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Sling TV Game Changer In Cutting The Cable Cord

Sling TV launched Monday and we were delighted to find Sling already programmed into our Roku streamer. This is the service we have been waiting for to disconnect the cable and free ourselves from the ever increasing monthly cable bill.

The $10.00 monthly increase in my cable bill last December was the proverbial final straw in my often considered, but as yet unexecuted wish to disconnect the cable. The $10.00 increase was attributed to an increased broadcast fee and sports fee. This was the second time in a year the cable company increased fees and coupled with the decrease in customer service and signal reliability solidified the desire to permanently disconnect the cable.

One of the roadblocks to disconnecting the cable was lack of access to news and sports. The selections on our Roku for real time sports and news was not adequate for viewing preferences. However the launch of Sling TV is exactly the missing piece of the puzzle we needed to kill off the cable.

What Is Sling TV?

Sling TV is subscription service with 14 channels to watch live or on demand. The fourteen channels offered are:

  • ESPN and ESPN2
  • TNT, TBS, Food Network
  • HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim
  • Cartoon Network, ABC Family, Disney Channel, CNN, El Rey and Galavision

What Devices Are Compatible With Sling TV?

Sling is currently available on iOS and Android, Roku and Roku television, PC and MAC computers.

The following devices will be added in the near future: Goggle Nexus, Amazon Fire, LG smart televisions and Xbox.

Is There A Contract?

No, Sling is offered on a month to month basis with no contract and the ability to cancel the service at anytime. Sling promises no hidden fees or setup fees.

Sling is offering a free seven day trial and I am excited to try the service. The variety of stations offered by Sling nicely fits the needs of our household and Sling and other niche services such as HBO soon to launch stand alone service will be game changers for many in their plan to cut the cable cord.

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inertia4 wrote on February 10, 2015, 8:07 PM

j2jworkz This sounds pretty interesting to me. Although I have Apple TV with most of those channels on it. Granted, they are not live. But this sounds like a nice alternative to cable.

j2jworkz wrote on February 10, 2015, 8:18 PM

inertia4 the lack of live news was a stumbling block which this solves. Looking forward to the soon to launch HBO service as well. Sling plus HBO will cost us 60% less than our current basic cable.

inertia4 wrote on February 10, 2015, 8:39 PM

j2jworkz Thats fine now. But I see that all these services will eventually increase their fees. I wish Apple started their own TV service. First off, they have a movie library unparalleled by anyone. But you either have to buy or rent each movie or TV show. If they had a subscription I would gladly pay 50 dollars a month for them. But, who knows where this technology is really going. The cable and satellite companies are just greedy. They will find and fight every new thing that comes out. It's horrible. I remember when TV was free as a child.

j2jworkz wrote on February 10, 2015, 9:18 PM

inertia4 I agree, it is a temporary stop gap and the fees will increase. Our cable cos keep increasing the "broadcast" fee which is for the free over air channels. Betw Amaz Prime, Sling and the new HBO, the price will still be much less than low level basic cable. But who knows what the future will bring, more fees probably !

Soonerdad3 wrote on February 10, 2015, 11:42 PM

We are looking into one of the satellite dish providers to get rid of our cable TV.

zabelle51 wrote on February 11, 2015, 9:44 AM

I find this a totally fascinating concept and I am going to have to look into it further. :)

j2jworkz wrote on February 11, 2015, 10:46 AM

We looked into satellite but with our location and the directional needs of the dish and weather issues, our neighbors haven't had positive results.

j2jworkz wrote on February 11, 2015, 10:48 AM

It looks like a good alternative - for now anyway- for us as our two cable companies continue to play the increase the rate game. In my area, it is a monopoly.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 11, 2015, 11:41 AM

I've got to finally give it up and get rid of my satellite. The fees are constantly going up.

j2jworkz wrote on February 11, 2015, 12:11 PM

I know, the cable companies have pushed into this decision. The last round of increases was ridiculous. I've been experimenting with what is available for free plus the stand alones and it will all suffice for the price decrease. But there will be a few channels I watch alot I will either do without or they have the shows available on the website, not quite the same, but doable.

Soonerdad3 wrote on February 11, 2015, 3:20 PM

We have been researching on how weather conditions affect the dish performance.

rosepetal wrote on February 11, 2015, 11:51 PM

We have satellite because in our rural area that is all that we can get. Thankfully, we get a good reception. But it is not cheap, that is for sure.

inertia4 wrote on February 12, 2015, 8:35 PM

j2jworkz I hear that about the cable companies. We have Directv here. Although they have increased the monthly amount, it is still cheaper than the cable company we have in our area. And we get hundreds of more channels on Directv as well.

j2jworkz wrote on February 12, 2015, 8:43 PM

I hear reception is the key to the satellite. On paper our area should be good for a satellite, but many who switched to satellite switched back to cable due to reception issues.