Sling TV invites start rolling out tonight — 1 week Free trial included

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Sling TV, a $20 a month streaming-only cable television subscription service coming to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, will begin sending out their first batch of sign-up invitations tonight at 9 p.m. PT. Invitations will come with a 1 week free trial offer. If all goes well, the service will fully launch to everyone in about 2 weeks. Sling is also promising to offer device bundle packages that will be announced soon. No word if these bundles will just be extended trial periods, like the 30 day free trial announced for Xbox One owners, or if they will include service discounts.

Early reviews of Sling TV have been praising the service’s picture quality and fast channel flipping experience. The service’s DVR aspects, on the other hand, have left reviewers wanting more. Most channels, including ESPN and ESPN 2, don’t offer any DVR features and can only be watched live. It’s clear Sling TV, in its current form at least, isn’t the cable subscription savior we’ve all been hoping for, but it’s shaping up to be a great starting step.

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30 comments
  1. Dominic says:

    How do you get on the invite list?

  2. Marcel says:

    This should be good,can’t wait. Now if we can only get local channels the same way this would be perfect,at least for me.

  3. Snorkel says:

    Seems a bit expensive for the tiny amount of channels the service provides.

    • Rick says:

      All about what it would take to land ESPN. Live sports are the huge cost drivers. All cable/satellite customers pay ~$7-$8 per month for just ESPN, whether they watch it or not. They actually did a decent job of negotiating something with Disney that would get a price point consumers will buy in at; a lot of predictions had a standalone ESPN product upwards of $30 if it ever got here.

  4. Tv guy says:

    I signed up the first day it was available for invite. It’s 9:12 PST now and I didn’t get any invite yet. Can anyone confirm they got an email with an invite yet?

  5. SlingTV says:

    Did anyone get an invite ??

  6. Tv guy says:

    Not yet.

    I guess they aren’t running on time

  7. RgnKjnVA says:

    No invite =/

  8. SlingTV says:

    interesting .. still no invites ..

  9. Tv guy says:

    I think that nobody got an an invite.

    it’s probably delayed or maybe there server is down or something.

    maybe by the end of the night somebody will have an invite

    getting my hopes up

  10. Tv guy says:

    @Sling: The latest: Invites have started to go out, but starting slowly. Thanks for your patience.

    m.twitter.com/Sling

  11. SlingTV says:

    Hope the service is not as bad/slow as the invitations ..

  12. merc669 says:

    I am still waiting…Signed up as soon as I heard about it. Looking forward to it. But nothing in my mail yet…

  13. Sierra Shark says:

    Still no invite as of 1-29-15. Would love to have had this before Superbowl Sunday just to watch ESPN pre and post game coverage. Not very promising considering the size of the host company where it’s coming from. Oh well……. :(

  14. Richard Killingsworth says:

    Invites started going out a couple hours or so ago. People on reddit, Facebook, and Twitter have been reporting that they’ve received theirs. Fingers crossed that the rest of us receive ours soon enough.

  15. Clint E. says:

    The single biggest gotcha for me is that you can only stream to one device at a time. For the limited amount of channels and the one device limit makes this not all that great. If anything it should be at least s devices and then maybe a small fee to add additional devices.

    • David says:

      That’s the GOTCHA! Maybe a “deal” for someone who’s single and doesn’t have another family member wanting to watch something different. But for me – I’ve got a wife and 2 kids – and we have 6 TVs. Lets say we bought 4 subscriptions (@$80) for this very TINY number of channels – PLUS the $50/month for cable internet to watch them – that’s $130/month – about what I’m paying Time Warner already for a HELLUVA LOT MORE channels, INCLUDING internet, phone and DVR service.

      NO DEAL HERE.

  16. Jose Rivera says:

    I just received my invitation..you have to call them over the phone and provide them with your credit card or debit card number/personal information just to get seven days for free and they could only do it over the phone you can’t do it online I felt very uncomfortable doing it and i did not sign up the customer service rep felt agitated by me not giving out my information beware!!!

    • E Toppi says:

      I tried calling to activate. The call center (person answering the phone?) was unprofessional. When they first answered all I heard was background noise and people talking. It must have taken at least 30 seconds to say hello–after I shouted hello in the phone three or four times. Then I had to tell them what I was calling about–it is not a dedicated service for Sling TV. I’ll simply say communication was challenging. Then they wanted my credit card number? Really? I was extremely uncomfortable giving out my cc number. I don’t know, Sling TV, I was excited at the prospect of this service but your execution leaves quite a bit to be desired.

  17. Heather metrick says:

    I would like to know more information about sling tv how much more the sports and HBO comedy plus extra would all be together

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