Written by Natalie Mootz | Last Updated February 24th, 2020Natalie has been writing for the web since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Or at least since dinosaurs achieved blogging technology. She's also written for About.com and Joystiq.
If you feel like trying Sling TV for three months, you can get yourself a free Amazon Fire TV stick or a Roku stick. In this case, choosing between the carrot or the stick is pretty simple -- since the "carrot" is actually a stick.
Sling TV launched at the end of January and has lost no time in generating buzz. Last week we told you that Sling TV is now available to the general public without the need for an invitation. This week Sling has added a reward for trying out the service. You'll need to prepay 3 months of Sling (at $20/month that will set you back $60) at which point you can snag your choice of a streaming device offer:
- A free Amazon Fire TV stick ($39 value)
- A free Roku stick ($49.99 value)
- $50 off an Amazon Fire TV kit (on sale right now for $84, bringing the cost of the kit after the promotion to $34)
- 50% off a Roku 3 kit ($50 value)
Sling TV positions itself as a means to "cut the cable cord" and live by streaming TV alone. From a pricing standpoint, this claim is reasonable. For example, I pay over $100/month for cable and Sling only costs $20/month. Sling also has a decent lineup of basic cable channels like ESPN, TNT, Adult Swim, and the Disney Channel. You can also cancel the service at any time with no penalty.
Sling's demerits come from a lack of channel choice or variety, the inability to pause live TV, and no ability to record shows for later viewing. For me, the lack of DVR functionality is a deal-breaker and keeps me tied to cable -- at least for now.