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Here Are Internet Speeds Sling TV Recommends For Streaming


We regularly get asked what speeds should someone have to stream the content they want. But what speeds do you really need to stream content online?

Now we get some official guidance from Sling TV on what Internet speeds you should have to stream Sling TV. The following are the recommended speeds according to Sling TV’s Help Center.

  • Constant speed of 3.0 Megabits per second or more: Streaming video content on portable devices such as tablets and phones.
  • Constant speed of 5.0 Megabits per second or more: Single stream of video content on a TV, PC, or Mac.
  • Constant speed of 25 Megabits per second or more: Recommended for households that maintain Internet use on multiple devices.

So what does this mean? In short 25 Mbps down is the recommended speed to use Sling TV. Yes, you can get away with as little as 5 Mbps down; however, for the best experience it recommends 25 Mbps down.

This is in line with what Cord Cutters News recommends. We suggest 20 to 30 Mbps down for the best possible stream.

For example, Netflix only needs 5 Mbps down for each HD stream. Having 25 Mbps down will allow you to have 5 HD streams from Netflix at once. So before you go pay for crazy fast Internet, consider some less expensive options. You can always upgrade your Internet speeds if they don’t meet your needs.

Want more help picking the right Internet speed for what you need? You can find our full Internet speed guide HERE.

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  • HiroRoshi

    I know of several using various streaming services on 5M, single people households that are not power users. Downloads can interfere, like Windows updates, but it is doable.

  • FM

    “For example, Netflix only needs 5 Mbps down for each HD stream. Having 25 Mbps down will allow you to have 5 HD streams from Netflix at once”

    It doesn’t work that way in the real world….

    A service saying that you have 25 down doesn’t mean you have exactly 25 down all the time and that you can just simply divide it up nice and neatly like you did.

    • Dan Boone

      The problem for DSL customers is that they might advertise 3 megabits and the online speed test sites will agree, but when you start streaming, video is silently throttled so the guaranteed continuous throughput is less than 1 megabit. So far as false advertising goes, Fairpoint is one of the biggest offenders here and many people in rural areas cannot obtain better speeds from a terrestrial service at any price. But I never saw a 25 megabit coaxial service that was not adequate for streaming TV, so which fiber ISP are YOU working for?

      • FM

        I never said a 25 service wasn’t adequate for streaming. I took issue with the misrepresentation by CCN about how 25 service works.

  • Andrew Webber

    I have DSL 12Mbps…..runs fine on 2 TV’s and 2 PC’s going at the same time. Had 7Mbps prior to 12 and it had a little struggle to do all that. I’m guessing they’re just covering their bases with 25; probably due to the inconsistency of Cable Internet which most people probably have.

  • Michael Smith

    You actually have to take a lot of variables into account. How are you connecting? If it’s over WiFi, you’re likely never going to see the full internet speed that you’re paying for especially if you live in a highly congested area with a lot of competing WiFi signals on the same bands. As someone else pointed out, it’s rarely consistent which is why the packages usually are advertised as “up to 25Mbs” meaning that you may get that at a non-peak time but Sunday night when everyone is streaming Game of Thrones…. good luck. Personally I would say use that as a guideline, but you might want to consider going one level up if you truly want to ensure a good user experience.

    (or just go for the highest you can afford and never worry about it lol)

  • Hyperborean_io

    “Dedicated Service” – Guaranteed steady 100% 24/7. $hundreds to $thousands….a MONTH.
    ‘Best Effort” – Burstable ‘up to x, up to y’ bandwidth that’s more affordable at $35-55/month.

    You could purchase Dedicated, but let’s be honest – people want that for the ‘best effort’ price…

    Bandwidth isn’t printed out of thin air, even fiber-optic lines have a finite capacity, are expensive to run and require constant maintenance. Whisker-thin glass fibers are fragile, cloud up over time and need replaced. In an urban area, bandwidth could be $1/Mbps, pipe it out to a suburban or rural area and it quickly gets to the $10/Mb for a dedicated circuit.

    (I own & operate an ISP, stuff’s expensive & breaks all the time, and I’m not gonna work on the network at 2AM for free…grumble, grumble.)

  • Phlume

    We have Fairpoint 7mbs dsl, have 3 HD tvs, 2 with fire sticks, 3 tablets, an xbox, a ps3 & ps4, an older nook, 4 data hungry kids, 3 smart phones, 2 HBO/AMC parents … and a partridge. 🙂 We don’t have the best experience when all 6 of us are doing our own thing (did I mention I work from home as a developer on line all the time) HOWEVER, we rarely have an issue of not being able to access content. We are researching 15mbs for a better experience, but at $50 for 7mbs, it’s a decent cord cutting option.