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.
Less than two weeks ago, your intrepid reporter here told you about the launch of Sling TV, a streaming television service offered by Dish TV. At that time, a Sling subscription was available by invitation only.
Well, today's your lucky day, TV explorers! According to Entrepreneur, Sling TV is now available to anyone in the U.S. without an invitation. What's more, you can try Sling TV for free for 7 days, after which a subscription costs $20 per month.
The "core package" includes ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. Additional packages of channels can be purchased for a cost of $5/month each, including packages for kids. In addition to being able to watch the core channels live, you can also watch some live programs up to three days later via video-on-demand.
Sling TV is accessible via a plethora of devices:
- Most tablets & phones
- Most desktop computers
- Roku boxes and Streaming Stick
- Roku TV models
Sling TV will eventually be rolling out access to its service from other streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV Stick and Xbox One.
As with everything in life, grasshopper, Sling TV has a few limitations. You can only stream content on one device at a time. Also, even though you're paying $20 a month, you'll still be subjected to commercials -- the same ads, in fact, you'd see on regular old-fashioned TV. Lastly, Sling lacks access to the traditional broadcast networks that Hulu features: ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox.
But never mind the torpedoes, go forth, young padawans, and Sling your TVs!