These days, there are a variety of ways to watch live TV. You no longer need cable TV in order to keep up with your favorite TV shows, news, sports and more. It’s a great time to be a cord-cutter, as more and more services offer alternatives to cable TV. One of the biggest players in the online streaming industry is Sling TV.
Sling TV is the most popular of the live streaming services, and for good reason: it’s affordable, easy to use, and offers an excellent channel selection. Which leads us to this guide – just how does the Sling TV channel list stack up against the competition? What channels are on Sling TV, and which does it not offer? Find out in the guide below!
What is Sling TV?
First and foremost, let’s start with the basics. What is Sling TV, anyways?
Well, simply put, its a full-fledged cable TV alternative that functions over the internet. It offers you anywhere from 30 to 100+ channels, depending on the package you choose, all of which can be watched live. It works over the internet, meaning you don’t need cable or satellite TV to use it, and you can watch on most devices. Use your streaming player, such as a Roku or Apple TV, or watch on-the-go on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Sling TV plans start from just $20 per month, and there is a lot of flexibility in what Sling TV channels you want to subscribe to. There are several different Sling TV packages, which we’ll go over in detail in the guide below. You can also check out our Sling TV review for more general information about the service. If you want to try it out, Sling TV also offers a free 7-day trial to new members.
What is the Sling TV Channel List?
It’s a great feeling to be able to watch your favorite shows, sports teams, news anchors and more without paying for cable TV – that is, so long as you get the channels you want!
So what channels are on Sling TV?
The Sling TV channels list is quite extensive, although it’s important to note that the channels you get will depend on the plan you choose. The channels on Sling TV are broken up into 2 basic packages, with the option to add on additional packages for more selection. Take a look at the Sling TV packages breakdown in the section below.
Sling TV Channels in the Sling Orange Package
Package: Sling Orange
Price: $20 per month, no contract required
Free trial? Free 7-day trial available
Best for: Sling Orange is best for people who want a good “skinny” package of channels for a very affordable price. Remember, there are lots of Sling TV add-ons, so you can always expand your selection if you want more channels.
Number of channels: 25+ channels in total
Sling Orange channels list: ESPN, AMC, CNN, HGTV, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, History, Disney Channel, ESPN2, ESPN3, TNT, Food Network, TBS, BBC America, Freeform, IFC, EPIX Drive-In, Tribeca Shortlist, A&E, Viceland, Lifetime, Travel Channel, AXS.TV, Newsy, Cheddar, Bloomberg Television, Local Now, Flama, and Galavision.
Sling TV Channels in the Sling Blue Package
Package: Sling Blue
Price: $25 per month, no contract required
Free trial? Free 7-day trial available
Best for: Sling Blue is best for people who want to get more local channels. This package adds FOX, NBC, FOX Sports Regionals and CSN Regionals in various markets around the country. Do note that the ESPN family of networks is not included in Sling Blue.
Number of channels: 40+ channels in total
Sling Blue channels list: AMC, CNN, HGTV, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, History, TNT, Food Network, TBS, BBC America, IFC, EPIX Drive-In, Tribeca Shortlist, A&E, Viceland, Lifetime, Travel Channel, AXS.TV, Newsy, Cheddar, Bloomberg Television, Local Now, Flama, and Galavision (Sling Blue includes all channels in Sling Orange except ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Freeform and Disney Channel).
Plus, Sling Blue adds: FOX (select markets), NBC (select markets), FOX Sports Regional networks (select markets), CSN regional networks (select markets), NFL Network, FX, USA, Bravo, FS1, FS2, NBCSN, FXX, SyFy, NickJr, El Rey Network, TruTV, BET, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Univision and UniMas.
Sling TV Channels in the Sling Orange + Blue Package
Package: Sling Orange + Blue
Price: $40 per month, no contract required
Free trial? Free 7-day trial available
Best for: Sling Orange + Blue is best for those who want more selection. It combines both of the previous channel packages to offer over 50 channels with no contract.
Number of channels: 50+ channels in total
Sling Orange + Blue channels list: This package offers ALL of the channels from both Sling Orange and Sling Blue. This includes ESPN, AMC, CNN, HGTV, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, History, Disney Channel, ESPN2, ESPN3, TNT, Food Network, TBS, BBC America, Freeform, IFC, EPIX Drive-In, Tribeca Shortlist, A&E, Viceland, Lifetime, Travel Channel, AXS.TV, Newsy, Cheddar, Bloomberg Television, Local Now, Flama, Galavision, FOX (select markets), NBC (select markets), FOX Sports Regional networks (select markets), CSN regional networks (select markets), NFL Network, FX, USA, Bravo, FS1, FS2, NBCSN, FXX, SyFy, NickJr, El Rey, TruTV, BET, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Univision and UniMas.
Expanding Your Sling TV Channels List
The three Sling TV plans listed above are the base packages. You’ll need to choose one of those packages to start with. From there, you can expand your Sling TV channel list, if desired, by subscribing to add-on packages. This allows for a customization-friendly Sling TV channel lineup, and is one of the most valuable offerings of this service.
Most of the Sling TV add-ons add an additional 5-15+ channels, and most cost an extra $5 per month. Note that these must be added on to an existing base package (meaning, you can’t subscribe to only an add-on without first having Sling Orange, Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue. See the breakdown of Sling TV add-on packages below.
