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Sling TV FAQ: Streaming HD-quality soccer games


Since the news about Sling TV was announced in January, we’ve received a lot of questions about the service, what it means for soccer fans and how it works, so instead of continuing to reply to each comment or e-mail individually, we thought it’d be more helpful to share the answers with everyone in this public post.

If you have any questions that aren’t answered on this page, post them in the comments section below and we’ll do our best to answer them via the article.

First, the basics. What is Sling TV?

Sling TV is an online streaming service that allows you to watch 20 or more channels on your computer, smartphone, tablet or set top box without requiring a cable or satellite TV subscription.

All you need is an Internet connection, and to pay a monthly subscriber fee.

The biggest differentiator about Sling TV is that it offers ESPN to subscribers, which is the only way to get the number one sports network in the US without requiring a cable or TV subscription.

What channels does Sling TV offer?

There are a variety of packages to choose from, which offer the following channels:

‘Sling Blue’ Package ($25/month): NBCSN, NBC, USA, FS1, FS2, FOX and many more.

‘Sling Orange’ Package ($20/month): ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, CNN, Disney Network, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, El Rey Network, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, Maker and Galavision.

‘Sports Extra’ Package ($5 extra/month): beIN SPORTS, ESPNEWS, Univision Deportes Network (UDN), ESPN U, Universal Sports, SEC Network, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Bases Loaded and ESPN Goal Line.

‘News & Info Extra’ Package ($5 extra/month): HLN, Cooking Channel, DIY Network and Bloomberg.

‘Kids Extra’ Package ($5 extra/month): Disney Jr., Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV and Duck TV.

More channels will be added in the future, too.

Does Sling TV offer UniMas and ESPN Deportes?

Yes. Take a look at the packages they have available (lots of options to choose from).

Is it legal?

Absolutely, 100% yes. Not only is it legal, but you don’t have to deal with the pop-ups, malware and annoying advertising you would see on illegal streams.

How does it work?

Sling TV (owned by DISH) has agreements in place with the major broadcasters to offer the channels online to you via your favorite device (computer, Roku, smartphone, tablet, etc).

Are there any restrictions?

The ESPN channels aren’t available on-demand, so you’ll have to watch those live (without rewind or fast forward controls) to catch your sports fix. The other channels on Sling TV allow you to rewind, fast forward and watch on-demand programming.

How do I find out what channels the different channels are on?

The beauty of Sling TV is that there are no channel numbers. You navigate through the channel names and then pick the ones you want to watch.

Unlike cable or satellite, you don’t need to memorize the channel numbers for ESPN, beIN SPORTS, etc.

Is it available worldwide?

No. Sling TV is only available to residents in the United States of America. But if you live outside the USA, you can get Sling TV. First, sign up for a free trial to Unblockus, a smart DNS service that allows you to change your IP address to the US. Then sign up for the free Sling TV trial.

How much does it cost?

The basic package, ‘Sling Orange,’ is $20/month (no contract required). It’s month to month, and you can cancel online at any time. The ‘Sling Orange’ package includes ESPN. If you want to add beIN SPORTS (for La Liga, Serie A, etc) and Univision Deportes (for Liga MX, etc), it’s $5 extra for a total of $25/month. Other packages are available too for kids and news programming, etc.

Sling Blue is $25/month and includes NBCSN, NBC, FOX, FS1, FS2 and many other channels.

You can get Sling Orange and Sling Blue together for $40/month.

A free 7-day trial of Sling is available for a limited time.

Who is Sling TV best suited for?

If you’re the type of person who leads a busy life and you want the flexibility to watch the best sports programming on your computer, smartphone, tablet or set top box, Sling TV is a perfect fit.

Also, Sling TV is perfect for cord cutters who no longer want to subscribe to a TV subscription for channels you don’t watch.

What’s the difference between Sling TV and Sling International?

Sling TV and Sling International are two completely different products. Sling International caters more to an international audience but it does include sports programming such as beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and One World Sports.

Sling TV offers FOX Sports 1, ESPN, Univision Deportes and beIN SPORTS (as well as a ton of other channels).

Both services (Sling TV and Sling International) require separate subscriptions. Depending on what programming you want, Sling TV or Sling International may be a better fit for you. Read our product review to learn more about that product.

Does Sling TV offer beIN SPORTS Espańol and beIN SPORTS Connect?

Sling TV does not offer beIN SPORTS Espańol nor beIN SPORTS Connect, but you can get it with their Best of Spanish TV Package for an additional $5/month.

beIN SPORTS Connect, meanwhile, is beIN SPORTS’ online network for its overflow programming that it can’t fit on beIN SPORTS or beIN SPORTS Espańol, but it’s only available to a subscribers from a select list of TV providers and fuboTV.

Can you subscribe to Sling’s Sports Package without subscribing to the basic package?

