FX is a cable network with a long history of unique, fan-favorite TV shows. Its current lineup includes Donald Glover’s Atlanta, as well as top shows like The Americans and Fargo.
Cut the cord – and keep watching FX – by reading this guide. Here are your top 6 options for how to watch FX without cable.
- 1 How To Watch FX Live Without Cable – The “Skinny Bundle”
- 2 Our Verdict: The Best Way to Watch Bravo Without Cable
How To Watch FX Live Without Cable – The “Skinny Bundle”
The rise of cord-cutting has resulted in an interesting trend. Many cable companies are selling their content to “skinny bundle” companies. Skinny bundles are video services that offer a restricted set of cable channels for a low price, and no contract.
Almost every major skinny bundle provider has FX in their channel lineup. Here’s a quick look at the 6 best skinny bundles out there right now.
DirecTV Now offers FX as part of their lowest-cost channel lineup, which is called the “Live A Little” package. For $35/month, you get FX and FXX, as well as other top cable networks like CNN, Nickelodeon, and ESPN/ESPN2 – for a total of 60+ channels, depending on your location.
For the price, DirecTV Now has the best channel lineup for cord-cutters. There are no significant gaps in channel coverage, even for the lowest-cost, $35/month package. However, there are a few things that stop us from automatically recommending this service.
First, DirecTV Now still does not have any kind of DVR service. There is an ongoing beta program which just sent out a new round of beta invitations for a 100-hour DVR. However, if you sign up for DirecTV Now today, you will likely not get a DVR. The company says they plan to release a DVR to all customers sometime in 2018, but DirecTV Now has not mentioned a release date.
Our other issue is with DirecTV’s simultaneous streaming policy. You can only stream on 2 devices at once, which is quite limiting if you plan on sharing an account between your family members. Other services like YouTube TV and Sling TV are better in this regard. However, there are rumors that DirecTV will also be upgrading their simultaneous streaming policy with the release of “DirecTV Now 2.0” in 2018.
Still, there is one thing that DirecTV Now gives you that other skinny bundles don’t. When you sign up with DirecTV Now, you also get a TV Everywhere login. This login lets you access archived, VOD content on the FX website, as well as the websites of dozens of cable networks including ESPN and others. That’s a big benefit.
Platform support is also pretty good for DirecTV Now. You can stream on your computer’s web browser, on iOS and Android devices, and on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Chromecast.
If you don’t mind waiting for DVR functionality and the restrictive 2-device policy, DirecTV Now is a reasonable deal. You get the best channel lineup out there, and a TV Everywhere login which is very useful for catching up on your shows. Still, the lack of DVR makes it hard to justify the $35 price tag.
You can get started with a free trial on the DirecTV Now website today. And if you’re an AT&T Unlimited Choice subscriber, you can get $15 off the monthly cost of any DirecTV Now plan.
Sling TV offers FX as part of their Sling Blue package. Sling Blue costs $25/month, and includes 40 other channels. FX’s sister network FXX is included, as are news networks like CNN, entertainment channels like AMC and TNT, and sports channels like FOX Sports regional networks. You get a total of 40+ channels.
Notably, ESPN is missing from Sling Blue. You need to spend an additional $20/month for Sling Orange if you want it. Aside from that, Sling Blue’s channel lineup is pretty good for the price.
Simultaneous streaming on Sling TV is better than DirecTV Now . You can stream on 3 devices at once with a Sling Blue package. There is also a DVR available, but it isn’t free. You’ll have to fork over an extra $5/month for the Sling DVR. For your money, you get 50 hours of storage. The Sling DVR is okay, but it’s on the low-end of storage capacity, and some Disney-owned networks and other channels cannot be recorded using the Sling DVR.
Another good aspect of Sling Blue is its strong device support. You can watch on Android and iOS and web browsers, as well as streaming platforms like the Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, and Apple TV. Sling even supports some LG and Samsung Smart TVs, as well as the Xbox One gaming system.
Sling TV is the cheapest way to stream FX without cable. For $25, you can get access to live FX content, as well as some on-demand content on Sling TV. You get a total of 40+ other channels, and you can stream on 3 devices at once, which is nice for larger families.
If you’re interested in Sling TV, give it a shot now with a free 7-day trial.
fuboTV is a sports-oriented streaming service. Primarily, fuboTV users are interested in international sports like association football (soccer for us Americans), rugby, and other sports like cricket that are not popular in the States.
However, fuboTV also has expanded in recent years to include a much more complete channel list. Today, your $39.99/month fuboTV subscription will get you FX, Bravo, A&E, and many more cable channels. Sports coverage is still fuboTV’s strongest point, though. With fuboTV, you get more than 20 sports channels, and you can add 16 more with the $8.99/month “Sports Plus” package.
On the other hand, fuboTV only lets you stream 2 devices at a time. Though fuboTV does have a DVR, you can only record 30 hours of content with it. fuboTV is also missing quite a few cable entertainment channels that other skinny bundles have, like AMC.
Platform support for fuboTV is quite good. You can stream fuboTV on browsers and Android/iOS devices, as well as major streaming platforms like Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV.
If you are a fan of Premier League soccer and other international sports, fuboTV might be right for you. But if you don’t care about sports, fuboTV is not worth the money. $39.99 is the same price as PlayStation VUE and Hulu With Live TV, which are better overall skinny bundle services.
Check out fuboTV for yourself now with a free trial, and a discounted 1-month subscription.
Hulu With Live TV is still technically in beta, but it’s already a big competitor in the streaming “skinny bundle” space. There are a few reasons for this.
