Sling TV channel guide: All the programming, and all the restrictions, all in one chart

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Sling TV is a much more expansive streaming video service than used to be, but it hasn’t gotten any easier to understand. If anything, Sling has become more complicated since last year’s launch, with two base packages instead of one, more add-on packages to choose from, and new restrictions that apply to some local and sports channels. Note: This story was updated on June 1 to include information about Sling TV’s optional cloud DVR service.

To make sense of it all, I’ve put together a chart that lists all of Sling TV’s channels and add-on packages. Below the chart, I’ll walk through some other things you need to know.

Sling TV channel guide


Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue

Sling Orange is based on the original $20-per-month package that launched last year. It only allows you to stream to one device at a time, but it’s required to access Disney-owned channels such as ESPN.

Sling Blue starts at $25 per month and allows streaming on three devices at once. While the channel lineup has some overlap with Sling Orange, it doesn’t include Disney-owned channels, and instead has offerings from Fox, NBC, and Viacom.

If you want to subscribe to both packages, Sling offers them a discounted price of $40 per month.

How do add-on packages work?

Once you’ve chosen a base package, you can tack on any number of Sling’s “Extra” packages, each of which cost $5 per month. (One exception: The “Sports Extra” package  for Sling Blue, which includes NFL Redzone, costs $10 per month.) Premium channels including HBO, Cinemax, and Starz are also available as standalone add-ons.

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But here’s the tricky part: The channels in each add-on depend on the base package you’ve chosen. With Sports Extra, for instance, only Sling Orange subscribers can get ESPN channels, while only Sling Blue subscribers can get NFL Redzone.

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