June 28 Update: This story has been updated per Sling Orange's new price.
If you're looking to cut the cord, Sling TV offers three different tiers of service at different prices: Orange ($25), 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?
Sling Orange used to be Sling's entry-level package, but it now costs $25 per month (up $5 from $20, after a June 28 price hike), the same as Sling Blue. Orange gives you access to 30 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 45 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 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.
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. Both Sling Orange and Blue subscribers can add NBA League Pass, which just became available on Sling, for an extra $29 per month.
Is my favorite channel available through Orange or Blue?
Consult our handy chart below to find out:
|Sling Blue||Sling Orange||Sling Blue + Orange|
|Cartoon Network / Adult Swim||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|El Rey Network||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|NBA League Pass*||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Nat Geo Wild||Yes||No||Yes|
* for an extra $29 per month
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.