Sling TV won’t fast-forward or skip commercials when you are watching certain programs because of licensing issues. If you are watching a recording of programs from the FOX network, you may have noted these limitations.
However, if you are watching a program that doesn’t have these restrictions but you are unable to forward, rewind, or pause, it could be due to a couple of reasons.
First, make sure that the Sling TV progress bar is full before you consider this an issue and start applying any of the fixes we have provided below.
A full progress bar means that you will be able to fast-forward, pause, or rewind. In some cases, you will also get a message, “This action is not available on said channel” when you try fast-forwarding restricted channels.
With that being said, here are some working solutions to this problem.
Solutions to Sling TV “fast-forward not working” issue
- Make sure remote buttons are working correctly
- Log out and log back in
- Update to the latest version
- Uninstall and reinstall the app
Method #1: Make sure remote buttons are working correctly
Spent batteries or a faulty remote control could be preventing you from controlling your Sling TV media player. You’ll need to figure this out by replacing batteries or trying out a different remote control.
Make sure to try out different shows just to make sure that you aren’t attempting to fast forward shows that have restrictions. B
esides, you should also try out different commands just to make sure that the remote control is the problem before you have it repaired or get a new one.
This should solve the issue for you if you had a faulty remote. However, if the issue still persists then try out the following options.
Method #2: Log out and log back in
In the event that your Sling TV app has malfunctioned, logging out and then logging back in might solve the problem in your case.
If you are using the app on a mobile device, make sure that it isn’t running in the background.
Method #3: Update to the latest version
A bug in the current version of the Sling TV app might have caused this problem to occur. Updating the app to the latest version can fix this problem in your case.
If Sling TV have updated their apps, it is more likely that bugs have been resolved and updating might just fix the play bar issues.
Method #4: Uninstall and reinstall the Sling TV app
If fast-forward is working on the web browser version of Sling TV but not on the app, then you should consider uninstalling and reinstalling it.
Uninstalling helps to get rid of the cache stored by the app and refreshes any settings that might have caused the app to stop working.
Can you DVR local channels on Sling TV?
For an additional $5 a month, you can DVR local channels and even movies and TV shows on Sling.
However, you might not be able to DVR all shows due to licensing restrictions.
Does Sling TV offer on-demand
Sling TV offers a variety of shows and movies that you can watch on-demand. While these channels are included in the paid package, some are often introduced free of charge.
However, you have to sit through commercials in these free on-demand channels.
That’s it. Hopefully, you can now fast-forward through channels and shows on Sling TV. Check out our Sling Tv troubleshooting tips for more information and guides.