Sling TV channels explained: what do you get with its plans

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For those who don't want to pay for an expensive cable package but want to watch all the big US channels, Sling TV is a great cord cutting solution that compliments your subscriptions to Disney Plus, Netflix and so on. But what can you watch? With multiple plans on offer, keep reading our guide to find out what Sling TV channels are available, and which is the plan for you.

With over 50 stations and hundreds of on-demand TV shows and movies, here's all the Sling TV channels explained - including which package offers what, and additions you can make to your Sling TV plan with extra TV bundles and premium channels like Starz and, of course, DogTV.

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Opt for either its Orange or Blue plan (or both) and new and returning customers can currently save 50% off their first month of Sling TV. That brings the price down from $40 to $20. Or, if you opt for both, it'll cost $27.50 for your first month of both the Blue and Orange packages.

Sling TV channels explained: what's the difference between Sling TV Orange and Blue?

Sling TV channels are split into areas of interest. While Sling TV Blue offers you over 40+ entertainment and news channels, Sling TV Orange has 30+ channels more focussed towards sports fans and families, with plenty of child-friendly content available.

It's also worth noting another key difference between Sling TV Blue and Orange is streaming limitations. With Sling Orange, you can only enjoy one stream at a time, whereas Sling TV Blue allows you to have three simultaneous streams at any one time. This means, if you decide to get both plans, you'll get the option of up to four streams at the same time.

Read on for what you can get from Sling Blue and Orange with our Sling TV channels list.

The complete Sling TV channels list:

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ChannelSling OrangeSling Blue
A&EYesYes
AMCYesYes
AXS TVYesYes
BBC AmericanYesYes
BETYesYes
Bloomberg TelevisionYesYes
BravoNoYes
CNNYesYes
Cartoon NetworkYesYes
CheddarYesYes
Comedy CentralYesYes
CometYesYes
Discovery ChannelNoYes
Disney ChannelYesNo
E!NoYes
EPIX Drive-InNoYes
ESPNYesNo
ESPN2YesNo
ESPN3YesNo
FOXNoYes
FOX Sports 1NoYes
FXNoYes
Food NetworkYesYes
Fox NewsNoYes
FreeformYesNo
FuseYes Yes
HGTVNoYes
History ChannelYesYes
IFCYesYes
Investigation DiscoveryYesYes
LifetimeYesYes
MSNBCNoYes
MotorTrendYesNo
NBCNoYes
NFL NetworkNoYes
Nation GeographicNoYes
Nick Jr YesYes
SYFYNoYes
StadiumYesYes
TBSYesYes
TLCNoYes
TNTYesYes
Travel ChannelYesYes
USANoYes
ViceYesYes
truTVNoYes

What Sling TV channel add-ons are there?

Whichever Sling TV channel bundle you go for, there is still plenty of customization that can be done to your subscription. If you opt for Sling Orange or both, you can add PPV boxing events to your subscription.

In addition to that, you can include a number of extras to watch with your Sling TV package, which are as follows:

  • Total TV - $21
  • Increased cloud DVR Storage (200 hours) –$5
  • Sports Extra - $15
  • Comedy Extra - $6
  • Kids Extra - $6
  • News Extra - $6
  • Lifestyle Extra - $6
  • Hollywood Extra - $6
  • Heartland Extra - $6
  • AMC+ - $7.99
  • 4 Extras Deal - $13

The Total TV Deal bundles up every extra listed above, coming to $52 a month. The Sling TV price, then, is rate that proves far cheaper than most cable provider offerings.

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Also available are a range of a-la-carte channels, so you can personalize your viewing line-up with premium channels including Starz, Showtime, Hallmark Movies Now, and Screamflix, all costing between an additional $3 and $10 more.

  • Showtime - $10
  • We TV - $6
  • Starz - $9
  • Epix - $5
  • Acorn - $6.99
  • ALLBLK - $5.99
  • Bet+ - $10
  • Cinemoi - $3
  • Cinefest - $5
  • Cocina On - $3
  • Comedy Dynamics - $5
  • ConTv - $5
  • The Country Network - $3
  • CuriosityStream - $3
  • Discovery+ - $4.99
  • Docurama - $5
  • Dove Channel - $5
  • DogTV - $5
  • Dox - $3
  • Echoboom Sports - $6
  • Flixlatino - $3
  • Gallery - $5
  • Grokker - $7
  • Hallmark Movies Now - $6
  • Here TV $8
  • Hi-Yah! - $3
  • Hopster $5
  • IFC Films Unlimited - $6
  • Kartoon Channel -$4
  • Lion Mountain TV - $3
  • MagellanTV - $5
  • Magnolia Secrets - $5
  • Monsters & Nightmares - $3
  • Noggin - $8
  • Outside TV Features - $5
  • Pantaya - $6
  • PlayKids - $5
  • Qello Concerts by Stingray - $8
  • Screamflix - $3
  • Shudder - $6
  • Stringray Karaoke - $7
  • Sundance Now $7
  • Sony Liv - $6
  • True Royalty TV - $6
  • Tastemade+ - $3
  • TumeBooks - $5
  • ALLBLK - $5
  • UP Faith & Family - $5
  • Warriors & Gangsters - $3

What Sling TV channels can I watch in my area?

No need to pay an additional fee, with Sling TV you'll be able to get local coverage for your area across ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, Univision and Telemundo. Local news channels will be available with Sling Blue or when you opt for both Sling Blue and Orange, as Blue is the package that offers access to news-based channels.

With Sling Blue, you can watch live local programming from both NBC and Fox across the US. You can find out more about watching Sling TV channels in your area on Sling TV's website (opens in new tab).

Sling TV channels vs Hulu live channels

When it comes to Sling TV's key competitors, Hulu and its Live TV package is likely the most similar in terms of its offering of both on-demand TV shows and movies, as well as the option to tune into live broadcasting. 

While Sling TV offers 50 channels when bundling together both its Blue and Orange plans, Hulu + Live TV (opens in new tab) brings you over 75 channels to watch live. These include channels like The CW, VH1, and MTV, as well as some of the same channels as Sling TV, such as CBS, Fox, and ESPN. 

More does come at a price, though, setting you back $69.99 a month (opens in new tab) for the Hulu + Live TV package. There is no longer the option of a 7-day Hulu free trial, though it's fair to say Hulu makes a big name for itself in terms of its quality entertainment, from Hulu originals like Palm Springs to The Handmaid's Tale.

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Meanwhile Sling TV sets you back $55 a month for its full selection of channels across its Blue and Orange plans, with the option to pay additional fees for content from the likes of Starz and Showtime. It's worth knowing new and returning customers can currently save 50% off their first month (opens in new tab), too.

Really, it comes down to personal preference and what you want to watch, as well as your budget, with both Sling TV and Hulu offering fantastic cord-cutter options for those who still want to watch live TV.

Alice Marshall
eCommerce Editor

Alice is eCommerce Editor at Future with a focus on streaming services, such as Disney Plus and HBO Max, and VPN. She predominantly writes buying and streaming service guides, as well as how to watch articles. Previously a Commercial Content Writer at Trusted Reviews, Alice has five years experience giving online buying advice, and over two years writing about consumer tech.