Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue

Sling Orange has big-name channels that Sling Blue doesn’t and vice versa.
Sling Orange
Sling Blue
No Disney or ESPN


We went through each and every channel from Sling TV’s Orange and Blue plans to find out what makes them different. Turns out, despite paying more for Sling Blue ($25/mo.), you’re still going to miss out on channels included in the cheaper Sling Orange ($20/mo.). If you have a hard time deciding, you could also take a look at the Orange + Blue plan ($40/mo.), which is, as the name implies, a combination of the two Sling TV plans.

Winner: It’s a draw

Sling Orang vs. Sling Blue—overall comparison

PlanPriceChannelsSimultaneous streamsDetails
Sling Orange$20/mo.25+1View Plan
Sling Blue$25/mo.453View Plan

Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue

Both Sling Orange and Sling Blue have exclusive channels.

At $20 a month, Sling Orange is the cheapest TV streaming service available. However, Sling Orange is cheap for a reason—it has only 20 channels.

The 20 channels available in Sling Orange include some of the most popular cable channels, such as AMC, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, CNN, Disney Channel, ESPN, TNT, and more. We even found some niche channels on Sling Orange we’d like to check out, like Viceland. (We’ve heard good things about Viceland’s new show, What Would Diplo Do?). But surprisingly, some channels in Sling Orange aren’t in Sling Blue, which has more than 40 channels.

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Q: What can I watch Sling TV on?

We cover everything you can watch Sling TV on in our review of the service. Overall, we suggest the Roku Express—it’s cheap, and it works like it should. Sling even offers a free Roku if you pay two months in advance.

Disney and ESPN are only on Sling Orange

The biggest difference between Sling Orange and Sling Blue (besides the total channel count) is that Disney Channel, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and Freeform are available on Sling Orange but not on the more expensive Sling Blue. So even though you’re paying $5 a month more for Sling Blue, you don’t get all the channels included in Sling Orange.

We think that’s strange because every other TV service (cable, satellite, etc.), will include the same channels from a less expensive plan when you opt for a more expensive plan—you pay for the “premier” plan, you get all the channels in the “basic” plan too. We’re not sure why Disney doesn’t play nice with Sling Blue (Disney owns ESPN and Freeform), but you won’t find a cheaper way to watch Phineas and Ferb than with Sling Orange.

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Fun fact

Up to three people can watch Sling Blue at the same time, whereas Sling Orange is a “single-stream” service, which means only one person can watch it at time. So if you’re thinking of sharing you login details, you’ll want to go with Sling Blue.

NBC and FOX are only on Sling Blue

You’d think channels like NBC and FOX would be in Sling Orange. After all, they’re national broadcast channels (broadcast over the air for free), and other TV services include them in the most basic (cheap) TV plans, but for some reason NBC and FOX are available only in Sling Blue.

If your must-watch shows include Brooklyn Nine Nine (Fox) or This Is Us (NBC), you’ll want to go with Sling Blue over Sling Orange.

Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue—channel lineup

See every channel in Sling Orange and Sling Blue.

Besides Disney, ESPN, FOX, and NBC, there are a handful of other channel peculiarities in Sling Orange’s and Sling Blue’s plans. So to make sense of each plan’s channels, we’ve listed them in their respective plans.

BBC AmericaYesYes
Bloomberg TVYesYes
Cartoon Network / Adult SwimYesYes
Comedy CentralYesYes
Disney ChannelYesNo
El ReyNoYes
Epix Drive-inYesYes
Food NetworkYesYes
Fox Sports regionalsNoYes
Local NowYesYes
Nat Geo WildNoYes
National GeographicNoYes
NFL NetworkNoYes
Travel ChannelYesYes
Tribeca ShortlistYesYes
USA NetworkNoYes
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Q: Looking for more channels?

Check out our Sling vs. DIRECTV NOW vs. FuboTV for every channel from each streaming TV service.

We mentioned FOX and NBC already, but we didn’t discuss their respective regional sports network (RSN) channels. If you’re into sports, you’ll take the RSN channels into consideration. But if you’re having a tough time deciding between Sling Orange and Sling Blue, you do have another option.

The third option: Sling Orange and Sling Blue together

Sling’s Orange + Blue plan is just what it sounds like (Orange and Blue together).

PlanPriceChannelsSimultaneous streamsDetails
Orange + Blue$40/mo.504View Plan

Maybe all the exclusive channels in Sling Orange and Sling Blue are there to convince you to get Sling TV’s Orange + Blue plan. It’s not a bad deal—$40/mo. for 45 channels—but it all comes down to what’s right for you. Some of us just want a way to watch ESPN wherever we go (Sling Orange), and some of us want something to replace cable altogether (Orange + Blue).

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Q: What about the competition?

If you want to take a look at what else is out there, you can read up on our review of DIRECTV NOW and fuboTV. We even have a rundown of Sling vs. DIRECTV NOW.

Summary—Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue

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Sling Orange and Sling Blue both have exclusive channels, so it comes down to what you prefer. But if you can’t decide and don’t mind the price, just go with Sling TV’s Orange + Blue plan to get it all.

  • Sling Orange: It has ESPN, Disney, and Freeform, and only one person can watch at a time.
  • Sling Blue: It has FOX, NBC, and about twenty more channels than Sling Orange. Also, three people can watch it at the same time.
  • Sling Orange + Blue: It’s got the best of both worlds for a feasible price.
  • Sling TV Review: You can read our full-length review of Sling TV here.

If there’s something we missed or you still have questions, let us know.

  • 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