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Freeform is one of viewers’ favorite cable networks. Dating back to its run as ABC Family, the channel has produced hit after hit while attracting a broader and broader audience. Freeform changed with the times and adopted a new name, but it has kept putting out hits such as “Grownish” and “The Bold Type.” Speaking of changing with the times while keeping great content: You can watch Freeform without cable using a live TV streaming service.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream Freeform:
Freeform is owned by Disney, which also owns ABC. Unlike ABC, though, you can’t find Freeform for free over the air. Freeform is a network-television channel, not broadcast, so you may assume you can get it only by paying for cable or satellite. But pay TV has evolved, and now we have live TV streaming services.
What are live TV streaming services? They’re exactly what they sound like: a streaming service that specializes in live TV from the network channels you know and love. These services are sometimes called “skinny bundles” because they offer slimmer bundles of channels than cable and satellite.
That’s not the only reason live TV streaming services are better than cable. They offer other perks, too, including the ability to watch on a wide variety of devices — even while on the go — since their content is delivered over the internet.
Check out the list below for the lowdown on the best live TV streaming services that will give you access to a Freeform livestream.
Stream Freeform with DIRECTV Stream
Freeform is among the great network television channels of which DIRECTV Stream offers a livestream. As we wrote in our review of DIRECTV Stream, this is a solid live TV streaming option.
Stream Freeform for free with Hulu
Hulu + Live TV is exactly what it sounds like: a live TV streaming service from the folks who brought you Hulu’s on-demand streaming service. You can check out our extended thoughts on it in our review of Hulu + Live TV.
Stream Freeform for free with fuboTV
fuboTV is a great option if you’re looking to watch live TV without cable. It promotes itself as a service for sports fans — and it has a lot to offer on that front — but it has so much more. It offers a cheaper path to live television, and its channel lineup includes Freeform. For more on fuboTV, including details on its plans, pricing, and features, check out our fuboTV guide.
Stream Freeform with Sling TV
Sling TV invites you to create your own skinny bundle. Skinny bundles are all about avoiding paying for channels you don’t want, and Sling TV has taken that very seriously. After signing up for one or both of Sling TV’s base packages, you can add “extras” to create a customized plan that suits your interests. Just build a bundle that includes Freeform, and you’ll be all set with a Freeform livestream!
Though it shares a brand name with regular YouTube, there’s no user-generated content here — just the great live TV you’d expect from any skinny bundle. Google’s take on the live TV streaming service includes livestreams of tons of popular network-television channels, including Freeform.
All the major skinny-bundle services covered above offer great platform support, which means it’s easy to watch Freeform without cable on your streaming device of choice. The chart below has more details.
What will you do now that you know how to get Freeform without cable? We never get tired of talking about streaming services, so we have a couple recommendations for what to watch when you aren’t watching Freeform.
If you like the shows on Freeform, then you may enjoy the intentionally campy movies on Lifetime. Titles such as “Flowers in the Attic” and “The Wrong Boy Next Door” are a Lifetime staple, and you can start watching them right after you check out our guide to watching Lifetime without cable.
If you’d rather watch something a little sweeter, try the Hallmark Channel. Here, the boy next door is a bit less likely to murder or kidnap you — or whatever makes the boy on Lifetime “wrong.” Hallmark has a big lineup of original holiday movies each year, so this is the place to be if you want to watch people fall in love while throwing snowballs or drinking hot cocoa. Click over to How to Watch Hallmark Channel Without Cable to get started.
Pick it up on Sling.
Pick it up on Sling, or make it a free over the air service
Make it available in all the major U.S. cities over the air or on-line as a starter.
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