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Get your first month of Sling TV for just $5

Choose either the Orange or Blue package and see if you like what this streamer is, er, slinging.


Give Sling a try for just $5 for your first month.

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Are you cord-cutter-curious? Wondering what life would be like without your pricey cable-TV bill? Here's your chance to find out on the cheap: For a limited time, new and returning customers can get a month of Sling Orange or Sling Blue for just $5. The regular price after that is $30 a month. Thankfully, there's no contract, so you can cancel after that first month -- no harm, no foul.

For those unfamiliar with it, Sling offers live TV channels via your media streamer (such as Fire TV or Roku), smart TV and mobile devices. Those channels are delivered over your internet connection.

Sling's Orange package includes just over 30 of them, including ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3. If you're not that into sports, Blue gives you closer to 50 channels. There's a fair bit of overlap between the two (such as AMC, Food Network and TNT), which can make it challenging to choose.

Can't decide? Get both for $20 for your first month, then $45 after that.

Sling was already on CNET's list of the best live-TV streaming services, ranking as the top budget pick. Take note, however, that if you want a DVR option, it'll cost you an extra $5 per month.

For the record, my budget pick is Philo, which costs $20 a month for nearly 60 channels and includes DVR.

Still, it's hard to argue with $5 for a full month of Sling. I definitely recommend giving it a try if you still haven't settled on a live-TV streaming service -- or you're just not sure whether you want to.

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