FX, FXX and FXM are some of the best channels for watching movies and TV shows. But what’s the best way to access them once you’ve cut the cord?

Continue on for ten ways to watch FXNow without cable.

Live TV Streaming Services

Over-the-top TV services recreate the cable experience over the internet. What they don’t recreate are the high prices cable companies charge. For as little as $35 per month, you can get FX, FXX and FXM along with all your other favorite cable channels.

All of the services listed below get treated just like any other TV provider through the FXNow TV Everywhere program. Once you sign up, just use your login credentials to unlock live TV streams and on-demand content on FX apps and websites.

DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now has some issues and looks a little rough around the edges. It still makes a good choice, though, because DirecTV Now has more channels on the menu than the competition.

Parent-company AT&T is renovating DirecTV Now this year, so you can expect to see cloud DVR and other new features soon. 4K ultra-high definition channels are in the pipeline as well.

DirecTV’s four subscription plans balance price and channel selection. The entry level “Live a Little” plan includes both FX and FXX. However, you’ll have to “Go Big” to get FXM:

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

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Device support is one of the areas that DirecTV Now has some catching up to do. Fortunately, it has apps for the main set-top and mobile platforms:

  • 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.

fuboTV

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FuboTV balances its sports-centric channel lineup with dozens of entertainment and lifestyle channels. It includes all three FX Networks as part of its standard subscription plan.

There’s only one cable-replacement plan: fubo Premiere. It will run you $40-$50 per month depending on where you live.

FuboTV encourages people to give it a shot by offering a seven-day free trial and a $20 promotional rate for the first two months.

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Die-hard sports fans can expand the channel lineup with the Sports Plus expansion pack. You get an another fifteen channels for an extra $9 per month.

FuboTV also offers one of the most generous Showtime subscriptions around. You can get all nine Showtime networks for only $11 per month.

The app support from fuboTV is pretty solid with a focus on set-top boxes and mobile devices.

  • Living room devices: Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple 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.

Hulu with Live TV

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Don’t worry about the fact that Hulu calls its live TV service a “beta” program. Hulu with Live TV ranks as one of the most full-featured and reliable of the streaming services.

The single subscription plan costs $40 per month. FX, FXX and FXM are among the included channels.

You also get a full suite of features like cloud DVR, support for up to six profiles and simultaneous streaming to two devices. For a little bit of extra money you can upgrade the DVR storage or stream to an unlimited number of devices in your home.

Hulu with Live TV’s biggest benefit is that Hulu’s huge catalog of on-demand content comes standard with your subscription. Another small add-on fee will even remove ads from every on-demand stream.

Hulu’s on-demand service and its live TV service run on the same apps. Of all the streaming services, Hulu supports the widest range of streaming platforms:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Nexus Player, Roku and TiVo.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire Tablets, Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari.

PlayStation Vue

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Sony’s live TV streaming service, PlayStation Vue, may be named after its game console, but you don’t have to own one to subscribe. It offers decent support for local TV stations and a large channel lineup.

Just like DirecTV Now, however, you can’t get all of the FX Networks on the cheapest plan. “Access” only includes FX and FXX. You have to upgrade to “Elite” to get all the FX channels.

  • Access: 45 channels for $39.99 per month.
  • Core: 60 channels for $44.99 per month.
  • Elite: 84 channels for $54.99 per month.
  • Ultra: 87 channels, including HBO and Showtime, for $74.99 per month.

All four plans come with a cloud DVR. The DVR has no storage limits, but recordings expire after 28 days.  Also, PlayStation Vue lets you stream to as many as five devices at a time. That’s a good thing given the large number of platforms the service supports:

  • 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.

If you own a PlayStation 4, Sony gives you some bonus features. Multi-view lets you watch up to three live TV streams at the same time. The app also posts live scores from any sports game currently airing.

Sling TV

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With more than two million subscribers, Sling TV is the most popular live TV streaming service.

All of the ads you see from Sling TV claim that the “a la carte” service challenges the TV industry’s old ways of doing business. It’s owned by Dish Network, though, so Sling TV is more old-school than you’d think.

Rather than picking the channels you want from a menu, you really only have three choices:

  • Orange: 30 channels for $20.
  • Blue: 45 channels for $25.
  • Orange+Blue: 53 channels for $40.

If you base your decision on the FX Networks, then the choice is easy. Forget the Orange plan and go for the Blue. That includes both FX and FXX (Sling TV does not offer FXM).

Just like a cable company, Sling TV charges you extra for basic services. For example, you have to pay an extra $5 per month to use the cloud DVR.

