sling tv review

This article will provide you with a Sling TV Review and how to install the app on Firestick/Fire TV, Android, NVIDIA Shield, Roku, iPhone, and more.

We also provide registration instructions using a Windows PC, which you can find below.

Sling TV is a Live TV streaming service similar to fuboTV that hosts news, entertainment, and sports channels.

Sling can be installed on any device including the Amazon Firestick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, NVIDIA Shield, and more.

For these reasons and more, we have included Sling within our list of Best Firestick Apps.

For those unfamiliar with Live TV services or IPTV, these streaming services offer live TV channels at a set time delivered over the internet.

To stream Live TV, you need a high-speed and stable internet connection, streaming devices such as smart TV or Amazon Firestick, and a subscription to a streaming service.

Viewers can watch the latest news, sports events, sitcoms, and other entertainment channels on an affordable subscription-based service without the hassle of cable.

You can also install a digital antenna should your live TV provider offer no over-the-air TV networks such as NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, and others.

This provides you with the flexibility and full entertainment experience that other types of service providers cannot offer.

For more information on Live TV (IPTV), best streaming services, devices, and more, I highly recommend viewing our IPTV Guide below.

TROYPOINT IPTV Guide

What is Sling TV?

Sling TV started offering affordable IPTV services in January 2015 after its parent company, DISH Network relaunched its 2012 version called DishWorld (which was made available through a Roku app).

It had earlier carriage deals with Sundance TV, BBC America, IFC, and AMC and then further expanding its partnerships with other networks in the coming years.

The company claims that it’s the first IPTV service to offer all five major networks (Cinemax, Showtime, STARZ, Epix and HBO) when it formally inked partnerships in 2017.

Sling TV is compatible with most popular devices such as the Firestick/Fire TV, which is perfect for cord-cutters.

Overall, Sling TV is a great choice for cord-cutters who want to watch sports, movies, news, and children’s programming at a very competitive monthly fee.

We have also included Sling TV within our Best Live TV Streaming Services list.

Sling TV Highlights

  • 3 package plans (Sling Blue, Sling Orange, or a combination)
  • 50+ channels depending on the subscriber’s area and plan
  • 3-day free trial available
  • Standard plans cost $30/month (currently 40% discount on the first month)
  • Local channels (limited)Compatible with most popular streaming devices
  • Three devices allowed for simultaneous streaming (Sling Blue plan)
  • 10 free hours of cloud DVR recording (paid add-on up to 50 hours)
  • Stereo audio
  • 1-minute live delay
  • Less than 5 seconds in channel switching time
  • Parental controls

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How to Register for Sling TV

Prior to using the Sling TV service, you will need to register for an account. Luckily they are currently offering a 7-day free trial for new users.

Use the link below for a Free 3-Day Trial:

Sling TV Free 3-Day Trial

Follow the quick steps below to sign up for a Sling TV account.

1. Register for a Sling TV account if you haven’t done so already.

2. Once on the Sling website, click Sign Up Now.

Once on the Sling website, click Sign Up Now.

3. Next, enter an email address and password. Then click Register.

Next, enter an email address and password. Then click Register.

4. Choose any plan you prefer,  but for this example, we just chose the Sling Blue Service option.

Choose any plan you prefer,  but for this example, we just chose the Sling Blue Service option.

5. Choose any extras if you prefer, but for this example, we left this blank and scrolled down.

Choose any extras if you prefer, but for this example, we left this blank and scrolled down.

6. Click Continue

Click Continue

7. Next, fill out the required billing info.

8. After filling out billing information, scroll down and select Finish & Submit

After filling out billing information, scroll down and select Finish & Submit

That’s it! You have successfully registered for a Sling TV account.

Important Note: You will receive a confirmation email after registering with your account information. I suggest saving this information, as you will need this when logging in.

See our guides below for how to install the Sling app on Firestick/Fire TV, Roku, and iPhone.

How to Install Sling TV on Firestick/Fire TV

One of the best parts about Sling TV is that it’s available for installation on Firestick/Fire TV devices.

Follow the short guide below for how to install the Sling TV app on Firestick.

1. On the home screen of your Firestick/Fire TV, hover over the search icon on the left side of the menu.

On the home screen of your Firestick/Fire TV, hover over the search icon on the left side of the menu.

2. Type in “Sling TV” and click the first option that populates.

Type in "Sling TV" and click the first option that populates.

3. Click the Sling TV app under Apps & Games

Click the Sling TV app under Apps & Games

4. Click Get

Click Get

5. Wait for the Sling TV app to install

Wait for the Sling TV app to install

6. Click Open if you prefer

Click Open if you prefer

7. Sling TV will launch

Sling TV will launch

8. That’s it! When launching Sling TV you can either select Start 3 Days Free Trial or Explore Free Content.

That's it! When launching Sling TV you can either select Start 3 Days Free Trial or Explore Free Content.

