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The British Broadcasting Corporation offers viewers a little bit of everything, including news, documentaries, dramas, comedies, and game shows. The United Kingdom’s public broadcaster owns several channels across the pond, but it hasn’t forgotten about its American cousins: To bring the best of British TV to the United States, it has BBC America. Until the past few years, there was an unavoidable middleman involved in this otherwise wonderful international transaction: your legacy pay-TV provider. Cable and satellite providers made watching the best of British TV pretty pricey. No more! Now you can watch BBC America without cable.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream BBC America:
It’s possible to get a BBC America livestream on nearly any device, including Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast. Better yet, you can get it legally and for less money than you may be used to paying for cable or satellite. Read on to find out how to watch BBC America without cable.
There’s no way to watch BBC America without pay TV, but there are plenty of ways to watch a BBC America livestream without legacy pay-TV — those overpriced old-school cable and satellite services.
Live TV streaming services — sometimes called “skinny bundles” — are a relatively new type of pay-TV service. These services are cheaper and more versatile than cable or satellite — and they’ll let you watch BBC America without cable.
A few things set these services apart from their legacy counterparts. First, of course, they are streaming services: like Netflix, they come in “over the top,” or over the internet. That means they don’t have to worry about infrastructure costs but they do have to worry about lots of competition — both good things for consumers.
Not all live TV streaming services offer BBC America, but some do. Let’s take a look at your options.
Stream BBC America for free with DIRECTV Stream
DIRECTV Stream's multiple bundles offer a range of channels, each of which lets you watch BBC America without cable. If the service's name seems both familiar and unfamiliar, that may be because it has changed names more than once. Most recently, it was AT&T TV.
Stream BBC America for free with Philo
Philo is a great way to watch BBC America without cable. It offers a BBC America livestream as part of a slimmed-down bundle of channels, but it has a distinct advantage over its competitors in at least one department: price. Philo offers its slate for much less than some of the competition charges. The service is worth checking out, and you can learn more about it in our Philo review.
Stream BBC America for free with FuboTV
fuboTV is another worthy option for those hoping to watch BBC America without cable. A lot of fuboTV fans are there for the British sports leagues, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get other British content as well. For more on what we think of the service, check out our fuboTV review.
Stream BBC America with Sling TV
Dish’s skinny bundle offers a lot of customization options. When you sign up for Sling TV, you’ll be able to choose one or both of two base packages. From there, you can tack on “extras,” which are 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. Read our Sling TV review to learn more.
Google’s skinny bundle service is another great way to watch BBC America without cable. YouTube TV’s offerings include live access to a ton of great channels, including BBC America. You can learn more about YouTube TV in our review.
The streaming services mentioned here generally offer pretty good platform support. What does that mean? Check out the chart below to find out. We think you’ll be pleased with what you find.
Now you know how to watch BBC America without cable. We mentioned British sports briefly, and now we’ll talk about them a little more. Why? Well, if you like BBC America, then you may also like a sport Americans call soccer and basically everyone else calls football.
This section will highlight ways to watch Europe’s favorite sport. Brits and many others are devoted to association football — so devoted that they reacted very poorly when a dozen teams tried to start their own European Super League. The backlash to the idea was intense, and things quickly fell apart.
What does that collapse mean for the sport? Among other things, it means the Premier League remains intact — and we can tell you how to watch the league’s games without cable. You’ll find all the information you need in our guide to watching the Premier League without cable.
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.
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