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The British Broadcasting Company offers viewers a little bit of everything: news, documentaries, dramas, comedies, game shows, and more. The UK's public broadcaster owns several channels across the pond, but they haven't forgotten about their American cousins: for us, they have BBC America, a channel that brings the best of British TV to the good ol' U.S. of A. But until relatively recently, there was an unavoidable middleman involved in this otherwise wonderful international transaction: your legacy pay TV provider. Cable and satellite made watching the best of British TV pretty pricey. No more: now you can watch BCC America without cable.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream BBC America:

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See, it's possible to get a BCC America live stream on just about any device, including your Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast. And, better yet, you can get it legally and for a whole lot less money than you may be used to paying your cable or satellite provider. Read on to find out how to watch BBC America without cable.

How to Watch BBC America Online Without Cable

There's no way to watch BBC America without pay TV, but there are plenty of ways to watch a BBC America live stream without legacy pay TV, a term that refers to those old-school overpriced cable and satellite services.

Here's the deal: there's a relatively new type of pay TV service called a live TV streaming service. These services are sometimes also called “skinny bundles,” for reasons we'll explain in just a moment. These services are cheaper, more versatile, and all-around better 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, these 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, and do have to worry about lots of competition – both good things for us consumers.

These services also tend to slim down those bulky cable bundles into more manageable and more appealing bundles that feature only the channels you actually want to watch. Trimming the fat in this way is another reason that these services tend to be cheaper than your old cable or satellite deal.

Not all of these services offer a BBC America live stream, but a few do, which makes them the perfect way to watch BBC America without cable. Let's take a look at your options.

Stream BBC America for free with Philo

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Philo is a skinny bundle that makes a great way to watch BBC America without cable. Philo offers a BBC America live stream as part of a slimmed-down bundle of channels, just like the competition, but it has a distinct advantage in at least one department: price. Philo offers for much less than some of the competition charges. Philo is still growing and adding platform support and features, but it is already a serviceable way to watch BBC America without cable, and a cheap one, too. You can learn more about Philo from our Philo review. The service is well worth checking out, and you can do so for free by signing up for the service's free trial via the link above this section.

Stream BBC America for free with FuboTV

Free Trial

fuboTV is another worthy option for those hoping to watch BBC America without cable. You can test this skinny bundle service out via the link above to fuboTV's free trial offer, which will net you free streaming for a full week. For more on what we think of fuboTV, check out our fuboTV review.

Stream BBC America with Sling TV

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Dish's skinny bundle offers subscribers a lot of ways to customize their skinny bundle. 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 add-on bundles called “extras,” which are affordable mini-bundles of channels grouped by category. If all of that sounds complicated, fear not: BBC America is extremely easy to find among Sling TV's offerings. Read our Sling TV review to learn more.


The live TV streaming service backed by AT&T (which also owns a legacy pay TV service in satellite provider DirecTV) is a worthy offering. Its multiple bundles offer a range of different channels. Pick the right bundle, and you'll be all set to watch BBC America without cable.

YouTube TV

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, BBC America among them. You can learn more about YouTube TV from our review, or you can decide what you think of it for yourself by signing up for a week-long YouTube TV free trial.

Can I Watch BBC America on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

You bet! The big streaming services mentioned in this article generally offer pretty good platform support. What does that mean, specifically?

For one thing, it means that Roku users have their pick of the litter: Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all offer apps for Roku devices.

Fire TV users can use most of these same services: Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now and YouTube TV all work on Fire TV devices.

Apple TV users get Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Chromecast users get native support for apps from fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Then there's Android TV, another relatively big streaming platform. Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TVoffer apps for Android TV.

It's also possible to watch BBC America without cable on the go. That's thanks to mobile support from the major streaming services we list above. For Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV, that includes apps for iOS (that includes your iPhone and your iPad) and Android devices.

Your laptop and desktop are covered, too, thanks to in-browser apps from each of Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Gamers, we didn't forget about you. Sling TV and YouTube TV have apps for the Xbox One.

In short, when it's time to watch BBC America without cable, you have a lot of options! So scroll back up and take your pick of the free trials offered by these services, and start getting your BBC America live stream for less.

10 thoughts on “How to Watch BBC America Without Cable

  1. Avatar Manda says:

    You missed the least expensive option of all — Philo.

    1. Avatar says:

      Thanks for pointing out! Added.

  2. Avatar Suzette says:

    I can’t get it on my Roku device.

    1. Avatar says:

      What service are you using, Suzette?

  3. Avatar Barbara says:

    It isn’t cord cutting if you’re paying for yet another subscription.

    1. Avatar says:

      I understand your point, Barbara, but, unfortunately, it’s not possible to watch cable channels for free.

  4. Avatar Ken says:

    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!

    1. Avatar says:

      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.

  5. Avatar Janice Donnelly says:

    These are more expensive than my cable or the satellite that is offered in this area?

  6. Avatar Bob Emmerich says:

    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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