Sling TV is raising prices for new subscribers now and existing subscribers later this year

Sling TV has announced that they are raising prices by $5 per month for new subscribers, making their Sling Orange and Sling Blue plans $35 per month. The cost of Sling TV’s various extra add-on packages are also increasing by $1 per month. When YouTube TV and Fubo TV both raised prices last year, Sling TV took the opportunity for some good publicity by announcing that they would not be raising prices for existing customers for a full year. That means existing Sling TV customers won’t be paying the new higher prices until July 2021. To help soften the price increase a little, Sling TV has also announced that they’re upping their Free DVR offering from 10 to 50 hours, and increasing the paid DVR package, which still costs $5 per month, from 50 to 200 hours.

  1. Kevin W. says:

    Once Playstation Vue ended (or actually a little before) we switched to Sling and other than their weird billing practices — when you add or drop or they make changes to the service — I have been more than satisfied with the service. We do Sling Orange for $30 coupled with an AirTV for the locals (which puts all the channels on the same guide). This gives us 3 simultaneous viewing and my adult children like that aspect. I also have a FireTV Recast so best of all worlds. If only I could get my Sling channels on my Echo Show I’d be a happy camper.

    Recently we lost a few channels on the Sling so if they go much above the $5 increase I might be tempted to cancel altogether. Right now seems like a decent enough value. Not a big sports guy, disappointed that NBCSN is moving Premier League to Peacock+. All of these various moves will eventually kill off these cable wannabes and will erode their viewer base. I can’t fathom why I would pay to watch commercials in today’s market except for live TV but some members of my family need their channels.

    That said, we end up watching Netflix, HBOMax, maybe some Amazon Prime and occasionally AppleTV+ (until free runs out) and Disney+ and not Sling except for News (CNN, MSNBC) plus local PBS and local affiliate stations.

  2. Nate says:

    I received the email today from Sling regarding the DVR limit now going up and I honestly couldn’t help but think, “Hmmm, if my experiences have taught me anything, this will definitely be accompanied by a price hike.” Lo and behold, here is that confirmation.

    I truly do enjoy Sling’s service as it has always felt like a cut above the other platforms, but if Sling decides they will invoke the DirecTV method of customer retention a la, “Price increases will continue until customer retention improves”, I may have to reevaluate my subscription. The first price hike I experienced was understandable and didn’t both me much as it was the first such time, but a second one in as many years, this time with add-ons also being hit? This gives me a bit of pause.

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