Sling TV FAQ from Solid Signal

Is Sling TV something you’ve been thinking about getting? It’s a great way to stream a wide variety of national TV channels at home or on the go. But what is the Sling TV app? And which Sling TV package is best? If you have these and other questions, this Sling TV FAQ from Solid Signal has your answers. Our Signal Connect division sells Sling TV, so we reached out to them for help with this listing. The reps on that side of the office shared some of the most common questions they get and the answers to them. If there’s something in particular that you’d like to know about Sling TV, there’s a good chance you’ll find the answer here.

1. “What’s Sling TV?”

This is the most basic question yet it’s so pivotal to anyone’s understanding of this streaming service. Think of Sling TV is a completely new way to watch live TV. It’s an app-based service loaded with exciting features that lets you stream many of your favorite channels over the internet. This means you can enjoy live TV at home TV, laptop, tablet, or phone. And because you can use Sling on portable devices, it means you get your favorite programming on the go, too. Sling TV is a subsidiary of satellite TV giant DISH.

2. “What Channels Do I Get?”

That all depends upon which Sling TV package you get. Sling TV has three different packages: Orange, Blue, and Orange & Blue. The Orange package has 33 channels, Blue has 48, and Orange & Blue has 55. Each package has a decent mix of news, sports, and entertainment programming. To learn which channels come with each package, visit Solid Signal’s Sling TV page. We recommend viewers pick the package that offers the biggest variety of channels that appeal to both themselves and their family.

3. “Do I Have to Pay for Channels I Don’t Use?”

We get this question a lot and it makes a lot of sense. Sling’s A La Carte Channels is the perfect option for anyone who doesn’t want to pay for channels they’re not using. For an extra $15 per month, this option lets you choose from more than 15 channels. This lets you literally customize the package you want with channels you know that you and your family want to watch. If you want to add even more, you can get single networks for as low as $3/month. For those concerned with paying for channels you want watch, the A La Carte Channels could be the feature for you.

4. “What About Niche Programming Options?”

If there is a specific type of programming you prefer, Sling has you covered. It’s specific content-related packages cost $5/month and are available as additions to Sling’s Orange and Blue packages. For those who want to add this programming to their existing package, this can be a great way to do it. These packages are available in these categories:

  • Comedy
  • Premiums
  • Español
  • International
  • Sports
  • Kids
  • News
  • Lifestyle
  • Heartland
  • Hollywood

5. “Can I Record My Favorite Shows with Sling TV?”

Yes, you can! Sling TV comes with a cloud DVR that lets you record your favorite shows. This is an extremely important feature for anyone who leads a busy life and might not be able to watch their favorite shows during their original air times. It’s very easy to use, too:

  • Go to the guide
  • Find the show you want to record
  • Select the title
  • Find the “record program” option

*Note: Sling TV’s DVR function is not available on Disney and ESPN channels as well as On-Demand channels:

  • Freeform
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney XD
  • Disney JR
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • ESPN Deportes
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • ESPN Bases Loaded
  • ACC Network
  • SEC Network
  • Local Now

6. “What Does Sling TV Work On?”

This is another question we get a lot and it makes perfect sense. Many people who are considering getting Sling TV want to know if they can watch it on the device they have or if they’ have to purchase a new one. The good news is that Sling TV can be enjoyed on a wide variety of platforms that includes streaming devices, computers, gaming consoles, and much more. (Just remember that because this is a streaming service, you need an active internet connection.) Here is a list of devices and requirements needed to watch Sling TV:

Device Requirements
Amazon Fire Devices Amazon Fire TV


Fire tablets on Android OS 4.4.2 (or higher)


Amazon Fire TV Edition by Element

Android Tablet or Phone OS Kit Kat 4.4 (or newer)


Android TV OS Kit Kat 4.4 (or newer)


Smart TVs: Sharp AQUOS, Sony Bravia, LeEco


AirTV Player


Oculus Go

Apple TV 4th Generation Apple TV (or newer)

tvOS 10.0 (and higher)

Chromebook Select Chromebook Devices
Chromecast All Chromecast Devices

Vizio SmartCast TVs

Google Chrome Browser Google Chrome (most recent)


Windows 7 or 8.1

IOS (iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch) iOS 11 (or newer)

iPhone XS, XS Max Devices

LG TV WebOS 3.0 (and higher)
Microsoft Edge Browser Microsoft Edge (most recent)
Roku Roku LT (and higher)

Roku TVs from Hisense & TCL

Samsung Select 2016/17 Smart TVs
Windows 10 All Windows 10 computers and enabled devices
XBOX XBOX One, One S, & One X
Xfinity X1 (Select international and Latino services only) Arris Xg1v1

Pace Xg1v1

Pace Xg1v3




7. What is the Best Device to Watch Sling TV?

We believe that the AirTV Player is the best way to watch Sling TV. Since this streaming device is made by DISH, it’s optimized for Sling TV, which is also owned by DISH. More importantly, the AirTV Player also lets you add a TV antenna to it. This lets you enjoy all the local TV channels and sub-channels you can receive on the same AirTV menu that displays your national stations from Sling. It’s a win-win for anyone who wants to add all that free local TV to the stations they’re paying for.

8. “How Do I Sign Up for Sling TV?”

This one’s easy. Our Signal Connect division offers Sling TV. If you’re ready to stream the hottest national TV channels at home or on the road, we can help. If you’re ready to take the plunge, you can call us directly at 888-233-7563. If you just want some more information, take a moment to fill out the form below and click “submit.” A member of the Signal Connect team will get back to you in one business day or less. It doesn’t get any easier than this!

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.