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Sling’s amazing free 2-week trial is back—but not for long

  • July 04, 2020

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I can’t even remember the last time I paid for cable. For years, I got by on a rotating roster of Hulu, VuduAmazon Prime, and, of course, Netflix, but if I’m being totally honest, there was always still something… missing. Once I had binged my fill of B-list movies and watched all the true crime docs I could handle, I found myself longing for the old shows or networks I adored that weren’t included in my regular streaming lineup. To my rescue? Sling TV—a contract-free streaming service for live TV. 

From now through Monday, July 6, U.S. new customers can sign up for a two-week long trial of the service by signing up with their email address, password and zip code. That’s it! There’s no payment information to enter, so you won’t even have to worry about setting an alarm to cancel if you want to avoid being charged.

What’s more, your signup will get you access to Sling’s mid-level Blue plan. Blue membership gives you access to more than 45 different channels, including Lifetime, E!, Bravo, Cartoon Network, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, and more. It also allows for three simultaneous streams, so you can watch your favorite reality TV show at the same time that your little one is watching his or her Saturday morning cartoons from another room. Following your free trial, you can choose to continue your Blue membership for $30 per month or opt for the entry-level Orange membership (also $30 per month), which has less channels but access to ESPN and Disney). Better yet, unlike YouTube TV, you’ll be guaranteed no rate increases with either plan through August 1, 2021, when you sign up by August 1, 2020

This matches the best offer we’ve ever seen from the company, which last ran in April. I actually signed up for the trial on its last go-round and have since decided to keep Sling for good—after being reunited with my beloved Lifetime movies and Ink Master once more, I simply couldn’t give them up. 

You just may find yourself in the same boat, particularly if you regularly stream without a stick. After testing Sling for a year, we found that it worked brilliantly on TVs with built-in streaming capabilities, like a Roku TV or an Nvidia Shield, offering high stability with few-to-no hiccups. As we learned while reviewing the service, Sling can struggle a bit with the Amazon Fire stick, lowering resolution or dropping the connection at times, but as someone who is both a Fire stick user and a happy Sling customer, it’s not enough of an issue for me to undermine my viewing experience. Still, it’s something to keep in mind if you’re considering a more long-term commitment.

Sling’s interface is streamlined and easy to use, though it does take some time to get used to. Plus you’ll have the two-week period to test it out with your own particular device free of charge, so there’s no risk involved. 

If you’re in need of a streaming device, new customers may also choose to forgo the free trial period and prepay for your first two months of the service instead to get the company’s AirTV mini streaming device ($75) free of charge. 

If anyone needs me, I’ll just be over here, binge-watching Bravo… 

Get your free two-week trial at Sling TV

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