It just sat there with the little spinning disk on every channel & never even managed to load. For some reason, on Slings settings page, it insists that we have 0 mpbs as our speed. We tried some troubleshooting steps suggested by the technician (cycle computer modem/do a manual update for Roku/ delete channel & re-ad/ make sure screensaver is disabled in Roku/change quality on Sling to low quality & slower speed, etc.)but still nothing. Were told that a ticket would be put in & they would be investigating this for us. Also told us that we could watch ESPN through WatchESPN channel with Sling password. Thought this would work, but nope–ESPN just constantly buffers and reloads about every 20-30 seconds so watching a game this way would be futile. After 3 more calls to tech support & trying various suggestions and also going online to try to troubleshoot this issue ourselves, we have given up. My husband ended up going over to my sister & brother-in-laws to watch the game on New Years Eve & will have to find somewhere to watch the other games this weekend. Seems to me that since other formats (Netflix, etc) work correctly without problems on our Roku it is the type of signal being sent from Sling (& from ESPN as well) that is the issue here, not anything we’re doing. Seems like many others are experiencing these same issues also, & hope that at some point in the future Sling will get this fixed. For now, we’ve spent 3 full days troubleshooting & we’re fed up at this point. Will be calling to cancel our free trial today.

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  30. maria

    01/01/2016 at 11:45 am

    I’m also only seeing a spinning orange circle too. When I open the app it goes straight to the Notre Dame game on ESPN…I’m not able to change the channel or anything. All other apps on roku are working.

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    • maria

      01/01/2016 at 11:58 am

      Update: I restarted Roku (through the system menu) and Slingtv is working.

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    • Vicki Andresen

      01/13/2016 at 6:28 pm

      You have to click on the down arrow on the remote to get guide. In the upper right corner it says “guide” with. Then all channels come across screen.

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  31. Robert

    01/02/2016 at 2:36 pm

    Is anyone able to watch ESPN on SlingTV over a 6Mbps (or slower) DSL line?

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  32. Tim

    01/17/2016 at 11:06 am

    I have 6 Mbps or slower dsl and up until a couple days ago I’ve been able to watch ESPN as well as all the other channels Sling offers. Last couple of days though, lots of interruptions and then the app logo just hangs, nothing happens. Really frustrating and I’m going to cancel the service. It’s not worth it if it’s not reliable .. too much time troubleshooting, to no avail.

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  33. wayne

    01/21/2016 at 7:29 pm

    Ive had sling for about 3 months now and I am totally sick of it….always freezes up….drops signal or completely resets..and I have a steady 10 to 40 mbs…..contacted customer service….twice…located in India or somewhere….they lie and say they weren’t aware of ANY problems with the service anywhere then they say someone will contact me….haven’t heard from anyone yet….overall…I would give it 1 out of 10 just because I can watch it sometime.

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  34. Sonya R

    01/23/2016 at 7:51 am

    I have Mixed Views on Sling TV.. we signed up for a 7 day free trial prior to the College Football playoffs. We have been ‘cord cutters’ for a couple for a couple of years and use Roku Streaming Sticks. When we realized ESPN was airing the GAMES, we decided to give this ‘APP’ a try. I have had issues with it asking ‘Are you still Watching’ after 3 hours of no remote activity. We may be watching a Marathon of American Pickers, or in the case of Football, has been on the same channel for 3+ hours. I did an online chat with Sling support, and did what they said, but we still have the issue. It also wants to ‘cut out’ at the very end of a show on History, or HGTV,especially at night ( btw removing the screen saver has no effect on these issues). This is Live Streaming, and we miss the end of the show… On the positve side, our 8 Bay Antenna gives us the 3 of 5 Main networks, and Hulu fills in the gap for the ones we can’t pick up. We have used Hulu & Acorn with little to no problems. SlingTV is a good affordable app as a ‘Cable’ alternative, but they do need to get the bugs out. It’s not my high speed internet (60mbps), or my two Roku Sticks… it’s the SLING TV App and they need to own up to these issues if they want to keep customers.

