The Complete Guide to Getting and Using Sling TV on Firestick

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Sling Tv On Firestick

Watch live and on-demand TV for a fraction of your cable bill. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about installing, signing up for, and using Sling TV on Firestick and Fire TV.

After years paying over $100 a month for cable, I finally cut the cord for good. The solution? Sling TV paired with my Firestick media streamer.

Now I enjoy all my favorite shows for just $35 a month. No contracts, no hidden fees. The setup took minutes, and the picture quality beats my old cable box.

As an early adopter and cord-cutting enthusiast, I’ve learned all the ins and outs of using Sling on Firestick.

Let’s get started with the basics.

What Exactly is Sling TV?

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Launched in 2015 as a subsidiary of Dish Network, Sling TV aimed to disrupt the traditional pay TV model.

For a low monthly fee, Sling TV provides live, streaming access to some of cable’s most popular channels. Packages start at just $40 a month – less than half the average cable bill.

The genius lies in the delivery. Sling TV works on nearly any internet-connected device, no cable box required. As long as you have decent broadband speeds, you can stream Sling TV:

  • On mobile devices via the Android or iOS apps
  • Through media streamers like Firestick, Roku, and Apple TV
  • Via smart TV platforms from LG, Samsung, Sony and more
  • On gaming consoles such as Xbox One
  • In web browsers on your laptop or desktop computer

This plug-and-play flexibility made Sling an instant hit among cord-cutters. Since launch, millions have flocked from traditional pay TV services to the freedom of Sling.

Key Benefits

  • Stream 30+ live popular cable channels
  • Low monthly prices starting at $40
  • No contracts or hidden fees
  • Hundreds of On Demand movies and shows
  • Cloud DVR service available
  • Stream on nearly any device

For Firestick owners like myself, Sling TV offers an affordable live TV streaming solution. Let’s look at the packages and pricing.

Sling TV Packages, Channels and Pricing

One of the best parts of Sling is the flexibility. With access to over 50 channels in the combined package, you can pick and choose the exact programming you want.

Here’s an overview of the available Sling TV packages:

Sling Orange

  • $40 per month
  • 32+ channels
  • Ideal for sports (ESPN, Stadium) and families (Disney Channel, Freeform)
  • Only streams to 1 device at a time

Sling Blue

  • $45 per month
  • 42+ channels
  • More news, entertainment and drama channels
  • Streams to 3 devices simultaneously

Sling Orange + Blue

  • $60 per month
  • Combined channel lineup from Orange and Blue
  • Over 46 popular live TV channels
  • Streams to 4 devices simultaneously
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You’re not locked in forever either. Change your package anytime to align with sports seasons or when new shows release.

Pausing service for a few months? No contracts so you won’t pay a penny.

Premium Channel Add-Ons

Beyond the base packages, you can always splurge on premium channels. Popular options include:

  • HBO – $15 per month
  • SHOWTIME – $10 per month
  • STARZ – $9 per month
  • EPIX – $6 per month

These give you access to even more movies, original series, and events. Of course they do tack on an additional fee.

Extras, Sports and Comedy Packs

For as little as $6 per month, enhance your channel selection with one of the specialty channel packs.

Recent options included:

  • Kids Extra – BabyTV, Duck TV, TeenNick
  • Hollywood Extra – HDNet Movies, REELZ, Sony Movie Channel
  • Sports Extra – NBA TV, NHL Network, Outside TV
  • Comedy Extra – MTV, Logo, Fuse

Cloud DVR Service

Want to record shows to watch later? Add Cloud DVR for $5 per month extra:

  • Record up to 200 hours of programming
  • Access recordings for up to 30 days
  • Fast forward through commercials
  • Available on single streams only
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Now that you know the Sling TV channels and packages available, let’s get it installed on your Firestick.

How to Install Sling TV on Firestick

Thanks to the Amazon Appstore, getting Sling TV on your Firestick takes just minutes. No sketchy sideloading required.

What You’ll Need

Steps to Install

  1. From Firestick home screen, select the Search icon (magnifying glass)
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  1. Type in “Sling TV” using the on-screen keyboard
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  1. Select the Sling TV app from the list
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  1. Choose Download
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  1. Once finished, select Open to launch
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That’s all it takes to get up and running. Pretty straightforward right?

Now I’ll show you how to sign up.

How to Sign Up for Sling TV on Firestick

You can register for Sling TV one of two ways:

  • Through the Sling website
  • Directly in the Fire TV app

Either works fine, so choose the method you prefer below.

Sign Up on Sling TV Website

Benefits

  • View all packages/channels in detail
  • Enter CC# securely on computer

How To Sign Up Online

  1. Visit www.sling.com on a laptop or tablet
  2. Select “TRY US TODAY”
  3. Choose your preferred package
  4. Personalize with Extras/premiums (optional)
  5. Enter email and payment information
  6. Use your email and password to sign into Firestick app
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Once registered, you can stream instantly with nothing else to install or set up.

Sign Up in the Sling Fire TV App

Provided your Firestick is linked properly to your Amazon account and payment method, you can sign up directly in the app. Make sure your Amazon account has a valid credit card on file or it won’t work. Learn more in my Sling TV on LG / Samsung TV setup guide.

