Sling TV Hikes Price for Orange, Blue Packages by $5

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The internet TV service is also adding to its channel offerings as it looks to compete against new streaming entrants like Disney+, Peacock and HBO Max.

Just in time for the holidays, Sling TV on Monday unveiled price hikes for its base Orange and Blue services as the price of streaming content continues to rise.

Sling Orange and Sling Blue are now each priced at $30 per month, up from $25, and a subscription for the joint Sling Orange and Sling Blue package is now $45 per month. New Sling TV customers will see the new price immediately, while existing customers will see the change on their next bill after Jan. 22.

The Sling TV price hikes follow rival Hulu last month announcing it would raise the cost of its Hulu + Live TV to $54.99 per month, up from $44.99, effective last Wednesday. Warren Schlichting, executive vp and group president of Sling TV, on the company's website said the latest price hike is due to the high cost of streaming-era content for new channel offerings amid the launch of new competition in the form of WarnerMedia's HBO Max, Comcast's Peacock and Disney+.

"Sling doesn’t own the networks you watch — we have to pay programmers for their channels so that we can provide them to you, and the price of programming has been going up. Unfortunately, we have to share those rising prices with you, so we can continue to provide you with the same great experience you’ve come to expect from Sling," said Schlichting.

Sling TV on Monday also said it has added live news offerings in Fox News, MSNBC and CNN’s HLN to the Sling Blue base service and has also launched a new Cloud DVR Free offering for all Sling TV subscribers.

The internet TV service is also adding sports offerings such as the Big Ten Network to launch on Sling TV ahead of the 2020-21 college football season. And for movies, Sling will launch FXM and also add FXX, including the linear feed, to Sling Blue Hollywood Extra.

Other price hikes include Sports Extra now costing $15 per month, with The 4 Extras Deal now priced at $12 per month and the Total TV Deal costing $25 per month with Sling Orange + Sling Blue. The Total TV Deal remains $20 per month as an add-on to either Sling Orange or Sling Blue.