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Sling TV ups its price for some, adds features for penny pinchers

by Justin Herrick | June 28, 2018June 28, 2018 3:30 pm PST

Sling TV is becoming more expensive for some customers. Beginning Thursday, the base package will jump to $25 per month. Known as Sling Orange, it was previously $20 and helped make Sling TV a top pick for live TV streaming.

The lineup on Sling Orange includes ESPN, AMC, CNN, HGTV, and other popular channels.

Anyone who pays for both Sling Orange and Sling Blue will see no change. They’ll continue paying $40 per month, and Sling TV isn’t changing its other add-on packages. So the price hike is limited to subscribers paying for Sling Orange alone.

The Dish Network-owned service also announced it has over 400 hundred channels in nearly two dozen languages, 65,000 titles in its on-demand library, and more than fifty ways to watch.

Aside from that, Sling TV is getting better for all new and existing customers. Dish Network, which owns the service, is doing its best to keep Sling TV fresh.

If you’re not a Sling TV subscriber, you’ll probably benefit the most from what’s new. Sling TV will let you watch on-demand content without paying a penny. By having advertisements attached, the Watch Now row unlocks well-known TV shows and movies without any restrictions.

Now there’s also the option to purchase access to pay-per-view movies and events without needing a Sling TV subscription. It’s the same as renting through a cable or satellite TV provider. You pay for one-time access, and the content streams wherever you have Sling TV ready to go.

Sling TV is even going as far as offering true à la carte channels. The channels are pretty niche, including those like Dove Channel and Stingray Karaoke. Showtime is participating, but CBS already sells the premium channel on its own anyway. Most of the à la carte channels on Sling TV are between $5 and $7 per month.

The new features are arriving on Roku’s products first, and then Sling TV’s revamped layout will be on additional devices.

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Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...