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How to get a Sling TV free trial

Sling TV free trial - Sling TV on tablet
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A Sling TV free trial is your first step to saving a lot of money on TV — but unfortunately we've just figured out that the below instructions no longer work, as Sling free trials are on hiatus at the moment. In case they come back, we're keeping the below steps for reference, so you can check for yourself.

So, now that you're ready to try one of the best streaming services in the market, you can learn why Sling is one of the best cable TV alternatives for getting rid of that expensive bill. But you may be wondering if it has all the channels you want, so it's a good idea to test it out before committing to a subscription.

Sling starts at $30 a month and gives you access to programming as far-ranging as ESPN and CNN. It also offers local broadcast networks in certain regions. And you can sign up for additional channels like Showtime and Starz. For more details about the service, read our Sling TV review.

Sling TV continues to provide bang for the buck, while its competitors have raised their prices. YouTube TV and Hulu With Live TV now cost $65 per month. Meanwhile, there are a number of Sling TV deals, like $10 off the first month for new subscribers.

Currently (and it's always changing) the Sling TV free trial gives you seven days to test the service out for yourself. This is the lowest number of days we've seen in the trial; in the past, it's been as long as 14 weeks.

If you take advantage of that trial this weekend, you can catch Sunday's NFL live streams on ESPN, FOX and NBC in that three-day window. Sling just got the NFL Network back, but its trial window doesn't stretch from Thursday to Sunday.

Try Sling TV: Sling TV offers a three-day free trial that comes with access to top cable networks such as ESPN, CNN, TNT, AMC, Food Network and USA, with packages starting at just $30 a month. Right now, the first month is $10 off for new subscribers.View Deal

While Sling TV doesn’t come with every channel you might desire — it has more than 50 channels when you subscribe to both Sling Orange and Sling Blue, and some extras for an additional fee. Make sure you check out our guide to Sling TV's channels and packages.

Sling TV free trial: How to sign up

Sling is running a promotion with a three-day free trial. Just sign up here.

You can also get a free trial by signing up through an app on one of the many Sling compatible streaming devices:

  • Amazon Fire TV devices
  • Android tablets and smartphones
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • iOS devices
  • LG TV Smart TVs
  • Roku
  • Samsung Smart TVs
  • Xbox One

1. On, click on the orange box in the header image that says, "Watch 3 Days Free." Note that Sling's terms of trial length are constantly changing, and it may also say "Get This Offer."

2. Enter your email address, a new password and click Register.

Sling TV free trial - select a package

3. Select a service package. Your options are Sling's Orange, Blue, or Orange-and-Blue combo pack. Here's a rundown of Sling Orange vs Blue. Note the price differences: Orange gives you 30 channels for $30 a month, Blue packs 50 channels in for $30 per month, and the combo, which offers more than 50 channels, will run you $45 per month.

Again, the duration of the trial is always changing, so the Sling signup page may look slightly different.

Sling TV free trial - want any extras?

Sling TV free trial - premium TV too

4. Now, scroll through the extra channel options are. Here, you can choose whether to get more channels for an additional fee, like Epix, CMT, and others. You can also choose to sign up for Showtime and Starz. Additionally, Sling lets you upgrade to 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (10 hours comes free) when selecting extras. When you're ready, click Continue.

Sling TV free trial - billing — but set a reminder!

5. Enter your credit card and move on. If I were you, I'd set a reminder that reads "Make sure you want to pay for Sling," set to a few hours (at least) before the date and time listed at the top of this page. After that point in time, Sling will begin charging your credit card automatically.

At long last, you've made it through the subscription process and you're ready to start watching content. If you're on a computer, Sling TV can either be used in Chrome, or you'll want to download its app to your machine. If you prefer to watch it on the Apple TV or another device, just download the app from the gadget's app store and input your credentials. If you decide you don't want to continue the free trial, here's info on how to cancel Sling.

  • ZachGold
    that's why we have the paid variety like ivacy, express, nord and others. nothing's really free if you understand. there are costs to operate servers and stuff and i'm guessing anyone can assume that.
  • ZachGold
    sweet. by bye cable