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You want to cut the cord and save money – but the idea of denying your kids Nick Jr. (and denying yourself the moment or two of peace that you get while they're glued to the screen) is enough to make you second-guess yourself. Don't! It's time to cut cable, because you don't actually need it to watch Nick Jr. Here's how to get a Nick Jr. live stream on your TV and watch Nick Jr. without cable as much and as often as you (or your kids) want to.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream Nick Jr.:
First, the bad news: Nick Jr. is only available through a pay TV service. There is no way to get a free Nick Jr. live stream (or, at least, no legal way, and we're not about to tell you to break the law).
But here's the good news: there are other (better) pay TV services besides the legacy pay TV services like cable and satellite. You can cut the cord and opt for a streaming service that offers live TV. They're called skinny bundles, and they're beating cable at their own game just like Netflix once did to movie rental stores. Skinny bundles offer slimmed-down channel packages for less cash, and they deliver everything over the internet (or “over the top,” in industry slang), which means you can watch your live TV anywhere – on a mobile device, a computer, or (as we'll see later) on just about any streaming device you can attach to a modern television.
Not every one of these skinny bundles offers Nick Jr. in its channel lineup, but some do. Here are the services to look at if you want to watch Nick Jr. without cable.
Stream Nick Jr. for free with Philo
Philo is making a splash on the mainstream skinny bundle scene, and while it's still adding features and platform support, it's already worth taking note of as a way to watch Nick Jr. without cable. The appeal of Philo is obvious when you look at the price: Philo's two bundles are available for far less than many competitors. And you don't even have to pay those low rates to give Philo a brief test drive: the service also offers a free trial period of one week before you have to pay. To snag that free trial offer, just click on the link below this section. You can check out the full review of Philo.
Stream Nick Jr. for free with fuboTV
Another great way to watch Nick Jr. online is fuboTV. This live TV streaming service offers lots of great channels, and subscribers will find a Nick Jr. live stream among those network options. fuboTV offers a free trial, so you can watch Nick Jr. online for free for a week before you have to pay.
Stream Nick Jr. with Sling TV
Sling TV offers its subscribers the chance to customize their skinny bundle solutions. After choosing one (or both) of Sling TV's main base packages, subscribers can tack on smaller add-on bundles of channels grouped by category. The model involves a little more decision-making by subscribers, but the reward is a customized — and therefore highly cost-efficient — bundle of channels. To get a Nick Jr. live stream out of Sling TV, just build a bundle that includes it!. Be sure to take a look at our review of Sling TV for more information.
This is AT&T's horse in the skinny bundle race, but don't let the legacy pay TV association fool you: this is very much a modern streaming service. AT&T TV Now offers different channel bundles at different price points. Find a bundle that appeals to you, and get started! You can read our review of AT&T TV Now here, or just try it out for yourself by clicking on the free trial link below.
You sure can! It's easy to get a live stream of Nick Jr. on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast.
That's because each of Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW has an app for each of the major streaming device platforms, plus apps for a few other key platforms that you may want to use. At the fringes, platform support can vary a bit from app to app, but if you're using a streaming box that was made by a major brand and isn't from the dark ages, you should have no trouble at all. Here's what you need to know about platform support for the services we talked about above.
For starters, Roku users have their pick of the litter: Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now all offer apps for Roku devices.
Fire TV users can choose between all three, too: Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now each have apps for Fire TV devices.
Apple TV users get full support, too, thanks to apps for Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now on Apple TV.
Chromecast offers native support for fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now's apps. You'll have to use the Chrome browser to use Chromecast with Philo, though.
Philo, fuboTV, and Sling TV work on Android TV devices.
Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now also have apps for mobile devices. That includes iOS and Android devices.
You can watch on your computer, too, using either an in-browser app or a desktop app (depending on the service). Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now all have in-browser apps of this sort.
Sling TV also has an app for Xbox One.
Nick Jr. is arguably the best-known of the spin-off networks that Nickelodeon has spawned, but it's not all alone. In addition to Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon itself, Nick fans can find great content on Teennick and Nicktoons.
We wrote a whole article showing you how to get Nickelodeon without cable, so we won't rehash that here, but let's chat briefly about Teennick and Nicktoons.
Teennick and Nicktoons are both available through DIRECTV NOW, though they're not both as easy to get ahold of as Nick Jr. is. Teennick is, though: it's in every single one of DIRECTV NOW's packages, just like Nick Jr. is. That means you can get a Teennick live stream for $40/month through DIRECTV NOW's Live a Little package. For Teennick, though, you'll have to upgrade: the $55/month “Just Right” package is the one that introduces the Teennick live stream. Every package larger than these, of course, also includes these channels.
Teennick and Nicktoons are also available through Sling TV. Remember those add-on packages we talked about? Teennick and Nicktoons are in the Kids Extra package ($5/month) for Sling Blue ($25/month – this is the one that includes Nick Jr., as we mentioned above). So that's $30/month for all of the Nick spin-off channels you can handle.
Philo offers Teennick as part of either of its two base packages, so you can get that (along with regular old Nick) for as little as $16. Philo offers Nicktoons, too, but you'll have to step things up to the more expensive of Philo's two offers in order to get your hands on that one. Thankfully, we're still only talking $20 a month!
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