Updated Sling TV review – Sling TV fights back against new competition
Luke Bouma • April 28, 2016if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?>
A new Sling TV review
Last year, we took a look at Sling TV as the up and coming way to watch cable channels streaming online without the need for a long-term cable contract. Recently, Sling TV has made some exciting changes to their streaming service in order to combat new cable company competition. Therefore, we are updating our Sling TV review.
Before we do that, we need to consider why Sling TV is important for cord cutters. If you are someone who wants to watch live sports, Sling TV is a must have with its access to ESPN, FS1, FS2, and some regional Fox Sports networks.
If you are some who cannot wait until Monday to watch The Walking Dead or some other favorite show, Sling TV is a great way to watch it live.
In short, Sling TV gives you live access to many great cable channels starting at $20 a month, along with the ability to add additional channels in packages on top of the $20 a month package. No taxes, fees, or other charges.
So what’s new with Sling TV?
In the past, Sling TV only worked on one device at a time. Now, with their new Beta Multi-Stream Package for $20 a month, you get access to over 30 channels including FS1, CNN, and local Fox Sports Networks, which can be streamed across multiple devices. If you are in Florida and your family is in Texas, you can both be streaming at the same time.
The downside is that this brand new service (as of this date it is only a few weeks old) does not include ESPN or Disney. If you want access to ESPN, or Disney, it will be $20 more for the single stream package. Sling TV has said this is a Beta service and that they will be developing it, but there is no timeline right now for ESPN multi-view.
Sling has been busy adding new channels and making new deals. Many popular channels have been added, such as the Weather & News channel, which was created by the Weather Channel to offer local weather, news, and even traffic. Newsly, an app that sends you an email when someone in your contact list is mentioned in a news article, has also been added to bring on-demand news to Sling TV subscribers.
Even more importantly, Fox Networks has joined Sling TV with the addition of FXX, FS1, FS2, regional Fox Sports Channels and more.
Lastly, Sling TV just struck a deal with Viacom to add some of Viacom’s most popular channels such as MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central to their channel line up later in 2016.
Sling TV is on an even broader range of devices with the addition of Chromecast, more Android devices, and even Android TV. This makes Sling TV’s streaming service available on more devices than any other live cable TV service out there today.
Right now, they have a couple special deals running where you can get deep discounts on the Amazon Fire TV and the new Roku 3. They’re also offering a free Roku 2 when you prepay for three months of Sling TV.
Sling TV has come a long way. With their new multi-streaming service and Viacom deal, they are clearly fulfilling Dish CEO, Charlie Ergen’s, goal to “deliver the best, most innovative television services available.”
There has truly never been a better time to be a cord cutter.