DISH’s Sling TV service has had a promising run, when you consider that it has been around for only 2 years. Sure, it is still far from being counted among the streaming industry leaders, but it is certainly giving them a run for their money. Sling TV is designed for a very specific target. It is not suited for everybody. But, its target audience simply cannot help but fall in love with it. It is their dream TV service. Here we bring you some facts about Sling TV service that’ll help you decide whether it is suited for you or not.
1. It is the best option for cord cutting sports fans
One of the major reasons sports fans feel stuck with pay TV services is because they do not have many options when it comes to sports. None of the on-demand streaming services offer latest sports content. For them, Sling TV offered a whole world of possibilities. Being the first streaming service to offer live sports content, Sling TV helped a huge number of sports fans cut their cord. It still is one of the best ways to enjoy sports content online. Its sports extra add-on pack offers 9 sports channels, including ESPN, SEC Network, ESPNews, Golf Channel, ESPNU, and more.
2. It is a true cable alternative, albeit asmarter one
Pay TV subscriptions come with only a limited level of customization. They offer plans that often include hundreds of channels that you never watch. Inevitably, you end up paying even for the channels that you never watch. Sling TV removes all the fluff from your entertainment. Its basic plans are compact and feature as few as 30 channels. Once you select your basic pack, you can add all the premium channels and niche programming according to your liking. This way, you only pay for what you watch.
3. You get on-demand content. But, it is nothing compared to the likes of Netflix
Sling TV is a live TV service. It does not aspire to become an on-demand service (at least for now) like Netflix. So, its on-demand service is not in the same league as Netflix. Sling TV’s on-demand service is fundamentally dependent on the whims of the channels it offers. There is no guarantee that all the episodes or movies aired on a channel will be made available for on-demand viewing. Some channels like HBO promptly offer all the content aired by them, while most don’t. Sling TV is not the first choice of on-demand TV lovers.
4. Watch, anywhere, anytime, and anyhow
The best thing about Sling TV is that you can finally enjoy live TV the way you want. Sling TV supports a large number of devices, which makes it possible for you to enjoy your TV pretty much anywhere. The supporting devices include Xbox One, Amazon Fire device, Nexus Player, Android phones, iOS phones, Roku, Chromecast, Windows, and even smart TVs. As you can see, most of these devices are highly portable, and they allow you to enjoy your TV anywhere you want, as long as you have an internet connection. When you sign up for the service and prepay for a month’s subscription, you also get a Roku device, which comes very handy.
5. Sling TV offers a cloud DVR
Sling TV had been experimenting with their cloud DVR feature for some time now, and has now expanded it beyond the beta-testing phase. Unlike traditional DVRs, Sling TV DVR allows you to record multiple shows simultaneously and on the cloud. So, you are not using any space on the device you are using to stream the content. As of now, you can record 50 hours of content and the oldest shows are deleted as and when the space is full. As with all other Sling TV offerings, the customer also has a choice here, whether or not to use a DVR service. Currently the service commands a price of $5 a month for saving 50 hours of data. This is a good addition to the Sling TV services. However, this feature is not integrated successfully with all the channels yet.
6. You can test Sling TV through its free trial
Sling TV is a next generation entertainment platform that does not carry the same flaws as its parent company – DISH, such as long-term contracts. You pay for a month’s service, and then enjoy it for the month. At the end of the period, you are totally free to discontinue your services with Sling TV. In fact, Sling TV does not even force you to pay for a month’s subscription to test it out. There is a 7-day free trial offered for all. You can use it to check out whether you like the service or not, and then decide how you go forward from there.
The Xbox One users have a special offer. They get a 30-day free trial, instead of the usual 7 days. This allows them to experience the streaming service for a longer time.
7. Sling TV is the cheapest way to enjoy live TV.
You can enjoy Sling TV for as little as $20 a month. Cable and satellite subscriptions cost multiple times higher than that. Also, you can add your favorite channels to your base plan using the various add-on packs. Each of these add-on packs cost $5 a month, and include related channels like kids’ programming, world news, sports, movies, and so on. Premium channel packs like HBO and Cinemax cost more.
As you can see Sling TV’s packs are slim. Unlike pay TV packages which make you pay for 100+ channels, of which you watch only 30+ channels, Sling TV only offers 30+ popular channels and charge you for only them. Even among its direct competitors like PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now, Sling is still the most affordable option.