9. Choose the Explore Free Content option to browse Sling prior to purchasing or starting a trial.

Choose the Explore Free Content option to browse Sling prior to purchasing or starting a trial.

10. Notice the two free content options available within Sling – My TV and Guide.

Notice the two free content options available within Sling - My TV and Guide.

How to Install Sling TV on Roku

Sling TV is also available to install on Roku devices as well. Follow this quick guide below to install on any Roku device.

1. On the home screen of your Roku device, scroll down and click Search.

On the home screen of your Roku device, scroll down and click Search.

2. Enter in “sling tv” within the search bar

Enter in "sling tv" within the search bar

3. Scroll to the right and select Sling TV

Scroll to the right and select Sling TV

4. Click Add channel

Click Add channel

5. Wait for Sling to be added to your channels.

Wait for Sling to be added to your channels.

6. Click OK

Click OK

7. Return back to the home screen on your Roku device and locate the Sling TV app

Return back to the home screen on your Roku device and locate the Sling TV app

8. Click the star icon (*) on your remote and select Move channel

Click the star icon (*) on your remote and select Move channel

9. Move the Sling TV app wherever you prefer on your Roku channels list

Move the Sling TV app wherever you prefer on your Roku channels list

10. Launch the Sling app

Launch the Sling app

11. That’s it! When launching Sling TV on your Roku device you can either select Explore Free Content or Watch 3 Days Free

That's it! When launching Sling TV on your Roku device you can either select Explore Free Content or Watch 3 Days Free

How to Install Sling TV on iPhone

1. Open the Apple App Store and select Search on the bottom menu

Open the Apple App Store and select Search on the bottom menu

2. Enter “Sling tv” within the search bar

Enter "Sling tv" within the search bar

3. Locate the Sling app and select GET

Locate the Sling app and select GET

4. Click Install

Click Install

5. Wait a few seconds for the Sling app to install

Wait a few seconds for the Sling app to install

6. Click Open to launch the Sling app

Click Open to launch the Sling app

7. Sling TV will launch

Sling TV will launch

8. That’s it! You have successfully installed Sling TV on your iPhone.

That's it! You have successfully installed Sling TV on your iPhone. 

Sling TV Review

If you want a cheaper alternative, Sling TV is a good choice with three plans that you can purchase separately or combined.

As mentioned previously, Sling is currently offering a 3-Day Free Trial for new users as of this writing.

NOTE: TROYPOINT’s Sling TV subscription was personally purchased for the purpose of this review and was therefore not sponsored by the service provider. The views expressed in this post reflect the author’s objective opinion.

Channel Lineup

Sling TV subscribers can access entertainment, kids, lifestyle, movies, news, sports, and premium channels. Availability depends on the plan, location, and network restrictions, however.

Sling TV subscribers can access entertainment, kids, lifestyle, movies, news, sports, and premium channels. Availability depends on the plan, location, and network restrictions, however.

For the same monthly fee, the Sling Blue plan offers more channels but carries no Disney and ESPN unlike Sling Orange, which may disappoint some sports fans and kids.

However, it offers other channels such as NBC Sports, NFL Network, Nick Jr, Discovery, and SYFY to compensate.

Local programming is very limited though. Sling TV recommends using an HD antenna (which they offer too) to get you to watch live local networks such as Fox channels.

If it disappoints on local programming, Sling TV, however, offers some of the best international channels from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America in my opinion. This includes live sports in select countries too.

For an affordable monthly plan, I was easily impressed with the lineup that I was provided with. I could access NBC, FX, ESPN, AMC, Food Network, History, and National Geographic.

Note: For interested subscribers, expect to be frustrated with Sling TV’s website, which does not allow you to type in your zip code to check which channels are available in your area.

Its local channel page, however, offers such search capability but does not return results somehow.

CLICK HERE for complete channel lineup.

Pricing Packages and Inclusions

There are three plans available to subscribers: Sling Blue, Sling Orange, and Sling Orange & Blue. All plans come with a 40 percent discount for the first month.

There are three plans available to subscribers: Sling Blue, Sling Orange, and Sling Orange & Blue.

Sling Orange and Sling Blue are both priced at $30 per month ($20 in the first month). Sling Orange & Blue, which I subscribed to, is offered at $40 ($25 on the first month).

But such low prices come with limitations, however. For instance, simultaneous streaming is limited to Sling Blue and Sling Orange & Blue plans only.

The number of channels available also varies per plan. Sling Blue has over 50, Sling Orange has over 30, and the Sling Orange & Blue has over 50 as well.