First, Hulu With Live TV gives you a pretty good channel lineup. For $39.99/month, you get a total of 55+ channels, depending on your area. This includes FX, FX Movies and FXX, as well as CNN, ESPN, FOX sports, and CBS/NBC/FOX/ABC. The only major cable channel missing from Hulu With Live TV is AMC.
Hulu With Live TV’s DVR is also pretty decent. You can store up to 50 hours of content with no expiration dates, so it’s better than Sling TV and fuboTV, but still lacking compared to YouTube TV. You can buy an “Enhanced DVR” package for $14.99/month to boost storage to 200 hours.
One of the biggest reasons to consider Hulu With Live TV, though, is Hulu’s library of on-demand content. When you subscribe, your $39.99/membership includes a basic Hulu membership. This means that, for no extra cost, you get full access to every TV show and movie available on Hulu.
Hulu isn’t perfect, of course. Unless you buy a $14.99 “Unlimited Screens” add-on, you can only watch on 2 devices at once. If you do get Unlimited Screens, you’ll be able to stream on 3 devices at once outside your network, and on unlimited devices within your home network.
You can save money if you combine the Unlimited Screens and the Enhanced DVR package. This will cost you $19.99/month.
Device support was poor at the beginning of the beta, but has improved dramatically in recent months. Now, you can stream Hulu With Live TV on your computer, on iOS and Android, and on Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, and Apple TV streaming devices. The Xbox 360 and Xbox One are also supported, as are a few Samsung Smart TVs.
For $39.99, Hulu With Live TV is a great deal, especially since it includes a base Hulu VOD subscription. However, you should probably skip the Unlimited Screens and Enhanced DVR packages. If you need more DVR storage, YouTube TV is a better choice – and if you need to stream on more than 3 devices, PlayStation VUE is the best option.
YouTube TV is a newer player in the world of “skinny bundles”.
Google is now offering a $35/month subscription to YouTube TV which includes a hand-picked bundle of 40+ channels.
In this bundle, you’ll find FX and FXX, as well as FX Movies. You also get news coverage from BBC America and Fox News, and plenty of sports programming – ESPN and Fox Sports stations are included.
For the price, the channel lineup is quite good, without any major gaps. Plus, YouTube has a fantastic DVR and a great simultaneous streaming policy.
The DVR allows you to record as many hours and episodes of content as you want for up to 9 months. All recordings are stored on Google’s cloud DVR, and there are no limits on hours of recorded content or simultaneous recordings. It’s the best DVR in the business.
You can also stream on 3 devices at once on your home WiFi, which is better than fuboTV, DirecTV Now, and Hulu With Live TV (without the Unlimited Screens package). You can even create up to 6 user accounts, so everyone can record and enjoy their own custom content.
Platform support is growing, but still a bit limited. You can stream on iOS and Android devices, as well as your web browser. Other supported devices are Chromecast, Android TV, and a select number of LG and Samsung Smart TVs. The Xbox One recently got support and you can stream to Apple TV with Airplay, but there is no native support for Apple TV yet.
If it’s available in your area, YouTube TV is definitely worth the price of entry. You get a good channel selection, multiple user accounts, a great DVR, and a good simultaneous streaming policy.
PlayStation Vue is tied with Hulu With Live TV as the most expensive option on our list. The base, “Access” package costs $39.99/month, and includes FX and FXX. Other notable channels include are ESPN, CNN, Cartoon Network, Fox News, and SyFy.
PlayStation Vue has a decent channel list, but it’s not quite as comprehensive as Hulu With Live TV or DirecTV Now.
So why should you consider PlayStation Vue? Simple – it’s the best choice on this list for large families.
Where PlayStation Vue excels is their 5-device simultaneous streaming policy. Vue’s 5 device streaming limit blows every other subscription streaming service out of the water. Vue also has a DVR, which stores your recordings for up to 28 days.
Of course, Hulu With Live TV offers the “Unlimited Screens” package. But for the price of Hulu With Live TV + Unlimited Screens, you could upgrade your PlayStation VUE package to the $54.99/month “Elite” tier and get 90+ channels.
Platform support for PlayStation Vue is good, though you won’t find Xbox support on Vue. You can stream PlayStation Vue on Roku, Amazon Fire devices, Chromecast, and Apple TV, as well as web browser and iOS/Android devices. You can also stream Vue on the PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles.
If you need to stream on more than 3 devices, PlayStation Vue is hands-down the best choice. However, if you want more channels, DirecTV Now or Hulu With Live TV could be a viable alternative.
You can try PlayStation Vue yourself with a 5-day trial by visiting their website now.
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Best on a budget
Sling Blue is the clear winner here. It’s only $25/month, so even if you add the DVR, it’s the cheapest choice on our list. You get to stream on 3 devices simultaneously with Sling Blue, and you get a reasonable channel lineup.
DirecTV Now earns an honorable mention here, but only if you are an AT&T Unlimited Choice subscriber. If you have Unlimited Choice, you can get $15 off any DirecTV Now plan.
Our top overall pick
YouTube TV gives you FX, FXX, and FX movies for just $35/month, and you also get plenty of other great channels as well. Also, YouTube TV has the best DVR around. If YouTube TV is available in your area, it’s our top pick.
If YouTube TV is not available in your area, Hulu With Live TV is also a good choice. You get a good DVR and channel lineup for $39.99, as well as Hulu VOD content.
fuboTV is only really a good choice if you have interest in soccer and rugby. For $39.99/month, it’s hard to recommend fuboTV over Hulu With Live TV or PlayStation Vue.
DirecTV Now is a solid choice, but it still lacks a DVR.
Finally, PlayStation Vue offers an excellent simultaneous device policy and a good DVR. However, the $39.99/month package lacks some channels and most people won’t need to stream on 5 devices at once.