Orange is the new Blue, at least when it comes to the prices of Sling’s live streaming plans. With both at $25 a month, choosing the better option has become more challenging, as the only difference between the two plans lies in the channels they offer.
So, which plan will you opt for, and which will you ditch? This comparison explores what Sling Orange and Sling Blue include in order to help you make the best decision.
Orange and Blue — Side-by-Side Comparison
First of all, what are Sling Orange and Sling Blue? Sling TV, which has been around since 2015, is an online live streaming service. Its two packages, Orange and Blue, allow you access to a wide range of broadcast and cable channels. Ditching the neverending stream of cords and cables forever has never been easier, and more importantly, cost-effective.
Until recently, Sling Orange cost $5 less than the Blue package. However, owing to the newly changed pricing, some users are having second thoughts as to which plan is better for them.
To start with, let’s look into some basic facts about the two packages, which could, eventually, help you decide on your favorite. Indeed, if you are still indecisive, there is a third option as well — for $40 a month, you can get a combination of both plans, Orange + Blue.
More Simultaneous Streams with Sling Blue
Overall, Sling Blue offers 42 channels, with the possibility of three simultaneous streams. On the other hand, Sling Orange has a total of 30 channels to choose from. However, the Orange plan allows for only one simultaneous stream.
What this means is that with Sling Blue, different channels can be watched on up to three separate devices. Besides, you can record three different programs at the same time, ensuring that you never again miss your favorite TV show. Regardless of whether you get to enjoy a night out with friends, or you’re stuck at work, you will be able to catch up on all TV musts.
Even better, with the Blue plan, it is also possible to watch and record from different devices at the same time. So, if two of your beloved TV shows are being aired at, say, 8 PM, you can watch one and record the other.
With all this in mind, Sling Blue may just be a better option if you are considering sharing the account with someone else. A rugby match on NFL for dad, Disney’s classics for the kids, and new Food Network recipes for mom – and the peace at home is restored.
Finally, streaming with Sling TV is available from a range of devices, some of which are:
- Amazon tablet
- Android device
- iOS device
- Xbox One
- Android TV
- Apple TV
- Samsung Smart TV
- LG TV
- Xbox One
- Windows 10
A high-speed Internet connection of between 5 Mbps to 25 Mbps is required. Of course, the download speed differs depending on whether you’re using a single or multiple streams.
Exclusive Channels with Both Orange and Blue
Regarding exclusive channels, both Sling Orange and Sling Blue have their fair share of them. In spite of this, neither of the two plans has a ‘complete’ offer of channels.
Usually, the higher the price of the package, the more channels it offers. Hence, a pricier plan would include all those channels from the ‘basic’ package, plus additional channels as well. In the same way, one would expect either Sling Orange or Sling Blue to have that ‘premium’ touch. However, that’s not the case.
ESPN and Disney Only with Sling Orange
When it comes to differences in the channels offered, Sling Orange may come off as more family-oriented. For example, among its 30 channels is the sports classic ESPN, not to mention ESPN2 and ESPN3 for all you avid sports fans.
Moreover, kids’ favorite Disney Channel is exclusive to Sling Orange. So, if you are a parent or have many nieces and nephews, this package might be the right one for you.
What’s more, if your secret guilty pleasure is binge-watching young adult TV shows, Freeform is only on Orange as well. Therefore, you can finally catch up on all the new episodes of Pretty Little Liars’ sequel.
National Broadcast Channels Are in the Blue Corner
Sling Blue, as previously mentioned, offers a larger number of channels — 42, to be precise. Unfortunately, it does not include all the “basic” channels, which are part of Sling Orange.
FOX and NBC, which are national broadcast channels, are found only in the Sling Blue package. So, for all those who like good old classics such as NCIS, Bones, and Family Guy, Sling Blue is the right choice. In contrast, those with juicier TV preferences will enjoy The Real Housewives and Keeping Up With The Kardashians, or laughing the night away with Jimmy Fallon on NBC.
Moreover, among Blue’s exclusives is FX for those eagerly awaiting the fourth season of Fargo. Nature lovers will find National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and Discovery Channel only on Sling Blue. On the other hand, for sports addicts, the Blue plan offers NFL, FS1, and FS2.
Who Is the Winner?
In the end, it all comes down to personal preference. Sling Blue leaves out some of the popular channels, but it offers a wider selection of sports channels. In contrast, Sling Orange lacks some local favorites but makes up for it with some of the most-watched channels in the US.
With Sling Blue, the entire household can enjoy their favorite TV programs, but you will probably need a digital antenna for those national broadcast channels. On the other hand, Sling Orange is limited to only one streaming device, which can prove to be a challenging circumstance if you want to avoid conflicts with your loved ones over who is in control of the remote.
