Cable schmable: Sling TV is now free from 5 p.m. to midnight, every night—no credit card required

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Bring on the popcorn (and not your credit card)—it's TV time. (Photo: Sling TV)
Bring on the popcorn (and not your credit card)—it's TV time. (Photo: Sling TV)

So you got rid of cable. Now what? Sling TV, that’s what. It uses the internet to stream all your favorite channels to your TV, smartphone, or tablet.

And right now, the service is offering a “Sling Happy Hour” deal for new subscribers: Right now, you can watch Sling TV from 5pm to midnight for free, every night until Monday, April 20.

The streaming service features more than 45 live TV channels—including HGTV, CNN, Bravo, Food Network, TBS, BET, USA, IFC, and Lifetime. Hint: You won’t find these networks on Netflix, HBO Now, or Disney+.

Get the deal

Here’s how it works: Go to Sling TV at 5pm. Enter your email address, a unique password for your account and your zip code—with no credit card required. And that’s it. You’ll be automatically granted access to watch Sling TV’s “Blue” package of networks for free—which normally goes for $30 per month. And don’t worry, Sling will adjust for your time zone, so you’ll never miss your favorite movies and TV shows.

Enjoy Sling TV Happy Hour until April 20. (Photo: Sling TV)
Enjoy Sling TV Happy Hour until April 20. (Photo: Sling TV)

Available plans

Sling TV offers three plans. The Orange plan is a basic package with more than 30 news and entertainment networks like ESPN, CNN, A&E and Cartoon Network. The Blue plan adds more movie and sports networks like TNT, TBS, Paramount Network and Fox Sports, plus a few internet networks like Newsy and Cheddar. Each plan goes for $30 per month. However, you can get Orange + Blue together for $45 per month.

Check out the full list of networks here.

The competition

Compared to other live TV streaming services, Sling TV is one of the least expensive options, with about 50 channels. YouTube TV and Hulu Live TV feature about 70 channels each for $50 and $55 a month, respectively.

Bottom line

Think of Sling TV as a cable subscription that lets you watch on just about any device, with up to three streams at a time. It’s compatible with Windows 10, macOS, Android, iOS, iPadOS, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Fire TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android TV, and smart TVs from Samsung, LG, and Vizio. You’ll find a full list of supported devices here.

Bonus: You can record stuff just like a DVR. You’ll get 10 hours of storage space for free, and 50 hours more for an additional $5 a month. See? Cutting the cord never felt so good.

Shop it: Sling TV, Free from 5pm to midnight until April 20 (was $30 per month),

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