About 2 years ago, my cable+internet bill had reached $180. I was fed up with the cost. I really only watch TV to watch news and sports. Being a sports fan (mainly college football), I had ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU. After calling the cable company and not having any options to lower my bill, I decided to look at other options. I came across Sling TV, which is a streaming service that offers the ESPN channels.
I signed up for the free preview and decided to make the switch. My Sling + Internet bill is now a total of $70, a savings of $110 per month.
A Funny Thing Happened when I Called to Cancel Cable TV
As I mentioned above, I originally called the cable company to see if there was a lower price where I could keep the ESPN channels. I was told there was not. After testing out Sling TV, and deciding to make the switch, I called the cable company to cancel the cable TV. When I did so, I was transferred to the customer retention department who immediately offered a lower price than the price I was paying. I declined since Sling TV was still cheaper. I asked the person who offered me the deal why I wasn’t offered the price when I called the first time, and I was told I was speaking to the wrong department. The “funny” thing was that if I was offered this price break when I originally called, I would have likely accepted and not even start to look at alternatives.
I have since learned that a good way to lower your price on cable services is to call and say you want to cancel your service. Really? Why not reward the loyal consumer?
Sling TV Review
I have the Sling Orange package (single stream) with the sports package. The base price is $20 + $5 for the sports package. This allows me to watch the ESPN channels during college football season .
I could drop the $5 sports package outside of football season, but I haven’t.
- How to Connect to TV: I connect to Sling using a Roku device. Sling has an offer on their site where you can get a free or discounted streaming device if you sign up for 2 months of service.
- User Interface: Here is a picture. It is straightforward and easy to use.
- Channels Available: I mainly use CNN and the ESPN channels. By using Sling TV, I also have access to the Watch ESPN app, which is nice. The only channel I miss is the Weather Channel, but there are other apps that I use in its place. Check the Sling TV webpage for a full listing of available channels.
- Number of TVs you can connect. I use the Orange package, which only allows one TV to use the service at a time. This is all I need.
- Local Channels. I use an antenna connected to the TV to watch local channels. This is a one time $10-15 cost. There are a number of different antenna types you can use, from smaller traditional rabbit ear type to sleek flat panels to roof mounted units.
- Reliability. I haven’t had many reliability issues. Every once in awhile, the Sling app will restart, but it is not a nuisance for me.
- Miss 100s of Channels? Since I don’t watch many channels, I do not miss having the hundred plus channels I had with cable TV.
Overall Experience and Value vs. Cable
The overall experience I have with Sling TV has been good. While it doesn’t have all the channels as Cable, I don’t care as I don’t need to watch them. With the cost savings and still being able to watch ESPN for college football, I am happy with my decision to switch to Sling TV.