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  35. Patty

    01/23/2016 at 2:36 pm

    My first time watching ESPN on sling is it promising. Picture very wavy especially on sports which is why I’m trying it. Netflix works wonderfully. Can’t understand why
    Sling is so bad. Will probably cancel after free trial. Hope they do better as I love their channels

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  36. Dan Bilanccio

    01/28/2016 at 7:55 pm

    I have canceled my Sling TV. Since purchasing a Roku 4 back in October I have has nothing but issues. The known issues with the Sling TV App and the R4 still remain today despite numerous promises that it was fixed. Trying to get some credit or discount for all the service issues won’t happen at all. Profits over people. I would suggest anyone looking to subscribe go the the Roku and Sling TV forums and read the posts. Also, you may want to check with the BBB before you click the subscribe button. I really do want my Sling TV but cannot pay for a broken product.

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  37. Lawrence steffes

    01/29/2016 at 2:20 pm

    I have had Sling Tv for 8 months had some problems in the beginning seems like they’re starting to get better would like to see a different or another news channel

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  38. DC

    02/03/2016 at 12:05 pm

    I will just chime in with the rest: it doesn’t work. I have it on a Roku 2 and it just shows a black screen when trying to watch live sports like ESPN. I even downloaded the WatchEspn app and put in my friend’s account to see if it would work and it does. That suggests one thing: this service isn’t fully baked. i wish I was… :)

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  39. Jay

    02/04/2016 at 7:28 am

    Can you watch sling tv without roku?

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    • Tyson

      05/09/2016 at 12:11 pm

      Yes, you can watch Sling TV on your computer or, tablet.

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  40. Scott

    02/04/2016 at 7:31 am

    It seems like the only reason to get sling tv is to be able to watch ESPN?

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  41. Scott

    02/07/2016 at 12:12 am

    Can Slow big tv be used on Apple TV? I tried to use it on my iPhone but that wouldn’t work. It kept telling me to go to my Wifi settings and select Slingbox. Only proble is it never shows Sling in the available wifi selections.
    When we search for Slingbox on our new Apple TV it isn’t to be found nor is there an icon preloaded!
    We cut the cord great, now we have no sports. I just read all the reviews and about what 70% are bad?
    This sling looked like a great idea. But now what? This sucks.

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    • bodhitim

      02/15/2016 at 10:06 am

      You’re saying Slingbox .. Sling TV is a different thing altogether. This is from help.sling.com:
      When will Sling TV be on Apple TV?

      We are always looking to add to Sling TV’s supported devices. Unfortunately, our service is not currently available on Apple TV. However, Sling TV customers can use their credentials to enjoy the ESPN networks they receive as part of their subscription through the WatchESPN app on Apple TV.

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  42. Scott

    02/07/2016 at 12:15 am

    Sorry spellcheck is more a pain than it is worth

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  43. Don

    02/14/2016 at 11:56 am

    Check that you have enough bandwidth on wireless provider. They sometimes throttle it and that will slow down sling and cause interruptions. Don’t run it 24/7… or get more mbs wireless service.

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  44. DBK

    02/17/2016 at 9:38 am

    On Monday of this week (February 15, 2016) Sling stopped showing past episodes of my favorite shows on the History Channel, HGTV, Food Channel and the Travel Channel. In the past I’ve been able to watch several past episodes of my favorites but now – nothing.

    We have had problems with the connection from time to time, but for $20 a month I was willing to put up with it.

    This seals the deal for me though and we will cancel. Too bad for Sling because we cut the cable and were recommending it to everyone.

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  45. Daniel

    03/01/2016 at 11:15 pm

    When streaming sports live is it true to time?? I had fubo tv and it’s horrible as when I watch a sport live it’s always 2 minutes behind and it always freezes. Is this reliable ??

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  46. Debrs

    03/08/2016 at 6:21 pm

    Streaming live is great!! But only able to watch on one device. .WE WILL CANCEL AFTER THE 14 DAY TRIAL TOO BAD THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE GREAT

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  47. Roger D

    03/19/2016 at 8:57 pm

    Cut cable. Netflix and Amazon work great. But Sling TV super loud ads on several channels and buffering for minutes before those ads. Dropping them. NOT ready for prime time.

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  48. Dan

    03/21/2016 at 12:33 pm

    Do u need internet to get sling

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  49. Jeff

    03/28/2016 at 9:14 am

    Can you use a sling login to access the History Channel app on an Apple TV?

