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Sling Out of Beta, Adds Even More Channels


Today Sling TV has officially announced their new channel packages. This was previously announced as a beta program.  Furthermore, they have added a slew of new channels. The base packages added channels like NBC, USA, Bravo, Syfy, BBC America, BBC World News and more. There are also additions to the add-on packages like E!, CNBC, MSNBC, Oxygen, Golf and NBCUniverso.  You can check out all the new offerings here.

A Summary of Sling TV’s Changes

The new name of Slings multi-stream offering is “Sling Blue.” It will now cost new customers $25 a month, but according to their website early adopters of the multi-stream beta offering will continue to pay $19.99 for the foreseeable future. Sling Blue will continue to be multi-stream and will add  NBC, USA, Bravo, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), Syfy, BBC America and more.

The former Single Stream best of Live TV package is now branded as “Sling Orange” and will now include BBC America. The price of Sling Orange will remain $20 per month.

The following is a summary of all the changes according to Sling TV’s website:

  • Sling Orange and Sling Blue core services now include BBC America. For more information on BBC America, visit blog.sling.com.

  • Sling Blue (multi-stream) is available to new customers for $25 per month and includes local NBC (for select markets), USA, Bravo, NBCSN and Syfy.

  • 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 D.C. Access to on-demand programming will be available in a later update.

  • Regional Sports Networks for select markets (Comcast SportsNet: California, Bay Area, Chicago and Mid-Atlantic) coming soon.

  • Sling TV expects to add local content from NBC affiliates in the future on a market-by-market basis.

  • Sling TV launched new networks across its Sling Blue Extras, each priced at $5 per month:

  • “Sports Extra” (New Extra Pack) – Golf Channel joins beIN Sports, Outside TV and Univision Deportes“Lifestyle Plus Extra” – E!, Oxygen and Vibrant TV join VH1, Cooking Channel, DIY, FYI, WE tv and LMN

  • “World News Extra” – BBC World News, CNBC and MSNBC join HLN, euronews, France 24, News18, NDTV 24/7 and RT Network

  • “Best of Spanish TV” – NBCUniverso joins 24 other Spanish and bilingual channelsAll other Extras for Sling Blue remain unchanged

  • Sling TV launched new networks across its Sling Orange Extras, each priced at $5 per month:

  • “Lifestyle Plus Extra” – Vibrant TV joins VH1, BET, Cooking Channel, DIY, FYI, WE tv and LMN“World News Extra” – BBC World News joins HLN, euronews, France 24, News18, NDTV 24×7, Fusion and RT Network

You can check out my full review of Sling TV for more information.

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View Comments (16)

  • Hi Dennis, Disappointed that they did not add Fox News and Fox Business. Had hoped to drop Sony's VUE and stay with Sling.. Guess it will be the opposite now; drop Sling and stick with VUE.
    Vue still has the "IP Location" issue, which is costing me an extra $10 per month, because the AT&T IP address for me here in central FL (Zip 32952) still locates me in Miami! with a different Zip---
    Too bad, I really wanted to go with Sling.

  • Dennis,

    Will Sunday Night Football be able to be streamed on NBC Sports Network, which is a regional channal on Sling Blue? on an earlier post you mentioned Sunday football being covered by NBC.

    Also, is CBS Sports App covering Thursday football, CBS All Access, or only the OTA CBS?

  • Better late than never....Frustration & rip off via TW led to DIrectv fixed 2 yr deal w/incentives but couldn't get signal from my apartment. Stumbled on Grounded Reason & took a flyer. Bottom line followed your advise & went with OTA Mohu Metro, Roku3/Sling deal & Tablo (Ethernet) w/guide. Took free 30 days on optional channels too. Basically blown away with content available. Particularly the Roku 3 voice/remote simplifies everything. Moved my Amazon/Fire to second tv. All I can say is wow & thanks! Suspect I'll rethink my premium channels once 30 days up since so much content available now that my eyes are open. Always had Netflix & Amazon Prime for shopping aspect. Bought all hardware via Amazon w/0% financing versus 5% back & up & running in 3 days (under $300 total). That's 25% of TW bill over 6 months & free going forward. Cut cord & saving $125 month immediately....Again WOW & Thanks! Cliff in Dallas

  • We are cutting the Direct TV Cable.. Have 1 Mohu antenna & signed up for Sling Blue. Prepaid for 3 mo and got a free Roku 2. I'm using it for the bedroom tv with the antenna actually pinned to the inside of the east wall of my closet(house is wood frame & vinyl siding ( no amplifier ) Get 20 channels. Have a ClearStream™ 4V Extreme Range Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna on order for main TV. We have no attic and no easy roof access . Will be getting a second Roku 2 for it. Really pleased with Sling as I get my USA network so I can binge on the NCIS marathons when they are on and other channels like HGTV. and many more. Also it seems to be the best for us for "live" tv. This is all a learning process. Fingers crossed the outlay will eventually out way the frustration.

  • Sling sounds great, but what would really set it apart from traditional cable is having a la carte channels. Why pay for channels you won't ever watch? And what about adding DVR? Then it would be perfect!

    Auggie
    Philadelphia, PA

    • My husband has mentioned Sling, but without DVR, I won't let him cancel the cable - I'd miss all my shows!

      • You can buy the current season a shows from iTunes and Amazon. 10 full seasons of shows will run you around $240-$300 per year. thats only about $20-$25 a month. You can watch those whenever you want, as many times as you want.

  • Fox Propaganda is in no hurry to be a part of streaming. Their viewers are very old and uninformed.