Sling TV improves live TV and cloud storage offerings

Sling TV has expanded live news offerings with the addition of FOX News, MSNBC and CNN’s HLN to Sling Blue base service and launched a new “Cloud DVR Free” for Sling TV subscribers. The company has also introduced updates to pricing and channel lineups across both services.

“Sling customers have been clear: they want more live news and sports, and they want a cloud DVR included at purchase – and we listened,” said Warren Schlichting, executive vice president and group president, Sling TV. “Over the past five years, we have proven our dedication to making Sling an exceptional value with unmatched flexibility. These announcements today are further proof points that Sling is the premier live streaming service.”

Sling has introduced FOX Business Network (FOX Business) into the Sling Blue News Extra, and is updating sports offerings with Big Ten Network (BTN) to launch on Sling TV ahead of the 2020-21 college football season. It will also launch FXM and FXX to Sling Blue Hollywood Extra. The updates follow several recent additions to Sling TV’s Orange service, including Longhorn Network and ACC Network to the service’s Sports Extra, and the ability to record Disney and ESPN channels with Sling TV’s Cloud DVR.

There are several Cloud DVR free features including the ability to watch anywhere and anytime, fast-forwarding through ads, saving recordings, recording of favorite channels (including Disney and ESPN stations), and auto managing storage. The existing Cloud DVR is now called Cloud DVR Plus and allows 50 hours of storage for $5 per month on top of any subscription, and a protection against auto-deletion when storage is full.

There are a number of options for Sling subscriptions on Cloud DVR, and general pricing and updates on Sling Orange and Sling Blue.

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4 Comments

  1. Rodney

    Thanks for posting this. I wasn't aware that Sling had added these new channels. Put on my short list of OTT streamers to replace Playstation Vue for me.

    If anyone would like to give out their experiences with Sling, please do. If there is anything I should know or test out during the trial, I would love to hear about it.

    Having used Sling and YouTube TV, I highly recommend YouTube.

  2. Cranston37

    Having used Sling and YouTube TV, I highly recommend YouTube.

    What is stopping me from YTTV is that they don't have NFL Network or Redzone. Now, I won't need that again until the July/August timeframe, but It's also a bit more expensive.

    Since you used both, can you expand on what you liked over Sling?

  3. Rodney

    What is stopping me from YTTV is that they don't have NFL Network or Redzone. Now, I won't need that again until the July/August timeframe, but It's also a bit more expensive.

    Since you used both, can you expand on what you liked over Sling?

    I used Sling for about a year just before YT came out. The biggest issue I had was channels constantly buffering. It was maddening. I did a trial of YT on the same device and all channels would play perfectly.

    I also remember not liking how they did the pricing. You had to select Orange or Blue, then piece together the different extra packages. In order to get local networks, my regional Fox Sports network, TCM, etc I had a total package that was more than YT was.

    I also like that YT allows you to customize the order channels appear. I have removed channels I never watch, ordered them by news, sports, movies, etc. It’s a small thing but man do I like it.

    If I were you honestly I would just do the 7 days trial for all of the services and kick the tires in order to decide…

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