Sling TV no longer invite-only, live channel streaming now open to everyone in the US


Sling TV apps

Announced back during CES 2015, Sling TV was one of the more interesting developments to come out of the show. Initially launching as an invite-only beta, today Sling TV is now officially open to all US residents. For those that haven’t been keeping up, Sling TV is a subscription based service offering up live TV packages streamed online directly to your Android devices.

The initial $20 Sling TV package includes live TV from the following channels:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • TNT
  • TBS
  • HGTV
  • Food Network
  • Travel Channel
  • CNN
  • Cartoon Network & Adult Swim
  • ABC Family
  • Disney Channel

Sling TV Android app

For an additional $5 a month, you gain access to Sling TV’s Sports Extra, News & Info Extra, or Kids Extra packages. There’s not much, but as our own Joe Fedewa points out in his hands-on, it’s one of the cheapest ways to watch ESPN without paying through the nose with a cable company. Plus, Sling TV supports a wide range of devices including Android, iOS, Roku, and soon, Chromecast.

You can sign up right now at and if you’re feeling leery, don’t forget that there’s no cancellation fees, set up fees, or any commitments what-so-ever. The Android app is also now available in the Google Play Store (no more sideloading) via the link below.


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  1. Can you use your mobile data or do you have to put in your cable provider & use Wi-Fi only?

    1. There’s an android app!

      1. Sorry. Yes, it downscales to the available bandwidth and will run on cellular data

        1. Thanks

  2. Apparently they are adding AMC to the list too. Great for the walking dead fans.

    1. Or… Better Call Saul Fans !

      1. AMC had a meeting with Tuco, apparently it worked out in our favor.

  3. No chromecast support.

    1. Yeah, so far Roku can do full TV experience.

      Another option – ‘Cast Screen’ – full screen from Android, but screen should be on all time.

  4. Will really look into this if they add a few more price!/ channel options. Would love to get this to replace my cable subscription!

  5. $25 with sports package includes with the other channels sound great. They just need to add local TV and nobody should own a cable box.

  6. I’ll wait. Looks promising and I do love the Food Network but until they have Chromecast support they aren’t getting my buckeroos.

  7. this is a great idea, but i want to pick my own $20 bundle.

  8. I got sent the free 7-day trial e-mail, but decided against it being I can’t watch it on any of our TVs until it gets Fire Stick support (I could watch, just in inconvenient ways). I was thinking about subscribing during the fall so I could watch Monday Night Football; cancel during the off season.

  9. If it ever has local channel support and a “pick 10” cable channel option, I’m signing up immediately. The “Triple Play” concept from 10 years ago was great for then but now I have no need for a home phone, my internet use can be covered by using the hotspot on my phone and I don’t watch many channels.

  10. Sounds promising but as of now o think i’ll wait for Google Fiber.

  11. Need to pick my own channels. Then I’ll sign up.

  12. I’m trying it out…Although as of last night AMC was still not available as a channel even though they announced it yesterday. Maybe I didn’t read the fine print. So far $20 seems steep for what they are offering. I haven’t had cable or sat in like 8 years so it was an interesting experience. Not sure it was worth the money yet though as $20/month is almost as much as I pay for Hulu, Netflix, and Prime combined. But then again I am not a big ESPN fan which could be a major draw for some folks?

  13. Who has time to watch TV all of the time?

    I wonder how this will impact driving accidents.

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