If you’re thinking about dumping your cable company but you still want to keep watching Telemundo and other cable channels, you may want to try a skinny bundle. Skinny bundles cost only a fraction of the cost of an ordinary cable subscription and they come equipped with advanced features that traditional cable services can’t offer.



Another way you can watch Telemundo without cable is via over-the-air Telemundo broadcasts. If you live in a Telemundo broadcast zone, several new inexpensive TV devices will let you record your favorite Telemundo shows with ease.

Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about how to watch Telemundo without cable.

DirecTV Now

  • The skinny bundle service with the most channels.
  • With DirecTV Now’s basic $35 plan, you get Telemundo plus Galavision, Univision and 60+ other channels. Unimas, Universo and Univision Desportes Network are available with other plans.
  • The basic DirecTV Now plan is $20 with AT&T Unlimited Choice.
  • DVR and 4K will come out soon.
  • DirecTV Now credentials unlock Telemundo Now.
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DirecTV Now is one of the best cable replacers out there right now. Source: DirecTV

Because DirecTV Now offers more channels than just about every other provider, it’s the best skinny bundle to pick if you’re sick of paying too much for cable but you don’t want to give up your entertainment options.

The basic DirecTV Now subscription package (Live a Little, $35) comes with Telemundo and 60+ other cable TV channels including Galavision and Univision — but you can get even more channels if you upgrade.

DirecTV Now’s Just Right subscription costs $50 and includes UniMas plus 80+ other channels. The next tier is Go Big, which costs $60 and has Universo and 100+ other channels. You can also opt to get Univision Deportes Network and 120+ other channels with DirecTV Now’s $70 Gotta Have It plan.



Another benefit of DirecTV Now is that your DirecTV Now credentials will unlock Telemundo and most other cable channels on the internet. Current networks that you can unlock with DirecTV Now credentials include ABC, A&E, AMC, BBC America, BTN2GO, BET, Bravo Now, CBS Sports, CMT, CNBC, Fox Now, IFC, FYI, History, Fox Sports GO, Disney NOW and more.

Though DirecTV Now offers the most generous number of channels with each subscription package, it’s still experiencing some growing pains when it comes to advanced features.

DirecTV Now’s key feature downside is that it doesn’t have a DVR yet. Most other skinny bundles had a DVR ready from the get-go. DirecTV Now went ahead and launched without one. However, DVR functionality is likely coming soon. DirecTV Now’s beta program for its DVR has been out for several months now.



On the other hand, updates that will roll out as 2018 rolls on should give DirecTV Now some key feature advantages over other skinny bundle services moving forward. Over the coming months, DirecTV Now plans to introduce a DVR, add 4K channels, expand its on-demand video library and allow subscribers to stream to 3 devices simultaneously instead of just two.

“We’re bringing our streamers even more exciting features next year: A DVR in the cloud to record your shows and access virtually anywhere, 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) quality video, capacity for more than 35,000 titles on demand, individual profiles, and adding an additional concurrent stream.” – DirecTV Now

Related: DirecTV Now Channel List – What Channels are on DirecTV Now?

Plans and pricing

DirecTV Now is currently offering half off on your first two months of service. After your two months are up, you’ll have to pay the normal price for service.

Here’s a summary of all of DirecTV Now’s plans:

  • Live a Little: $35 per month, 60+ channels.
  • Just Right: $50 per month, 80+ channels.
  • Go Big: $60 per month, 100+ channels.
  • Gotta Have It: $70 per month, 120+ channels.

DirecTV Now’s free trial period lasts 7 days. If you have AT&T Unlimited Choice, you can tack on DirecTV Now for just $20/month.

Apps

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: None.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari.

The bottom line

DirecTV Now is the best choice if you have AT&T Unlimited Choice or you want lots of extra channels in addition to Telemundo. If you’re curious about DirecTV Now, check it out free for 7 days and see what you think.

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fuboTV

  • fuboTV is the skinny bundle with the most Spanish-language TV channels.
  • fuboTV’s $45 fubo Premier plan has 80+ channels including Telemundo, plus several other Spanish-language channels: Univision, Univision TDN, Galavision, Universo, Unimas and Telexitos
  • fubo Latino costs $18 and has 13 Spanish-language channels — but it doesn’t have Telemundo.
  • fuboTV credentials unlock Telemundo Now.
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If it’s primarily Spanish-language channels that you’re after, you may want to try fuboTV.

Because fuboTV is missing standard cable channels like ESPN, it’s not a comprehensive cable replacer. However, fuboTV does have more Spanish-language options than any other skinny bundle service.

fuboTV is somewhat pricey compared to the competition. To get Telemundo, you’ll have to shell out $45 per month for fubo Premier. Though the subscription price is a bit high, it’s actually not a bad deal when you consider all the Spanish-language channels you get with fubo Premier in addition to Telemundo. Along with Telemundo, you’ll also get Univision, Univision TDN, Galavision, Universo, Unimas and Telexitos with fubo Premier.

If you want a few more Spanish-language channels with fubo Premier, there’s an add-on you can get called fubo Latino. The add-on costs $13 extra and adds 6 more Spanish-language channels: GolTV, TyC Sports, BabyTV, Cine Sony, Fox Life and Nat Geo Mundo.

In addition to having lots of Spanish-language channels, fuboTV has some decent features. Every fuboTV subscription comes with a cloud DVR that allows you to record up to 30 hours of TV. If you want to record more hours than that, you can pay $10 to unlock Advanced DVR. Advanced DVR lets you record 500 hours of TV. Both DVR plans let you keep your recordings for as long as you want. Though fuboTV doesn’t have apps for video game consoles, it has apps for most other popular platforms including Apple, Amazon and Android. Also, fuboTV credentials can unlock Telemundo’s app and website.

