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Pop's entertainment programming is full of great shows like Schitt's Creek. But is it really worth keeping cable or satellite for? Luckily, we don't have to find out! It's possible to watch Pop without cable or satellite. You can watch Pop online using all sorts of devices, including Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV devices. Sounds good, right? We're here to show you how to watch Pop without cable.

Below, we'll lay out everything you need to know about how to watch Pop without. We'll introduce (or re-introduce) you to a type of service called a “skinny bundle,” and we'll explain which skinny bundles you can use to watch Pop online. We'll also talk specifically about which devices you can use to watch Pop, layout out how to watch Pop on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and other popular streaming platforms and devices. So, without further ado, let's do this: here's how to watch Pop without cable.

How to Watch Pop Online Without Cable

Pop is a lot of things, but an over-the-air channel isn't one of them. That's too bad, because longtime readers know that free over-the-air TV is the best way to watch channels without cable on the cheap. But are we out of luck? Actually, no – far from it.

If you've been reading Cordcutting.com at all for the last couple of years – or if you've opened a newspaper or turned on the TV – there's a good chance that you've heard about “skinny bundles.” Skinny bundles are the tools we're going to use to watch Pop without cable. But what is a skinny bundle?

The short version is that a skinny bundle is a pay TV service, kind of like cable or satellite. But, unlike cable and satellite, this particular type of pay TV service streams over the internet – more like Netflix than like cable, really.

Online streaming is a big deal here, because it makes it possible to watch live TV on all sorts of devices and in all sorts of places. It also means there's tons of competition – there are no regional monopolies here like the ones you see with cable.

Put it all together and you have a great way to watch live TV as a cord cutter without paying through the nose. Now, not all skinny bundles have Pop, but some do – and we'll list the ones you need to know about below.

DirecTV Now

Watch Pop without cable - DIRECTV NOW

DirecTV Now is AT&T's skinny bundle service, and it's a good one. Subscribers can choose between a few different bundle options: there are four English-language options, with each successively larger bundle including all of the channels from its smaller counterparts (so you'll never lose a channel by upgrading – but you may have to climb the price ladder to get certain channels). So where is Pop? You'll find it in “Just Right,” DirecTV Now's second-cheapest package, and in the two bundles larger than that. You can test out DirecTV Now for free by taking advantage of the service's free trial offer.

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fuboTV

Watch Pop without cable - fuboTV

fuboTV offers two bundles: there's the $44.99-per-month “fubo” and the larger, pricier “fubo Extra,” which goes for $49.99 per month. Either bundle will work as a way to watch Pop without cable. You can take fuboTV for a test drive by signing up for its free trial offer, which will give you free live TV for a week while you make up your mind about the service. It's risk-free, and you can sign up for it below.

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Hulu with Live TV

Watch Pop without cable - Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV is the skinny bundle arm of Hulu, the popular streaming service that has long been known for its great on-demand content. Hulu with Live TV keeps things relatively simple: there's just one bundle here, and it costs $39.99 per month (Hulu with Live TV will be $44.99 per month beginning in late February of 2019). Among the channels offered in this default bundle is Pop, of course, which is why we're talking about Hulu with Live TV here. You can sign up for Hulu with Live TV's free trial offer by clicking on the link below.

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PlayStation Vue

Watch Pop without cable - PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue is a skinny bundle option that comes to us from Sony – that's why it shares a name with Sony's popular video game platform, even though you can watch PlayStation Vue on many other platforms (including Roku, Fire TV, and more – see the last section of this article for more on platform support). PlayStation Vue offers four bundles, organized in tiers from the cheapest and slimmest to pricier channel-packed options. Pop is available in the second-cheapest bundle (the 49.99-per-month “Core” bundle) and up. You can try out PlayStation Vue for free for five days by clicking the link below and signing up for the service's free trial offer.

YouTube TV

Watch Pop without cable - YouTube TV

YouTube TV is an option for most – but not all – cord cutters. Google's skinny bundle service (which is separate from the premium options Google offers in relation to its on-demand, user-dominated YouTube service) is in the midst of a region-by-region rollout that has brough the service to many (but, again, not all) markets. If YouTube TV is available to you, it's great option: its lone bundle, which costs $40 per month, includes Pop.

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Can I watch Pop on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

So now we know how to watch Pop without cable – but there's still something that we haven't really addressed. We haven't talked in detail about what we'd actually be watching Pop without cable on.

One nice thing about skinny bundles is that they are available for a bunch of different platforms. Skinny bundles let you watch live TV online on different devices, including some of the popular picks for streaming on televisions.

Let's start with those TV streaming platforms – the ones in streaming boxes, streaming sticks, and smart TVs. You'll find that DirecTV Now, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV all work wonderfully with Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast devices. Fire TV owners can use DirecTV Now, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, or PlayStation Vue. Android TV users (including those of you who use Nvidia Shield devices and some Sony Smart TVs) can use fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, or YouTube TV.

Mobile apps are an option, too: you can download apps for DirecTV Now, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, or YouTube TV on iOS and Android devices, including smartphones and tablets.

DirecTV Now, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV also have in-browser apps that work on major web browsers and operating system, making it easy to watch Pop without cable on your computer.

Even video game systems are an option! Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV work on modern Xbox video game consoles, while PlayStation Vue works on – you guessed it – PlayStations.

Enough options for you? We thought so! So why not grab a few free trials and start exploring your options for watching Pop without cable right now?

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