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 best skinny bundles that include Syfy in their lineups.
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.
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 per month. As of this writing, this is your cheapest answer to the question of how to watch Syfy without cable.
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 both of fuboTV’s base packages: the $44.99-per-month “fubo” and the $49.99-per-mont “fubo Extra.” You can read our review of fuboTV here or try it for yourself by signing up for the free trial via 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 $44.99 per 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 five days long instead of the more typical seven.
YouTube TV is Google’s entry into the skinny bundle arms race. It’s an excellent live TV streaming service, and it costs a pretty typical $40 per month. You’ll get lots of live-streaming network television channels for that price, including a Syfy live stream. YouTube TV is available in most major markets at this point. Click the link below to check it out and to sign up for the service’s week-long free trial offer.
AT&T’s skinny bundle divides its offerings into tiers: you can pay as little as $40 per month for the “Live a Little” package, or as much as $75 per 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 $40 per month. You can read our review of DirecTV Now here.
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.
The short answer is that you’ve got options. All of the services we listed above work on most of the major streaming platforms.
Roku users can choose to watch SyFy without cable on Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, or DirecTV Now.
Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now each have apps for Fire TV devices, too.
Apple TV users get Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Now.
Chromecast users can use Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Now.
Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV each have apps for Android TV, too.
Want to watch on mobile? Thanks to iOS and Android apps from each of Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Now, you can.
Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Now each also have desktop and/or in-browser apps, so watching SyFy without cable on your desktop or laptop computer is a breeze.
Even video game systems are in on the fun. Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV have apps for Xbox One video game consoles. PlayStation Vue works on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
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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