Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue Review 2021

Sling Orange has ESPN and Disney Channel, but Sling Blue has NFL Network, NBC, and MSNBC
Sling Orange
Disney Channel and ESPN
Sling Blue

You’re probably cutting the cable cord or looking for a cheaper live TV streaming service, so you’ve ended up here. Well, let us help you decide which $35 per month plan will be the best fit for you.

Both Sling Orange and Sling Blue are the same price, but Sling Blue has about 15 more channels than Sling Orange. And get this: both plans have almost a completely different channel lineup.

We’ll go over the channel lineups, how they compare, how they differ, and which one is the best for you. But our winner is Sling Blue.

Sling Orang vs. Sling Blue comparison
PlanPriceTV channel countDetails
Sling Orange$35*30+View Plan
Sling Blue$35*45+View Plan
Data as of 10/28/20. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue channels

The most important section—which plan has the channels you want?

Sling Orange and Sling Blue have a somewhat completely different channel lineup. Yes, it’s a little complicated. But, no need to worry.

We put together a table to compare the channels each plan has. Want more children’s channels? Go for Sling Orange. Need more news and lifestyle channels? Go for Sling Blue.

But we’ll quickly highlight a few favorite channels each plan has that the other doesn’t:

  • Sling Orange has ESPN, Disney Channel, and Freeform
  • Sling Blue has NFL Network, Fox News, MSNBC, and NBC

Check out our full table down below that compares all channels that each Sling Orange and Sling Blue include in their plans.

But maybe you won’t need a peek at the table because you know your daughter loves Elena of Avalor, so Sling Orange is your pick. Or you need Sling Blue because you can’t miss your NFL Total Access.

Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue sports channels

If you checked out our channel comparison table, you already saw the sports channels each Sling plan includes. But we thought we’d just include a small section to highlight the best channels.

Sling Orange is a great option because it has your ESPN coverage, but Sling Blue caters to the NFL and Undisputed fans.

Sling Orange includes the following sports channels:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • Stadium
  • TNT

Sling Blue includes the following sports channels:

  • NFL Network
  • NBC Sports Network (NBCSN)
  • FS1
  • Stadium
  • TNT

Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue premium channels

Whether you get Sling Orange, Sling Blue, or Sling Orange + Blue, you’ll have access to premium channels and add-ons for the same price.

But some friendly advice: if you’re out looking for a cheaper live TV streaming service, you may want to shy away from upping your monthly subscription cost.

Sling TV premium channels
ChannelAdd-on monthly price
HBO®Not available
CINEMAX®Not available
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Data effective 2/24/2021. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

Recap: Sling Blue is the winner

Sling Blue may not have ESPN and Disney Channel, but it has more channels overall

Sling Orange is going to be the best option for the Monday Night Football watchers, but Sling Blue is going to be the best option for everyone in the family.

With around 15 channels more than Sling Orange, Sling Blue has a good mixture of lifestyle, kids, sports, reality, and news channels. This is the plan that will give you the best bang for your buck.

But you may have to sacrifice the number of channels with the Orange package if your family needs Disney Channel, Nick Jr., and ESPN.

If you need more channels, check out our full review on Sling TV to see if the Sling Orange + Blue plan is more up your alley.


Which channels do Sling Orange and Sling Blue have in common, and where do they differ?

Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue—channel lineup comparison
ChannelSling OrangeSling Blue
BBC AmericaYesYes
Bloomberg TVYesYes
Cartoon Network/ Adult SwimYesYes
Comedy CentralYesYes
Discovery ChannelNoYes
Disney ChannelYesNo
Epix Drive-inYesYes
Food NetworkYesYes
Fox NewsNoYes
Investigation DiscoveryYesYes
Local NowYesYes
National GeographicNoYes
NBC SportsNoYes
NFL NetworkNoYes
Nick Jr.YesYes
Travel ChannelYesYes
USA NetworkNoYes

Data effective 2/24/2021. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

What do you think?

Do you have Sling Orange or Sling Blue? What’s your experience with it been? Or do you like a different streaming service better? Drop us a comment below!

  • Tom Barrister

    The single biggest fees expense to any cable or streaming provider is Disney, which owns the Disney family of channels, and also the ESPN group, Freeform, and the ABC group. The fee they charge is close to three times as much as that of any other provider. To give you an idea of how much Disney charges, you can get both Sling Orange and Blue for $40 and Sling Blue itself for $25. The extra $15 gets the subscriber exactly four more channels ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and Freeform.

  • GasMac

    I recently signed up for both Direct TV Now and Sling TV Blue in order to compare what I like. I like Direct TV for the availability of having TV Land, Fox News and an actual old school guide. TV Land and Fox News is not found in my Sling TV. However, Sling TV does have an old school guide as long as I use the smart phone to check the list. Otherwise, if on the laptop the search function works well. Also, I would like to point out I get the premium channels of Showtime and Starz with Sling TV. I noticed that Sling TV has more of the multiple Starz and Showtime channels than does Direct TV Now. Direct TV Now is limited to only three varieties of the same. Direct TV Now also seems to buffer at the peak busy hours (Ethernet connection) just like Netflix used to. Sling TV has not shown any buffering thus far (Ethernet connection). I personally wished Sling TV would include TV Land and Fox News in their channel line up. Sling TV is actually the top notch performer over Direct TV Now, minus TV Land and Fox News. Finally, Sling TV seems to have more of a selection of On Demand and variety of programs. I hope this is helpful.


      Not having fox news is a plus. That trash will rot your brain

  • Bill

    I had Sling Blue for 18 months and switched to DirectNow. Today Im back to Sling…started my full pay month after 3 month intro offer…since May 23rd I have not been able to get complete service for 11 different days…last night some of my channels were missing and always being told…technical problems, try another channel, come back later etc….so pissed off with them; we had DirecTv Satellite for nearly 10 years and it was near perfect..they really need to get there stuff together, their streaming service is the worse for reliability and availability and we subscribe to 6 of them and Direct is the only one that has the worse delivery

  • RO

    In case anyone else finds this in a non-date-specific search as I did, AND is a fan of multiple college basketball teams with overlapping schedules (ACC in my case), then watching them on Orange/ESPN seems to limit the viewing to only ONE game on ONE device. The other ESPN’s, – 2, 3, U, News, are not used to “spread the load”. It seems that having all those ESPN subchannels, and on Sling Orange is no help at all. Back to Hulu for us, despite the higher cost since it seems to really be a matter of getting what you pay for.