On the other hand, Sling TV does offer good support for streaming devices:

  • Living room devices: Air TV Player, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from LeEco, LG, Samsung and ZTE.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

YouTube TV

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YouTube TV is a live streaming service from the same folks who brought you PewDiePie and countless cat videos. It launched in early 2017 with an interesting combination of user interface and features.

FX, FXX and FXM are all included in YouTube TV’s $35 monthly subscription along with nearly fifty other channels. Local TV coverage is one of YouTube TV’s strengths. We ranked it at the top of the list for its local coverage.

Related: What’s the Best Service for Streaming Live, Local TV?

The subscription also includes unlimited DVR storage. You can keep recordings for as long as nine months before YouTube TV deletes them.

Households can set up to six separate YouTube TV profiles, each with their own favorites and recommendations. Those six people can’t stream at the same time, though, since YouTube TV caps simultaneous streams at three.

YouTube is adding more apps, but the range is still pretty limited so far:

  • Living room devices: Android TV (but not the Xiaomi Mi Box) and Chromecast.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from LG and Samsung.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

Apps for Roku and Apple TV were promised for late 2017, but those never appeared.

FXNow Apps

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Anyone can watch a limited amount of content on the FX Networks website or through the FXNow apps. Unlocking the full potential requires TV provider login credentials. Fortunately, all the services mentioned above will unlock FX’s apps.

FXNow supports a good range of streaming platforms:

  • Living room devices: Amazon Fire TV, Android TV devices, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Models based on Android TV, select Samsung models,.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox 360, Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari.

What people think of the FXNow app

In general, FXNow has good reviews. Apple device owners like it better than most, awarding it 4.2 stars. Android device owners, on the other hand, gave it 3.9 stars.

Many of the positive reviews comment on how FXNow does in-stream advertising right. The frequency and length of the ads are not as overwhelming as other networks’ apps.

Buffering issues seem to drive the relatively small number of critical reviews.

What you get with FXNow

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FXNow’s website and apps deliver live TV streams and on-demand content from FX, FXX and FXM. The apps also let you live stream Fox and National Geographic.

You also get access to Simpsons World. Through Simpsons World, you can stream every one of the animated series’ 629-and-counting episodes.

With only six hundred hours of content, however, FX’s on-demand library isn’t very big. In many cases, you won’t get every season of FX series — just the most recent season.

FX first-run series

FX may be a standard cable channel, but its original programming holds its own against HBO. Catch critical darlings like The Americans or American Horror Story as well as off-beat series like Legion and Fargo.

FXX popular re-runs

You can watch long-running originals like Archer and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia that moved to FXX from FX. Most of FXX’s programming consists of re-runs like Parks & Recs and How I Met Your Mother.

FXM name-brand movies

FXM has plenty of recently-released and popular titles to choose from. Blockbusters like Jurassic World and Furious 7 sit side-by-side with romcoms like Aloha and About Last Night. Kids can choose animated movies from the Ice Age and Rio franchises.

Find FX On Demand

Since the FXNow catalog focuses on currently-airing TV shows, you may need to turn to an on-demand service to binge an entire FX series.

Amazon Prime Video

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Members of Amazon Prime can stream past seasons of several FX programs from The Americans to Justified to American Horror Story.

Other FX shows like Archer and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, however, are not included with Amazon Prime. Streaming these shows through Amazon Video requires the purchase of a season pass.

With the exception of Roku and PlayStation, Amazon provides apps for the most popular streaming platforms:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Select models from LG, Samsung and Sony.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire Tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Hulu

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Hulu makes discovering FX content easy thanks to its dedicated FX landing page. You’ll find older shows like The Shield as well as early seasons of currently airing series like Atlanta.

You won’t find the complete FX archive on Hulu, though. The only season from the American Horror Story franchise, for example, is AHS: Roanoke. If you’re an Archer fan, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Hulu’s on-demand service is a lot cheaper than its live TV service.

  • Hulu Streaming Library: $7 per month.
  • Hulu Streaming Library With No Commercials: $11 per month.

Hulu’s on-demand service is available through the same apps as Hulu with Live TV.

Netflix

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Netflix is the only on-demand service that lets you watch all seven seasons of Archer. You also can watch American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy, but those titles are also available through other services.

  • Basic: One standard definition stream, $7.99 per month.
  • Standard: Two high definition streams, $10.99 per month.
  • Premium: Four ultra high definition streams, $13.99 per month.

Netflix has a strong set of apps for just about every device:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Nexus Player, NVIDIA Shield and Roku
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from Hisense, LG, Magnavox, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba and Vizio.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.