Sling vs Xfinity Flex: which is better?

Updated June 23, 2022 • Staff

The main difference between Sling and Xfinity Flex is availability. Sling TV is available to everyone and on most devices, whereas Xfinity Flex is available only for Xfinity internet customers and on the Xfinity device. 

Below we look at more factors that set the two apart: channels, price, trial, devices, and more. 

Why get Sling Orange + Blue?

Sling is a great option if you want to cut the cord but keep access to many channels. If you don't watch sports, you don't have to get the package for them.

Go to Sling Orange + Blue

Why get Xfinity Choice TV ?

With a starting price of $18/month, you can get local channels as well as basic national TV channels. It's good value if you only watch a few channels, but to increase your options, you have to buy into more packages. Prices vary depending location, but getting all packages should cost you around $79.5. You also can cancel at any time (here https://xfinity.com/buy/plan/internet/streamcancel) and change in between different packages depending on your needs. Exact pricing depends on where you are based.

Go to Xfinity Choice TV

Price: Xfinity Choice TV is cheaper than Sling Orange + Blue

Xfinity Choice TV 's costs $45 whereas Sling Orange + Blue costs $50. Getting Sling Orange + Blue instead of Xfinity Choice TV will set you back $5 more every month.

Devices: Sling Orange + Blue is more widely available than Xfinity Choice TV

Sling Orange + Blue is available on AirTV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Cox, iOS, LG TV, Mi Box, Roku, Samsung TV, TiVo, Vizio, Windows 10, Windows 11, Xbox or Xbox One.

Whereas Xfinity Choice TV is available on Xfinity Flex. That's 17 less devices than Sling Orange + Blue.

Channel count: Sling Orange + Blue has 12 channels more than Xfinity Choice TV

Sling Orange + Blue's lineup includes 50 channels whereas Xfinity Choice TV has only 38 channels. Getting a subscription to Sling Orange + Blue will give you access to 12 more channels than Xfinity Choice TV . That's quite a bit of channels.

Trial: Sling Orange + Blue offers a trial

Sling Orange + Blue has a trial. The trial duration is 3 days.

Find out more on Sling Orange + Blue

Trial: Xfinity Choice TV offers a trial

Xfinity Choice TV has a trial. The trial duration is 30 days.

Find out more on Xfinity Choice TV

Sling Orange + Blue's specialty

The specialties of Sling Orange + Blue are: Lifestyle, News, Sports.

Xfinity Choice TV 's specialty

The specialties of Xfinity Choice TV are: Lifestyle, News.

Channels on Sling Orange + Blue and not Xfinity Choice TV

The channels that Sling Orange + Blue has and which are not available on Xfinity Choice TV :

  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • BET
  • Bloomberg
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cheddar
  • CNN
  • Comet
  • Discovery Channel
  • EPIX Drive-In
  • ESPN3
  • FOX (select markets)
  • Fox News Channel
  • Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
  • Fuse
  • HLN
  • IFC
  • Investigation Discovery (ID)
  • Local Now
  • MotorTrend
  • NBCSN
  • Newsy
  • NFL Network
  • Nick Jr.
  • Stadium
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • truTV
  • Vice

Channels on Xfinity Choice TV and not Sling Orange + Blue

The channels that Xfinity Choice TV has which are not available on Sling Orange + Blue:

  • Animal Planet
  • CNBC
  • ESPNews
  • Fox Business
  • FXX
  • Golf Channel
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Movies and Mysteries
  • MTV
  • National Geographic channel
  • Nickelodeon
  • OWN
  • Regional Sports Networks
  • Tennis Channel
  • TV One
  • Universal Kids
  • VH1

Channels on both Xfinity Choice TV and Sling Orange + Blue

The channels that are available on both Xfinity Choice TV and Sling Orange + Blue are:

  • A&E
  • AMC
  • Bravo
  • Comedy Central
  • Disney Channel
  • E!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • Food Network
  • Freeform
  • FX
  • HGTV
  • History
  • Lifetime
  • MSNBC
  • National Geographic
  • NBC
  • SYFY
  • TLC
  • USA

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Xfinity Choice is a live TV service that's exclusive for Xfinity broadband users. You need to already have the Xfinity Flex device to be able to get to Xfinity Choice. If you're an Xfinity member but don't have the Flex device, you can order one for free on the Xfinity website. 

At $18/month, it allows you to get local channels and some national ones, and you can add a "sports & news" package for $36.50, "entertainment" for $15, and "kids & family" for $10 ($79.5 total). There are other add-ons, such as EPIX, Showtime, Cinemax, and HBO at different prices. Exact pricing depends on where you are based. 

If your viewing options are limited, it's a good option for the basic package that allows to cut the cord, or a cord, since you'll probably still have a broadband contract with Xfinity. 

Price: Varies depending on your location and account history.

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