Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue: What’s the Difference?

if you're looking to cut the cord, Sling TV offers three different tiers of service at different prices: Orange ($20), Blue ($25) and Orange + Blue ($40). But what's the difference?

Read on to find out more about Sling’s plans, and figure out what's right for you.

What Is Sling Orange?

If you’re familiar with what Sling TV has offered up to this point (and if not, you should check our FAQ on the topic), Sling Orange is the name for Sling TV's entry-level package. Sling Orange costs $20 per month and gives you access to 28 live channels, including ESPN, CNN, BBC America, AMC, Lifetime, TNT and TBS. You can stream only one channel at a time, whether you’re recording or watching live.

What Is Sling Blue?

Sling Blue costs $25 per month and gives you access to 43 live channels. However, Blue does not include every Orange channel by default; there’s no Disney and no ESPN, for starters. On the plus side, Sling Blue is a multi-stream service, which means you can access up to three channels at the same time. Three different people could use the account simultaneously, or you could record three shows (with the DVR beta) while you’re away, or mix and match.

Sling Blue users also have the opportunity to watch NBC stations, including NBC, USA, Bravo and SyFy.

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What’s the Difference Between Orange and Blue?

The single-stream nature of Orange versus the multi-stream nature of Blue is the biggest difference. However, the channel selection differs as well, making it somewhat difficult to tell which service carries which programs, and which channels work with multi-stream functionality.

For example, both services can access the Pac-12 networks for college sports, as well as the Starz and Starz Encore movie channels. The pricing varies somewhat depending on the plan, though.

Is my favorite channel available through Orange or Blue?

Consult our handy chart below to find out:


Sling BlueSling OrangeSling Blue + Orange
ESPNNoYesYes
AMCYesYesYes
CNNYesYesYes
HGTVYesYesYes
Comedy CentralYesYesYes
Cartoon Network / Adult SwimYesYesYes
HistoryNoYesYes
ESPN2NoYesYes
ESPN3NoYesYes
TNTYesYesYes
Food NetworkYesYesYes
TBSYesYesYes
BBC AmericaYesYesYes
FreeformNoYesYes
IFCYesYesYes
A&EYesYesYes
El Rey NetworkYesYesYes
VicelandYesYesYes
LifetimeYesYesYes
Travel ChannelYesYesYes
AXS TVYesYesYes
NewsyYesYesYes
CheddarYesYesYes
Bloomberg TelevisionYesYesYes
Local NowYesYesYes
PolarisYesYesYes
MakerYesYesYes
FLAMAYesYesYes
GalavisionYesYesYes
FoxYesNoYes
NBCYesNoYes
Fox SportsYesNoYes
CSNYesNoYes
NFL NetworkYesNoYes
AMCYesYesYes
FXYesNoYes
USAYesNoYes
BravoYesNoYes
FS1YesNoYes
FS2YesNoYes
NBCSNYesNoYes
FXXYesNoYes
SyFYYesNoYes
Nick Jr.YesNoYes
Tru TVYesNoYes
BETYesNoYes
National GeographicYesNoYes
Nat Geo WildYesNoYes
UnivisionYesNoYes
UniMásYesNoYes

Can I Get Both Orange and Blue?

Yes; in fact, Sling encourages you to, calling its $40 Orange and Blue pack its “best value.” Granted, $40 per month, plus whatever optional packages you get, put it well within the price range of a traditional cable subscription. But if you love Sling TV and want everything it has to offer, this is probably where you want to start.

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