Sling TV today announced that it has added NBCSN to its long list of channels for fans of Premier League teams who want to cut the cord without needing a cable or satellite TV subscription.
In addition to NBCSN, Sling TV added NBC, USA, BBC America, SyFy and Bravo to its list of 30+ channels. The channels have been added to Sling TV’s MultiStream package, which today has come out of beta and has been renamed Sling Blue at $25/month.
Meanwhile, Sling TV’s package that was the “Best of Live TV” has been renamed Sling Orange ($20/month). In related news, Sling Orange has added BBC America and BBC World News to its 25+ channels. Sling Orange includes ESPN and ESPN2.
At the same time, Sling Blue also includes FS1 FS2, FOX, Univision and UniMas.
While consumers have a choice of subscribing to Sling Blue or Sling Orange, you can also subscribe to both services for $40/month.
For hardcore soccer fans, you’ll want to consider adding the ‘Sports Extra’ add-on package for $5/month, which includes beIN SPORTS and Univision Deportes. Or you can add the ‘Best of Spanish TV’ add-on package that includes beIN SPORTS en Español as well as beIN SPORTS and Univision Deportes, in addition to other sports networks.
So what does this all mean to soccer fans who want to cut the cord or want the freedom to watch what they want, when they want or any device they please?
There are 3 important things to know:
1. As of press time, Sling Blue – while including NBCSN – does not include access to NBC Sports Live Extra, recently renamed to NBC Sports App. So, if you’re the type of person who only watches the major Premier League games each weekend, you’ll be able to see the 3-5 games on NBCSN each weekend, but won’t be able to watch the other 5-7 Premier League games (usually featuring teams in the bottom half of the table) that aren’t shown on NBCSN.
2. Currently, Sling Blue customers will have access to live, local NBC broadcast stations in the following 10 markets: Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Hartford, Conn., Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington D.C. So, if you live outside those TV markets, you won’t be able to watch the Premier League games on NBC, which is typically the Saturday 12:30pm ET kickoff that’s televised on that channel approximately 2-3 times a month.
Having said that, you could watch NBC for free with a HD antenna or with a simple rabbit ears antenna.
3. With Sling Blue and Sling Orange combined as well as either the Sports Extra or Best of Spanish TV package, the cost is $45/month but you’ll be able to watch almost every soccer game you could possibly imagine from the Premier League, La Liga, Liga MX, Euro 2016/2020, UEFA Champions League, World Cup 2018/2022/2026, MLS, Copa America 2019, World Cup qualifiers, Serie A, Championship, FA Cup, Capital One Cup and much more.
On top of that, you’ll have access to all of the entertainment channels you could possibly need including AMC, BBC America, TBS, Comedy Central, Disney Channel and many more. Plus, you can expand the channels you subscribe to such as HBO and others with the add-on packages.
The only games you won’t be able to access as of press time are the games featuring smaller teams in the Premier League that aren’t featured on NBCSN as well as the FOX Soccer Plus programming (which typically features games that can’t fit on FS1 and FS2, such as some FA Cup games or the occasional Bundesliga match).
It all depends what you want to watch.
Sling Blue, by itself, will satisfy most soccer fans who like watching the Premier League as well as games on the FOX networks. Sling Orange will satisfy fans interested in watching games across ESPN networks. But Sling Blue and Sling Orange combined is a pretty comprehensive package that will keep even the hardest soccer fan entertained.
To give Sling Blue or Sling Orange a test drive (or Sling Blue and Sling Orange), sign up for a free 7-day trial to Sling TV today.
If you already subscribe to Sling Blue (previously known as Sling MultiStream), your monthly rate will remain $20/month instead of $25/month.
Still, for many soccer fans, the new offering from Sling TV could be an ideal alternative to paying $150 or more per month for cable/satellite subscriptions. Plus with Sling TV, the programming is available via computers, smart phones, tablets, smart TVs, Roku, Apple TV, video consoles, etc, so you can watch the content on the go or hook it up to your television to watch it there.
If you’re not familiar with Sling TV, it’s a legal streaming service that doesn’t require a cable or satellite TV subscription. All that subscribers need is an Internet or cellular connection as well as the app downloaded to the smartphone, computer, video game console, tablet, Roku or smart TV, and they can start streaming content within minutes.
Here are the step-by-step instructions of how to get NBCSN, FS1, FS2, ESPN, ESPN2 and more with your free Sling TV trial:
1. Visit this webpage to get the free 7-day Sling TV offer.
2. Enter the e-mail address and password you want to use.
3. Click the middle button to get the NBCSN/FOX package (see screenshot below)
Or if you want to trial Sling Blue and Sling Orange (for NBCSN, FOX, ESPN and more), click on the button on the far right.
4. If you want to get beIN SPORTS and Univision Deportes, select the ‘Sports Extra’ or ‘Best of Spanish TV’ add-on package.
Note that there are literally tens of options you can consider, so feel free to add the ones you’re most interested in. As part of the free trial, there’s no limit to the add-on packages you can select.
5. Enter your details on the billing page.
You won’t get charged during your free trial. If you want to cancel your 7-day free trial, you can do it online with ease.
6. On the billing page, don’t forget to check the black box next to the blue arrow (age verification).
7. You can now download any of the Sling TV apps so you can watch the content for free.
The Sling TV devices page is at sling.com/devices There are too many devices to list here that are available.
8. Once you download your app, launch it and enter your username and password, and then you’re in!
As you can see from the screengrabs below, the TV guide functionality is pretty intuitive. It’ll take a minute or two to get used to the controls, but you’ll be up and running within minutes and watching the Beautiful Game on NBCSN, FOX, ESPN, beIN SPORTS, Univision Deportes and more.
Have any questions about Sling TV? Let us know in the comments section below.
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