Plans and pricing

  • fubo Premier: $45 per month, 80+ channels.
  • fubo Premier + fubo Latino add-on: $58, 86+ channels.
  • fubo Latino: $18 per month, 13+ channels (Telemundo not included).

Apps

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: None.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome is recommended.

The bottom line

Though fuboTV has more Spanish-language channels than most skinny bundle providers, it is a bit more expensive compared to the competition.

Get a free 7-day trial of fuboTV now and try it out for yourself.

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PlayStation Vue

  • You don’t need a PlayStation to sign up.
  • Vue’s basic plan ($40) comes with Telemundo.
  • The Español pack add-on ($5) unlocks 8 more Spanish-language channels: Cine Sony, CNN en Español, Discovery en Español, familia Discovery, Fox Desportes, Fox Life, Nat Geo Mundo and Universo.
  • Excellent features.
  • PlayStation Vue credentials unlock Telemundo Now.
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PlayStation Vue doesn’t have as many channels as DirecTV Now, but its features are better. Source: PlayStation

If you want a skinny bundle service with Telemundo and lots of other popular cable channels plus excellent next generation TV features, PlayStation Vue could be your best option.

PlayStation Vue’s features cater to large families. With one Vue account, you can stream from 5 different devices at the same time. In addition, Vue has a solid DVR that lets you record as much as you want. However, Vue will automatically delete your recordings after 30 days. Like DirecTV Now and fuboTV, PlayStation Vue credentials unlock the Telemundo Now app and website.

Though PlayStation Vue’s subscription packages aren’t quite as generous compared to DirecTV Now’s, Vue does have a better menu of Spanish-language channels compared to DirecTV Now. Though the only Spanish-language channel you get with Vue’s $40 basic subscription is Telemundo, you can add 8 more Spanish-language channels for just $5 extra dollars if you get the Español Pack add-on.

Plans and pricing

  • Access: $40 per month, 40+ channels.
  • Core:  $45 per month, 60+ channels.
  • Elite: $55 per month, 90+ channels.
  • Core: $75 per month, 90+ channels, HBO/Showtime.

Apps

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: None (not even Sony’s).
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, Amazon Fire Tablets and iOS.
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge.

The bottom line

PlayStation Vue is king when it comes to next-generation TV features. No other skinny bundle service allows 5 simultaneous streams, and Vue’s DVR is excellent. Additionally, PlayStation Vue’s Español pack is only $5 and lets you get 8 additional channels.

Telemundo Over-the-Air

Telemundo currently has affiliates in more than 30 US states. If you live near a Telemundo station, you may be able to get Telemundo broadcasts via your TV antenna. Check this FCC website to find out whether or not you can pick up over-the-air Telemundo broadcasts in your location.

With a TV antenna, you get:

  • Dozens of channels in addition to Telemundo
  • No monthly fees
  • 1080p picture quality (better than cable)

The two best TV antenna brands

The first thing you’ll need to do to pick up Telemundo and other over-the-air broadcast channels is get a good quality TV antenna.

Amazon Basics and Mohu are two of the most popular OTA antenna manufacturers out there right now. Both brands have similar prices and specs. However, Mohu’s antennas have better range than Amazon’s.

When picking out an antenna, keep in mind that more power doesn’t necessarily mean a better picture. If you live near a large city, a powerful antenna could cause interference issues.

Amazon Basics

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Four different types of Amazon Basics OTA antennas are available (25 mile, 35 mile, 50 mile and 60 mile) and they can all pull in 1080p HD feeds of Telemundo and other channels.

Mohu

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Mohu antennas come in 3 different models: Leaf, Sky and Curve. Leaf antennas are extra thin and can be mounted on windows. Long range Sky Mohu antennas are designed to be mounted outside and can pull in feeds from 65 miles away. The Curve line of antennas are for people who live closer to cities.

Optional: build your own DVR

The two devices listed below let you record over-the-air broadcasts from Telemundo and other local TV stations.

HDHomeRun

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SiliconDust’s HDHomeRun provides a quick and easy way to start recording over-the-air TV broadcasts. All you have to do is connect your HDHomeRun to your TV antenna and your WiFi router. Once you’re set up, you’ll be able to send TV feeds to just about any mobile device or set-top box. To unlock HDHomeRun’s DVR, you have to pay a $35 annual subscription.

The HDHomeRun Connect Duo costs $100 and lets 2 devices watch TV simultaneously. Other models are more expensive and allow more simultaneous connections.

HDHomeRun apps:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Sony TVs with Android TV.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One
  • Desktop browsers: macOS and Windows 10.

Tablo

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In terms of functionality, Tablo is similar to HDHomeRun. Both devices let you record OTA broadcasts. However, Tablo saves your recordings to its own internal hard drive. HDHomeRun doesn’t have a hard drive. Instead, it stores your TV recordings on your computer.

Because Tablo devices have more hardware, they are more expensive than HDHomeRuns. Prices start at $220. You have to buy a $50 annual subscription to unlock the programming guide and stream content to your devices outside your home network.

Tablo apps:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: LG (based on WebOS) or devices running the Roku or Android TV platforms.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari.

Conclusion

The all-around best skinny bundle service with Telemundo might very well be PlayStation Vue. Vue’s 8-channel Spanish-language add-on pack only costs $5, and Vue’s $40 basic plan gives you a generous mix of popular cable channels.

If you live near a Telemundo TV station and have a TV antenna, you may not need any type of paid TV service at all. Just watch Telemundo content with a HDHomeRun or with a Tablo, and you’ll be able to fast-forward through commercials and record your favorite Telemundo shows that come on when you’re not at home.