If your Sling TV stuck on loading, there is more than one solution. In this post, we are going to review all of the possible causes and close the circle of possibilities by applying each solution suitable for your case.
We are going to check what might cause the frustrating freezing & buffering and of course grant you proven by the community methods to fix it.
You could be experiencing similar issues due to a bad or non-existent network connection. If you verified your connection, make sure to check online if Sling TV servers are online and check properly for the version issue of your device.
To learn more about how to resolve the problem, let’s see what are the possible causes for this issue.
Why Is Sling TV Stuck on Loading Screen?
Before talking business, we figured it would be better to learn more about the origin of the issue so you could be successful during the troubleshooting part.
As we have briefly mentioned above, a longer or frozen loading screen could be caused by a slow connection speed.
Of course, there are plenty of ways to boost your internet’s functionality by applying some of the handy tips we have in store for you further in this post.
To identify the issue further you can check your network for malfunctions, then you can see if they are internal issues with Sling TV’s servers.
This way you will be able to determine who is causing the issue and acclimate your approach accordingly.
If unfortunately, you had figured out that the issue is being caused by the manufacturers, the only correct approach would be to wait for a few hours.
Almost always during such maintenance, you will be warned at least a few days before the event so you could be aware.
We were not able to figure out what’s the exact origin of the issue and whether if it’s Sling’s fault, now we’re moving on to the troubleshooting methods.
How To Fix Sling TV Won’t Load?
Sling TV often does not load because of a slow or not network. In that regard, we are going to focus mainly on your network and hopefully get Sling TV loading successfully.
We recommend applying the methods in the order they are listed below to avoid unnecessary troubleshooting.
Method #1 Restart
As common as it may sound, rebooting Sling and your TV’s software might sometimes be the key to fixing such issues.
Users occasionally share that simply restarting their configuration gets the issue resolved and there is no need for further actions.
This is exactly why our first method will be related to completely rebooting your software and restarting your app.
This way you will be confident that the issue would require more serious actions than a simple reboot of the system.
Simply power off and then power on your devices after which confirm the issue is still there, if so let’s learn how to perform a power cycle.
Method #2 Power Cycle
Your next approach is to perform a firm power cycle on your TV device.
This method is known to deal with temporal power damage and possibly resolve any issues within your Sling TV’s power flow.
Here is how to perform a power cycle.
- Turn off your Hisense TV using the remote.
- Unplug the power cable from the power source.
- Wait for 3-5 minutes.
- Plug the power cable back into the power source.
- Check if the issue persists.
Simply as that, you had performed a power cycle on your device.
This way you will refresh the electricity flow and keep your TV safe from power accidents and breakdowns which are well-known to severely impact your workflow’s functionality.
If your TV device is connected to electricity via a power strip or divider, our best recommendation would be to directly plug it into the wall outlet.
This way you will avoid unwanted complications related to malfunctions of the power divider.
Method #3 ESPN Stream
A cause for sling TV stuck on loading is the ESPN stream. Those types of broadcasting are well-known to be choppy and problematic for a long time, so don’t think it’s much different in Sling.
As you probably figured, there could be two variations of your issue. The first one won’t let you enter the app at all and the other one occurs only when attempting to play a general or specific stream.
This method would be related to troubleshooting the loading time when watching streams and learning more about the ESPN broadcasts.
We weren’t able to determine whether the issue is with Sling or ESPN and our best guess is that both of them aren’t providing your stream with enough bandwidth.
The best thing you can do is watching the ESPN app via your streaming device by authenticating your Sling account.
This way, ESPN will provide all of the streams with severely more bandwidth and you won’t experience longer loading time or freeze frames.
Method #4 Check Internet Connection
Lastly, checking your internet connection might be your only available move.
As we have mentioned above, a slow or non-existent network could seriously impact Sling’s loading time and even contribute to lag, frozen frames & glitches.
You will be able to determine that by troubleshooting your network and hopefully resolving some issues that might be preventing your Sling TV from loading.
A widely recommended solution for speeding up your connection is to restart your router occasionally.
This way you won’t stimulate the stacking of network packages and eventually decrease the speed of your signal and cause Wi-Fi outages.
Our best suggestion is to restart your router once or twice weekly, depending on whether experiencing issues.
This way you will be sure that your network is clean of packages and enjoy lightweight signals.
Use Wired Connection
A good choice for increasing the connection speed on your TV device is to connect it to your router.
This way your TV will benefit from the connection instantly without experiencing a delay due to wireless transmission.
Simply grab an Ethernet cable and plug it at the back of your router. Afterward, locate the slot on your TV and pair your TV with the router.
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We hope that now you know why Sling TV stuck on loading and that you can now easily deal with the issue on your own.
If we were not able to help, you can always contact Sling customer service for additional support and hopefully fix the infinite loading screen.
Tip: Don’t forget to mention everything you’ve tried in this post to save both time and effort.
Finn Wheatley holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from UCL, London. He helped small data science consultancy firms, helping large corporations to grow their data capabilities, deploy advanced machine learning-based analytics and troubleshoot tech-related issues. Check out more about him here.