Sling TV Raises Prices By $5 Per Month For New Subscribers
If you were hoping to cut the cable by signing up for Sling TV, we have some bad news: the live TV streaming service just announced a price hike that brings its Sling Orange and Sling Blue packages to $ 35 per month – $ 5 more than their previous $ 30 per month. The Sling Orange + Blue combo package also increases by $ 5 to $ 50 per month. The increase only affects new subscriptions for now, as the company’s one-year price guarantee means that existing customers can stick to the lower prices until the end of July 2021 as long as their subscription remains active.
“Unfortunately we are being forced to raise prices because the TV stations are charging us more and more,” said Michael Schwimmer, group president of Sling TV. However, Schwimmer insists that despite the surge, Sling TV is “still the best deal on the market” and prices are much lower than cable and other live streaming services.
Any price hike is a little worrying – especially during a pandemic where many are hit by persistent unemployment or falling income. Sling therefore hopes to compensate for the price change by changing the functions: The Sling TV DVR will receive extended storage maximums for all customers.
All customers, regardless of their plan, now get 50 hours of free DVR storage, an increase of 10 hours of free storage. Those who opted for the $ 5 per month DVR Plus surcharge will now get 200 hours instead of 50 hours. Starting today, all existing DVR Plus customers will automatically receive 200 hours of storage space.
Some of Sling TV’s optional programming packages are also getting more expensive. Sports Extra increases by $ 1-11 per month for new customers who take either Sling Orange or Sling Blue, but it stays the same for Orange + Blue members. Comedy Extra, Kids Extra, News Extra, Lifestyle Extra, Hollywood Extra and / or Heartland Extra also cost USD 1 more for new customers at USD 6 per month.
Sling TV’s live TV streaming service is hugely popular with cable cutters looking for an affordable way to keep some of their favorite cable channels without having to pay expensive monthly cable bills. It has been able to keep its prices lower than competitors like YouTube TV and FuboTV, in part because it doesn’t broadcast all four major channels. Some NBC and Fox partners are available, but no CBS or ABC channels. Sling TV members are encouraged to set up an OTA HD antenna and OTA HD receiver so they can use these channels for free through their local partners.