No. You must subscribe to the ‘Best of Live TV’ package as a minimum, and then you can add the Sports Package for $5 extra per month.

What’s the difference between Sling TV and Slingbox?

Both Sling TV and Slingbox are owned by DISH. However, they are both completely different products. While Sling TV is DISH’s online streaming solution (a subscription to DISH isn’t required, and DISH satellite customers don’t automatically receive Sling TV), the Slingbox is a product that allows you to access your TV from a remote device such as a computer or phone.

Do you need a subscription to DISH in order to sign up for Sling TV or Sling International?


Which service offers more soccer coverage — Sling TV or Sling International?

Both Sling TV and Sling International offer a ton of soccer programming.

With Sling International, you get beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and One World Sports, which means you get everything from La Liga, Chelsea TV, Serie A, Arsenal TV, Capital One Cup, Championship, Ligue Un, New York Cosmos, Asian Cup, Africa Cup of Nations and more.

With Sling TV, you get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, ESPN, ESPN2, beIN SPORTS and Univision Deportes — so soccer fans will receive EPL, MLS, Liga MX, USMNT games, La Liga, Serie A and more.

At the end of the day, it all depends what leagues/tournaments interest you the most.

What’s the complete list of soccer rights that ESPN, beIN SPORTS and Univision owns?

See the complete listing.

Visit Sling TV for more details.

Can I watch Premier League games on Sling TV?

No. The only way to watch Premier League games online in the United States is via NBC Sports Live Extra, and NBC has no plans to make its programming available on Sling TV anytime soon.

The closest you can get to Premier League games is the Capital One Cup and friendlies that feature Premier League clubs. Many of those games are shown on beIN SPORTS.

Can I access or with my subscription to Sling?

Sling TV subscribers can use their Sling TV credentials to access ESPN and ESPN 2 via the WatchESPN app, with the company promising ESPN 3 access in the near future.

How many devices can I use to watch Sling simultaneously?

You can watch Sling TV on one device in your household at a time.

Do I have to watch the games live on Sling TV, or can I record them if I’m away from my computer/tablet/smartphone?

On the ESPN channels available on Sling TV, all of them are live only, so you’re not able to rewind or watch programming on-demand.

With beIN SPORTS and Univision Deportes (as well as many of the other channels), you can watch programming on-demand via Sling TV if you missed the live broadcast.

What devices is Sling TV available on? 

Sling TV is available for your computer (PC or Mac), smartphone (Apple iPhone and Android devices), set top boxes (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV stick) and tablet (Apple iPad and Android tablets). Sling TV will be available soon for Xbox, Nexus Player, webOS Smart TVs from LG Electronics and select Samsung Smart TVs.

Does Sling TV support Google Chromecast?

Yes! Sling TV currently supports Chromecast on Android smartphones and tablets, iPhones and iPads. Compatibility for Windows and Mac laptops is coming soon. Read more at:

What are the quality of the Sling TV streams like?

We’ve been testing Sling TV for several days, and the quality of the streaming is exceptional. The HD-quality broadcasts were crystal clear when viewed on our desktop over a WiFi connection.

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  1. Dennis

    August 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    If I subscribe to Sling on my Roku can I still use the NBC Sports App & NBC Sports Gold App to watch live & replays or do I have to have a traditional cable or satelite provider to use the apps?

    • Christopher Harris

      August 24, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      With a subscription to Sling Blue via Roku, you can use your Sling TV login credentials to log into the NBC Sports App. For NBC Sports Gold, that’s a separate subscription. But with Sling TV and NBC Sports Gold, you wouldn’t need a cable or a satellite TV subscription.

      The only thing you need to keep in mind is what to do for the games that are shown on the over-the-air NBC channel (sometimes on Saturdays from 12:30-2:30pm ET). Sling Blue currently offers live programming for NBC in the following cities:

      New York
      Los Angeles
      Dallas-Ft. Worth
      San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
      Washington DC
      Boston (Manchester)
      Miami-Fort Lauderdale
      San Diego
      Hartford-New Haven

      If your city is not one of the above, you can watch your local NBC with a $10 HD indoor antenna. More info about that is available at

      • Dennis

        August 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm

        Thanks. I paid my $50 and got the Gold App. I have 1 year left on a 3 year bundle deal from my cable company. Just trying to weight all my options. There will always be something you want in a package, no matter from whoever, you won’t be able to get.

  2. Dermot

    September 11, 2016 at 1:25 am

    NBC sports is now available on sling. However it seems only one channel is available whereas on regular cable a whole range of channels/games can be viewed.. Anyone know how to get to the additional channels on Sling?

    • Christopher Harris

      September 11, 2016 at 8:03 am

      At this time, you can get NBCSN, CNBC, USA and NBC (in select cities) with Sling Blue. The only one you’re missing is NBC Sports App, which should be added in the near future.

