The Desk appreciates the support of readers who purchase products or services through links on our website. Learn more...

Sling Freestream grows to more than 300 free streaming channels

The free streaming service continues to add new channels at a steady rate.

The free streaming service continues to add new channels at a steady rate.

The logo of Dish Network's Sling Freestream service. (Graphic by The Desk)
The logo of Dish Network’s Sling Freestream service. (Graphic by The Desk)

Dish Network’s free, ad-supported streaming service Sling Freestream quietly added a half-dozen new channels this week, bringing the total number of free linear channels to over 300.

The service, which operates through the same app as the streaming pay TV service Sling TV, offers a mixture of general entertainment, live news, documentaries and sports-related programming without a subscription or credit card needed.

Dish has been adding new channels to Sling Freestream at a pretty steady rate since the service relaunched in February (Sling TV offers free, ad-supported channels, but the feature didn’t have its own brand until recently). It now offers more than 300 linear content channels and over 41,000 on-demand movies and TV episodes from across a wide variety of genres, including drama, comedy, horror, foreign, Black cinema, true crime and more.

The new channels added this week include:

  • Confess by Nosey: Shows like “Maury,” “Steve Harvey” and similar talk shows.
  • Dr. G, Medical Examiner: Reruns of the program.
  • FilmRise Black TV: Black cinema, documentaries and TV shows from the FilmRise library.
  • Kung Fu Movies: Martial arts films.
  • Lacrosse TV: It’s all about the sport of lacrosse.
  • MotoAmerica TVMotorsports-related shows.
  • News 12 New York: News and community programming from the Altice-owned regional news network.
  • World Poker Tour: Reruns of poker tournaments from World Poker.

Sling Freestream is available on most popular streaming TV devices, including Roku and Amazon Fire TV, as well as through the Sling app for phones and tablets.

The service doesn’t require a credit card or active subscription to Sling TV, and includes a number of other free, ad-supported channels, including ABC News Live, Nosey, Scripps News, Court TV, Shout TV, Buzzr, AMC Thrillers, Cinevault, Fail Army and a handful of streams originating from Paramount Global’s Pluto TV.

Sling Freestream useres can always upgrade to a subscription of Sling TV, the pay television service that offers ESPN, CNN, Fox News, NFL Network and other channels, for just $40 a month.

Photo of author

About the Author:

Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys is an award-winning journalist with more than 10 years of experience covering the business of television and radio broadcasting, streaming services and the overall media industry. In addition to his work as publisher of The Desk, Matthew contributes regularly to StreamTV Insider and KnowTechie, and has worked for several well-known news organizations, including Thomson Reuters, McNaughton Newspapers, Grasswire, Comstock's magazine, KTXL-TV and KGO-TV. Matthew is a member of IRE, a trade organization for investigative reporters and editors, and is based in Northern California.

Email: [email protected] | Signal: 530-507-8380