Sling TV is a godsend for cord-cutters that don’t want to commit to an all-on-demand diet of TV shows and movies. In particular, live TV such as sports and other real-time events are still best suited for traditional cable and satellite. And while almost all TV shows end up on streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu, TrialOwl.com and Amazon Prime eventually, most of them still air on plain old-fashioned TV first.
Unfortunately, Sling TV is only available in the United States. Even if you buy a subscription in the US with an American billing address, users who travel abroad are blocked from watching any of the content. They can’t even access the Sling TV home page. Instead, users outside the US are greeted with an “Access denied” error page like this one: “The owner of this website (www.sling.com) has banned the country or region your IP address is in (DE) from accessing this website.”
The Pros and Cons of Sling TV
- Inexpensive: The $20 Orange package is one of the cheaper ways to get ESPN.
- Cloud DVR: For $5 a month you get 50 hours of recording time and can pause live TV.
- A La Carte Programming: The add-on packages allow you to only pay for the channels you’ll watch.
- No Contract: You cancel Sling at any time with no penalty.
- Free Trial: The 7-day free trial is a great way to try Sling. Also, give them a call and ask for a trial extension and they’ll often give you to Activate Sling Tv trial for 7 days.
- Reliant on the Internet: If you have a bad or mediocre Internet connection you might be entering buffering hell with Sling. Also known as the spinning wheel of death.
- Eats up Your Broadband: You’re accessing all the programming with your Internet connection. Make sure you have an unlimited plan so you don’t get hit with surprise overages.
- Limited Local Programming: You’ll need the Mohu Leaf over-the-air antenna to pick up your locals in HD.
SLING TV TIERS
Sling TV offers tiered TV, where you pick the tiers that contain the channels you want. A few packages are available with Sling:
- Sling Orange ($25 per month). Has 30 channels, including ESPN, Disney, and Comedy Central. This tier only supports one single stream.
- Sling Blue ($25 per month). Has 45 channels, including Fox Sports, NBC, and National Geographic. This tier supports 3 streams at once.
- Sling Orange + Blue ($10 discount). You also have the option of buying both services. You’ll receive a $5 discount. With this option, Broadcast Extra is also included, where available.
Bypassing blackouts on Sling TV
In some cases, particularly with live events like sports, some content will be blacklisted in local markets on Sling TV. That means even if you live in the US, you may not be able to see your hometown teams play in local market games because the rights have been bought by a regional broadcaster. This is not a problem if you have a VPN or Smart DNS proxy. Just connect to a different location in the United States and the blackout should no longer be an issue.
How to Cancel a Sling TV Subscription
- Go to https://www.sling.com/signin/account in a web browser. You can use any web browser on your computer to cancel your Sling subscription.
- Enter your login information and click SIGN IN. Use the same username and password you used to create your account.
- Click Cancel Subscription. It’s under the ″Your Subscription″ header near the center of the page. A confirmation message will appear.
- Click CANCEL SUBSCRIPTION. It’s the gray button at the bottom-right corner of the message.
- Select the reason you’re canceling. This fills in the radio button next to the selected option.
- Select how likely you are to return. Once you make your selection, another confirmation screen will appear.
- Click CONFIRM MY CANCELLATION. Now that you’ve canceled your subscription, your Sling TV service will end on the final date of the current billing cycle. You can continue to watch Sling TV on that date.