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Looking for the best British TV in the United States? Check out BBC America. The British Broadcasting Corporation offers viewers a little bit of everything, including news, documentaries, dramas, comedies, and game shows. Until the past few years, an unavoidable middleman stood between this otherwise outstanding international transaction: your legacy pay-TV provider. Cable and satellite providers made watching the best of British TV pricey. No more! Now you can watch BBC America without cable by following this guide.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream BBC America:
Live TV streaming services — or “skinny bundles” — are a relatively new type of pay-TV service. These services are cheaper and stream using the internet — which means you can access your shows wherever you have a device and internet connection.
A few things set these services apart from their legacy counterparts. Since they stream online, there are zero infrastructure costs. Since livestream providers offer services via the web, there’s room for multiple competitors. More competition means competitive prices and possible savings for the customer.
Not all live TV streaming services offer BBC America, but some do. You can currently watch BBC America on five different streaming services, including DIRECTV STREAM, Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. Let’s take a closer look at your options.
Stream BBC America with DIRECTV STREAM
Our favorite pick for streaming BBC America has to be DIRECTV STREAM. DIRECTV STREAM offers multiple bundles and a large range of channels that can keep you connected even if you don’t have cable. With a robust channel lineup, DIRECTV STREAM is an excellent option for those who miss cable’s channel list but weren’t keen on all the extra fees that came with a cable plan.
Stream BBC America with Philo
With Philo, you’re in luck, as Philo offers BBC America in the basic channel bundle. Philo has a distinct advantage over their competitors in at least one department: price. Philo offers its slate for much less than some of the competition charges by removing more expensive sports and news channels from their lineup. The service is worth checking out, and you can learn more about it in our Philo hands-on review.
Stream BBC America with FuboTV
Streaming through fuboTV is another worthy option for those hoping to watch BBC America without cable. Many fuboTV fans are there for the British sports leagues, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get other British content as well. Our in-depth fuboTV review includes our thoughts about the service's features, value, and other aspects.
Stream BBC America with Sling TV
Sling TV has taken a unique approach with their packages. Instead of offering tiers, Sling TV’s a la carte model lets customers choose one or both of two base packages. From there, you can tack on affordable mini-bundles of channels grouped by category. If it sounds complicated, fear not: BBC America is extremely easy to find among Sling TV’s offerings. Curious about how Sling TV stands up against services like Hulu? Check out our side-by-side review of Hulu and Sling TV.
YouTube TV’s offerings include live access to a ton of great channels, including BBC America. While it may sound familiar to YouTube, Youtube TV is Google's approach to skinny bundle services. You can learn more about YouTube TV in our review of the service.
The streaming services that offer BBC America also provide good platform support. If you want to stream BBC America with a Roku device, Fire TV Stick, or anything in between, then you’re in luck! Check out the chart below to find out which streaming service works with your device:
You might notice that the shows on BBC America vary in genre. BBC America has sitcoms, drama, action, and even meerkats. No matter what you’re into, BBC America has plenty of show options for you. Here are our current BBC America favorite shows:
If you like BBC America, you may also enjoy a sport Americans call soccer (while everyone else calls it football). Whatever you decide to call it, the Premier League is a must-see for fans of the sport.
For those that enjoy British shows, PBS has a show selection that includes “Sherlock,” “Miss Scarlet and the Duke,” and “Poldark,” among others. Since BBC America has many sci-fi series, streaming the SYFY channel may also be a good fit for you.
You missed the least expensive option of all — Philo.
Thanks for pointing out! Added.
I can’t get it on my Roku device.
What service are you using, Suzette?
It isn’t cord cutting if you’re paying for yet another subscription.
I understand your point, Barbara, but, unfortunately, it’s not possible to watch cable channels for free.
Our cable provider doesn’t offer BBC America, so it isn’t an option on the Roku. The Roku BBC America app requires you to have either an existing cable or satellite subscription.
Why won’t you take my money BBC? Roku could handle the payments!
If you want to, you can still watch BBC America on a Roku device by subscribing to one of the live TV services listed above.
These are more expensive than my cable or the satellite that is offered in this area?
AT&T Watch is new, since your original article but before the Aug 25, 2018 date, but it is only $!5 per month and it does include BBC America.
It does look like it is mostly streaming TV, but some On Demand as well with 15,000 shows listed. For people like me who only want to pay to watch Dr. Who live as it airs it’s a cheap option. Doesn’t look like it’s supported on any game consoles but most streaming devices.
Most importantly, doesn’t look like it will work as a “sign-in” for any app usage. If you want to write a helpful article for people, write about which streaming services support apps. I know for awhile FubtoTV did not – I tried that one. I doesn’t think Philo does either.I’m almost positive AT&T Watch TV does not either.
As long as the CW keeps letting me watch it’s shows for free via it’s app I only need to pay for Dr. Who. Britbox does have old Dr. Who, but none of the new ones. If Britbox ever gets it’s act together and has new shows it will be the only thing I need. Though I do watch a lot of Netflix and Amazon Prime, I meant for current shows as they air.
what’s the best way to watch the old Eastenders (to continue where it left off in the US in 2009?)
if we purchase bbc america, does it have the old episodes of Eastenders and the new ones?
we have amazon prime, but it says we have to pay for bbc. help!
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