With expensive cable and satellite prices, everyone is looking for an alternative to watch soccer so this is a review of Sling. Sling is an online streaming service which has the potential to fully replace your current cable or satellite subscription. Sling is not purely a sports or soccer streaming service but it does offer many sports channels which is why we think it has the potential to provide the same channels you currently have with your current cable/satellite service at a lower price.
The channels offered include popular channel offerings that any cable or satellite subscriber is accustomed to having which means Sling appeals to a broad range of age groups and tastes. Not only does Sling offer channels like HGTV, Disney, Travel Channel, and CNN but they also offer a few sports packages which should offers most if not all sports. 100+ channels make Sling the best all-around option for those looking to reduce tv service costs while not giving up much.
How can I watch Sling?
Sling TV does require internet connection or a mobile network to stream its content. It does offers flexibility in allowing its customers to watch on their phone, tablet, computer or tv. Having so many options allows a sling customer to watch on TV and also on a pc, phone or tablet.
Streaming through a phone, tablet or pc does not have any additional requirements as the service is provided through an free app or web browser. Streaming through your TV does require some type of hardware like Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku or Chromecast. These streaming devices all have have integrated with Sling. If you’re interested in learning more about streaming hardware, check out our breakdown on what sports you can watch across all streaming devices.
I personally use my pc, phone, tv with Chromecast and a tv with Fire TV stick. My personal preference is a phone when I’m outside the house and the Fire TV stick when I’m at home since it comes with a remote.
Sling offers two main english packages and three spanish language packages. The packages range in price from $10 to $40 per month. There are also add-ons that could be added to your service ranging from $5 to $15.
Orange Package + Sports Extra: $25 per month
Leagues Included: La Liga, Ligamx, Serie A, MLS, Ligue 1, Concacaf Champions League, Copa Del Rey, and EFL Cup
From a soccer viewers perspective this package is very light (Mostly La Liga, Ligamx and MLS) but it does offer ESPN & other popular channels (HGTV, Disney, TBS, CNN, etc) which could make this package enticing for someone wanting a low priced options with a mix of channels.
Blue Package + Sports Extra: $30 per month
Leagues Included: UEFA Champions League (via Fox Sports), Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligamx, Serie A, MLS, Ligue 1, Concacaf Champions League, Copa Del Rey, EFL Cup,
This is the package is primarily for Premier League & Bundesliga fans. In addition it includes La Liga, Ligamx, MLS, UEFA Champions League and popular channels (HGTV, Disney, TBS, CNN, etc). The big difference between the Orange & Blue packages is the Blue includes Fox Sports while the Orange includes ESPN.
Best of Spanish TV: $10 per month
Leagues Included: La Liga, Ligamx, Serie A, MLS, Ligue 1, Premier League (via NBC Universo), Concacaf Champions League, Copa Del Rey, and EFL Cup
This package is the most cost effective package out there in the market today. For $10 you’ll be able to watch La Liga, Ligamx, MLS and even some Premier League. A potential downside is this a spanish package so the channels are mostly spanish language channels.
Spanish + Sling Orange: $25 per month
Leagues Included: UEFA Champions League (via ESPN) , La Liga, Ligamx, Serie A, MLS, Ligue 1, Concacaf Champions League, Copa Del Rey, and EFL Cup
Just like the Orange package listed above, from a soccer viewers perspective this package is very light (Mostly La Liga, Ligamx, MLS and some UEFA Champions League through ESPN Deportes) but it does offer ESPN & other popular channels (HGTV, Disney, TBS, CNN, etc) which could make this package enticing for someone wanting a low priced options with a mix of channels in both english and spanish.
Spanish + Sling Blue: $30 per month
If this package had ESPN, it would have pretty much every channel a soccer & sports fan would need but it does not include ESPN. Nonetheless, you’ll be able to watch all the major soccer leagues in the world (La Liga, Premier League, Bundesliga, Ligamx, MLS and the UEFA CHampions League) for $30 per month. In total you’ll have access to 70+ channels so this package would be a winner with most households.
Which package should I sign up for?
First you’ll have to decide which “base package” you want (Orange, Blue or Spanish). Deciding which package depends on the sports & channels your household would most often watch. Answering the following questions will give you a better idea of which package is good for you in order to watch the sports and/or teams you support.
Which soccer leagues do you usually watch? What about competitions like the Champions League or World Cup Qualifying?
In addition to soccer, which other sports do you watch?
Do you mostly watch ESPN or Fox Sports? Or is it both?
In my case, I mostly watch UEFA Champions League, Ligamx, La Liga and Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers. This being the case, I signed up for the Blue package + Best of Spanish Extra for a grand total of $30/month. In addition to being watch my favorite soccer leagues I’m able to watch NCAA Football, and NCAA Basketball via the ESPN channels.
Sling TV has the most cost effective complete streaming option, Best of Spanish TV for $10 per month, for households that want channels ranging from sports to news to cartoon channels but it’s mostly for Spanish speakers. With Sling you’ll be able to customize the channel offerings to fit your viewing needs while also being able to make sure your choice fits within your budget.
How do I sign up?
Sling is currently offering a few deals:
- 7 day free day trial
- Free Roku Express if you pre-pay for 1 month
- 50% discount on a Roku Premiere +/ Apple TV if you pre-pay for three months
- *No contracts are needed so you can cancel at any time*