Now that we’re entering the ninth month of quarantine and the weather’s getting colder, we’re all starting to get a case of cabin fever. To help you beat the winter blues during the pandemic, Sling launched a free version of their Emmy Award-winning live TV streaming service called Sling Free.
It gives you access to live and On Demand TV for free, with no registration or credit card required. There are more than 5,000 movies and TV shows to choose from, which is much more content than Sling previously offered. The free platform that the company launched last year only contained 100 hours of movies and shows.
Sling Free is also an expansion of the Happy Hour promotion they launched back in April. It allowed customers who were new to Sling to watch primetime TV nightly from 5 p.m. EST to midnight for free.
Now thanks to Sling Free, you can enjoy thousands of hours of your favorite programs at any time of day or night at no cost from almost any device. Sling works with on your TV, wireless service device, tablet, or computer.
However, some reviews of the new platform haven’t been positive. TechCrunch said that a lot of the content is outdated. The TV section, for example, contains mostly older shows like Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen, Roseanne, Grounded for Life, and Shameless.
They also said that the movies section contains mostly unknown and older films. It’s organized into a few different categories including horror, drama, action, and popular.
The children’s section, however, has lots of new, kid-friendly favorites like Bob the Builder, Adventure Time, LEGO Ninjago, and Justice League Action.
There’s also a “get a free taste” section that allows you to watch a single episode of popular Starz programs like The White Queen, American Gods, Vida, and Power.
Sling Free also features ABC News Live, a 24/7 video news channel that will keep you informed about the pandemic and other breaking news.
“To stay informed in these uncertain times, Americans need access to news from reputable sources,” said Warren Schlichting, group president of SLING TV, in a statement. “With many Americans finding themselves staying at home, we have an opportunity to use our platform to help them deal with this rapidly evolving situation.”
Sling may also be hoping that their new free platform brings in more paying subscribers. During the fourth quarter of 2019, Sling TV lost 94,000 subscribers due to price hikes and increased competition.
Online streaming is surging due to the pandemic, and Sling may be trying to capture some of that business by giving customers a free taste of their content. About 40% of Americans said that they’ve been streaming more TV since lockdown began, and 28% have signed up for at least one new streaming service.
In an attempt to get you to upgrade, Sling Free shows you all the paid programs you’re missing out on, including popular sports and news shows like Anderson Cooper 360. The locked shows have yellow subscribe buttons over the thumbnails and there’s a large banner at the top of the screen advertising Sling’s paid plans.
But if you can resist the temptation to hand over your credit card, Sling Free is a great way to keep yourself entertained during the pandemic for free. Even if some of the shows are a little outdated, you’re sure to find something you enjoy out of the thousands of hours of content on the platform.
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You can access Sling Free on Roku, Android, and Amazon devices by downloading the app, or on your computer by visiting Sling’s website. Make sure you have Safari, Chrome, or Edge downloaded, or else the service won’t work.
If you’re already a Sling TV subscriber, you can enjoy Sling Free on any supported device without changing your subscription.
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