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truTV is, above all else, true: reality TV shows, shows about real-life events, and even live sports air on the channel. So while we're all being honest with each other: do you use cable to watch truTV, or do you watch truTV without cable?
If you're still doing the former, it's time for a truTV truth bomb. Yes, it's true that truTV has always been network television (not broadcast television), and that this has long meant that cable and satellite services were your only option for watching truTV content. But something else is true, too: you can now watch truTV without cable or satellite, because there’s a type of streaming service that makes it easy. Below, we'll introduce you to the services that will help you watch truTV without cable, plus all of the devices you can watch it on. Read on: this is how to watch truTV without cable.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream TruTV:
Pay TV services have been changing for a while. These days, you can sign up for something that's called a live TV streaming service. Is that exactly what it sounds like? Well, yes, but let's run through it anyway, because these services offer some distinct advantages over the old-school legacy pay TV services that they're competing against.
Live TV streaming services allow you to stream live TV on almost any device you can think of. The content you love follows you everywhere, and you can watch it on your phone as easily as you can watch it on your big screen. And it's usually cheaper, too.
How is it cheaper? Well, partly because of the competition (there are no regional monopolies to worry about when you're delivering streaming content over the internet). But it's also because of the channel bundles these services offer, which can be slimmer and trimmer than their old-school cable counterparts. Sometimes called “skinny bundles,” these live TV streaming services offer nothing but the hits, stripping away little-watched networks and offering the channels that you actually want for less.
One of those channels you actually want is truTV (we assume – otherwise, why are you still reading?). So did any of these skinny bundles see fit to keep truTV? They sure did. Here are the live TV streaming services that will allow you to watch truTV without needing a cable hookup.
Stream TruTV with DIRECTV Stream
DIRECTV Stream subscriptions offer four bundles with tons of great channels, and all four bundles include truTV.
Stream truTV for free with Hulu
Hulu has established itself as a definite player in the TV streaming market, too, thanks to its Hulu + Live TV service. The single base bundle available through this service is filled with great channels, including — appropriately enough, for our purposes here — truTV. You can read our review of Hulu + Live TV to learn more, or you can check it out for yourself by signing up for the free trial (see the button above).
Stream truTV with Sling TV
Determining which channels are in and which are out when you create a new skinny bundle must be a tricky thing. After all, not all of us like the same channels! Sling TV came up with a pretty clever way to address this conundrum, though: they decided to let all of their subscribers create a custom skinny bundle.
Here's how it works: first, you sign up one (or both) of two base bundles. Then you'll add “Extras.” Extras are add-on bundles that offer small batches of like-minded channels on the cheap. Build a bundle with truTV, and enjoy! You can read our review of Sling TV to learn more.
YouTube TV is Google's live TV streaming service, and it measures up well against the longer-tenured competition. YouTube TV costs $40 per month and boasts a lineup that includes TruTV. To learn more about YouTube TV, check out our review — or put the service through its paces yourself by signing up for a YouTube TV free trial.
The truth is out there: you can watch truTV on way more than just the TV you keep at home in your living room. If you want to watch it while you’re out and about, there are a lot of ways to do that. We promise we’re not stretching the truth; just look at the chart below to find out more about the different devices that enable you to watch truTV without needing a cable hookup.
truTV used to be known as CourtTV. That didn’t mean it showed tennis or basketball games, but it did show live courtroom proceedings. truTV has changed both its mission and its name somewhat since then. Funny enough, you can actually find March Madness games on the channel these days. But whether you want to watch reality shows or mid-majors pulling off upsets on truTV, you can do it all without ever dealing with cable companies. Check out one of the free trials mentioned above to get started watching truTV without cable.
PSA: Hulu doesn’t support 1080p on Windows devices. Learned that the hard way.
Fubo doesn’t offer Tru TV, TNT, or TBS
Philo TV doesn’t offer TruTV
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