The new Sling TV service was created by Dish Networks and is set to offer 13 channels to start. The service will cost $20 per month and includes the following channels: ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, ABC Family, Disney Channel, CNN, El Rey, and Galavision. In addition to the basic package, you can add on extra sports channels, a kids package and others for $5 more per month per package. They have also included some movie rental options, but I already rent all my movies on Amazon and the Kindle Fire so that feature is nothing that special.
For me, this service is a good fit, but missing a few of the channels I really enjoy. I love that I can watch it on my laptop, phone and tablet and it works really well. The video quality was very good and the user interface felt simple and easy to use. DVR does not appear to be an option on some channels and that can be pretty annoying. Also, at this time, there is no ability to mark shows that you want to watch so you can get reminders when they are on.
Even with the missing features and limited channels, at $20 per month it is a good fit for me and my family’s lifestyle.