Cable and satellite aren’t cheap, but they do offer some great content. Their absurd prices would almost be understandable if they were offering us content we couldn’t get anywhere else. But guess what: they’re not! Network TV channels are available through other streaming services, and in the case of major networks like Fox, your options also include free over-the-air TV. Not only is it possible to watch Fox without cable, it’s actually easy to do so. This guide will show you how.
How to Watch Fox Online and Over the Air Without Cable
There are two major ways to watch Fox without cable. One is free over-the-air TV, which we’ll cover in its own section below. The other is to use a skinny bundle. Our list includes a handful of these services, so in the interest of not repeating ourselves, let’s get this out of the way now: what the heck is a skinny bundle?
A skinny bundle is a live TV service, sort of like cable or satellite. But there are a few very important differences. For one, skinny bundles stream over the internet, meaning that skinny bundle providers don’t need their own cable infrastructure and therefore don’t end up sitting atop regional monopolies. For another, skinny bundles tend to be, well, “skinny.” Though some offer larger packages and add-ons, all of them offer some type of slimmed-down package that pares your massive cable bundle down to the essentials. The result of these two differences is that skinny bundles tend to be a whole lot more affordable than their legacy counterparts.
Each of the skinny bundles below includes a Fox live stream, but before you dive in, there’s one more thing that you should know: in each case, the Fox live stream is limited to select markets. The coverage is very good, but to make sure that you’re getting the channels you want, start by taking advantage of the free trials that each of these services offer. You’ll find out risk-free whether or not your region is covered.
Hulu with Live TV is, appropriately enough, the live TV service from the streaming video on demand (SVOD) giant Hulu. Once content to compete with only Netflix and Amazon, Hulu is now in the fray with the skinny bundles as well. This live TV service offers more than 55 channels for $39.99 per month. Fox is one of the major networks that Hulu with Live TV offers live streams of (in select markets, as is the case with all of these services). Read our review of Hulu with Live TV here, or click on the link below this paragraph to sign up for the service’s week-long free trial offer.
Sling TV aims to deliver a more customized skinny bundle experience. After choosing one or both of two base packages, Sling subscribers can tack on smaller add-on bundles, each of which contains a selection of channels grouped by category. To get Fox, you’ll just need the Sling Blue base package. That will cost you $25 per month, though you are of course free to add as many add-on packages as you see fit (you can also choose to subscribe to both base packages at once). Check out your customized skinny bundle for free by clicking the link below and signing up for Sling TV’s seven-day free trial offer.
fuboTV is a skinny bundle with a sports twist, but it still offers plenty of content that will please non-sports fans. In its early days, this service was entirely focused on soccer. That hasn’t been true for a while, though, so while fuboTV has some nice features for sports fans (including content discovery features that surface live sporting events), it also has a broad range of live TV networks that includes Fox. fuboTV’s entry-level base bundle, “fubo,” costs $44.99 per month and offers live local Fox streaming in select markets. fubo’s big brother, “fubo Extra,” costs $49.99 per month and also includes access to Fox. Both bundles come with first-month discounts, and you can try out either one for free by clicking the link below to sign up for fuboTV’s week-long free trial offer.
PlayStation Vue offers a selection of bundles of increasing size and price, with each larger bundle containing all of the channels from its smaller counterparts. Fox is in there from the start (in select markets, of course), so you can take your pick of the bundle options without fear of losing it. The cheapest path to your live Fox stream is, of course, the smallest bundle. In this case, that means Access, which costs $44.99 per month. You can check out PlayStation Vue for free by clicking on the link below.
Google’s skinny bundle service, YouTube TV, is a great way to watch Fox online without cable. Fox is among the great selection of channels that YouTube TV will connect you with for $40 per month, and you can get local streaming coverage in select markets. You can check out YouTube TV for free for one week by signing up for the service’s free trial offer — to get your hands on that, just click on the link below this paragraph.
AT&T’s skinny bundle is branded a whole lot like a certain legacy pay TV provider, but never fear: you’ll see the difference between the two right away when you sign up for DirecTV Now’s very affordable $40-per-month “Live a Little” bundle. That’s the smallest of DirecTV Now’s tiered bundle options, but it’s all you’ll need to get your hands on the Fox live stream in regions where it is available. You can read our review of DirecTV Now here. To sign up for the service’s free trial offer, just click on the link below!
Fox, like the other major networks, has local affiliate stations all over the country. And since these affiliates generally have their own transmitters, that means that Fox is available for free all around us – all we need is an antenna to use to pick it up! Depending on where you live, you may need a large outdoor antenna or may be able to get Fox with something as cheap and simple as a set of rabbit ears. Read our guide to choosing an antenna for more tips.
Can I Watch Fox on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?
You can! There are Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV apps for most of the major skinny bundles listed above, and you can use their apps on other devices to sling content over to your Chromecast. Let’s break it down:
If you use Roku to stream your content, you have a lot of options. Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Now each offer apps for Roku devices.
Fire TV users have pretty solid options, too: Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now.
Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Now each have apps for Apple TV devices.
You can use Chromecast with apps available from Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Now.
Android TV, Google’s streaming platform, works with Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.
Want to go mobile? You can, because Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Now each have apps for both Android and iOS mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.
Thanks to desktop and/or in-browser apps, each of Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Now also works with desktop and laptop computers.
Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV each work on modern Xbox video game consoles. PlayStation Vue works on modern PlayStation video game consoles.
We didn’t forget about antennas: you can get the over-the-air TV we talked about onto your streaming box, though it’s a bit trickier than simply watching the OTA broadcasts on your TV with the feed coming straight from your antenna. You can use the media server app Plex, a computer, an antenna, and a PC TV tuner to turn live OTA feeds into streaming content that you can watch on any streaming device running the Plex app, or you can use an OTA DVR like Tablo and its associated app to do essentially the same thing.
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