Among the oldest cord-cutting options on the market for live TV, Sling TV’s deceptively simple 3-package option is just the tip of the iceberg. After you select your base package, there are dozens of potential add-on channels waiting to explore, making Sling TV a gold mine for those who love hard-to-find channels.

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Sling TV – Main Subscription Packages

Sling TV three main subscription packages to offer new subscribers, each with different combinations of unique and shared channels.

Sling Orange
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$25.00/ month

34 channels

ESPN

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1 simultaneous stream.

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Sling Blue
Free Roku Deal$25.00/ month

49 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

3 simultaneous streams

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Sling Orange + Blue
Free Roku Deal
$40.00/ month

56 channels

ESPN

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4* simultaneous streams

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* You get 1 stream for Sling Orange channels and up to 3 simultaneous streams for Sling Blue channels.

Unfortunately, Sling TV’s features also vary depending on which subscription plan you get. Sling Orange only supports single-device streaming while Sling Blue supports three-device streaming. Even if you get the combined subscription, any channels that are unique to Sling Orange are subject to the single-device limit.

Sling TV requires a separate subscription to its cloud DVR and prevents you from recording programs on ESPN and other channels.

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Here’s a more detailed breakdown of what channels you’ll get with Sling TV’s various subscription plans. One thing to note: Sling TV does not stream ABC or CBS. If those stations are important, you may want a different service.

Channels In All Sling Plans

You’ll get these channels no matter which subscription plan you choose:

  • A&E
  • AMC
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • Bloomberg TV
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cheddar Business
  • Cheddar News
  • CNN
  • Comedy Central
  • Comet
  • Epix Drive-in
  • Food Network
  • Fuse
  • HGTV
  • History
  • IFC
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Lifetime
  • Local Now
  • MotorTrend
  • Newsy
  • Stadium
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • Viceland

Channels In Sling Blue and Sling Orange+Blue

None of these channels are available if you only subscribe to Sling Orange. You must subscribe to either Sling Blue or the combined Sling Orange+Blue plans to get these channels.

  • BET
  • Bravo
  • Discovery
  • E!
  • Fox
  • Fox Sports
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • National Geographic
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • NBC
  • NBC Sports
  • NBC Sports Network
  • Nick Jr.
  • NFL Network
  • Paramount Network
  • Syfy
  • TLC
  • Tru TV
  • USA

Channels In Sling Orange and Sling Orange+Blue

You cannot get these channels if you only subscribe to Sling Blue. You must subscribe to either Sling Orange or Sling Orange+Blue to get these channels. Keep in mind that, even if you get the combo plan, you can only stream one of these channels at a time. In other words, you can’t watch ESPN when somebody else in the house is watching Disney.

  • ACC Sports
  • Disney Channel
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • Freeform
  • FX
  • FXX

Sling TV Channel Add-ons

Once you get past the complexity of Sling TV’s basic channel lineup, you can customize your subscription even more by adding dozens of Sling TV Extras. Of course, Sling TV does not make this easy either. The channels contained in each Extra — as well as the pricing — vary depending on which base subscription you get. To give you an idea of what that means, here is the channel lineup for two popular Sling TV Extras:

  • Sports Extra (Orange) for $5/month: MLB Network, ESPN Strikezone, NBA TV, SEC Network, SEC Network+, PAC 12 Network, ESPNU, ESPNews, NHL Network, beIN Sports, NFL GoalLine, ESPN Bases Loaded, Stadium Plus 1, Outside TV, Tennis Channel
  • Sports Extra (Blue) for $10/month: MLB Strikezone, MLB Network, NFL Red Zone, NBA TV, NHL Network, Golf Channel, beIN Sports, PAC 12 Network, Stadium Plus 1, Outside TV, Olympic Channel, Tennis Channel
  • Kids Extra (Orange) for $5/month: Disney Junior, Disney XD, nickjr, nicktoons, TeenNick, Boomerang, BabyTV, DuckTV
  • Kids Extra (Blue) for $5/month: nicktoons, TeenNick, Boomerang, BabyTV, DuckTV

You can also subscribe to Lifestyle, News, Heartland, Comedy and Hollywood Extras. The Español and International Extras lets you get TV channels from around the world.

An a-lá-carte menu lets you add individual channels from these 22 channels:

  • Cinefest
  • Cinemoi
  • ConTV
  • Country Network Plus
  • CDN
  • Curiosity Stream
  • Docudrama
  • DOG TV
  • Dove Channel
  • Flix Latino
  • Genius Brand Networks
  • Grokker
  • Hallmark Movies Now
  • Here TV
  • Hopstre
  • Outside TV Features
  • Pantaya
  • Showtime
  • Starz
  • Stingray Karaoke
  • UP Faith & Family
  • VSiN

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Chris Casper is a former tech industry product manager who escaped from California for New Mexico. Now he writes about science and tech while searching for the perfect green chile sauce.