Sling tv vs. At&t tv now

Best for kids

Price: $35.00–$50.00/mo.

Channels: 30–50+

Editorial star rating: 3.89/5.00


HBO included

Price: $65–$135/mo.

Channels: 45–125+

Editorial star rating: 3.52/5.00


Bottom line: Is Sling TV or AT&T TV NOW better?

We prefer Sling TV’s lower starting prices, kids and sports programming, frequent deals, and usability over AT&T TV NOW. But its channel lineups are confusing even though they’re much cheaper than AT&T TV NOW.


Sling TV vs. AT&T TV NOW pros and cons



                              Sling TV

👍 Free device offers for new subscribers
👍 Lower prices
👍 Good kids programming
👎 Confusing channel lineups

                   AT&T TV NOW

👍 Included premium channels
👍 Convenient off-line viewing
👎 Limited cloud DVR

Deals and promotions

Why yes, we have hunted down some delicious deals and promotions for you.

AT&T TV NOW: free HBO Max for 30 days ($15 value)

Sling TV: free AirTV mini ($79.99 value)

How are Sling TV and AT&T TV NOW different?

What’s your thing? Price or channel count?

Editorial star rating3.89/5.003.52/5.00
Live channels30–50+45–125+
Max. cloud DVR200 hrs.500 hrs.
Compatible devices169
Max. multiple streams43
Trial7 days7 days

Data as of 09/22/20. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

On one side of the scale, we have Sling TV with affordable pricing and better features in just about every category. Budget-conscious TV lovers will love Sling TV.

On the other side, we have AT&T TV NOW (formally DIRECTV NOW) with more channels, but at cable-like prices. (Some are more expensive than regular DIRECTV packages—yikes!)

Those aren’t the only things that make these services different from each other, though. So we’ll break them down feature by feature for you.

Sling TV vs. AT&T TV NOW prices and plans

Hold onto your remotes—it’s going to get a little confusing here. These streaming services have very different package layouts. 

Sling TV pricing and plans

PackageChannel countStarting price
Sling Orange30+$35/mo.
Sling Blue40+$35/mo.
Sling Orange & Blue50+$50/mo.

Data as of 09/22/20. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Okay, this is where things get weird. You can get Sling Blue or Sling Orange for $35, but you’ll get different channels with each package because they don’t build on each other. What that means is you’ll have to choose between FOX Sports and ESPN, but get the same channel count with both packages. Could you be more annoying, Sling?

That said, you can have all the channels from both of these packages for $50 by simply getting Sling Orange & Blue.

Also, don’t let the package format turn you off right away though. Sling TV customers tend to be happier with their channel options than AT&T TV NOW customers. Sling TV packages are a bit tricky, but they still work well for those who want to save money.

AT&T TV NOW prices and plans

PackageChannel countPrice
OPTIMO MÁS90+$86/mo.

Data as of 09/22/20 Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.