How To Sign Up in App

  1. Open Sling TV app on your Firestick
  2. Select “Watch Now 7 Days Free”
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  1. Pick your base package
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  1. Optional: Enable extras or premiums
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  1. Follow on-screen prompts to create account and enter payment

Make sure your Amazon account has a valid credit card on file or it won’t work.

And just like that, you now have access to stream live TV channels through Sling!

Using Sling TV on Your Firestick

The Sling TV interface works smoothly on Firestick with big images and intuitive menus. Operation mirrors traditional cable TV in a lot of ways.

Here I’ll break down the main sections and how to stream.

Sling Tv Highly Customizable

My TV

The My TV area greets you first on the Sling home screen. This offers personalized recommendations and curated picks. It’s also where you’ll add favorite channels for quick access.

Use the channel guide (left) or cover art view (right) to start streaming live TV.

On Now

See what’s currently playing on every channel across categories like News, Sports, Comedy and Lifestyle. Flip through each section horizontally.

TV Guide

Get the full programming schedule in an easy grid format. Scroll left/right to move in time and up/down to view channels. You can surf 2 weeks ahead to plan recordings.

Movies

Browse and stream hundreds of movies from the on-demand catalog. Filter by genre, channel source or rating to narrow down your options.

Shows

Same concept as Movies but pulls from a deep pool of TV series instead. Always fresh episodes streaming on-demand.

Sports

The Sports section organizes available live events and athletics programming by league. Catch up on studies for upcoming matchups and see schedules for your favorite teams.

Premium Channels

If you spring for Starz, Showtime, or any premium add-ons, access begins here. Download new releases or dive into full series on-demand with the standalone apps.

And that covers the main functionality on Sling TV Firestick edition! generally I find performance very responsive with crisp HD quality across my shows.

Now I’ll quickly go over troubleshooting before recapping everything learned so far.

Troubleshooting Sling TV on Firestick

These simple steps fix 90% of streaming issues:

  • First, restart your Firestick – hold power button for 30 seconds
  • Next, reinstall the Sling app then reopen
  • Check your internet speeds at Fast.com
  • If speeds fall below 25 Mbps, contact your ISP
  • Enable location permissions for Sling in Firestick Settings

Other users have had success assigning a static IP address to the Firestick or adjusting their router channel settings.

I may cover this more in a future post focused strictly on troubleshooting.

Hopefully a basic reboot and reinstall will solve any problems!

Now let’s recap everything we learned about Sling TV for Firestick:

Key Takeaways and Next Steps

  • Sling TV offers affordable live TV streaming starting at $40 per month
  • Packages like Sling Orange and Sling Blue provide 30+ must-have cable channels
  • Easily install Sling TV on Fire TV using the Appstore
  • Sign up directly through sling.com or in the Firestick app
  • Stream to 3 devices simultaneously (4 with combined package)
  • Add premium networks like HBO and SHOWTIME a-la-carte
  • Record shows to Cloud DVR for playback later
  • Available on nearly any phone, tablet, streaming device or computer

Unlock endless entertainment for less! Give Sling TV a shot free for 7 days through your Amazon Firestick.

Then take it for a spin on phones when away from home or tablets for another room. One Sling TV subscription covers streaming to multiple devices at once.

Review the table below for full compatibility across platforms:

PlatformSling App Available
iOS and AndroidYes
Fire TV and FirestickYes
RokuYes
Apple TVYes
Android TVsYes
Xbox OneYes
OculusYes
ChromecastYes
Web BrowsersYes

What shows do you want to catch up on first with your Sling TV subscription? Let me know in the comments!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Sling TV have locals and regional sports networks?

A: Locals availability depends on your location, but generally Sling offers the major locals like ABC, NBC and Fox. Access to regional sports varies. Check their site for specifics in your region.

Q: Can I use Sling TV internationally?

A: Sling only works in the United States currently. You’ll need a VPN router to access the streaming servers from outside the US.

Q: How many devices can stream simultaneously?

A: Sling Orange allows 1 stream at a time. Sling Blue and the combined Orange + Blue plans allow up to 3 concurrent streams.

Q: Is the Cloud DVR included?

A: Cloud DVR is available as a $5 per month add-on. It lets you record up 200 hours of programming to watch later.

Q: Does Sling offer a free trial?

A: Yes! New users qualify for a 7-day free trial. If you don’t cancel beforehand, your card on file will begin being charged monthly.

Q: Can I customize channel packages?

A: No custom packages, but you can mix and match the core plans (Orange, Blue) then tack on premium channels and genre-based Extras packs.

Q: What sports does Sling TV offer?

A: With ESPN and ESPN2 included in Sling Orange, it’s a top package for sports fans on a budget. But you can also upgrade with the Sports Extra add-on for channels like NFL Redzone and MLB Network according to Sling TV sports streaming guides.

Q: Is Sling better than YouTube TV or Hulu Live?

A: It comes down to channel preferences. Compare lineups side-by-side. Sling does cost less but has limited streams. See our streaming guide!

I hope this guide covered everything you need to know to watch Sling TV on your Fire TV streaming stick! Let me know if you have any other questions in the comments.