Lifetime’s dramas and movies are always entertaining and only sometimes realistic. But when it comes to crazy plots, things don’t get much crazier than the one cable’s been able to pull off for far too many years now. Cable and satellite are charging viewers through the nose – even though it’s possible to watch Lifetime without cable.
Yep, that’s right – Lifetime’s cable movies and programming aren’t actually cable-specific at all. If you learn how to watch Lifetime without cable, you can save big bucks on your bills while still enjoying all of the content you love. So what are you waiting for?
How to Watch Lifetime Online Without Cable
This may all seem a bit confusing, so let’s clear some things up about how, exactly, we’re going to get you a Lifetime live stream and help you watch Lifetime without cable.
Lifetime isn’t free. But that doesn’t mean that it should be bundled up with a bunch of channels you don’t watch and sold to you as part of a bloated overpriced package from an inefficient legacy pay TV company. Luckily, some smart people agree with us on this, and they came up with a new type of pay TV: the live TV streaming service.
Live TV streaming services are sometimes called “skinny bundles,” because they tend to offer slimmed-down channel bundles that trim the useless stuff off of cable’s bloated bundles. That trims the price, too, which is the first advantage of these live TV streaming services.
That’s not the only advantage, though. These services also let you watch Lifetime without cable on almost any device you want. Since they deliver content over the internet, it’s easy to send your Lifetime live feed to your iPhone, tablet, or computer – or, of course, to your big screen via a smart TV or streaming device.
Not every live TV streaming service includes Lifetime, but many do. Here are your options for watching Lifetime without cable!
One way to watch Lifetime without cable is to sign up for DIRECTV – DIRECTV NOW, that is. AT&T’s live TV streaming service may share a name with its legacy pay TV counterpart, but this modern service offers skinny bundles like the $35/month “Live a Little” package, plus modern and user-friendly features galore. DIRECTV NOW fared well in our Cordcutting.com review, which you can read here. You can sign up for its seven-day risk-free trial by clicking on the link below, and Lifetime fans will certainly want to give it a whirl: a Lifetime live stream is available in all of DIRECTV NOW’s various bundles, making it a great and straightforward way to watch Lifetime without cable.
fuboTV’s main English-language base package, fubo Premier, includes a Lifetime live stream. Using fuboTV to watch Lifetime without cable will set you back $39.99 per month (unless you live in one of the New York-area markets that will get MSG, MSG+, and the rest of the MSG family of regional sports networks – if you do, you’ll pay $44.99 per month instead). fuboTV has become a strong entry into this competitive market. You can read our review (written when fuboTV rebooted itself as a general-interest skinny bundle some time ago) here, or you can get a completely up-to-date experience by trying the service for yourself – which you can do for free, of course, by signing up for fuboTV’s free trial via the link below.
Hulu with Live TV comes to us, naturally, from Hulu. You might know Hulu already from their streaming video on demand (SVOD) service, which works like (and competes with) the likes of Netflix. Hulu is making a mark in the live TV market, too, thanks to this strong skinny bundle. For $39.99 per month, you can sign up for Hulu with Live TV’s sole base bundle. You’ll get a selection of great channels that includes a Lifetime live stream, perfect for watching Lifetime without cable. For more of our thoughts on Hulu with Live TV, just take a look at our review here. For more of your thoughts on Hulu with Live TV, you’ll just have to sign up for the service’s free trial. The link is below.
Philo is another strong option for watching Lifetime without cable. This skinny bundle’s appeal is due in a large part to its very attractive price point: for just $16 a month, Philo offers subscribers a solid 37 channels of live-streaming goodness. There’s a larger bundle available for $20 a month, but Lifetime fans will find their channel of choice in the smaller of the two, so upgrading is optional. Philo is growing fast, adding channels and platform support in recent months and beginning to seriously complete with the skinny bundle old guard (to the extent that such a young business space has an old guard, of course!). Check out Philo for free by taking advantage of the service’s week-long free trial offer – the link is below.
Sling TV is the service that lets you customize your skinny bundle. Starting with either the $20/month Sling Orange bundle or the $25/month Sling Blue bundle (or both, for $40/month), users can customize their final product by adding “extras,” which are little mini-bundles of channels grouped by category. That allows customers to pay only for the channels that they actually want to watch.
What does this mean for Lifetime fans? Well, not much, actually: Lifetime is available in both Sling Orange and Sling Blue, so you won’t need any extras to get it. Just grab either base package – any customization is entirely up to you, because you’ll be able to watch Lifetime without cable from the start!
Can I Watch Lifetime on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?
Lifetime movies may not be made for movie theaters, but that doesn’t mean that you want to watch them on tiny screens. You want to use your Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast to put your Lifetime live stream up on your biggest TV, right? Well, good news: DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, and Sling TV all work perfectly on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast devices. On top of that, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, and Sling TV each work on the Android TV platform, which is used on some streaming devices (like the Nvidia Shield) and smart TVs.
We didn’t mention Philo yet, because it’s still adding platform support in the form of new apps. Right now, Philo works as a great way to watch Lifetime without cable on your TV as long as you have a Roku streaming device or a Roku TV. Outside of the Roku app, they’re still working on expanding their support for the major streaming platforms. But you can expect further progress to be made on that (check out Philo’s website for the latest), because this is a service that is expanding and improving fast.
So there are plenty of ways to watch Lifetime on your biggest, baddest screen without cable. That’s not to say that small screens don’t have their place, though. Want to watch Lifetime without cable on your smartphone or tablet? DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Philo, and Sling TV all have you covered there, too. Each of them works perfectly on iOS devices. As for Android users, you guys are covered by DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, and Sling TV. Philo, as of this writing, is short an Android app – but, of course, that could change soon. Philo is still growing.
Computers aren’t left out, either. DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Philo, and Sling TV each have in-browser apps that, in most cases, will work just fine on your favorite major browser running on your operating system of choice.
Hulu with Live TV and Sling TV are also an option for folks who would prefer to stream on their Xbox One video game consoles.
That’s a lot of platforms to use to watch Lifetime without cable, and a lot of services to use on those platforms! Which one is right for you? Well, that’s the fun part: you get to sign up for some free trials and find out. There are links in the headers and beneath each section, so venture forth and find out what the best way to watch Lifetime without cable is for you. Feel free to check out our reviews for more guidance. Good luck!
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