A recent update to the SLING app on Apple devices may cause you to see error code 8-701. If you’re seeing this error code, it’s because your device hasn’t yet installed the update. 


Most Apple devices can be set to update apps automatically, however, you may need to manually install this update in order to keep watching.


Choose your device from below for instructions on updating the SLING app:



iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch


  • Launch the App Store, then tap Today on the bottom of the screen

  • Tap the profile icon at the top of the screen

  • Scroll down to see pending updates; tap Update next to the SLING app 


Apple TV


  • Launch the App Store, then scroll over and select Purchased

  • On the left side of the screen, highlight All Appsthen scroll down and select SLING TV

  • If an update is available, an Update button will be available on the app info screen



In some cases, you may receive an 8-701 error when watching a specific show or channel. In most cases, this means the programming you were viewing was on a free preview, and that preview is no longer available. Double-check our available free previews to check if the content you were viewing is still available:


Free Previews >



Important Note: If this error persists even after updating the app, please contact us for additional help using the link at the very bottom of this page. Additionally, if you experience this specific error on a device other than Apple, please contact us so we can investigate further.