Cable and satellite are overpriced, but you love Syfy. No problem, though: you simply cancel your legacy pay TV service, plug a streaming device of your choice into your high-definition television, and tune into a completely legal Syfy live stream.
How to Watch Syfy Online Without Cable
If you’re a regular reader of Cordcutting.com, you’ve probably seen us publish pieces like this before. These introductory cord cutting guides may seem remedial to longtime cord cutters, but they’re a great way to introduce newcomers to one of the best types of services marketing to cord cutters today: skinny bundles.
What are skinny bundles? Well, they’re streaming services, but they’re not much like the famous streaming video on demand (SVOD) services, like Netflix. SVOD, as the name suggests, has a library of content available for you to play on demand. Skinny bundles, on the other hand, offer live network channels – just like cable does!
The differences between cable and skinny bundles are important, though. The type of skinny bundles we’re talking about are delivered “over the top” – that is, over the internet – and are slimmer than the big cable packages, including only the most popular and sought-after channels. Thanks to these two factors, skinny bundles tend to be significantly cheaper than cable, particularly when it comes to the slimmest packages (yes, some of these services allow you to choose how skinny your bundle is).
With that as an introduction, let’s get to know the skinny bundles that include Syfy in their lineups.
AT&T’s skinny bundle divides its offerings into tiers: you can pay as little as $35/month for the “Live a Little” package, or as much as $70/month for the “Gotta Have It!” package (you can add to even this price by tacking on premium channels). This is a pretty typical way to organize skinny bundle content. And, as luck would have it, Syfy is available in the very cheapest of DIRECTV NOW’s tiers. That means you can get Syfy for just $35/month. You can read our review of DIRECTV NOW here.
Longtime cord cutters will remember that fuboTV began life as a soccer-specific streaming service. Since its re-launch, though, this skinny bundle has tried to provide a bit of content for everyone – including science fiction fans. Syfy is available in fuboTV’s base package, which costs $39.99/month ($44.99/month in regions that get the MSG family of networks). You can read our review of fuboTV here or try it for yourself by signing up for the free trial via the link below.
Hulu made its name as an SVOD service, but it later waded into the skinny bundle market with its appropriately named “Hulu with Live TV” product. There are no tiers here – it’s just $39.99/month, and you get what you get. “What you get” is 55+ channels, and among them is the Syfy network. You can read our review of Hulu with Live TV here or can make your own judgment by taking advantage of the service’s week long free trial, which you can sign up for using the link below.
Like many competitors, PlayStation Vue divides its offerings up into tiers. Fortunately for Syfy fans, the network we’re looking for is available in the very cheapest tier. That means “Access,” which costs $39.99/month. If you want to, of course, you can opt for a pricier package: all of the larger bundles also include Syfy. Read our review of PlayStation Vue here, or try it out for yourself by taking advantage of its free trial. Just note that in this case, the free trial is 5 days long instead of the more typical 7.
Unlike the other skinny bundles, Sling TV doesn’t use a tiered system to divide up its offerings. Instead, you’ll choose from one of two base packages (you can also sign up for both, if you want) and then customize your skinny bundle using optional add-on packages, which feature small sets of channels grouped by genre. You’ll find Syfy in the “Sling Blue” base package, which costs $25/month. As of this writing, this is your cheapest answer to the question of how to watch Syfy without cable.
Can I Watch Syfy on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?
These skinny bundle services wouldn’t do you much good if you weren’t able to use them on your TV. It’s nice enough to have a live TV stream on your computer, but when it comes to science fiction action on Syfy, you’re going to want to have the widescreen and the surround sound and the rest of the bells and whistles, right? So the real question you face is which of these skinny bundles will work with the device you use to stream, whether that’s a Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast.
Well, here’s a really simple answer: you can sign up for any of the ones we listed. Each of the services listed above has an app for each of Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV, and each have apps that work with Chromecast. On top of that, each of these major skinny bundle services have apps for your mobile devices, including Android and iOS devices (that includes those iPhones and iPads, of course). Some also work on Fire OS mobile devices. Oh, and they work on your computer, too, of course: each of these services has either a desktop app for Windows and Mac or an in-browser app that works with major browsers.
Not all of these devices support Android TV, the platform used by the Nvidia Shield (among other devices), but most do – at the time of this writing, DIRECTV NOW is the only one that doesn’t. If you’re trying to stream on an Xbox One, your coverage is a little spottier but you’ll still have plenty of options. PlayStation 4 users, you have one option – guess what it is (yes, it’s PlayStation Vue).
In short, you’ll have no shortage of skinny bundle options no matter what platform you use to stream. So go forth and watch Syfy without cable!
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