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  50. Caroline

    04/28/2016 at 3:14 pm

    How do you get local channels?

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  51. donnell williams

    05/03/2016 at 5:01 pm

    Just tried the FREE 7 day trail. They charged me a dollar.😐😑

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  52. curt

    06/01/2016 at 9:00 am

    can anyone answer this question?? you need internet to play sling tv so how do buy internet cheaply? comcast charges 90$ just for internet so 90 plus sling’s 20$ gets me right back to the normal charge of buying the channels from comcast in the first place. Sling advertises thats is so cheap but how to you get the internet cheap too? unless im missing something

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    • Peter

      06/10/2016 at 7:28 am

      I don’t know where you live, but I was able to bypass the Comcast monopoly with Sonic Internet, available in the Bay Area. Comcast tried the same gouging tactic with me, which made it all the more gratifying to drop Comcast service.

      Later in the year, Comcast came out with skinny bundles, but it was too late for me. I was gone.

      Ask around. There may be an alternative you’re unaware of. I found out about Sonic from a coworker.

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    • Pamela

      08/04/2016 at 8:57 pm

      I have AT&T, 24Mbps at $67 a month. I work online and what I make pays for the internet. I shop online, pay my bills online, do my banking online, have a magicJack for a backup phone and stream all my TV. Make the internet pay for itself as much as you can and spread the remaining cost to save money in more areas than just your cable bill.

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  53. Sylvia Reyes

    06/14/2016 at 8:34 am

    I have sling tv and I have the roku that I got for free then I bought a amazon fire stick do I still need internet to be able to watch the channels on my tv.

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  54. Tony

    06/19/2016 at 5:52 am

    I’m currently visiting in Italy, and yet want to watch the NBA final game. Any suggestiions? I have a wifi signal but no User/+Password available cable memberships presently to try using the typical NBA or ESPN watch options.

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  55. Chet Jakubowski

    06/25/2016 at 4:55 pm

    Bring Back H2 and add Fox News channel & drop please!

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    • Pamela

      08/04/2016 at 9:00 pm

      H2 was destroyed by the owners….The History Channel. They turned it into the TV wasteland called Viceland. So you need to write to The History Channel and tell them about that.

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  56. PS

    06/28/2016 at 3:01 am

    I thought with roko you can watch tv for free. So if you get the roko through sling tv and pay that 20 a month can you still utilize the free stuff? My kids never watch Cable I like basic channels. I have no patience to go on the computer like them to watch my show Is that a lie on Roko’s part?

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  57. Harry Stoll

    07/26/2016 at 12:45 pm

    So, Sling will not let me watch baseball in one room while my daughter watches HBO> Correct?

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  58. D Bilancio

    07/26/2016 at 2:00 pm

    Unfortunately, you are correct. Sling TV has come a long way since their startup but this is probably the single most issue that holds interested subscribers back.

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  59. Roscoe T Mcnabb

    07/29/2016 at 7:36 pm

    I am Happy with Sling, We tried it when it first came out, and it was sketchy- but now it seems almost 100%, the quality of the service is also dependent on the quality of the internet provider/service & delivery rate!

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  60. donald benham

    08/08/2016 at 6:05 pm

    When are u going to put it on ps4

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  61. Mark Courterier

    08/12/2016 at 7:01 pm

    Joe Doe, way up there, in 2015 comments about Sling. Well, frankly, it appears you hadn’t even word one, to in the saying and speaking as in particulars, relating to the subject matter at hand, I.e., Sling TV? Strangely enough, however (and truly, it really is. Just spend, to wasting a few neurons, in thoughtful contemplation, to your thinking that one over just but a bit, here!), it simply seems to appear you didn’t make a comment, nary even word one, regarding your own experiences with live streaming, Sling TV. I simply suppose, it just may or might be that you just sorta like to but instead, do a little ‘trolling’ so as in the criticizing of others. Correct? Or, no? A bit immaturely juvenile, ya’ think, hmm? But Sling is, indeed, a well worth the price for the content I receive. Recommend by Mr. Couldn’t help himself, but rather the delving off a bit, there, into my in the doings of some, but rather extra circular otherwise things for a minute.

