Features: 3 package options | Sports channels | AirTV 2 and AirTV Mini streaming devices
Sling TV has an à la carte approach to channels that separates it from its competitors and makes it our top overall pick. While others tend to only offer one or two packages, Sling TV offers three basic packages — Blue, Orange, Orange & Blue — plus a wide variety of bundled packages. up to a dozen related channels. This is a mixed blessing, because it can be a little confusing. But I like it because it allows me to get only the channels I want.
It starts at two $40 per month for Blue or Orange channel packages. Other channels (TBS and TNT) are available on both Sling Orange, over 31 channels, and Sling Blue, over 41 channels. Orange is an ESPN/Disney package, while Blue offers a Fox/NBC package. Your best deal, if you want a wide selection of channels, is to bundle them with the Orange & Blue package for $55.
What you won’t get are the local ABC, CBS, and PBS channels. For those, Sling TV encourages you to use an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. In fact, Sling TV has its own streaming devices, the AirTV 2 and AirTV Mini, to watch Sling TV and your local channels. I have used and liked them both.
Sling TV packages, aside from the usual offerings like Showtime channels, cost from $6 to $10 per month. For example, the $11 Sports Extra has 15 channels, including NBA TV, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, NHL Network, and several college sports networks. It also offers a personal favorite, Willow Cricket, for $10 per month. The $6 Hollywood Extra offers seven channels including — to my way of thinking — the essentials Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and ReelZ.
With its cloud DVR, Sling TV offers 50 hours. If you want more, you can get up to 200 hours of storage for an additional $5 per month. You can also fast-forward through commercials with this service.
Your streaming options are… interesting. Sling Orange lets you stream one channel at a time, while Sling Blue lets you stream three. If you get the package with both, you can stream four shows at once.
Finally, if you want non-English channels, Sling TV is better than all the services combined. It includes many Asian and European language offerings. It also offers Arabic and Brazilian Portuguese.
Personally, I’ve loved Sling TV since it pioneered live TV streaming back in 2016. I love the interface, I love its speed, and I love that I can choose channels. The combined price of Blue and Orange is lower than its main competitors, making Sling TV currently the best streaming service for the price.