Sling Orange is one of the main live plans offered by Sling TV. Whether it is the right plan for a home will depend on a number of factors including the channel lineup and the simultaneous streams limit. For those that find Sling Orange is not quite the right plan for them, Sling Blue is likely to be a better solution. Here’s a closer look at what is and isn’t included with the Sling Orange plan.
Technically, Sling Orange is the original Sling plan. Launched back in 2015, the original Sling plan cost just $20 per month and provided access to a select number of live TV channels. In 2016, Sling introduced the Sling Blue package, providing consumers with an option of choosing a base package that best suited their individual live TV needs.
In general, the Sling Orange and Sling Blue plans are more similar than different, so consumers can mostly expect the same experience regardless of which plan they ultimately go with. For those that find it difficult to choose between Sling Orange and Sling Blue, Sling TV does also offer the option of combining both plans together through the bundled Sling Orange & Blue package.
Sling Orange cost per month
The current price of Sling Orange is $40 per month. Although the price has doubled since the early days of Sling TV, the channel lineup has expanded as well. In terms of the price, Sling Orange is not any more expensive than Sling Blue. Just like Orange, the Sling Blue plan is also priced at $40 per month. For those that consider bundling the two plans together, the cost of the combined Sling Orange & Blue plan comes in at $55 per month, a $25 saving compared to paying separately for both plans.
For $40, Sling Orange subscribers not only get access to more than 30 live TV channels, but also 50 hours of cloud DVR to record shows and movies. This is also in addition to TV Everywhere support for many popular third-party network apps and websites, and an on-demand library of movies and shows that are available to watch at any time.
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One of the major downsides with the Sling Orange plan is the single simultaneous stream. Unlike Sling Blue, this means Sling Orange subscribers can only stream on one device at a time. For busier homes where multiple people are likely to be watching live TV at the same time on different devices, Sling Orange is unlikely to be the right choice.
Sling Orange channels
In terms of the number of channels, Sling Orange doesn’t offer quite as much value as Sling Blue. While Sling Orange unlocks more than 30 channels, a Sling Blue subscription provides access to more than 40 channels. Of course, what matters most with a live TV plan is the selection of channels and not the quantity.
Sling Orange channel list:
- AXS TV
- BBC America
- Bloomberg Television
- Cartoon Network
- Comedy Central
- Disney Channel
- EPIX Drive-In
- Food Network
- History Channel
- Investigation Discovery
- Local Now
- Nick Jr.
- Travel Channel
Arguably, the most important points to note about the channel lineup above is ESPN and Disney. Sling Orange is the only Sling TV plan that provides access to the ESPN channels and the Disney Channel. However, it is missing channels like NBC, which is exclusively to the Sling Blue plan. If access to local channels, primarily Fox and NBC, is a deal-breaker, then Sling Orange is unlikely to be the right Sling package.
Also, while the Sling Orange plan does include all three ESPN channels, it still might not be the best option for all sports fans. For example, Sling Blue unlocks access to Fox Sports, NFL Network, and USA, all of which are missing from the Sling Orange lineup.
Sling Blue add-ons and premium channels
As is typically the case with many live TV streaming services, Sling does provide an ability to improve the channel lineup through the bundling of add-ons. In fact, Sling TV is one of the most versatile in this respect, with a wide selection of Extra channel packs available to add to Sling Orange.
In total, there are seven Extra add-ons to choose from and each one focuses on a different genre or topic. For example, subscribers can add a dedicated news and/or comedy add-on to their plan. With the exception of the Sports Extra add-on, all of these Extra channel packs cost an additional $6 per month. For reference, Sports Extra costs $11 per month on top of the price of the base plan.
Extra add-ons available with Sling Orange:
|American Heroes Channel
|BBC World News
|ACC Network Extra
|Great American Family
|Great American Living
|Law & Crime
|Heroes & Icons
|Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
|VH1 Channel Logo
|Turner Classic Movies
|WE TV Channel Logo
|MLB Network Strikezone
|World Fishing Network
For those that find the 50-hour DVR to be too limiting there is also a dedicated DVR Plus add-on available. This one increases the number of hours from 50 to 200 and costs an additional $5 per month.
In addition to each of the add-ons listed above, Sling also offers two bundle packs which combine multiple Extra add-ons together at a greatly reduced price. The 4 Extras Deal add-on is priced at $13 per month and combines Kids Extra, News Extra, Lifestyle Extra, and Comedy Extra, resulting in a saving of $11 per month. In contrast, the Total TV Deal add-on is priced at $21 per month and unlocks access to all seven Extra add-ons and the DVR Plus add-on, resulting in a saving of around $29 per month.
Sling Orange summary
Sling Orange is priced at $40 per month and unlocks access to more than 30 live TV channels including all three ESPN channels, an on-demand library of movies and shows, 50 hours of recording space, and the ability to log in to various network apps with TV Everywhere. Considering the price of other live TV streaming services, Sling Orange offers good value overall and is likely to be the right choice for many homes.
However, Sling Orange does come with some very clear limitations. With only 30 channels on offer, the number and selection won’t suit everyone and every home. Even compared to the Sling Blue plan, Sling Orange offers fewer channels and this is in spite of costing exactly the same. Another important limitation, compared to Sling Blue, is the ability to stream on just one device at the same time.
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