There are so many unpleasant aspects of the cable TV experience – the hundreds of channels that you’re forced to pay for but never watch, the high monthly costs, and the long-term contracts – that it’s no wonder so many people are thinking about becoming members of the cord-cutting generation. For those people, Sling TV is an absolute must. It’s live TV without the hassle of cable television.
Here are just a few of the reasons why Sling TV is a great alternative to cable TV.
#1. The Cost
With Sling TV, you only pay for what you watch, not 200 or more channels that the cable companies want you to flip through every time you turn on the TV. With the basic Orange package, you get 30+ channels, and only pay $20 per month. With the Blue package, you get 40+ channels and only pay $25 per month. And with the expanded Orange + Blue package, you get everything Sling TV has to offer – and you only pay $40 per month.
Think about that for a moment. Wouldn’t you like to pay just $20 a month for live TV content?
The best value here is really the Orange + Blue package, because you’re paying just $40 per month for more than 40 channels. So that’s just $1 per channel!
It’s really up to you. You can get a perfectly great Sling TV experience with just 30 channels. But you won’t get some of the all-time classic cable channels like Bravo, USA, NatGeo, Syfy or FX – so you might want to upgrade later if one of your favorite TV shows happens to be on a network like USA.
#2. Ease of customization
One aspect of Sling TV that makes it really unique is the fact that you can build on top of those basic packages – Orange and Blue – to get exactly the type of TV experience you want. Sling TV very clearly tells you how much it’s going to cost, and you can build the right channels for what you are actually going to watch.
For example, with Sling TV Orange, you get ESPN (and ESPN2 and ESPN3) as part of your 30+ channels. But what if you want even more sports coverage? You could just sign up for the Sports Extra package for an additional $5 per month – that gives you access to premium sports channels so that you can always keep up with your favorite sports teams.
And that ease of customization is available, no matter what kind of TV viewer you are. For example, there’s a Hollywood Extra package ($5), a Kids Extra package ($5), and a News Extra package ($5).
Oh, but you’re probably thinking: “I don’t see any of the premium movie channels in there… No worries. You can add HBO for an additional $15 per month or Cinemax for an additional $10 per month. There’s also an option to add other movie channels – like STARZ Encore, EPIX, Sundance TV and Lifetime Movie Network (LMN).
And it doesn’t stop there, because Sling TV also has Spanish TV and International TV (Arabic, Brazilian, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Mandarin) packages available.
See? It’s like ordering off an a la carte menu at a restaurant. Each time, you only pay for what you want. You just have to be careful that you don’t order too much (just like in a restaurant!) – otherwise, it’s possible that your monthly bill will quickly shoot past $20 per month.
#3. On-the-go viewing
We’re already up to Reason No. 3 and we haven’t even mentioned what makes Sling TV so magical in the first place – the ability to get live, linear TV via the Internet. You see, you don’t need anything else other than Internet to be able to watch Sling TV. It’s a service where you “sling” TV content to your TV or your digital devices (like an iPhone or iPad). To do that, you just need to download a Sling TV app. Then you can control everything via an app!
What makes that so awesome is the fact that you can take that mobile device with you and watch TV anywhere you have an Internet connection. This is truly on-the-go viewing! The cable companies don’t let you do that – they may let you watch TV in other rooms of your home, but they certainly don’t want you taking your TV shows to places like the local Starbucks!
If you want to “sling” TV to your beautiful 55-inch television, go ahead! But you’ll need to use some sort of set-top box or streaming stick, like Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV or Roku. When you use those set-top boxes (or streaming sticks) you’ll see a logo for Sling TV on the home screen. That’s how you access Sling TV on your TV.
#4. No contracts or equipment
One part of the cable TV experience that everyone hates is the long-term contract. It used to be you had to sign up for a two-year contract, but even today, most cable TV companies will force you to sign up for at least one year of service. Is that really fair? No way. And that’s why Sling TV makes sure there’s no annoying contract to sign. You sign up via the Internet. And you can cancel via the Internet, too. (This is a huge factor if you dread the idea of arguing with a cable TV phone representative about why you want to quit, and they keep trying to stop you!)
With Sling TV, you also don’t need to order any equipment. No waiting around for “the cable guy” to come to your home. No complex installations of wires or boxes. That makes Sling TV a very streamlined, easy to enjoy experience.
As you can see, Sling TV gives you the very best of live TV, for only $20 a month. There are no hidden fees, no long-term contracts and easy online cancellation. You get live sports, live shows and breaking news – all without the hassles of cable. If you’re thinking of cutting the cord, then Sling TV is the right option for you.