TV Land is a must-have channel for fans TV past and present. It blends classic TV shows with newer offerings, giving you all of the best of decades' worth of TV. But there's one thing that been pretty awful about TV for a while now: cable bills. The big cable companies have had a monopoly for so long that they feel entitled to jack up the price of your pay TV subscription whenever they feel like it, and that's not fair. Here's the good news: when it comes to giving you only the good parts of TV, TV Land really delivers. See, you don't actually need a “legacy pay TV service” like cable or satellite to watch TV Land, and we're about to show you how to watch TV Land without cable.

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No, we really mean it. Thanks to a new type of pay TV service (more on that in a minute), it is possible to get a TV Land live stream totally legally, and you can use that online stream to watch TV Land without cable. You'll be able to watch on all of your favorite devices, and you'll save a ton by cutting the cable cord. Ready to get started? Read on!

How to Watch TV Land Online Without Cable

Below, you'll find a complete list of the services that we trust to help you watch TV Land without cable right now. They all have one thing in common: they're all live TV streaming services, also called “skinny bundles.” So before we dive into the specifics of the services we're listing, let's get a common question out of the way: what the heck is a live TV streaming service, anyhow?

A live TV streaming service, happily enough, is exactly what it sounds like! You know what live TV is, of course, and you may have already heard of “streaming video,” too: streaming is a way of watching videos on the internet, and it's what has allowed companies like Netflix to challenge cable so effectively.

Of course, the thing about Netflix is that it only offers shows and movies “on demand” – you start and stop shows when you want to, and the stuff you're watching isn't live. But it was only a matter of time before someone decided to take this streaming technology and put it to work on live TV.

Now they have, and the result is a selection of live TV streaming service that offer multiple network channels, just like cable. These new services tend to trim the fat off of those bulky cable bundles, offer a more streamlined set of popular channels for less (remember that “skinny bundle” nickname we mentioned? This is where it came from). And since these services stream over the internet, you can use them to watch live TV on all sorts of different devices, from smartphones to streaming sticks (which will let you watch TV Land without cable on your big screen).

Not every live TV streaming service offers a TV Land live stream, but some of our favorites do. Let's go over your best options.

Stream TV Land for Free with Philo

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TV Land is available in both of Philo's two bundles, and that's good news for TV Land fans who want an affordable way to watch TV Land without cable. And when we say affordable, we mean really, really affordable: Philo's bundles start at just $16 a month, which is crazy cheap for a skinny bundle, especially one that includes a TV Land live stream and live streams of other mainstream channels. Philo is an up-and-coming skinny bundle that has earned our respect as it has added features, channels, and platforms in a quest to dethrone its more established competition. It's growing fast in every way except for price, so it's a wise time to get in on the ground floor. You can try out Philo for a week risk-free by signing up for its free trial service using the link above. You can also take a look at the Philo review.

Stream TV Land for Free with Sling TV

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Skinny bundles are a great way to save money – unless your favorite channel is among the ones being trimmed out to cut costs! Not all of us watch the same stuff, so it makes sense that Sling TV decided to leave the trimming up to their customers. With Sling TV, you're the one who decides what's in (and what's out of) your new skinny bundle. You start with a base package, which can be either “Sling Orange” ($25 per month), “Sling Blue” ($25 per month), or both ($40 per month), and then you add on “extras,” which are mini-bundles of channels grouped together by type. You can choose whether or not to add on bundles for things like sports, news, and comedy. The last of these is of particular interest to TV Land fans: starting with either base package, you can add “Comedy Extra” for $5 a month to add TV Land to your skinny bundle. That makes Sling TV a great way to watch TV Land without cable. Check out the Sling TV review to learn more.

Can I Watch TV Land on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

Services like the ones above sound great. But they stream online – does that mean that you have to be sitting at your computer in order to watch TV Land without cable?

Not at all! Popular streaming devices like Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast make it easy to get your streaming subscriptions up on your big screen. And each of the services listed above makes it easy on owners of all major brands of streaming devices. Both Sling TV and DirecTV Now offer apps for each of Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast. Sling TV also works on Android TV devices; as of this writing, DirecTV Now does not, but that could change in the future as they expand their platform support.

Speaking of expanding platform support, let's talk Philo. Philo is, as of this writing, works on Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV. Philo is growing fast right now, so it's a safe bet that it will soon boast broader platform support and become available on some of those other elite streaming platforms. Keep your eye on Philo!

