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Sling Blue: what is it, how much does it cost, and what’s available to watch?

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For those looking to sign up to Sling TV, one of the most popular OTT live streaming platforms, with approximately 2.2 million subscribers, Sling Blue is the perfect choice for those who want ample entertainment and news channels, and who aren't live sports fans.

Sling TV is a great value alternative to cable, providing plans that are half the price of competitors like Hulu with Live TV, and hosting an extensive number of customization options that allow them to create a TV line-up that truly meets their viewing needs. Our guide below breaks down how Sling Blue compares the service's Orange plan, the type of content you can expect to enjoy, and optional extras available to purchase with Sling TV.

Sling Blue explained: what is the package and how does it differ from the Orange plan?

There are two plans available on Sling TV. Sling Blue has a greater number of channels focusing more on news and entertainment programming. Meanwhile Sling Orange has just over 30, which lean towards families and sports aficionados.

Sling TV Blue is definitely one for the grown-ups, providing reality TV, documentary, and true crime programming, plus live news coverage and channels offering more adult TV shows and movies.

Sports fans shouldn’t fear being short-changed with a Sling Blue plan though. Its more comprehensive line-up includes FS1, the NFL network, and NBCSN - guaranteeing viewers plenty of live action across the sporting spectrum.

Not only does Sling Blue have more channels and more entertainment, it has more streams too. Unlike Orange’s paltry one stream per account limit, Sling Blue lets you stream to three devices simultaneously.

Finally, if you want local programming from Fox and NBC, pick the Sling TV Blue plan. You’ll need to check if you’re in a Designated Market Area first, however, and you can do that here (opens in new tab).

How much does Sling Blue cost?

A subscription to Sling Blue will cost you $35 a month - though new subscribers can save 50% on their first month (opens in new tab). It’s incredibly affordable next to the more premium Hulu + Live TV and FuboTV cost, both of whose IPTV offerings begin at a hefty $69.99 a month. But Blue equally outperforms Sling Orange in value, delivering a dozen more networks in addition to all the extra content that comes with their respective on-demand libraries.

If you’re looking to improve your core Sling TV Blue plan, for $21 more you can purchase the Total TV deal and bump up the number of channels at your disposal to about 114 - on a par with Fubo’s Starter plan but for roughly $30 less. Heck, you’ll even get 200 hours DVR storage thrown in.

Check out our Sling TV price and packages guide for more information on everything a Sling TV plan has to offer. And, although there isn’t an active Sling TV free trial right now, new subscribers can currently snatch up their first month for only $25 – saving $10.

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What Sling Blue Channels can I watch?

  • A&E
  • AMC
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • BET
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Bravo
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cheddar News
  • CNN
  • Comedy Central
  • Comey
  • Discovery
  • E!
  • EPIX Drive-In
  • Food Network
  • Fox (Select Markets)
  • Fox News Channel
  • FS1
  • Fuse
  • FX
  • HGTV
  • History
  • HLN
  • IFC
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Lifetime
  • Local Now
  • MSNCB
  • National Geographic
  • NBC (Select Markets)
  • NBCSN
  • Newsy
  • NFL Network
  • Nick Jr.
  • Stadium
  • Syfy
  • TBS
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • Travel
  • Tru TV
  • USA
  • Vice

What else can I watch on Sling TV?

No matter whether you pick Sling Blue or Sling Orange, your core plan can be tweaked with themed channel bundles, a la carte options, and international programming like Sling Latino. That way you can bulk up your base plan without having to spend a fortune.

There are eight generic Extras available:

  • Total TV Deal - $21
  • 4 Extras Deal - $13
  • Sports Extra - $11
  • Comedy Extra - $6
  • Kids Extra - $6
  • News Extra - $6
  • Lifestyle Extra - $6
  • Hollywood Extra - $6
  • Heartland Extra - $6
  • AMC+ - $7

Premium add-ons, meanwhile, are perfect if you’re a fan of a specific network or are looking for some more niche programming. You can purchase from over 30 channels, with each costing between $3 and $10 a month. These include Acorn, Showtime, Shudder, and more.

You can find a comprehensive list of everything Sling TV can provide with our Sling TV channels guide.

More on this:

You can find more information about how to sign up to Sling here (opens in new tab). We also have dedicated guides on how to get Sling TV on Fire Stick and Sling TV on Roku. If you’re still unsure whether it’s the ideal choice for you, we’ve also compared the best TV streaming services currently available in more detail.

Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer, producing articles across the cultural spectrum for magazines like Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had work published internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 5!) and he never tires of listening to Absolute 80s on the radio.