Starting as low as $20, Sling TV offers a lot of value for cord cutters, letting you watch both live and on-demand content. But which channels are best? We evaluated the selection based on the the quality of the programming, as well as streaming quality, and we took into account whether channels are keeping certain shows from streamers. The service is now also available on Samsung smart TVs from 2016 and 2017.
Here are the Sling TV channels you should be watching.
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AMC's live programming has always been solid, and the channel offers several great shows, including the Walking Dead and Better Call Saul, as well as classics like MASH. While it would be nice to see more on-demand content, it's a fine option for live programming.
NBA fans who need to see every single game know that League Pass is the hottest ticket around. So no matter if you're watching to see how the latest trades will work out (wait, LeBron's playing with who now?), tracking your most loved and hated teams or wondering if this is the year where the Knicks will finally thrive (probably not this year after Kristaps got injured), you know the $29 per month upgrade cost for League Pass is more than worth it. — Henry T. Casey
A&E has some of the more compelling dramas available, including popular shows like Criminal Minds and Cold Case Files. The stream quality was generally good, and it's nice to see a list of older shows you can still stream.
Any South Park fan should rejoice at Comedy Central being available in Sling. The channel's live stream is generally good with only minor drops, but its selection of on-demand content is downright stellar. From stand-up specials to popular shows like The Daily Show, Comedy Central offers a fine streaming experience.
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If you're a news addict, CNN is for you. The stream is stellar and its live programming features high-quality content. It also comes with some recent programming through its on-demand offerings, so you can quickly catch up on the headlines. One of our faves is Jake Tapper's State of the Union.
The breadth of E! content on Sling is staggering. In addition to its regular live content, you can check out some of the channel's best shows, like The Kardashians, Botched and Total Divas. And although there were some blips along the way, E!'s programming livestream worked well in our testing.
Sports fans will love Sling's ESPN app. The app offers all the live programming you could want and includes some of the channel's most important series like SportsCenter, ESPN Films, 30 For 30, and others. The stream quality was solid across the board, and we were impressed by the amount of content it offers. It's a treat streaming ESPN on Sling.