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A&E is home to some top-notch reality programming, but reality can be a bummer sometimes – like the reality of your cable bill, which is way too high. But here's a reality check: you don't actually need cable to watch A&E. You can get an A&E live stream through a legal service and can watch your favorite A&E shows on Roku, Fire TV, or any other major streaming platform of your choice. It's just another reason why it's easier than ever to cut the cord. Read on and we'll show you how to watch A&E without cable.

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How to Watch A&E Online Without Cable

A&E was born and raised on cable. It's not a channel you can get for free over the air, and it's the sort of network that cable was hoping would help it keep subscribers who might otherwise be ready to cut the cord.

Funny how that works out. These days, there are a lot of services out there that can give you the power to watch A&E without cable. These relatively new services are challenging cable at its own game – and the newcomers are winning.

The services we're talking about are live TV streaming services, sometimes called skinny bundles. They get the “skinny” name from their slimmed-down selection of network TV channels, which trims the fat cable bundles are notorious for adding to your bundle (and, naturally, charging you for).

As for the “streaming” part of the name, well, you can probably figure that one out. The fact that these services are delivered over the internet means that you can watch them almost anywhere and on almost any type of device. It also makes for fair competition – something the cable industry could use a bit more of.

All of this makes live TV streaming services a great option for those of us who love pay TV but don't love paying quite so much for it. And a handful of reliable services in the live TV streaming service market offer A&E live streams, making them the perfect solution to the dilemma that we started this article with: how to watch A&E without cable.

Stream A&E for Free with Philo

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Philo is among the least expensive skinny bundles on the market, and it includes A&E in its channel selection, making it a super-affordable way to watch A&E without cable. The service is even more affordable for the first week: like its competitors, Philo offers a free trial period. To get your hands on that free trial offer, all you have to do is click the link above. Philo is an up-and-coming service in this space, and it's very much worth checking out – especially considering that it's free to do so. Y0u can check out our Philo review to learn more about them.

Stream A&E for Free with Hulu

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Hulu + Live TV is exactly what you have probably guessed it is: the live TV streaming service from Hulu, a brand once known only for its on-demand offerings. Hulu + Live TV will give you a bunch of great channels, including — you guessed it — your A&E live stream. Like its competitors, Hulu with Live TV will let you check out the scene for free with a week-long free trial. We reviewed this service, too, so feel free to hear about our perspective on it by clicking here.

Stream A&E for Free with FuboTV

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fuboTV offers an A&E live stream, so you'll be able to use fuboTV to watch A&E without cable. You'll also be able to try out the service for free by signing up for the free trial (you can do that by clicking the link above). If you want to learn a bit more about fuboTV, why not check out our review?

Stream A&E with Sling TV

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Sling TV offers subscribers lots of choices. It's a highly customizable skinny bundle that essentially lets subscribers build their own bundle. More of this is covered in our Sling TV review. Building a bundle with an A&E live stream is very, very easy to do (in fact, it's all but impossible to build a bundle without A&E)!


AT&T TV Now is the live TV streaming service from AT&T, the same company that owns satellite provider DirecTV (which this service originally shared its branding with, back when it was DirecTV Now). Despite the legacy pay TV roots, this is a streaming live TV solution aimed at cord cutters. Bundles are offered at different price tiers, some of which include A&E.

Can I Watch A&E on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

You didn't think we were going to show you how to watch A&E without cable without giving you a way to watch it on your big screen, did you? The services above all make great ways to watch A&E online on your Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast device. No matter which of those devices you use, you'll find apps for major skinny bundles like the ones we've listed above.

Philo, Hulu, Sling TV, and fuboTV each offer great apps for Roku devices.

Fire TV users can choose between Philo, Hulu, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and fuboTV.

Philo, Hulu, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and fuboTV each also have apps for Apple TV.

Android TV users can use Philo, Hulu, Sling TV, and fuboTV.

Chromecast users will get native support when they stream Hulu, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and fuboTV.

What about mobile devices? Philo, Hulu, Sling TV, and fuboTV each have apps for iOS devices. Philo, Hulu, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and fuboTV have apps for Android mobile devices.

Philo, Hulu, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and fuboTV each have in-browser apps that make it easy to stream A&E on your computer, no cable required.

In short, there are a lot of ways to stream A&E live without cable on a whole bunch of devices and platforms, including a bunch that will allow you to watch your favorite A&E shows online while still enjoying everything on your TV screen. So why not dabble in some free trials and see what skinny bundles have to offer A&E fans like you?

9 thoughts on “How to Watch A&E Without Cable

  1. Avatar Pam says:

    I have entered my info and the history channel will not allie me to watch the history channel without live tv. I don’t want live tv. Whats wrong with that? Not everyone has extra money to pay for tv extras that you don’t want in the first place. Another rip off. If the station states you can watch the show free if you download the app. Why make it mandatory to have live tv app.

  2. Avatar Gary says:

    Although not the same as having it live A&E does randomly post full episodes of their shows on their youtube channel almost every day so worth subscribing to their channel and stream with a Roku/chromecast etc.

  3. Avatar billy weeks says:

    can i get a&e with youtube tv service

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  4. Avatar Kevin says:

    A&E needs to get onboard with times. I’ve cut the cord and don’t see going back any time soon. I’ve currently chosen to use YouTube TV and the only thing that I’m missing is A&E. I’m not going back for them. So until A&E catches up with the cords cutters, so long.

    1. Avatar Tom says:

      Agreed, I use YouTube tv and they don’t carry A&E. We had sling and Hulu for less and got rid of them for YouTube TV. Come on A&E!!

  5. Avatar Trusty says:

    I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. I’m trying to watch The First 48 Hours. It starts out great then goes to “loading” and nothing happens. I push all my remote buttons and finally it starts to work OR it goes to commercial and freezes up. What am I doing wrong??

    1. Avatar Trusty says:

      Ok- don’t know why “cancel reply”??? I really do need help!!

  6. Avatar Stas76 says:

    Nice to find out what the problem is.
    Trying to get AE to work on my fire stick.
    From what I am reading that aint gonna happen
    even though have cable ae.
    Get it on my Roku.
    Guess that tells me what my next purchase will be.

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