Cable cutting is a movement that began a few years ago when people realizefd they can watch online television for a lot cheaper than a typical cable subscription. But there was two things that were keeping people from making the switch, the lack of live sports and next-day TV shows. You have options like Hulu Plus, but that’s always the day after content airs. Till now, there was no way to use a cable subscription without signing a contract, but Dish Network changed that when they released their answer with Sling TV.
Sling TV starts at just $20 a month and you receive 21 channels – including ESPN 1 and 2 – and many other great channels. They do offer more packages that adds access to a wider range of content from different categories. They have packages for sports, kid shows, news and more.
Sling is adding more channels all the time. Just last month they added AMC and History, and will be adding HBO Now for an extra $15 a month.
The TV service is great, though a little buggy, but nothing that keeps it from being useable. The service works on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Mac and Windows. The iOS and Android versions work great, Windows and Mac versions have somewhat of an issue launching, and Xbox One has issues as well. It’s not always reliable, but once you get past the issues, it works great. The Xbox One version has a problem where, whenever a show ends, it will get laggy until it corrects itself.
Unfortunately, Sling does not offer multi-user support, so it will kick off whoever is watching once it’s launched in another place. There is an on-demand feature where you can find shows after they go live, however it only works on a few channels. And depending on the channel, if you’re watching on demand you can’t fast-forward the commercials.
Sling TV is an awesome service. I find myself using it more and more every day. They have an awesome deal right now, when you pay for 3 months you get an Amazon Fire Stick or a Roku Streaming Stick for free. You can’t go wrong with $20 a month, plus you can cancel anytime with no hidden fees.
One day this is going to be the future of TV. And if it looks anything like Sling, then this makes me very excited.