Slingucation: A Cord-Cutting Guide


How does streaming live TV work? What are the benefits of getting rid of cable? How do you know if you’re a good candidate to cut cable? SLING is here to help with answers to all of those questions and more in our full guide to cord-cutting. Slingucation will give you all of the resources you need to make an informed decision and cut the cord like a pro.

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*Based on the average cable monthly cost of $144.50 reported by LRG in 'Pay TV in the U.S. 2019' on 11/5/2019

How to cut the cord

Cutting the cord only takes a few easy steps, and SLING is here to walk you through them so you can free yourself from cable. We’ll help you figure out how to get local channels and watch sports without cable, put your mind at ease about some of the myths surrounding cutting the cord and clarify some of the most confusing topics about streaming TV.

Should I cut the cord?

If you’re ready to get rid of cable but not quite sure if cord-cutting is right for you, it’s time to look at the facts. Check out our comparison of cable vs. streaming TV to help you determine if cord-cutting is right for you and explore the flexibility of switching to cable alternatives.

SLING like a pro

Now that you know how to cut the cord, it’s time to go pro. There are endless ways to customize your streaming experience with SLING – from choosing the channels you want to curating a favorites list for seamless watching.  Learn all about our new Sling Watch Party so you can make the most of your streaming experience and watch live TV with friends, too!

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Streaming limitations

The number of devices on which Sling content can be watched at the same time varies based on the Sling service. If you subscribe to our Sling Latino core services, you can enjoy three streams at a time. If you subscribe to our Sling International core services, you can enjoy three streams at a time. If you subscribe to our Sling Orange service, you can enjoy one stream at a time. Any extras you add to your Sling Orange service will be included in your single stream. If you subscribe to our Sling Blue service, you can enjoy up to three streams of these channels at the same time. Any extras you add to your Sling Blue service will be included in your three streams. If you subscribe to both services in Sling Orange + Sling Blue, you can enjoy up to four streams at the same time. Because you are purchasing two separate services in Sling Orange + Sling Blue, you can get the total number of streams included on each separate service—one stream for any channel on the single-stream Sling Orange service and three streams for channels on the multi-stream Sling Blue service. To get up to four streams, go to the My Account page and make sure that the “show me only Sling Blue versions of channels in both services” box is not checked.


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