Should I purchase Prism TV or Sling TV?
Cutting the cord — ditching traditional TV options for a streaming service — is growing more popular all the time. Perhaps the most notable new service on the market is DISH® affiliate Sling TV, which offers small live TV packages as streaming options. But is the breakaway really all it’s cracked up to be?
Given the newness of streaming capabilities, pay TV still has a bit of an edge when it comes to the overall viewing experience. As services like CenturyLink® Prism™ TV enter the arena, the flexibility of traditional TV is increasing exponentially. If you’re still not sold, read on for a comparison of the main points of Sling TV streaming and fiber-based Prism TV to see just how the two stack up.
Sling TV is a contract-free service offered for just $20 per month. That low cost, however, comes with comparably low channel selection — the basic plan has just 23 channels, and additional packages cost $5 each per month. And while the lack of a contract is nice for flexibility, it won’t do much in terms of locking in the price. If Sling TV decides to up their prices, you could find yourself paying more for the same service without much warning.
Prism TV, on the other hand, starts at $34.99 per month with a 12-month bundled agreement, but it offers over 140 channels — more than six times what Sling plans start with. Plus, you can customize your plan and receive further discounts by bundling with various Internet and phone options. CenturyLink does require some additional equipment rental fees with Prism agreements, but the 12-month term ensures that you don’t have to worry about your rates going up unexpectedly. Click here to see if any gift cards promotions are available.
A big part of why you’re looking to cut the cord probably involves viewing flexibility. Why watch TV on the TV when you can just as easily watch it on your tablet or phone? Sling TV certainly capitalizes on that mindset — the service is exclusively available via Internet connection on a supported device.
It may surprise you to learn, however, that you don’t have to cut the cord to access comprehensive mobile viewing. The Prism TV app — available on most Apple and Android devices — lets you watch a range of live TV programs and On Demand shows on your mobile device.
Recording and On Demand Content
If there’s one area where streaming still falls far short of its traditional pay TV counterpart, it’s in advanced content management, including DVR functionality and On Demand options. Sling TV doesn’t have any recording capabilities, and the Video On Demand options it provides are fairly limited.
Prism TV, like most pay TV plans, offers more consistent and advanced DVR features, as well as plenty of On Demand content. That means you’ve got multiple options to catch up on The Walking Dead if you can’t watch it live.
As anyone who’s picked a side in the ongoing Apple/Android phone and Mac/PC computer debates knows, user experience is a big deal. Considering that most millennials grew up as digital natives — knowing how to use the computer better than their parents — it makes sense that ease of use would be a factor when considering streaming TV options.
Since Sling TV doesn’t have any native equipment, user experience will vary from device to device. The service will get the job done — it just might take users a while to catch on.
At the other end of the spectrum, CenturyLink has made good user experience a focal point of Prism TV. The setup is intuitive and clean, letting users quickly search for specific shows and episodes by actor, title, or director. The company also offers extensive help resources online, as well as responsive chat assistance.
The Bottom Line
While Prism TV’s monthly rates are a little bit higher than Sling TV, you’re paying for a more mature and comprehensive service. Sling TV can provide a basic viewing experience, but if you care about your media consumption, Prism is the only way to go. To learn more about Prism TV services in your area, feel free to contract a sales representative at 1-855-640-4510.
*Pricing and plans are current as of writing. Pricing and plans are subject to change. Not all offers available in all areas.