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Last modified: February 8, 2019
By Stephen Lovely
AXS TV provides viewers with access to live musical performances, music festivals, and more. But all that access doesn't need to come with the same high price tag that you may be used to paying for music channels on cable and satellite networks. AXS TV is available through a number of online streaming services, making it easy to watch AXS TV without cable and get all of that music coverage for considerably less.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream AXS TV:
And we're not talking about illegal options, either: we're talking about a completely legal AXS TV live stream, one that comes as part of a service that replicates a lot of the live TV that you used to have to rely on on cable to deliver. Below, we'll lay out everything you need to know about this relatively new set of live TV solutions, plus which options are your best bet for an AXS TV live stream. Here's how to watch AXS TV without cable!
There are a number of services that will offer you an AXS TV live stream, but they all have a few things in common. The sorts of services we're talking about here are called “live TV streaming services” or, sometimes, “skinny bundles”.
The “skinny bundle” moniker comes from the size of the channel packages offered by these cable competitors. When we first started seeing live TV streaming services in the wild, many of them offered much slimmer channel bundles than their legacy pay TV competitors. That enabled them to keep things a lot cheaper for consumers, too. These days, you can find “skinny bundles” in all different sizes, and in many cases can choose from bundles of different sizes from the same provider.
While not necessarily all that “skinny” in every case, live TV streaming services have yet other advantages over cable. The fact that they're delivered “over the top” – that's industry lingo for “over the internet” – means that these services don't have to worry about the infrastructure costs that big cable companies do. It also means there aren't big regional monopolies to worry about. In both cases, these factors lead to lower prices for consumers.
Sounds good, right? And more than one of these services can work as a solution to the dilemma that inspires our article: how to watch AXS TV without cable. Let's check out the options!
Stream AXS for Free with Philo
Want to access AXS TV? Then you may want to take a look at Philo, a fast-growing skinny bundle with a lot to offer. Philo's slim bundles are available for significantly less cash than many competing options, but both skinny bundle options available through Philo still manage to bring great channels to the table — including AXS TV, which is why we're featuring Philo here. AXS TV is available in both of Philo's bundle options. The cheaper of the two costs a mere $16 per month, while the pricier one still only costs $20 per month. Either of those prices makes Philo one of the cheapest trustworthy live TV streaming services around. As affordable as it is, Philo is cheaper yet for its first week: like many competitors, Philo will allow you to take the service for a test drive for a week at no cost. There's no risk, and you can sign up for the trial via the link right above this section. You can read our review of Philo.
Stream AXS for Free with Sling TV
Sling TV is Dish's entry into the skinny bundle crowd. Clearly, the legacy pay TV companies are not content to sit around and let others take over their business — and, just as clearly, they recognize that skinny bundles are here to stay! This legacy-backed skinny bundle offers subscribers their choice of base packages (“Sling Orange” is $25 per month, and “Sling Blue” is $25 per month as well, but you can get both together for $40 per month) and then invites them to add “extras,” which are small add-on bundles formed by groups of similar channels. Getting your AXS TV live stream is easy: you'll find AXS TV in both Sling Orange and Sling Blue, so you can't go wrong. You can sign up for Sling TV's free trial via the link above and can spend seven days watching for free while you figure out if the service is to your liking. For our take on the service, just read our Sling TV review.
DirecTV Now is AT&T's skinny bundle, which is why you see AT&T's logo up there and can see the name of a certain AT&T-owned legacy pay TV provider nestled inside of DirecTV Now's own brand name. DirecTV Now may have the backing of an old-school company, but it's taking a typically new-school approach to TV by offering live stream, rewinding/recording features, and more with its heaping portions of network television channels. DirecTV Now offers a range of bundles, each one larger than the last. Choose whichever you like, because AXS TV is included in all of them! The most affordable option is the $40-per-month “Live a Little” bundle. You can read our review of DirecTV Now or can check it our for yourself by signing up for the service's free trial via the link above.
AXS TV is best viewed on the big screen, so we wouldn't just show you a bunch of services that are only good for streaming on your computer or mobile device. Nope, you can count on Sling TV and DirecTV Now to work on just about any streaming box. Both Sling TV and DirecTV Now have apps for each of Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV. Both have apps that work with Chromecast devices, too. As for Philo, it's available on Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV (you can use Chromecast to stream Philo through the Chrome browser, but there's no native support for Philo's iOS mobile app just yet). In short, if you have a streaming device from a major manufacturer, it's a breeze to watch AXS TV without cable.
Of course, you can watch on smaller screens if you choose to. Sling TV and DirecTV Now both have apps for mobile devices, including Android and iOS devices (iOS is Apple's mobile operating system, which means these apps work on iPads and iPhones). Philo has an app for iOS devices; as of this writing, it doesn't yet have an app for Android ones. Your desktop or laptop computer is covered, too: each of Philo, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now have in-browser apps that work on major browsers and major operating systems.
On top of this, Philo and Sling TV have apps for Android TV. As of this writing, DirecTV Now doesn't yet have an app for Android TV devices. Android TV is the streaming platform used by several devices and smart TVs, including the popular Nvidia Shield, a streaming box that is especially popular with the video gaming set.
Speaking of gamers, we didn't forget about the gaming consoles. While the services listed here don't currently offer apps for the PlayStation 4 (sorry, Sony gaming fans), Sling TV does offer an app that works on Microsoft's Xbox One gaming system. Philo and DirecTV Now don't have any apps for gaming systems just yet.
Finally, keep in mind that platform support is always improving for the major live TV streaming services. We'll do our best to keep all our “How to Watch…” pieces up to date, but it's worth double-checking the websites of the major streaming services to see which devices you can watch AXS TV without cable on right now. Just click the links in the headings of the paragraphs or in the standalone lines after them. And while you're at it, you can sign up for some free trials and test out your best options for watching AXS TV without cable. Enjoy!
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