One of the best deals in streaming is getting a bit more expensive, as Sling TV is announcing a price hike combined with larger DVR options.
Streaming TV services have been raising prices across the board. YouTube TV announced increases in July, Hulu in November and fuboTV announced a pricing bump when it struck a deal to carry Disney’s catalog. In fact, price increases among streaming providers have become so common that T-Mobile specifically advertised “no exploding plans” when it unveiled its TVision streaming service.
Long considered one of the cheapest streaming options available, Sling TV is joining the ranks of its competitors in raising prices. The company has announced that new customers will be charged $35 for either the Sling Orange or Sling Blue plans, up $5/mo over previous pricing. When bundled together, the two packages will cost $50 per month, also an increase of $5.
Many of the company’s various extra packages are also increasing $1 or $2 per month. Existing customers will not seen any price increases through July 2021, as part of the company’s 1-Year Price Guarantee.
“Unfortunately, we are forced to raise prices because the television networks keep charging us more, but we fight hard to get the best deal for our customers. The proof of our commitment is apparent, as SLING TV is still the best deal in the market, keeping our prices much lower than cable and other live streaming services. SLING TV customers can rest assured that we’ll continue to offer the best combination of live news, sports and entertainment cable channels at the best value,” said Michael Schwimmer, group president, SLING TV.
Fortunately, the company is also addressing one of its biggest pain points, namely the size of its included DVR service. Previously Sling only offered 10 GB for free, with 50 GB available for $5 extra. With other services starting at 100 GB and going up to 1,000 GB, or even unlimited, Sling’s DVR options were anemic, to put it mildly. With the new plans, all customers will now have 50 GB of DVR storage for free, with $5 bringing that up to 200 GB.
“A robust DVR feature is a must-have for a premium entertainment experience — customers have told us they want more, and we delivered,” said Schwimmer. “By more than quadrupling DVR for all customers at no charge, SLING TV continues to provide the best value for pay-TV in the industry.”