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Last modified: February 13, 2019
By Stephen Lovely
Lifetime's dramas and movies are always entertaining and only sometimes realistic. But when it comes to crazy plots, things don't get much crazier than the one cable's been able to pull off for far too many years now. Cable and satellite are charging viewers through the nose — even though it's possible to watch Lifetime without cable.
Yep, that's right – Lifetime's cable movies and programming aren't actually cable-specific at all. If you learn how to watch Lifetime without cable, you can save big bucks on your bills while still enjoying all of the content you love. So what are you waiting for?
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream Lifetime:
This may all seem a bit confusing, so let's clear some things up about how, exactly, we're going to get you a Lifetime live stream and help you watch Lifetime without cable.
Lifetime isn't free. But that doesn't mean that it should be bundled up with a bunch of channels you don't watch and sold to you as part of a bloated overpriced package from an inefficient legacy pay TV company. Luckily, some smart people agree with us on this, and they came up with a new type of pay TV: the live TV streaming service.
Live TV streaming services are sometimes called “skinny bundles,” because they tend to offer slimmed-down channel bundles that trim the useless stuff off of cable's bloated bundles. That trims the price, too, which is the first advantage of these live TV streaming services.
That's not the only advantage, though. These services also let you watch Lifetime without cable on almost any device you want. Since they deliver content over the internet, it's easy to send your Lifetime live feed to your iPhone, tablet, or computer — or, of course, to your big screen via a smart TV or streaming device.
Not every live TV streaming service includes Lifetime, but many do. Here are your best options for watching Lifetime without cable!
Stream Lifetime for Free with Philo
Philo is another strong option for watching Lifetime without cable. This skinny bundle's appeal is due in a large part to its very attractive price point: for just $16 a month, Philo offers subscribers a solid 50+ channels of live-streaming goodness. There's a larger bundle available for $20 a month, but Lifetime fans will find their channel of choice in the smaller of the two, so upgrading is optional. Philo is growing fast, adding channels and platform support in recent months and beginning to seriously complete with the skinny bundle old guard (to the extent that such a young business space has an old guard, of course!). You can learn more about Philo by reading our review. Check out Philo for free by taking advantage of the service's week-long free trial offer — the link is above.
Stream Lifetime for Free with Hulu
Hulu with Live TV comes to us, naturally, from Hulu. You might know Hulu already from their streaming video on demand (SVOD) service, which works like (and competes with) the likes of Netflix. Hulu is making a mark in the live TV market, too, thanks to this strong skinny bundle. For $39.99 per month (the price will rise to $44.99 per month in late February, 2019), you can sign up for Hulu with Live TV's sole base bundle. You'll get a selection of great channels that includes a Lifetime live stream, perfect for watching Lifetime without cable. For more of our thoughts on Hulu with Live TV, just take a look at our Hulu review. For more of your thoughts on Hulu with Live TV, you'll just have to sign up for the service's free trial.
Stream Lifetime for Free with FuboTV
Both of fuboTV's main English-language base packages, “fubo” and “fubo Extra,” include a Lifetime live stream. Using fuboTV to watch Lifetime without cable will set you back $44.99 per month (“fubo”) or $49.99 per month (“fubo Extra”). fuboTV has become a strong entry into this competitive market. You can read our most recent review of fuboTV, or you can get a completely up-to-date experience by trying the service for yourself — which you can do for free, of course, by signing up for fuboTV's free trial via the link above.
Stream Lifetime for Free with Sling TV
Sling TV is the service that lets you customize your skinny bundle. Starting with either the $25-per-month “Sling Orange” bundle or the $25-per-month “Sling Blue” bundle (or both, for $40 per month), users can customize their final product by adding “extras,” which are little mini-bundles of channels grouped by category. That allows customers to pay only for the channels that they actually want to watch.
What does this mean for Lifetime fans? Well, nothing too complicated, actually: Lifetime is available in both Sling Orange and Sling Blue, so you won't need any extras to get it. Just grab either base package — any customization is entirely up to you, because you'll be able to watch Lifetime without cable from the start! Read our Sling TV review or sign up for the service's free trial to learn more.
One way to watch Lifetime without cable is to sign up for DirecTV — DirecTV Now, that is. AT&T's live TV streaming service may share a name with its legacy pay TV counterpart, but this modern service offers skinny bundles like the $40-per-month “Live a Little” package, plus modern and user-friendly features galore. DirecTV Now fared well in our review, too. You can sign up for its seven-day risk-free trial, and Lifetime fans will certainly want to give it a whirl: a Lifetime live stream is available in all of DirecTV Now's various bundles, making it a great and straightforward way to watch Lifetime without cable.
Lifetime movies may not be made for movie theaters, but that doesn't mean that you want to watch them on tiny screens. You want to use your Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast to put your Lifetime live stream up on your biggest TV, right? Well, good news: these streaming services work great on major platforms.
Roku users will be able to choose between apps for Hulu with Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, fuboTV, and DirecTV Now.
Hulu with Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, fuboTV, and DirecTV Now also all work great on Fire TV devices.
Apple TV users can pick between Hulu with Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, fuboTV, and DirecTV Now.
Chromecast supports Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, and DirecTV Now.
So there are plenty of ways to watch Lifetime on your biggest, baddest screen without cable. That's not to say that small screens don't have their place, though. Want to watch Lifetime without cable on your smartphone or tablet? Hulu with Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, fuboTV, and DirecTV Now all have you covered there, too. Each of them works perfectly on iOS devices. As for Android users, you guys are covered by Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, and DirecTV Now. Philo, as of this writing, is short an Android app – but, of course, that could change soon. Philo is still growing.
Computers aren't left out, either. Hulu with Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, fuboTV, and DirecTV Now each have in-browser apps that, in most cases, will work just fine on your favorite major browser running on your operating system of choice.
Hulu with Live TV and Sling TV are also an option for folks who would prefer to stream on their Xbox One video game consoles.
That's a lot of platforms to use to watch Lifetime without cable, and a lot of services to use on those platforms! Which one is right for you? Well, that's the fun part: you get to sign up for some free trials and find out. There are links in the headers and beneath each section, so venture forth and find out what the best way to watch Lifetime without cable is for you. Feel free to check out our reviews for more guidance. Good luck!