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  62. Matthew Sweet

    09/03/2016 at 6:34 am

    Absolutely worthless. Just signed up for the free trial and it will not work on any device. Literally blank screens and error codes. (1-801). Wish I would have read these reviews before giving Sling my credit card info…

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  63. Dave

    09/14/2016 at 1:04 pm

    I have a TIVO for over-the-air TV in Portland Oregon. I am 30 mile distant and get lots of channels with an outdoor antenna. The TIVO has DVR, and programming for it(TV guide) is a flat 14.95/month..period.

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  64. Al in SoCal

    09/15/2016 at 10:11 am

    ESPN is the reason these are even at $20 – it costs about $5 to add ESPN. Now a package WITHOUT ESPN is what would be great – or how about a REAL by the channel cable system?

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  65. wayne

    09/16/2016 at 2:57 pm

    I signed up for the free trial and could not get any TV channels. There is no chat, no way to resolve problems or cancel a subscription. I am frustrated.

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  66. Ron

    09/16/2016 at 8:45 pm

    WHY WOULD I PAY U,20:00A MONTH! WHEN I’M GETTING 24 CH OF HD FREE !!CRYSTAL CLEAR.
    JUST DUMPED COMCAST CABEL168:00 A MONTH
    THAT’S O T.A REC
    NO THANK U!!!

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  67. peter durrin

    09/26/2016 at 10:25 am

    do i need wifi to have sling tv

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  68. ESTHER SOTO MINELLI

    10/01/2016 at 6:55 pm

    OMG, This broad and another coward called the writer of a feedback who’s post was only trying to help explaining her experience with Slingtv, “Sarah is a liar” You sound like a real pair of crumb snatchers, “Sara is a liar”, who are you to call anyone a liar???? This page is to review SlingTV not criticize other’s opinion or stories about it…We all know people like you that think the only opinion or advice given correctly is yours and everyone else is wrong or “a liar” Another coward called her a bitch and by the last words she/he wrote it’s easy to tell that he or she is an uneducated fool…”knowledge is power so you better get you some” Sounds like a redneck of any color in the South…To bad people like you waste our time with your hate…..Keep to the subject and not personal.. Because really DUDE, opinions, are like assholes, everyone has one….I bet you call yourself a christian! I got the forty dollar one and I can watch from my phone so am I a liar too!!!

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  69. Denis Wittman

    10/15/2016 at 12:09 pm

    when it works on smart TV and you get OAN or FOX news give me a call

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  70. Vance

    10/22/2016 at 10:29 am

    Thinking about getting Sling but don’t see theROOT channel and we are big Lobo fans so would be extremely disappointed not to bring up the LOBO games. Lobo Basketball Fan

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  71. Mark Raymond Courterier

    10/22/2016 at 1:13 pm

    The best way for ensuring, SLING TV, to its working near and as much flawlessly to inaswhich fer yer thee it’s n’ ands toos ats fer sher isins feryers as insa an expectation is toos ins this? Whatever’s Roku devices you are, may or might, COULDA -SHOULDA-WOULDA being it of one to wit: the ONE YOU’RE THE USING IT! This, to casting it on your devices, etc., etc., ad nauseam. This is to be what everyone should simply but rather as they to resigning for themselves, and but as RECONCILE YOURSELF AS IT OF WÎLL AND BE. AND, TOO! To facts of fact is of the FACTS TO things ALL OF IN THESE TO IN AND THEREIN OF ITS MATTERS? WILL TO INASMUCH COUNT ON FOR IT AS WÎLL AND TO BEING OF IT TO AS SO IT AND BE: IT TO WORKING LIKE $#!+ whenever you use the Straming App! It will, simply, but rather AS WILL SHALL COUNT ON IT IS THIS? IT WILL NEVER WORK PROPERLY, CORRECTLY AS RIGHT AND OF IT AS SHOULD PROPERLY BE PROPER AS ITS WORKING BUT RIGHT! OK? GOT IT? Y’ALL DONE AND CATCH THE JIST OF MY JISTIN? IT SHALL AND ALWAYS BE UNRELIABLE. PERIOD! NO JOKING, HERE! NOPE. NOT A SMIDGEN OF A BIT. NOR, SO AS MUCH TO EVEN AND A’TALL, EITHER. I AM DEAD @$$, BUT ONLY IT BEING AS SERIOUSLY BUT SEIOUS REGARDING THESE THINGS, TOO. “BELIEVE ME!” (As ‘Donald J. Trumpet’ should-could-would, to as but insofar the saying of it, ALL! HE AND WOULD AS IT COUNT ON AS IN IT! BUTT’S AND HE’S SHORNUFF AND JUST BUTT AS HIS SLICK @$$ SHORNUFF (AGAIN!) AND BUTT HIS @$$ A BUTTS TO N’ WOULD!!!! Um-hm.

