Sling Orange vs Sling Blue vs Now TV

Sling Orange, Sling Blue, and Xfinity's Now TV are some of the most cost-effective live TV streaming plans right now, but how do they compare to one another? Well, for starters, as alluring as Now TV's package is (apart from the usual live channels, it also comes with Peacock Premium), it's exclusively available to Xfinity Internet customers. And while you can cancel Now TV anytime you want, the internet subscription requires at least a year-long contract, unless you're willing to pay more for the monthly fee. For their part, Sling Orange and Sling Blue require no contracts whatsoever, although they do cost double the amount for almost the same number of channels as Now TV (around 40). All three plans have their pros and cons, so below, we try to compare their features to help you decide which is the best fit for your viewing needs.

Which is cheaper?

The cheapest of the three streaming service in order are: Now TV ($20), Sling Orange ($40), and the most expensive of the bunch, Sling Blue ($45).

Sling Orange vs Sling Blue vs Now TV channel lineups

Channel Sling Orange
$40/month
Sling Blue
$45/month
Now TV
$20/month
A&EYesYesYes
AMCYesYesYes
Animal Planet--Yes
AXS TVYesYes-
BBC AmericaYesYesYes
BBC News--Yes
BETYesYes-
BloombergYesYes-
Bloomberg TelevisionYesYes-
Bravo-Yes-
Cartoon NetworkYesYes-
Charge!YesYes-
CNNYesYes-
Comedy CentralYesYes-
Comedy TV--Yes
CometYesYes-
Cooking Channel--Yes
Crime+Investigation--Yes
DiscoveryYesYesYes
Discovery Channel-YesYes
Discovery Life--Yes
Disney ChannelYes--
E!-Yes-
EPIX Drive-InYesYes-
ESPNYes--
ESPN2Yes--
ESPN3Yes--
Food NetworkYesYesYes
Fox News-Yes-
Fox News Channel-Yes-
Fox Sports-Yes-
Fox Sports 1-Yes-
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)-Yes-
FreeformYes--
FuseYesYes-
FX-Yes-
FYI--Yes
GetTV--Yes
Great American Family--Yes
Great American Living--Yes
GSN--Yes
Hallmark--Yes
Hallmark Channel--Yes
Hallmark Family--Yes
Hallmark Mystery--Yes
HGTVYesYesYes
HistoryYesYesYes
HLN-Yes-
IDYesYesYes
IFCYesYesYes
Investigation DiscoveryYesYes-
Investigation Discovery (ID)YesYes-
Justice Central TV--Yes
LifetimeYesYesYes
LMN--Yes
Local NowYesYes-
Magnolia Network--Yes
MotorTrendYes-Yes
MSNBC-Yes-
National Geographic-Yes-
NBC-YesYes
NFL Network-Yes-
Nick Jr.YesYes-
OWN--Yes
PBS--Yes
Pursuit--Yes
QVCYes--
Recipe.TV--Yes
Science Channel--Yes
Sony Movies--Yes
SYFY-Yes-
TBSYesYes-
The Weather Channel--Yes
TLC-YesYes
TNTYesYes-
Travel ChannelYesYesYes
truTV-Yes-
USA-Yes-
ViceYesYesYes
W--Yes
Weather Channel--Yes
WEtv--Yes

Device availability comparaison

Where each streaming service has an app:
Device Sling Orange
$40/month
Sling Blue
$45/month
Now TV
$20/month
AirplayYesYes-
Airplay supportedYesYes-
AirTVYesYes-
Amazon Fire TVYesYesYes
AndroidYesYesYes
Android TVYesYes-
Apple TVYesYes-
ChromecastYesYes-
CoxYes--
Fire TVYesYesYes
iOSYesYesYes
LGYesYes-
LG TVYesYes-
Mi BoxYes--
RokuYesYes-
SamsungYesYes-
Samsung TVYesYes-
TiVoYes--
VizioYes--
Windows 10Yes--
Windows 11Yes--
XboxYesYes-
Xbox 360-Yes-
Xbox OneYes--

Trial: Sling Orange does not offer a trial

Sling Orange is currently not offering a trial.

Go to Sling Orange

Trial: Sling Blue does not offer a trial

Sling Blue is currently not offering a trial.

Go to Sling Blue

Trial: Now TV does not offer a trial

Now TV is currently not offering a trial.

Go to Now TV

Why get Sling Orange?

Get Sling Orange if you watch ESPN or Disney channels, which are not available on Sling Blue.

Go to Sling Orange

Why get Sling Blue?

If you like channels such as Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and TBS, Sling Blue is a cheap alternative to cable - costing only $40 a month.

Go to Sling Blue

Why get Now TV?

Now TV is the new cable alternative from Comcast (owner of Xfinity). For $20/month, you get over 40 live channels, 20 hours of DVR, and watch on up to three devices. You also get Peacock Premium included. And of course, no minimum commitment and you can cancel anytime. 

To get it, you have to first subscribe or already be a subscriber to Xfinity internet. You can then add it at checkout. 

At $20, it is one of the cheapest cord-cutting services out there, especially considering the channels that it offers. 

Go to Now TV

Now TV is the new cable alternative from Comcast (owner of Xfinity). For $20/month, you get over 40 live channels, 20 hours of DVR, and watch on up to three devices. You also get Peacock Premium included. And of course, no minimum commitment and you can cancel anytime. To get it, you have to first subscribe or already be a subscriber to Xfinity internet. You can then add it at checkout. At $20, it is one of the cheapest cord-cutting services out there, especially considering the channels that it offers.

Price: $20/month

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, iOS

Channel lineup: A&E, Afro, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, BBC News, Comedy TV, Cooking Channel, Crime+Investigation, Discovery Channel, Discovery Life Channel, Food Network, FYI, GetTV, Great American Family, Great American Living, GSN, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Family, Hallmark Mystery, HGTV, History Channel, ID, IFC, Justice Central TV, Lifetime, LMN, Magnolia Network, Military History Channel, MotorTrend, NBC, OWN, PBS, Pursuit, Recipe.TV, Science Channel, Sony Movies, Sundance Channel, The Weather Channel, TLC, Travel Channel, Vice, WEtv

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