Sling TV (0 Reviews)
Sling TV (0 Reviews)
Pros Cable replacement | Add on Premium Channel Options | Free Roku or Firestick
Cons No Option for Multiple Profiles | Current Season is not Completely FreeView Plans
Cable replacement | Add on Premium Channel Options | Free Roku or Firestick
No Option for Multiple Profiles | Current Season is not Completely FreeView Plans
A relatively recent addition to the replacing cable options, SlingTV offers access to otherwise cable-only TV channels for a monthly fee instead of a long-term contract. In its early years of operation, SlingTV is still working out some kinks in performance, but could be an alternative for those who love cable – but not the bill.
Standard cable channels are available through SlingTV, but SlingTV holds out on some prime channels – like HBO – for extra fees ranging from $5-$15. Even once users havesubscriptions set and paid for, there have been complaints about streaming quality. Buffering and stuttering issues are too common relative to other options.
Amazon boasts a very impressive video library. Not only is Amazon Prime Video a viable replacement for cable, the newer movies and TV shows available – even if some are listed for an additional fee Record your shows with your DVR in the cloud! With some shows still available a few days after airing, you don’t have to worry about being on time.
Connectivity issues and limited channels in the basic plans make it hard to justify the cost unless you only have cable for the few channels already included.
The Bottom Line
With a few kinks worked out, SlingTV would be a real contender to replace a cable subscription, although if you’re looking for low-cost ways to get options for your entertainment, you might want to keep looking.
How It Works
Go to sling.com and you’re a click away from your 7 day free trial. Submit your personal information, and you are required to provide payment details to kick thing off. If you like what you see for just $20/month on the base package you can keep watching channels like ESPN and the Food Network. Upgrade to get additional channels in your package that stream right to your TV. Additional custom package options and channels are available as well, you can just keep building with the provided extras.
Plans & Pricing
SlingTV Orange, a likely choice for an individual user, starts at $20 per month. Unfortunately, this is where it can get expensive. If you want more than one person to be able to watch, you need to upgrade to SlingTV Blue, but you lose some channels such as Disney-owned stations. Once you have your basic package, you can pick and choose from add-ons, such as HBO for $15, or some of the 11 other options that range from $5 to $15. If you’re an avid cable-watcher now, your bill might look familiar!
Even the most stable of internet connections seem susceptible to buffering and stuttering issues as some users complain of service interruptions, but customers still get the cable experience with the potential savings of streaming services. Once you find your show, you can pause, rewind, and fast-forward live TV.
General questions can be answered within the knowledge base http://help.sling.com/
Email, chat and phone options are available within the Sling help center.