Sling TV Add-Ons
These add-on packages allow you to expand the Sling TV channel list to your liking. At $5 each, they provide a very flexible and affordable way to customize your Sling TV experience. The most popular Sling TV extras include:
Cloud DVR – $5 per month
- Adds cloud DVR feature to record shows, and 50 hours of cloud storage
Sports Extra – $10 per month
- NFL RedZone, Golf Channel, ESPNU, SEC Network, SEC Network+, ESPNews, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, NBA TV, PAC-12, NHL Network, beIN Sports, Campus Insiders, Outside Television, Motorsport TV, Univision Deportes
Comedy Extra – $5 per month
Kids Extra – $5 per month
News Extra – $5 per month
- MSNBC, CNBC, Fusion, BBC World News, TheBlaze, HLN, Weather Nation, Euronews, France 24, News18, NDTV 24/7, RT Network, CGTV
Lifestyle Extra – $5 per month
- VH1, E!, Oxygen, Cooking Channel, DIY, FYI, Hallmark Channel, WE TV, Lifetime Movie Network, Halmark Movies & Mysteries, Vibrant TV, Z Living HD, Afro
4 Extras Deal – $10 per month
- ALL channels listed above from Kids Extra, Comedy Extra, News Extra and Lifestyle Extra. Would normally be $20 per month, so this is a great bargain if you’re interested in these channels.
Hollywood Extra – $5 per month
- Fandor Festival, REELZ, HD Net Movies, Sundance TV, Turner Classic Movies
Heartland Extra – $5 per month
- World Fishing Network, Sportsman Channel, Outdoor Channel, RFD-TV, PixL, The Cowboy Channel
Broadcast Extra – $5 per month
- ABC, Univision, UniMas. Note: only available in select areas.
Sling TV Premium Channels
In addition to the already-impressive Sling TV channel list, and also in addition to the available add-on packages, Sling TV also offers premium channels as add-ons. You can now add on the following premium channels to any base package:
HBO – $15 per month
- Adds HBO live stream, as well as an on-demand library of past HBO content.
Cinemax – $10 per month
- Adds Cinemax live stream, as well as on-demand content.
Starz – $9 per month
- Adds Starz, Starz West, Starz Edge, Starz Comedy, Starz Kids & Family, and Starz Encore
Showtime – $10 per month
- Adds Showtime, Showtime West, Showtime2, Showtime Showcase, Showtime Extreme, Showtime Beyond, Showtime Next, Showtime Women, and Showtime Family Zone
EPIX – $5 per month
- Adds EPIX, EPIX 2 and EPIX HITS.
What About Sling TV Local Channels?
Mixed into the Sling TV channel list is a number of local channels. These networks are generally only available in certain areas, but coverage is expanding. What channels are on Sling TV in your local area?
The Sling TV local channels include:
FOX – FOX streaming is available as part of Sling Blue, for residents living in Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Houston, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Detroit, Michigan; Gainesville, Fla.; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; Orlando; Tampa, Fla; Philadelphia; Phoenix; San Francisco; and Washington D.C. Also – it’s important to Note that on demand streaming of FOX is available nationwide; but live access is only available in the markets detailed above.
NBC – NBC streaming is available as part of Sling Blue, for residents living in Chicago, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Diego, and Hartford/New Haven.
ABC – ABC streaming is available in the Broadcast Extra package, for residents living in Chicago, Fresno-Visalia, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, or San Francisco.
Univision & UniMas – Univision streaming and UniMas streaming are available as part of the Broadcast Extra add-on for residents living in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham, New York, Fresno-Visalia, Philadelphia, and San Francisco
FOX Sports Regional Networks – access to FOX Sports Regional networks is available as part of the Sling Blue package, for residents of many areas around the US. The following networks are available; if you spot your regional FOX Sports network on this list, you should get it through Sling TV.
- FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports West, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Cincinnati, FOX Sports Detroit, FOX Sports North, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, FOX Sports San Diego, FOX Sports Southeast, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Sun, Sports Time Ohio, and YES Network (Yankees Entertainment and Sports). More info here.
Comcast SportsNet Regional Networks (CSN) – access to Comcast SportsNet Regional networks is available as part of the Sling Blue package, for residents of many areas around the US. You can check availability during the signup process.
Sling TV Channel List: Bottom Line & Best Value
Overall, the Sling TV channels list is quite impressive. A lot of new cord-cutters really appreciate the fact that you can stat with a true “skinny bundle” of around 30 networks for just $20 per month, and add on additional channels if you want. This gives you a lot of flexibility, and translates to huge savings over cable TV.
For most people, the best value available via Sling TV is one of the base packages (Orange or Blue, depending on your preferences), and the 4 Extras Deal. This will give you 30 or 40 channels in the base package, plus an additional 35+ channels from the Extras deal – all for $30 or $35 per month! Click here to learn more.
Also, keep in mind that Sling TV offers a number of great deals, including:
- FREE or discounted streaming devices when you prepay for a few months (deals vary, click the link for the latest offerings)
- A FREE trial of any of their packages (7-days)
- A FREE trial of any of their add-ons (7-days)
So there you have it: the full Sling TV channels list for 2017. We will keep this guide updated as Sling TV rolls out new channels and expands regional coverage. Thanks for reading!
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