Friday, November 4, 2022

Sling TV is raising its prices. Thanks Disney.

If you're a Sling TV subscriber, you'll get (if you haven't already) a notice that prices are going up. Sling TV will be $40/month going forward. That's a $5/month increase.

For Sling TV subscribers, the price will be effective for the next bill received on or after December 3. For new subscribers, it's effective immediately.

In case this is a shock to you, well you haven't been paying attention. Most of us saw this coming.

Sling TV is owned by Dish -- not everybody realizes this, but it is so -- and Dish Network announced a price increase a few weeks ago.

That was on the heels of the dispute with Disney a month ago where Disney pulled ESPN and the rest of their channels from Dish and Sling TV at the last minute just in time for a weekend of college football.

A lot of people got all mad at Sling TV over that, rather than Disney, who was the one who suddenly broke off talks and walked away, causing the outage. After the weekend, Disney resumed talks and allowed Dish and Sling to resume carrying Disney's channels.

The result of all this is that Disney is getting more money from Dish (and Sling TV) and their customers are paying more money as a result.

Sling TV isn't publicly blaming Disney, rather they are simply blaming the economy and the very high inflation those leaders in Washington have caused.

With the change, the monthly cost for Sling Orange or Sling Blue will now be $40, and Sling Orange & Blue will be $55, which is a $25 savings when you buy both.

Raising prices for our customers is not something we take lightly. We recognize that historically high inflation is impacting our customers every day and our goal is not to be another burden to your wallet. During these challenging times, Sling will continue to deliver the lowest price combined with an industry-leading user experience, flexibility and ease to watch top channels such as CNN, ESPN, FOX News, NFL RedZone, TNT, FOX Sports 1, and many more. However, Sling doesn’t own the networks you watch — we pay programmers for their channels, and the price of programming continues to rise. We’re deeply committed to keeping costs low and continually work with programmers to provide service you can rely on, which is why we haven’t raised prices in nearly two years, maintaining a generous cost advantage compared to our competitors.

Our focus on value and innovation has never been stronger and we have a robust list of new features we’re excited to share in the future, including plans to add 150-plus new channels through 2023, new User Profiles for your household and auto Binge Watching capabilities.

If you don't want to blame the politicians running Congress, you can blame Disney. Up to you. Bottom line is, this isn't the fault of Dish and Sling TV.

Sling TV is still  one of the best deals when it comes to live streaming services. And, they are the best deal that offers sports and news. If you want a live service with news and sports in your Streaming Life, Sling is still the cheapest way to go, despite the efforts of Disney and the ones running Congress.

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