    I went to Best Buy and purchased a Roku TV, 33 inch screen and an Insignia Sound Bar with Sub Woofer. Total cost for everything? $328.00! I have Frontier Communications (Formerly, Verizon Wireless) WIFI (AND ONLY WIFI, PERIOD!) @50mbps Speed -and its consistently consistent with speed and reliability, COMPLETELY!!!! This, but and as so as well, too!- with a 2-year contract guaranteed at $44.99 per month. That’s it! No fees, other add on taxes, or anything else , including franchise whatever’s the fore? And everything the ALL OR ELSE THERETOFORE AND HERETOFORE AS WELL! AND, TOO! YUP!!!! I did purchase my Router. It was $200.00. TOTAL COST FOR THE ROUTER BUYING THE [email protected]^^ ^’@b/€ THING as well. PERIOD!!!! It and as so it be,TOO! Otherwise, tack on an even $10.00 per month just for the Router rentl fee. Now, WHY anyone would deliberately choose to the rental of the Router for? This compared with straight out $200.00 BUYING THE SILLY THING FOR TOO AND INSTEAD? Well, that ONES but Beyond its and me is FER SHER!!!! Oh, if you do this over 24-months? You will pay $40.00 more for rental privileges! SAY WHA? Um-hm. Shornuff WILL. And go on and ahead, then! And just keeping on it all is the of and paying it when you renew it, too! This, BEING at the end of the initial, 2-year contract period, Im talkin bout… And just NEVER OWN THE SILLY @$$ ROUTER , THEN! Y’all think it, i should really TO caring bout what you’d doins in that? COURSE I DON’T!!!! DONCHA JUST PLAINLY [email protected]$$ KNOWINS HOW DUMB @$$ Is all that? y’all going on to just keeping as rentin of the sillinesses @$$ a thing of a Router and never owning it? And KEEPIN ON PAYING a perpetual $10.00 EVERY. SINGLE. SOLITARY. MONTH. ! WHAT. THE. HAY. RIDES. TO. FOR? Hm? YUP! I just knew y’all’d done be to gettin, catchin’ on RIGHT and good ins that’s OF thems TO things ALL IT IS AND was I’d been talking bout and here! Y’ALL’S SHORNUFF BUTT N’ WOULDA! Um-hm. It everything I JUST SAID HERE IN ALL OF THIS (Cause i knows just how DENSE SOMES Y’ALL BUTTS JUST THI IS! THIS BE THE WHYFER’S IT ALL, I KEEP ON REPEATIN OF MESELF FER! So you will understand this, now. it’s too the inasmuch and IT BE ALL IS THE Best Way, to utilizing Sling. Or, Roku -ins ofs toos its ALL TO INS OF IT’SN’Y’ALLSTOSINS AND IS THE OF ANYTHIN’!!!!! “BELIEVE ME!!” Um-hm. YUP! Thats rites…. Betcha not even a narys BE but a one of y’a and y’alls, go takin the time trying making sense of all this. And I BETCHA y’all jest cant even tellin, that I lives in the deeps of the South, here! NOW, cans y’a? Hm? 😎
    🌞

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  72. lloyd conn

    10/25/2016 at 8:32 am

    i have a 48 in. tv inside atena and i live at least 50 miles from any tv station will sling still work thanku lloyd conn

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    • Mark Raymond Courterier