      • todd poehl

        April 22, 2017 at 9:45 am

        Hello sir, will the El Clasico be on demand after its played??…so as to watch it later in the day when I get off work.

  3. Chris

    July 8, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Hello, I have NBCSN legally through Sling TV. So why cant I use my Sling TV account to activate NBC Live Extra App on the Roku? It seems I still need a cable subscription to activate that. Why?

    • Christopher Harris

      July 8, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Correct, at least for the time being. Presumably NBC Sports Live Extra wasn’t part of Sling TV’s contract. Why? It’s possible that they weren’t able to negotiate a deal for it at this time.

      It may be added in the future though. Stay tuned.

      • Chris

        July 9, 2016 at 8:18 am

        Thank you

  4. Bassel

    May 30, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Hi ,

    Are you going to broadcast EURO 2016 on your site this summer .

    Thank you ,

  5. Simon Burke

    December 14, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Researching this for soccer purposes and have a related question.
    I like to watch sports on a TV. If I stream soccer from my using a slingbox and the watch it on a laptop. How does soccer look when I plug that laptop into a TV?

    Some Web player software just doesn’t look good when transferred to the big screen and makes me feel slightly car sick when watching it.

    For example sending nbc Sports from pc to chromecast doesn’t look great on TV.

  6. Harry Potter

    September 29, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Does beIN sports broadcast live games? I wanted to watch my team play today. They’re showing them, but it’s a broadcast of the last match they played instead of the one they’re playing now.

    • Christopher Harris

      September 29, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      beIN SPORTS broadcasts games live and on-delay. Which one are you talking about specifically?

  7. Walter Ochoa

    June 23, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    i recently found out that the channels on sling tv is a bit behind than other networks for instance i would get notified when a team scores and I’m on BeIn sports it won’t happen until like 2 minutes later. is this my internet connection or the network?

    • Christopher Harris

      June 23, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      It’s likely the Internet connection that may buffer from time to time and cause a slight delay.

  8. Jesse Rodriguez

    June 23, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Why isn’t beIn sports in HD in spanish? will sling ever fix this?

    • Christopher Harris

      June 23, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Sling TV doesn’t offer beIN SPORTS en Espańol, but Sling International and fuboTV do (in HD).

      • ferocho

        July 5, 2015 at 12:15 pm

        can someone confirm this? When I tried Sling International, Bein Sports Español WAS NOT on HD. Have they changed it?

        • Flyvanescence

          July 5, 2015 at 2:30 pm

          I dont thing so. Its SD for me also

        • Christopher Harris

          July 5, 2015 at 4:05 pm

          You’re correct. beIN SPORTS Espańol is no longer in HD with Sling International. I believe it used to be when it was on DishWorld. However, fuboTV offers beIN SPORTS Espańol. See the video demo of it.

          • Flyvanescence

            July 5, 2015 at 5:21 pm

            Nope. Wasnt then either.

  9. Karina

    May 29, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    If i would be getting this subscription to watch the 2015 women’s world cup would I see any games?

  10. Ben McNeil

    February 26, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Will I get access to the beinsport app on roku and computer if I get slingtv subscription

    • Christopher Harris

      February 26, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      You’ll get access to the Sling TV app on Roku. On that Sling TV app, you can watch beIN SPORTS.

      I’m not familiar with beIN SPORTS’ app specifically.

  11. JRL

    February 18, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I really, really wish NBC would make its Live Extra platform accessible to Roku or Chromecast, or something like SlingTV. It’s frustrating as a cord-cutter to not be able to watch EPL on TV without going to the bar. Would gladly pay $10-15/month for that alone, but not willing to pay a $100 cable bill for 1 channel.

    • Lawrence weir

      August 25, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Since Comcast owns NBC it is not likely they would ever want to help you cut the cable.

  12. yespage

    February 18, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    “No. The only way to watch Premier League games online in the United States is via NBC Sports Live Extra, and NBC has no plans to make its programming available on Sling TV anytime soon.”

    Is that because Comcast won’t allow it or that Dish and Comcast’s agreement for NBCSN isn’t up for renewal for a while?

    SlingTV is great for some cord cutters. Just not EPL and classic film fans.

  13. techvet

    February 18, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    So when FOX announces that any number of the World Cup games involving the USMNT will be on FOX Sports 1, this won’t be any good, right?

    • yespage

      February 18, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      Not for a bit. Fox and Dish get along together as well as oil and water, to put it nicely. Fox has been having a hissy fit for a while about some Dish products. That may change once the agreement for FS1 (actually it was for some other channel, but Fox decided to change things up), then maybe it could become available on SlingTV.

    • Christopher Harris

      February 18, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      World Cup 2018 is 3 years away for the USMNT, so a lot can happen between now and then.

      FOX has FOX Sports GO, their live streaming app. But if Sling TV takes off, it’s possible that Sling TV could be a viable partner for them.

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