Sling TV is one of the more versatile of the live streaming television options. You get many of the best channels, DVR cloud storage and multiple streams over a variety of devices. When compared to cable, it offers a level of convenience that can't be matched. This is especially true when it comes to the price and the lengthy, mandatory contracts required by most cable companies. Sling TV does not have any hidden fees or service agreements and you can watch your programming from almost any location as long as there is a dedicated internet connection. Similarities The similarities between Sling TV and cable start with the fact that they offer the same channels and most of the same sports and premium movie packages. They also offer different tiers or packages of programs. Their premium packages are also similar and include most of the popular premium movie channels, sports channels, as well as NBA and NFL packages. Both services offer high-definition programming that allows for the sharpest quality images. Differences The differences start with the range in pricing and continue with cable's mandatory contract requirement. Cable also requires professional installation and will charge you a penalty if you choose to discontinue your service. Sling TV can be viewed on almost any type of electronic device that is capable of establishing an internet connection. It's completely portable and can be viewed from any location. Sling TV does not require any equipment so there is no need for monthly leasing fees like those charged by the cable company. Monthly Costs & Contracts Sling TV offers three packages. Sling Orange costs $15 a month (normally $25), Sling Blue costs $15 a month (normally $25), and Sling Complete that includes both the Orange and Blue offerings. Sling Complete costs $25 a month (normally $40 a month). DVR cloud storage costs $5 per month. Premium packages can be added for an extra cost every month. There are no contracts. Service can be turned on and off as desired for monthly savings. Cable pricing varies from service to service and can range from $45 to $105 a month. Premium packages can also be added that includes movies, sports, and news channels. Two and three year contracts are required and professional installation is mandatory. Most services also require an activation or installation fee that is sometimes waived if you choose to bundle your cable, phone, and internet services. Equipment Required Sling TV does not require a cable box or modem of any kind. Most cable services require a cable box and remote. If your package is bundled to include internet and phone you will also receive a modem. DVR & Storage Sling offers DVR and cloud storage for $5 per month. You get 50 worth of storage with your plan. Cable companies also offer DVR and cloud storage options to go with their packages. The service you have and the package you have subscribed to will determine how much cloud storage space you have. Original Series There are no original series offered by either Sling TV or any of the cable services. Live TV Sling TV offers a wide range of live channels including IFC, AMC, TNT, CNN, TBS, and Comedy Central just to name a few of the most popular. They also include local offerings such as NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX. In addition to the traditional channels, they also offer live sports and news channels that allow you to stay up to speed on your favorite teams and local/world events. Cable services offer hundreds of live channels including the regular local networks like NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX. They also include cable favorites like AMC, TNT, the Food Network, Comedy Central, ID Discovery, the Discovery Channel, and Animal Planet. They also offer news and sports live programming packages as add-on packages. Summary: Sling TV vs Cable Sling TV is a great way to save money, especially if you want to be able to watch your favorite programs while you are on the go. They offer affordable options and you can start and stop your service at any time. Cable service is a good choice for anyone who doesn't need portability. It's a good choice if you want high-resolution quality and don't mind paying extra fees each month.