AMC is the home to Hollywood classics old and new, plus hit shows like The Walking Dead. It’s one of the best movie channels on cable, and also offers some of the best original series on cable. For AMC super-fans, AMC alone is a good enough reason to keep cable — or, at least, it would be if it were not so easy to watch AMC without cable.
The reality is that you just don’t need cable to watch AMC. There are several great legal streaming services that will offer you a AMC live stream, plus the ability to DVR AMC shows and watch AMC shows on demand. Services like these make it easier than ever for fans of great television to say goodbye to cable and satellite. The legacy pay TV services simply don’t have a monopoly on live TV anymore, and that includes AMC. Here’s how to watch AMC without cable.
How to Watch AMC Online Without Cable
It’s possible to watch AMC without cable thanks to the rise of a relatively new alternative to the stale old legacy pay TV services. You can now ditch cable or satellite in favor of a live TV streaming service, often called a “skinny bundle.”
These services offer the same live network TV broadcasts that their older competition does. But these services use new innovations to keep costs down and customers happy. For one thing, the live TV streaming services have ditched the clumsy over-packed bundles of cable, electing instead to offer slimmed-down packages that include only the best channels (some services offer multiple bundle options, making it possible for live TV die-hards to get those larger cable-sized bundles, too — but providing a choice means giving a low-cost option to those of us who simply don’t want 300 channels). These services also stream online, of course, just like Netflix and the many on-demand streaming services that helped spark the cord cutting revolution years ago. That makes it easy for these companies to let you watch TV on lots of different internet-connected devices — including not just your smart TV or TV-connected streaming box (like your Roku or Fire TV), but also your mobile phone, tablet, or laptop. It also means no regional monopolies of the sort that you deal with when you pay for cable: there is plenty of competition, and that means lower prices.
In short, live TV streaming services are better than cable — and cheaper, too. Here are the trusted services that will allow you to watch AMC without cable.
DIRECTV NOW, the live TV streaming service from AT&T, offers customers their choice of several bundles. The smallest is truly skinny: “Live a Little” costs just $35 a month. That’s where you’ll first spot your AMC live stream, but if you’re hungry for more, feel free to check out the larger bundles — DIRECTV NOW’s larger packages include all of the channels from their smaller counterparts, and that means that AMC is included in every channel bundle that the company offers. You can read our review of DIRECTV NOW here or can check out the service for yourself by giving its free trial a whirl (the link you’ll need is below).
PlayStation Vue shares its branding with a certain other Sony-owned property: the gaming system series PlayStation, of which the PlayStation 4 is the newest as of this writing. But you don’t need the latest fancy gaming system to use PlayStation Vue, because the service has long been available on platforms other than Sony’s PlayStation: you can check it out on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and other platforms, and you can do it all for free by taking advantage of the service’s free trial via the link below (note that PlayStation Vue’s free trial is five days long, not seven). Whichever of PlayStation Vue’s bundles you elect to test, you’ll find AMC among the channels offered: the AMC live stream makes its first appearance in the “Access” bundle ($39.99/month) and reappears in each larger bundle that the service offers.
Sling TV is designed to allow customers to create their own ideal skinny bundle. First, you’ll choose between two base packages (Sling Orange, which costs $20 a month, and Sling Blue, which costs $25 a month — you can get both together for $40 a month). Then, you’ll be able to tack on as many or as few of Sling TV’s smaller add-on bundles as you’d like. These little bundles cost around $5 or $10 a month each and include groups of channels lumped together by type (for example, you can add the “Sports Extra” bundle and pay specifically for the sports channels you want — or skip it, and save money by ditching channels you don’t need). That makes things very flexible for most TV fans, and AMC fans will be happy to see that their channel is included in the Sling Blue base package ($25/month).
Can I Watch AMC on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?
These live TV streaming services wouldn’t be much good without apps for the major streaming device platforms, and the companies behind them know it. That’s why DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV each have apps for Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast (in the case of Chromecast, of course, we’re talking about apps compatible with the device).
On top of that, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV each have apps for mobile devices. That includes Android devices as well as iOS devices (like the iPad and iPhone) devices. They also each have in-browser apps for your computer, so you can watch AMC without cable on your desktop or laptop.
PlayStation Vue and Sling TV also work on Android TV devices like the popular Nvidia Shield. Those two are also available on the latest video game systems, though only on one each: Sling TV has an app for Microsoft’s Xbox One, and PlayStation Vue — as you might have guessed — has an app for Sony’s PlayStation.
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