      10/25/2016 at 2:02 pm

      Hi, LLOYD,
      DO YOU HAVE WIFI? If you don’t, Roku would be UTTERLY USELESS for you. It CANNOT WORK TO FUNCTIONING MINUS AND WITHOUT WIFI STREAMING VIDEO SERVICES. Sling is an absolute impossibly, yours to having and have, either. It is all broadband WIFI and Streaming Video/Streaming Apps. This, is precisely as is required, being as to their’s which is necessarily predicated upon, concomitantly. And simply, but as rather based upon, it’s to BEING of which Roku technology is based upon. These are the ‘Smart TV’s (Roku TV) which are as presently on the market: Apple TV is one, Insignia Roku TV, another. (This particular TV model, is the one of which I’d but rather just recently having had purchased, in April, 2016 @ Best Buy -A 33 inch, Insigna Roku TV for $129.00. And I added, to this cost for the TV, another $199.00 more, and purchasing the LG HDMI BLUETOOTH SOUND BAR w/WIRELESS SUBWOOFER-This entire system, including the great sound production quality from the LG Sound Bar System, came to a grand total cost, just under $350.00!) Other Roku TV’s, include: Hisense, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, TCL, Toshiba and Vizo. You can use streaming players (NO Smart Roku TV Necessary. However, your present TV must be HD TV with HDMI Port). AND ANY OF ALL ROKU PLAYERS, Roku Streaming Stick, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, Chromecast, Channel Master, ZTE, Android TV and Apple TV. AGAIN, SLING TV IS A ‘STREAMING VIDEO’ (APPS), VIDEO SERVICE. This, LIKENED WHICH ALSO YOU COULD USE, INCLUDING THESE DEVICES AS ARE EXACTLY AND PRECISELY BUT AS SAME VARIATIONS TO THE VERY SAME STREAMING MEDIA SYSTEMS, ALSO: STREAMING VIDEO (APP) SERVICE, SUCH AS ARE: NETFLIX, HULU, AMAZON INSTANT VIDEO, etc., etc… I hope this clears things up for you as to the requirements for inasmuch for having AND utilizing of ‘SLING TV (APP.) STREAMING VIDEO ARE NECESSARILY TO THE REQUIRED AND HAVING… Oh, obviously, and but rather as ALSO TO needed as well, is that you’ll need a Router, compatible to the WIFI System you are utilizing.

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  73. Callie

    10/30/2016 at 7:18 pm

    I just signed up and am plagued with problems. First the system will not allow me to look for any of the channels, and most of the “now playing” are junk shows. It isn’t allowing me to see any of the news channels, or amc for that matter. If it doesn’t sort itself out within the next day or so, I’m done.

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  74. Brad

    11/30/2016 at 8:33 am

    I found a flaw in the Sling TV software. Not only do they want your zip code for local channels, but it also requires a static IP address, which requires me to get a business account. So, for what I was paying for 200+ cable channels, I can pay the same for only 40 channels. Not a sound business decision and it appears Sling TV is not ready to go public with their product.

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  75. J Par

    12/30/2016 at 7:57 am

    When I first tried Sling Tv, it was on my Windows PC. I would play a show for about 5 mins. maybe not even that long then the picture would freeze for a split second then the picture would go from HD, down to sd the audio would be way out of wack with the person speaking. so after putting up with that for a few days I gave up on the PC idea! So I switched to my Roku box, guess what, after a few mins. no split second freezing, but voice and lips matching, You Guessed It, Not so good! If Sling would fix their glitches, It would be almost great, Their packages leave something to be desired? Like their 25 dollar package is great, 20 is OK! but their 40 dollar one? come on, charging 15 dollars for just ESPN & Disney, You Need to throw some extra channels in on that deal! For 20 dollars You get ESPN, Disney and a ton of other channels! If you thrown in lets say the Comedy Plus Extra ,& Lifestyle Plus Extra then Maybe it would be worth $40, but from what I’ve seen in the last Year from Sling, It would be cheaper to just go another route!

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  76. Mike

    01/19/2017 at 6:17 am

    Sling TV is a free trial fraud– easy to sign up, impossible to cancel. NEVER let them have your billing info.

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  77. Bill Johnson

    01/23/2017 at 10:27 am

    I am not sure how I will receive service because right now we have Dish, but I have started to phase it out slowly and now have the cheapest basic service, and that’s $62.50 a month. It’s still expensive for the channels we have that we don’t care to watch. I will subscribe for the free seven days and decide if I want to keep it or not. I have a good antenna that brings in 30 channels in good days at least, so in reality I can get free service with that simple antenna. My sons want to watch AMC and that’s included in Sling TV.

