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Sling Free: Is Sling TV Really Free?

Sling Free is Sling TV’s ad-supported, not-cost tier—but is it any good? The CableTV.com experts dive in.

Price: Free

Channels: 80+

On-demand library: Thousands of titles

What is Sling Free?

Sling Free is Sling TV’s answer to ad-supported free streaming services like Pluto TV, Tubi, and Xumo. It features a mix of live and on-demand content, including TV shows, movies, kids, news, and sports programming. It’s also completely free—you don’t even have to provide a credit card number or login info.

As with the other free streamers, the selection on Sling Free is a rando assortment of older movies and TV shows with unskippable commercial breaks. You’re not going to find the latest Marvel flicks or cable hits like Mayans for free, but sci-fi cheese like Mega Snake and all 110 episodes of ’90s biker drama Renegade? Sling Free has ’em.

How to watch Sling Free

You can access Sling Free by going to watch.sling.com on a web browser (Chrome, Edge, or Safari only) or downloading the Sling TV app to your streaming device (like Amazon Fire TV, Android, LG TV, Roku, Samsung TV, or Xbox).

Select “Explore Free Shows,” and you’ll be taken to a My TV page displaying rows upon rows of free TV shows and movies. By selecting the Guide tab, you’ll see a grid of “live” channels (with the exception of some news channels, the shows and movies are on a perpetual loop).

You can also select Sports and On Demand from the tabs menu, where you’ll be greeted with many a TV and movie labeled “Subscribe,” meaning you’d have to upgrade to a paid Sling TV plan to actually watch them. Sling Free is consistent with this upsell tactic.

Under the Rentals tab, you can pay to watch more recent movies than the Sling Free selection offers. The average rental fee is around $4 per movie, though some just-released studio films go for $20 (just wait a few weeks—the price will come down). Rentals don’t feature ads, BTW.

Sling Free channels

Sling Free features over 80 channels, which are roughly a 50/50 split of live-looping shows and on-demand-only content (most of the live channels also have on-demand movies and TV shows).

Some of the channels—which could be more accurately called content hubs—are familiar, like AMC and Discovery. But you’ve probably never heard of most of them, like Choppertown or Kabillion.

Between those channels, Sling Free streams over 5,000 TV shows and movies. You won’t see everything from cable network channels, though: AMC Presents is mostly reruns of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead but no Better Call Saul, and SHOWTIME serves up only a single episode of hits like Billions and Black Monday. Hey, you get what you pay for.

These are the channels included with Sling Free:

Comedy, drama, and reality TV shows

  • A&E (on demand)
  • AMC+ (on demand)
  • AMC Presents (live)
  • BET+ (on demand)
  • Bon Appetit (live, on demand)
  • Buzzr (live, on demand)
  • Choppertown (live, on demand)
  • Comedy Dynamics Network (on demand)
  • Curiosity Stream (on demand)
  • DangerTV (live, on demand)
  • The Design Network (live, on demand)
  • Discovery (on demand)
  • DogTV (on demand)
  • Dust (live, on demand)
  • GustoTV (live, on demand)
  • HISTORY (on demand)
  • IFC (live)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live (on demand)
  • Lifetime (on demand)
  • So Yummy! (live, on demand)
  • Tastemade (live, on demand)
  • TBS (on demand)
  • TNT (on demand)
  • truTV (on demand)
  • WEtv (live)

Comedy, drama, and cult movies

  • AMC Rush (live)
  • The Archive (live, on demand)
  • CONtv (on demand)
  • Dove Channel (on demand)
  • Favesome (live, on demand)
  • The Film Detective (live, on demand)
  • FilmRise (live, on demand)
  • FlixFling (on demand)
  • FlixFling Now (live, on demand)
  • Glewed TV (live, on demand)
  • Gravitas Movies (on demand)
  • Hallmark Movies Now (on demand)
  • HereTV (on demand)
  • Hi-Yah! (live, on demand)
  • IFC Films Picks (live, on demand)
  • Lone Star (live, on demand)
  • Magnolia Pictures (on demand)
  • Maverick Black Cinema (on demand)
  • Pac Films (on demand)
  • Shout! Factory TV (live, on demand)
  • UP Faith & Family (on demand)

Sports, fitness, and outdoors

  • beIN Sports Extra (live, on demand)
  • Draft Kings Basketball (live, on demand)
  • ESPN OnDemand (on demand)
  • eSports Network (live, on demand)
  • ESTV (live, on demand)
  • Grokker (on demand)
  • Grvty (live, on demand)
  • NBA OnDemand (on demand)
  • Outside TV+ (live, on demand)
  • Outside TV Features (on demand)
  • Players TV (live, on demand)
  • Sports Grid (live, on demand)

News, entertainment, and information

  • ABC News Live (live, on demand)
  • Big World (live, on demand)
  • Bloomberg Quicktake (on demand)
  • CBSN (live, on demand)
  • FS TV (live, on demand)
  • Hollywire (live, on demand)
  • Law & Crime Rewind (live, on demand)
  • Sling Central (on demand)
  • TD Ameritrade Network (live, on demand)
  • True Royalty (on demand)

Kids and family

  • Cartoon Network/Adult Swim (on demand)
  • DuckTV (on demand)
  • Hopster (on demand)
  • Kabillion (on demand)
  • Kartoon Channel (on demand)
  • Lion Mountain TV (on demand)
  • Pocket Watch (live, on demand)
  • Ryan & Friends (live, on demand)
  • Zone TV (on demand)

Music and karaoke

  • Country Network Plus (on demand)
  • Latido Music (live, on demand)
  • Live X Live (live, on demand)
  • Stingray Karaoke (on demand)

Premium channels

  • EPIX (on demand)
  • SHOWTIME (on demand)
  • STARZ (on demand)

Sling Free’s channels, which are also accessible through paid Sling TV plans, are essentially samplers of what you’d get with a full subscription to Sling Orange, Sling Blue, or Sling Orange + Blue.

Final take: Is Sling Free worth it?

Free is free, can’t argue with that. As long as you don’t set your expectations too high, Sling Free is decent gratis entertainment.

Just know that you’ll be frequently nudged to upgrade to a paid Sling TV plan—Sling Free is kind of like an open-ended free trial in place of the actual free trial period Sling TV used to offer.

Get started with Sling

Start watching Sling Free today. Or, if you are curious what you are missing out on with their paid plans, check out all that Sling TV has to offer in our comprehensive Sling TV review.

Sling Free FAQ

Is Sling Free a trial period for Sling TV?

Sling Free does not refer to a free trial period to try out Sling TV. In fact, Sling TV no longer offers free trials. Sling Free is an ad-supported free version of Sling TV that offers over 80 channels of live and on-demand content, with over 5,000 movies and TV shows.

What channels are on Sling Free?

Channels on Sling Free include AMC, IFC, Discovery, ABC News Live, CBSN, SHOWTIME, and dozens of less familiar channels. Some channels stream only select content, while others include full seasons of shows (FilmRise has all 84 episodes of Kitchen Nightmares, for instance).

Does Sling Free require sign-up or a credit card?

Sling Free does not require registration or a credit card number. Simply access Sling TV through its streaming device app or go to watch.sling.com. Sling Free is also available to paying Sling TV customers.