If you want to expand your selection, you can pay for add-ons such as Sling’s A La Carte Channels, which allows you to build your list of channels and play only for those that you prefer to watch.

Some of the selections include STARZ, Showtime and Flix Latino. The offer starts at $3 per month and comes with a 7-day free trial.

There are separate fees for other features such as Sports Extra ($10), Cloud DVR ($5), Kids Extra ($5), News ($5), Lifestyle Extra ($5), Heartland Extra ($5), Hollywood ($5), International (which includes live sports at $5), Spanish TV ($5), and Comedy ($5).

Another unique service from Sling TV is its movie rental. Note that this feature (as well as Pay-Per-View events) is not available on all devices so be sure to do your research first before renting. I was able to find a few available rentals for only $3.99.

Sling TV has also extended its promos. You’ll receive complimentary devices such as Roku Express and AirTV Mini when you subscribe and prepay two months of your bill (limited offer only).

User Interface

Sling TV’s web and mobile interfaces are simple and easy to navigate. The web interface, for instance, lists MY TV, ON NOW, GUIDE, SPORTS and RENTALS on the top menu.

For a quick look at my favorites, the MY TV section lists my DVR recordings, previously watched TV programs, and my favorite movies.

Should you not finish watching a show, the Continue Watching section displays a yellow line below the thumbnail to indicate the length you’ve watched on an episode.

It’s a great reminder for busy people like me to complete the shows I need to binge-watch on.

The mobile app is also very simple and has no complicated features. I was able to download without trouble.

The only frustrating thing for me on the mobile app is it can be a bit buggy from time to time. When this happens, I recommend you to relaunch the app right away.

Streaming and Picture Quality

Sling TV requires at least 25 Mbps to support your streaming needs. In my case, it helps to have a 200 Mbps internet connection to check if there’ll be no glitches when streaming using a reliable network.

I find the streaming and picture quality acceptable for cord-cutting purposes.

However, when compared to other services such as Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV needs to upgrade its 720p/60fps resolution because it’s what I only get from most channels.

Cloud DVR Functionality

The cloud DVR (called First Look) doesn’t come with any plan plus it cannot record Disney and ESPN channels.

I had to shell out $5 to test this service and compare it with other services’ cloud DVR recording even if I paid for their most expensive plan.

For its recording capability, I’d say that it’s pretty decent. I was able to record shows without problems.

However, don’t expect too much from its closed captioning, which is a bit delayed.

Aside from this, I don’t see the point of paying $5 per month when YouTube TV already offers unlimited cloud DVR recording storage for no extra fee.

Other IPTV services have limited storage hours though but they don’t ask for additional fees for such service.

Other Issues

Below are other issues I have with Sling TV.

Very limited local channels available: There’s no local network coverage for sports events too unless I use the antenna that they’ve sent.

If you’re a sports fan, I suggest checking out fuboTV or Hulu + Live TV instead.

No original programming: Hulu and YouTube TV already compete on original movies and shows. There are no plans from Sling TV to venture into such programming, however.

Longer estimated live delay is observed compared to others that keep it below 30 seconds.

The search capability isn’t effective at all. I’ve experienced getting tons of results using my search query, which do not really match my preferences.

YouTube TV does an amazing job through its more sophisticated algorithm.

Finally, there’s limited streaming on multiple devices depending on your plan. For instance, with Sling Orange, you’re limited to only one device while for Sling Blue, it’s three.

My plan includes four multiple-device streaming but that’s because it combines the Orange and Blue packages.

Bottomline

There was plenty of hype when DISH Network launched Sling TV since it targeted cord-cutters that want an affordable monthly plan.

However, you get what you pay for in this case. While the cost is lower, you get relatively fewer channel options.

Subscribers have to pay for add-ons to compensate for the limited programming, lack of local channels, and other features such as cloud DVR recording (which you can get for free from other IPTV services).

If you think these are features that you don’t need, then Sling TV can be a good option for streaming Live TV.

3.5 out of 5 Stars

Our Score

 

Sling TV Review FAQ

What is Sling TV?

Sling TV is a streaming service available for installation on streaming devices such as the Amazon Firestick to watch Live TV.

Is Sling TV legal?

Yes. Sling TV is a verified service and is 100% legal to use.

Does Sling TV stream Live TV?

Yes. Sling TV streams Live TV channels across many different categories.

What devices can Sling TV be installed on?

Sling TV is available for installation on tons of devices including the Amazon Firestick which is the most popular streaming device available. Users can also download on Android and more.

What channels does Sling TV have?

Sling TV offers numerous channels to choose from for live viewing. These include News, Shows, Movies, Sports, Tech, Kids, Music, and more.

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