On the whole, both Sling Orange and Sling Blue have their pros and cons. Taking into consideration that their price is now the same, the offered channels and the number of streaming devices are what will ultimately help you make a decision.
Orange + Blue = The Best of Both Worlds?
In spite of all the given information, you may still have doubts as to which plan to choose. If that’s the case, no need to worry — Sling TV has an option for you too.
Sling Orange + Blue comes at a reasonable price of $40 a month. It offers 48 channels and the possibility to simultaneously stream programs on up to four devices. However, it is important to note down that the number of streams is the same per package. In other words, you can simultaneously stream one channel from the Sling Orange plan and three from the Sling Blue. Even so, it would still be quite easy to watch all the TV shows that interest you.
The fact that all the exclusive channels are included, and at $10 less than the total sum of both plans together, sounds like a very good offer.
Extra Channel Packages
Sling TV perhaps offers fewer channels than some of its competitors, but there are a few add-ons that can save the day. Ranging from $5 to $9 a month, you can broaden your channel list with extra packages suitable for everyone.
What Do They Offer?
These additional packages are divided into separate genres — sports, lifestyle, comedy, kids, news, etc., which is great, as you can finally choose only channels you actually want to watch. It saves you from a clutter of different channels you do not really want.
Sports Extra includes channels such as NBA TV and NHL.TV, plus 11 more. Comedy Extra offers MTV, Paramount, and TV Land, among others. For kids, there are Boomerang, Nick JR, Disney Junior, and many more, as part of Kids Extra.
With News Extra, you get BBC World News, RT, Science Channel, etc. Finally, Lifestyle Extra has VH1 and Hallmark, as well as several other channels.
All of these extra packages cost only $5 a month, which makes them a great value for money if you’re a real TV aficionado.
Sling TV can also give you access to some of the premium networks out there. Epix for $5, Starz for $9, and Showtime for $10 a month are possible additions to your cozy evenings at home. It is a fair price for some of the most popular channels right now. Unfortunately, as of November 2018, Cinemax and HBO have been pulled from Sling TV.
DVR, or digital video recording, is not included in the basic offer by Sling TV. Even so, this function can be added for a symbolic $5 a month. That way, you get 50 hours of recording time for sports, movies, TV shows, and everything else. According to user feedback, this option is easy to use, as pausing, rewinding, and fast-forwarding functions were kept simple.
Cloud DVR by Sling TV is compatible with Google Chrome, Chromecast, LG, and Samsung Smart TVs, as well as the Xbox One.
Let’s Sum Up
Although at first it may seem as if Sling TV only offers you two options, that’s not entirely true. With Sling TV, you have three options, not to mention additional packages Sling TV provides you with.
Let’s see what you could get with either of these plans:
- Sling Blue offers three simultaneous streams, which is a better option for larger households. Moreover, it includes a larger number of channels, including FOX and NBC.
- Sling Orange includes Disney, a must for kids, and three ESPN channels. However, with this package, you only get one stream.
- Both cost $25, which makes either an affordable option compared to other online streaming services.
Depending on your needs, any of the two can provide a quite enjoyable experience. Still, if you want to have full access to all your favorite channels, a combination of these two may be the best choice. Not only would you get all the best channels with Sling Orange + Blue, but you could also stream and/or record on up to four devices at the same time.
Sling Orange + Blue will cost you $40 a month, which is cheaper than combining the two packages separately. You get 48 channels, with the possibility of expanding the channel list through add-on packages.
Unlike other services, Sling TV offers extra packages based on their genre. This means you can buy only the channels you’re likely to watch. Also, the DVR option is another advantage, and it comes at a reasonable price.
So, Which One Should You Go For?
You can get Sling Orange + Blue within the price range of a cable subscription and even add some of those extra packages. It gives you access to a variety of channels. Above all, big families will look forward to not having to argue over who controls the remote, as it offers up to four simultaneous streams.
However, if you are not keen on paying that much, Sling Orange and Sling Blue are inexpensive. Sling Orange is perhaps better for single people or smaller families with children. In contrast, Sling Blue is better for larger households. Also, those who enjoy popular TV shows and national broadcast channels may find the Blue package more suitable.
And since there are no long-term contracts with Sling TV, you can easily switch to a different plan any time. Besides, Sling TV offers a free one-week trial. This could provide valuable insight into whether you are ready to switch to a streaming service. It is especially good for those who are used to having 100+ channels. You can make a list of your personal favorites and compare it to Sling TV’s offer.
The seven-day free trial is, however, not available if you opt for any of the Sling TV’s 2019 promotions — a free indoor HD antenna, 40% cut on your first month’s bill, or special offers of Roku Ultra and Roku Express. So, if Sling TV is definitely your final choice, you can freely indulge in one of these special offers.
In any case, whether you choose Orange, Blue, or Orange + Blue, you can certainly count on some quality TV time.