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Adult Swim's oddball comedies and quirky cartoons are a late-night cable staple. Cable wouldn't be the same without Adult Swim — but, as it happens, Adult Swim feels exactly the same without cable. In fact, it feels even better that way! When you watch Adult Swim without cable, you get all the same shows and more ways to watch while paying much, much less. Let us show you how to do it. This is how to watch Adult Swim without cable.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream Adult Swim:

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$35 – $50 30+ – 130+ 3 days

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How to Watch Adult Swim Online Without Cable

Adult Swim makes its home on pay-TV services. For a long time, that meant cable and satellite – those overpriced options that we now call “legacy” pay-TV solutions. They're looking pretty old and inefficient these days thanks to the arrival of an option that is a whole lot more at home in our current decade: the skinny bundle.

The skinny bundle, or live TV streaming service (either term works – as we'll see in a moment, some of these “skinny bundles” aren't so skinny anymore) is a pay-TV service, just like cable. It offers live network television channels, just like cable. And it will give you a live feed of Adult Swim, just like cable. But unlike cable, live TV streaming services are just that: streaming services.

Oh, and before we move on, we should mention that we're totally aware that Adult Swim is essentially the same channel as Cartoon Network. Adult Swim programming airs late at night and early in the morning, while Cartoon Network is on during what people with normal sleep schedules refer to as “waking hours.” So, as you might assume, you can expect this “How to Watch Adult Swim Without Cable” post to be, well, pretty much exactly the same as our How to Watch Cartoon Network Without Cable post. Services like Sling list the two together on the channel lineup, while others only list Cartoon Network. In our case, we only made them separate so that you could have the easiest time possible finding the answers you're looking for.

Here are the services we trust that will have you laughing at Adult Swim – and all the way to the bank. Goodbye, cable.

Stream Cartoon Network with DIRECTV Stream

Try DIRECTV Stream

DIRECTV Stream has nothing to do with satellite TV and everything to do with saving you money on an Adult Swim livestream. You'll find Adult Swim — which is part of Cartoon Network — among the channels available on DIRECTV Stream. For more, check out our review of DIRECTV Stream.

Stream Adult Swim for free with Hulu

Free Trial

Hulu + Live TV is the live TV streaming service from Hulu, which you probably could guess from the name. You can subscribe to Hulu + Live TV on its own or add it to your on-demand account. Read our review of Hulu + Live TV here, or sign up for the service's free trial below.

Stream Adult Swim with Sling TV

Try It

Sling TV is all about customization. The Dish-owned service offers two base packages and a host of smaller add-on packages. Customers can sign up for a base bundle and can then tack on any, all, or none of the available add-on packages, which cost less than the base packages and include small servings of channels grouped by type. That gives subscribers a ton of options, but there's nothing complicated about getting an Adult Swim livestream: It's easy to find Cartoon Network and Adult Swim among the bundle options.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a skinny bundle that comes to us from tech super-company Google, because Google has an ownership stake in pretty much everything these days. They’re even listed as co-owners on my car title. This is a real skinny bundle with live TV channels — including, of course, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. Sign up for the service's free trial offer by clicking on the link on this page.

Can I Watch Adult Swim on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

A lot of Adult Swim’s programming falls on the experimental side. For that and other reasons, it’s definitely not for every viewer. But luckily for you, there’s nothing experimental about available device support for watching Adult Swim without cable. You can watch on your TV, mobile phone, laptop and more. It’s up to you to decide how you want to get your Adult Swim fix; just check out the chart below.

Roku Fire TV Apple TV Android TV Chromecast iOS Android Web/
Hulu + Live TV
Sling TV
YouTube TV

More to Watch for Adult Swim Fans

So now you know how to watch Adult Swim without cable. But Adult Swim isn’t even on all day. Heck, it’s not even on for half of the day. Adult Swim makes the most of the content it does produce, but it doesn’t produce as much compared to most other networks. In other words, fans of Adult Swim are going to need backup options.

There’s always the Cartoon Network, of course. We mentioned that above. But if you like quirky animated shows, don’t sleep on FOX. It’s home to shows like “Bob’s Burgers” and “The Simpsons,” the latter of which has been around since the ‘80s and, at this rate, will be around until the 2080s. And since FOX is a broadcast network, you have the option of watching it over-the-air as well as through a live TV streaming service. Want more details? Our How to Watch Fox Without Cable page has got them all. Regardless of which option you choose, happy streaming!

4 thoughts on “How to Watch Adult Swim Without Cable

  1. Pissed at at&t says:

    Att now no longer has adult swim, just cartoon network

  2. Anonymous says:

    FUBO just dropped Adult Swim 07/01/2020!! Pissed!!

  3. MissingTheOldDays says:

    Do they still have bumps even though its a streaming service?

  4. Alexd says:

    ugh… when I look at the channel lineup of every one of them, it’s all the SAME CRAP list of shitty shows… it’s simply not worth to have a list of 35+ channels and only watch two or three of them.
    I had Directv from 1999 to 2019… it’s all the same old, same old…..

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