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Sling TV live streaming service is now totally free for two weeks

People stuck at home can sign up for 40 channels of live TV without needing a credit card.

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In response to coronavirus stay-at-home orders nationwide, Sling TV has extended its Stay In and Sling campaign to let anyone in the US get 14 days of its Sling Blue live TV streaming service for free. The service streams over 40 live channels, including news networks CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, BBC America, Cheddar, Newsy and Local Now. The service also delivers live Fox and NBC stations in major cities including New York, LA and Chicago as well numerous national networks like TNT, History, National Geographic and Nick Jr, and includes a cloud DVR. Sling Blue is CNET's Editors' Choice for budget live TV streaming services and normally costs $30 a month.

To get two weeks of Sling Blue new users will need to sign up on sling.com by April 5 but will not be required to input their credit card details. Sling does require a new account (email address and password) as well as zip code.

Users can watch on TVs using the Sling TV app on Roku, an Amazon Fire TV or Android device or via sling.com on a Chrome, Safari or Edge browser. A solid Internet connection is required.

Sling rebranded its free TV program earlier in March, which initially added free news from ABC New Live and Fox News and then expanded to offer local Fox stations for free. 

Sling says viewership of its news channels has risen 121 percent over the last month and characterizes the promotion as a public service to help keep people informed. "With more states and municipalities issuing shelter-in-place orders, everyone needs the latest information to do their part," said Warren Schlichting, group president of Sling TV in a statement. "We're hoping to motivate Americans to stay home, and stay informed during this critical time."

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