Sling TV Channel List

Skinny bundle service Sling TV is moving “beyond the bundle” (their phrase) by offering select streaming services and channels as standalone subscriptions and by making some on-demand content available outside of the service's paywall.

Users of Sling TV's app won't have to have a paid subscription in order to access free on-demand content from TBS, HGTV, and History, among other channels. Users will also be able to purchase live pay-per-view events and on-demand movie rentals without having to have a pay TV subscription through Sling TV.

The nature of the pay TV subscriptions are changing themselves, too, thanks to the new a la carte offerings. Sling TV has long offered individual premium channels and small “Extras” bundles as add-ons to the service's base packages, but now some of those channels will be available as standalone subscriptions – no base package required. The initial lineup, per Sling TV's announcement:

  • Showtime: $10
  • CuriosityStream: $6
  • Stingray Karaoke: $7
  • Dove Channel: $5
  • Outside TV Features: $5
  • Up Faith & Family: $5
  • Pantaya: $6
  • NBA League Pass: $28.99

Sling TV is positioning its move as an innovation in the skinny bundle space, but the content and pricing scheme – as well as the nature of the selection, emphasizes premium channels and subscription services rather than network channels – are reminiscent of some existing and planned services. By acting as a hub through which users can subscribe to individual channels, Sling TV will find itself competing with Amazon channels and Roku's planned channel market, among others.

One thought on “Sling TV Announces New a la Carte Pricing and Free Content

  1. Dale Lehman says:

    There is a lot to like about Sling, but I’ve never liked it being promoted as “a la carte” when it sells bundles. Now that the Orange bundle’s price is rising – due to the addition of more channels – it is moving even further away from a la carte. Why not truth in advertising? Must you call it a la carte when it is a bundle?

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