Cable doesn’t offer much that we can’t get elsewhere. Its shows are available on demand, its news is available in the newspaper, and its weather information is available all over the place: online and over the radio, for instance, to name just a couple. But there’s something nice about watching a weather channel, where all of the weather information you need is presented in an audio/visual form. Is that something that only cable can offer? Well, no, actually: you can use streaming services to watch Weather Nation without cable, which will give you all of the live weather TV coverage you crave while keeping you from being unexpectedly caught in a storm of high-priced bills. So sit back and read on as we explain how to watch Weather Nation without cable.
How to Watch Weather Nation Online Without Cable
Weather Nation is a live weather channel, and you can’t get it with an antenna. So you must have to have cable to get it, then, right? Or at least satellite.
Well, actually, no! Cable and satellite are the two most famous “pay TV” schemes, but they’re not the only games in town. In fact, their time is running out: they’re known as “legacy pay TV” companies, because they look old and out of date next to the exciting new crop of pay TV services that we’ve seen arrive over just the past few years.
The new type of pay TV we’re talking about is the live TV streaming service. Yes, that’s the same streaming as Netflix is doing, only these services are bringing that technology to bear on live television – giving you a way to watch your favorite channels (and, yes, watch Weather Nation) without cable.
Sometimes called “skinny bundles,” these new live TV streaming services specialize in being efficient where cable is inefficient. They’ve stripped away channels few people care about and are offering streamlined (“skinny”) bundles of channels for less. And since their content is streaming over the internet, these services will let you watch Weather Nation on almost any device: your smartphone, your computer, and (as we’ll talk more about later) your Roku or other streaming device, to name just a few.
Not all of these services offer a Weather Nation live stream. But at least one does!
Skinny bundles are great for those of us who find their favorite channels in the sleek, stripped down bundles that these services offer. But what about those of us whose favorite channels end up on the cutting-room floor? That’s not nearly as much fun. Sling TV saw the inherent problem with skinny bundles from the start, and their solution is creative and elegant: they have you build your own skinny bundle.
You’ll start with one (or both) of Sling’s base packages. “Sling Orange” costs $25 per month, Sling Blue costs $25 per month, and you can get both together for $40 per month. Once you’ve got your base package set, you can add as many add-on bundles – called “Extras” – as you want. These little mini-bundles of channels are grouped by type, so that you can build a bundle that suits your interest. You’ll find your Weather Nation live stream in the “News Extra” bundle, which costs $5 per month.
Can I Watch WeatherNation on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?
The whole point of getting a TV weather channel is being able to watch it on your TV. Can you do that when you watch WeatherNation without cable?
You can indeed! Major skinny bundle services have great platform support, which means that they tend to work on the major streaming platforms and streaming devices that cord cutters love. If you already own a streaming box, there’s a good chance that it’s one of the ones that you can use to watch Weather Nation without cable.
Sling TV works great with Roku devices thanks to its dedicated app. Fire TV users can use Sling TV to watch Weather Nation without cable, too. Sling TV has an app for Apple TV. Chromecast is supported by Sling TV’s apps, too. And even Android TV, Google’s streaming platform, gets its own Sling TV app.
Of course, you may find that there are times that you actually do want to watch Weather Nation without cable on your smartphone or on your computer. Fear not: major skinny bundle streaming services have you covered there, too. That includes Sling TV, which offers an app for Android and iOS devices (that includes your iPhones and iPads).
Sling TV also offers a desktop app, as well as an in-browser app that’s compatible with most browsers and operating systems. Between those two options, it’s easy to watch Sling TV on a desktop or laptop computer, too — which means its easy to stream Weather Nation on those same devices.
If your streaming device of choice is an Xbox One video game console, that’s okay – you too can watch Weather Nation without cable. Sling TV has an app that works well on Xbox One.
In short, you have a lot of options for streaming Weather Nation without paying big bucks for cable!
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