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  78. Jim

    01/24/2017 at 12:54 pm

    Just curious, how much trouble is it to watch the local over the air channels and then use a Roku?

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  79. Mpage

    03/20/2017 at 11:51 am

    Make sure NOT TO GO one minute past your seven day free trial. I called 20 minutes late on the seventh day and they are charging me for the next month. Went through two managers, no exceptions ever are made, and no one that can do so. Horrible customer service, would NEVER recommend.

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    • Friendly Neighborhood Reminder

      04/06/2017 at 6:10 pm

      PREACH!

      that is their scam and they dont explain that in the fine print

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  80. Tracy Couillard

    03/25/2017 at 1:26 pm

    I normally do not write reviews, but SLING T.V company is a scam. I want to make the people and community aware of this terrible complany and do not fall for the trap like I did!

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  81. Erica Allen

    03/30/2017 at 7:45 pm

    I do not have any of the following:
    Amazon Fire TV
    Apple TV
    Chromecast
    Roku
    Nexus Player
    iPhone
    iPad
    Android
    Xbox One
    Mac
    Windows.. Now I do not have a smart tv (or not to my knowledge) it does have the HDMI ports. Would I be able to use sling tv with my tv? I am trying to find something better than cable tv.

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  82. Oommma

    03/31/2017 at 7:05 am

    Having used Sling for a little over a month I have to say that you get what you pay for. On the positive side I watch most of what I want for less than cable. Right now that outweighs the negatives:
    -on demand content is so quirky and unreliable.
    -most of my time in Sling is spent trying to find what I want to watch.
    -Sling often doesn’t pickup where I left off when I stop watching on demand content mid way.
    -Menu/interface is awful.

    Better than nothing. I would probably appreciate it more had I spent more time with nothing.

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  83. Don

    04/05/2017 at 2:29 pm

    Can I watch the full NASCAR season on Sling?

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  84. Friendly Neighborhood Reminder

    04/06/2017 at 6:05 pm

    BE AWARE!!!
    if you want to try the ”7” day free trial CANCEL as soon as possible and enjoy the 7 day trial and also call and tell them and tell em you dont want your card on record/their system if you dont want their service any longer…because if you dont cancel they will charge you the minute after the 7th day you signed up…..fast!

    example:
    so say you sign up sunday march 1st at 7:05am……on sunday march 7th at 7:05am you will be charged

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  85. Robert Dohrenburg

    04/16/2017 at 12:17 am

    Love sling tv.

    I would like some channels to be added:
    Science
    TLC
    CNBC

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  86. Kimberly Connell

    05/03/2017 at 1:55 pm

    GET THIS APP ON SMART TVS AND I WILL SUBSCRIBE

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  87. Todd

    05/09/2017 at 2:55 pm

    My experience with Sling has been absolute garbage. We had a issue with all of our streaming. After a cable company meeting and shimmy up the pole all is well. I am getting 160 meg download to the modem. This is more than enough. We use Netflix, Amazon and many other independent apps to watch programs. Then there is Sling. IF the show loads you will get buffering. Lately with 5 minutes left the whole show gets stuck and won’t continue. I have my Roku updated and hardwired to my modem. EVERY service I use works better than I could dream. I updated to a new modem (Surfboard 32X when I thought I was the internet issue) So I have done EVERYTHING I can do including rebooting the Roku before bed each night. Simply put Sling is a great idea that just does not deliver. $20 isn’t much I know. But it is a HUGE amount when you are getting nothing! I think people THINK they are getting a SLING BOX type product. What you are getting is a crappy DISH network product that for what ever reason refuses to admit they screwed the pootch!

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  88. Thomas

    05/10/2017 at 2:41 pm

    What if you live in a remote are such as north eastern Arizona. Do you need internet? Does it come with a satellite dish?

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  89. Shamus Greene

    06/10/2017 at 10:11 am

    Horrible choice if you’re even considering Sling tv. Terrible slow streaming that will tell you that you get the Stanley cup finals when it doesn’t which in my eyes that’s false advertisement. People that got it for basketball also got screwed over and quickly learned it is a WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!! Look at what the people say not articles from people that work for the company.

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