New Sling TV subscribers can get a free Amazon Fire TV Stick or AirTV Mini — here’s how to sign up

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  • Sling TV is one of the most affordable live TV streaming services on the market with two straightforward plans and one combo package.
  • For new subscribers, Sling Orange and Sling Blue cost $20 each for your first month and then go up to $30 a month afterward. You can combine the two at an introductory rate of $35 and then $45 a month afterward.
  • If you prepay for two or more months of service at its normal cost, Sling will also throw in a free Amazon Fire TV Stick ($39.99 retail value), AirTV Mini ($79.99 retail value), or an antenna ($44.95 retail value).

If you’re looking to ditch your cable subscription, you’re likely doing tons of research to find the live TV streaming service that brings you the best channel selection at the highest quality for the best price.

Dollar for dollar, Sling TV is one of the most affordable services on the market offering a large selection of both live channels and on-demand streaming content.

Unfortunately, unlike most other streaming platforms, Sling TV doesn’t offer any sort of free trial so you can test the service before you commit to paying. But its general affordability coupled with a discounted intro rate and a free streaming device offer results in an overall cost that can’t be beaten.

Sling TV has two options with a discounted intro rate of $20

Sling offers two streaming options – Sling Orange and Sling Blue.

While there’s a wide overlap in the channel offerings, the main difference is that Orange includes ESPN and the Disney Channel while Blue includes a package of Fox channels, Discovery, Bravo, and, in select networks, NBC.

You can start streaming Orange or Blue at $20 for your first month of service – that’s 30% off the usual monthly rate of $30. If you don’t want to compromise on any of the channels, you can combine the two and pay a discounted intro rate of $35. Then it jumps up to its regular rate of $45 a month.

Sling will throw in a free Amazon Fire TV Stick, AirTV Mini, or antenna if you pay for two months at sign-up

You should take advantage of the intro rate if you already have a way to stream Sling, but because the service isn’t as popular as Hulu or Netflix, your options can be a bit more limited.

LG Smart TVs already have the Sling app installed, so you can start streaming right away once you subscribe. The Sling app is also native to Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One, and AirTV, so if you already own one of those devices, you’re good to go. You can also always stream on your laptop if you want to keep things simple.

If you don’t own one of these devices preloaded with the app though, Sling currently offers several packages that’ll get you free or discounted devices.

If you subscribe and prepay for two months of regular service, Sling will throw in a free Amazon Fire TV Stick ($39.99 retail value), AirTV Mini ($79.99 retail value), or antenna ($44.95 retail value).

If you prepay for three months of regular service, you can opt for one of two discounted device bundles instead. For $99, you can get an AirTV Mini ($79.99 retail value), an AirTV 2 ($99.99 retail value), and an antenna ($44.95 retail value). For $149 you can receive that same bundle with a second AirTV Mini.

The AirTV Mini is more streamlined for Sling users and can be used to access Netflix too

The AirTV Mini and Amazon Fire TV Stick devices will get you up and running with both Sling and Netflix with the press of a button.

If you’re going to make Sling the primary way you watch TV shows, the AirTV Mini might be a more streamlined option. It can launch the Sling app automatically, the controls are designed as shortcuts to the Sling interface, and there’s a large Sling button to make sure you can easily get back to your live TV stream with one touch.

Meanwhile, if you opt for the $99 or $149 bundle, you’ll also get an AirTV 2 and antenna to go along with your AirTV Mini. Together, these devices add support for watching and recording local over-the-air TV channels.

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