Best of all, unlike cable and satellite bundles, you can pick and choose from small packages of channels. This way you’ll see only what you want rather than having to deal with a dozen bloatware channels for every one you actually want to watch.
In its latest update, Sling TV is now offering multi-stream service Sling Blue. This new service features Fox, FX, NBC, USA, Bravo, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), Syfy, BBC America, and others. All together, Sling Blue has opened its doors with 42 channels. This service costs $25 per month for new customers.
Additionally, Sling Blue in some areas offers local NBC channels. Sling Blue customers will have access to live, local NBC broadcast stations in the following 10 markets: Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Hartford, Conn., Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, and Washington DC. Access to on-demand NBC programming and NBC regional sports networks will be available in a later update. Last, but far from least, you can watch Sling Blue channels on three devices at once.
Through Sling Blue Extra packs, you can add NBCUniversal networks such as E!, CNBC, MSNBC, NBCSN, Oxygen, Golf, and NBC Universo. Premier League football fans who want to cut the cord will be especially happy to see NBCSN.
Sling Orange is the old Sling TV main channel with the addition of BBC America and BBC World News. Of course, it hasn’t been standing still. There are now 29 Sling Orange channels. Many of these now feature on-demand video in addition to live broadcasts. This service continues to be priced at $20 a month.
If you want — and I for one do — you can get Sling Orange and Sling Blue together for $40 per month. These combined with the various Sling TV Extra packs give you, according to Roger Lynch, Sling TV’s CEO, “more than 100 channels to choose from as they customize their ideal television experience.” Lynch continued, “With our new multi-service option and NBCUniversal programming, Sling is one of the few pay-TV options where value continues to improve.”
He’s not wrong. I’ve been a Sling TV user since day one. In its early days, its interface was difficult to navigate, and its streaming was often, well, awful. Since then, however, the interface — especially on my Roku 3 — is much better, and its performance has gotten much better. It’s still not as smooth as Netflix, but even live sports are quite watchable on it now.
If you love commercial television, have good broadband, and want to slash your cable bill, I highly recommend giving Sling TV a try. With a free seven-day entry offer, I think you’ll soon be bidding your cable or satellite provider goodbye.