Sling TV vs DirecTV Now: The Battle of the Giants

By Gabriela Vatu / October 19, 2018

When you're looking for cool platforms to switch to from your traditional cable contract Sling TV and DirecTV Now may have caught your attention and that's because they're easily two of the best services of this kind on the market. So, we wanted to make sure you know what your options are and pitted Sling TV vs DirecTV Now.

When we reviewed Sling TV, as well as when we reviewed DirecTV Now, we mentioned they both do a great job at offering users loads of room to pick the best collection of channels they want and that remains the case. But we also wanted to see what differences we can find between platforms and which one is the best.

First, let's have a look at the platform breakdown with the most prominent features of Sling TV and DirecTV Now.

Overview Sling TV DirecTV Now
Bundles Sling Orange ($25/mo), Sling Blue ($25/mo), Sling Orange + Blue ($40/mo) Live a Little ($40/mo), Just Right ($55/mo), Go Big ($65/mo), Gotta Have It ($75/mo), Todo y Mas ($45/mo)
Customization Channel bundles: Kids, Sports, News, Lifestyle, Hollywood, Heartland, International, Espanol, Comedy

Premium channels: HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, Epix, CuriosityStream, Pantaya, UP Faith & Family, Dove Channel, Stingray Karaoke, Outside TV

DirecTV Now Deportes ($5/mo), DirecTV Now Espanol ($10/mo) - Espanol pack includes channels in Deportes, and all channels are available in Todo y Mas by default.

Premium channels: HBO ($5/mo), Cinemax ($5/mo), Showtime ($8/mo), Starz ($8/mo)

Device support Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android TV, AirTV Player, Xiaomi, LG Smart TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, Fire tablets, Xbox One, Chrome web browser Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Fire TV edition, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs (2017 & 2018), iOS, Android, browsers
DVR Up to 50 hours, unlimited storage time. Expandable by another 50 hours with an extra feature Up to 20 hours for 30 days
Free trial Yes, 7 days Yes, 7 days
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Also, let's see what scores the platforms got when we reviewed them recently.

Criteria Sling TV DirecTV Now
Channel bundles 10/10 10/10
Customization options 10/10 9/10
Supported features 6/10 7/10
Streaming quality 10/10 8/10
Supported devices 8/10 6/10
Usability 9/10 9/10
Overall Score 8.8/10 8.2/10

Since these don't completely explain why they got the scores they got, let's go further in analyzing Sling TV vs DirecTV Now.

Sling TV vs DirecTV Now: Side by Side Comparison

The next step in our comparative guide is putting these two services head to head and figuring out which one has the best features. So, let's begin!

Channel Bundles

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Both services do a great job of giving potential customers a lot of room to choose.

Winner: Even though they both got a 10/10 score in our reviews, when put head to head we're going to have to declare DirecTV Now a winner. That's simply because you get more channels for $40 on DirecTV Now than you do on Sling TV. In the end, of course, it matters if you like those channels or not, but that can be said about any platform.

Customization Options

Sling TV Kids Extra

If one of the main reasons you want to quit is so that you can better customize what you see on TV, then these two platforms are great options.

Winner: Sling TV takes this one because it features such a great collection of channel packs and premium networks.

Supported Features

DirecTV Now Simultaneous streaming

How many of your favorite shows can you record? How about how many of your family members can enjoy the service at the same time?

Winner: DirecTV Now takes the win in this category, offering free DVR space, and multiple simultaneous streams.

Streaming Quality

Sling TV best streaming services

When you move your TV watching online, it's important that you have a good experience when streaming content, but your Internet connection is quite important here.

Winner: Sling TV wins this one simply because it's not so heavy on your Internet network. But since you're moving to an Internet-centric life, maybe it's not too bad to consider switching to a better Internet tier too.

Supported Devices

Sling TV Streaming

Does the platform you want to move on to work on the devices you have in your home? Let's find out.

Winner: Sling TV wins this one too, simply because at least Xbox made the list of supported devices, even if PlayStation is missing here too.


DirecTV Now stream

How easy is it to figure out how to reach all areas of the platform? Let's see!

Winner: We have a tie here because the platforms are all quite similar and easy to figure out, regardless of how well-versed you are in this type of services.

Sling TV vs DirecTV Now: Which One to Pick?

The score differences make this one quite easy to call, with Sling TV being the winner. The win isn't by a landslide, so if you happen to like DirecTV Now better, that's a great choice too. In the meantime, we're recommending you go and sign up for Sling TV the first chance you get.

Final Thoughts

Both platforms are pretty great and you're going to find something to love on any of them, but we hope we've at least made it somewhat easier for you to figure out what sets them apart.

We'd love to hear what your choice was in the comments section below, along with what helped you pick. Please share the article online so maybe we can help a few other people decide between these two. Come chat with us on TechNadu's Facebook and Twitter pages.

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