You can also watch on mobile devices, because Sling TV and DirecTV Now both have apps for Android and iOS mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Philo has mobile support, too, but it's limited to iOS devices like iPhones and iPads. As of this writing, they're still working on getting an Android app out – but, of course, that could change at any time.

Streaming on your computer will work just fine, too: Philo, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now all offer in-browser apps that work on major operating systems and with major browsers.

Even gamers are covered: Sling TV offers an app that works on the Xbox One.

In short, you can count on being able to watch TV Land without cable on just about any streaming-capable device you might own. All you need is the right skinny bundle service. And the right service is easy to find, thanks to our list above! We've covered all of the major, nationally available services we trust to give you a TV Land live stream. The rest is up to you: click a few links, check out a few free trials, cross-reference the services' platform support with your streaming platform of choice, and make your decision! You'll soon find that it's hard to miss cable when you're still watching TV Land and all of your other channels live, only for a whole lot less money. And once you're hooked on cord cutting, don't forget to check back at Cordcutting.com often for more tips, news, advice, reviews, and other good stuff related to cord cutting, streaming, free over-the-air TV, and the rest of the cable-free universe. We have a whole lot left to show you, so be sure to hurry back.

6 thoughts on “How to Watch TV Land Without Cable

  1. Terra says:

    All these streaming services are just like cable companies… there is NO DIFFERENCE!!! They offer a small package/bundle which never includes all the channels or shows you watch. Then lets say you want to add 5 other channels. They have packages/bundles that include them, but they are usually not in the same bundle so you end up having to add 3, 4 or 5 additional bundles/packages so then you are spending the same or more than cable. Then if you want DVR for live channels you have to buy DVR cloud service for an additional price. No matter what you do it is a rip off. They are ALL the same.

    1. Matt Shulman says:

      Terra, there is one major difference. With a cable company, you often need to rent a cable box. Plus there are other fees on top of it. With streaming, you get more options. YouTube TV for example is $40/month with unlimited DVR. No single streaming option will have every single channel, so if you really want to save, the key is to eliminate what you don’t have to have.

    2. Jim M. says:

      True, these Philo and Sling are just other platforms to get customers to purchase expensive media-viewing services, perhaps slightly less expensive at first, but which will have eventual price increases like every other good or service in the free marketplace.

      If one really wishes to view free films and television series’, then check out the apps on Roku and other streaming devices which offer truly free programming. Of course most of these apps will feature poor quality public domain media or else illegal video the apps have uploaded from having recorded the films and TV series’ over-the- air (OTA).

      A small number of apps on Roku do offer legitimately-licensed programming, such as on Crackle, The Roku Channel, Shout! Factory TV, and Tubi. There are also a select number of free films and TV episodes made available from broadcast networks (ABC, CW, FOX, NBC and PBS) and some cable networks (freeform, FX, Sundance, etc.) with short-term viewing windows. Usually one will have to sign-in with a cable or satellite provider to obtain the free video, although sometime, as in the case of PBS, only a zip code is necessary to obtain the limited programming from one’s geographic region.

      My long-term advice for viewing video (without becoming financially strapped by so doing) is to download as many of one’s favorite films and television episodes (including complete seasons of favorite TV series’) as one can, from home video, free video from Internet streaming sites (such as DailyMotion, Internet Archive, Shout! Factory TV, Vimeo, Yahoo View, YouTube, etc.) and/or from peer-to-peer file-sharing sources (such as bit torrents), and then upload the video to several 1-3 TB hard drives one may (if one has a modern enough TV set) connect to the USB ports of one’s TV set, to access favorite films and TV anytime one wishes without need of cable, OTA, and/or satellite signals, and/or standalone DVD players and/or VCRs. Then one would, effectively, have one’s own extensive film library and TV network to which one could continually build upon by adding more ancillary hard drives as one obtains more films and TV episodes. The biggest problems with this type of video-viewing system will be keeping these videos organized. I would also recommend searching the possible pitfalls of p2p file-sharing, which, inherent with such, may require subscribing to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to avoid possible interference by one’s Internet Service Provider, for various reasons.

      One other word of advice–because of partition issues I don’t fully understand (but which one may research online), it is best to stick with hard drives which are less than 3 TB. Although, from my experience, the 3 TB drives (and perhaps other, larger flash-based drives) may be accessed by plugging them into a Roku box and watching the video using Roku as a kind of intermediary source, instead of plugging the flash drive directly into a TV’s USB port.

  2. Jim says:

    The one primary difference I see is not having to commit to a year or two. You make a one-time purchase for a streaming device. I agree with Terra, these skinny bundles are fine, but there is always something missing. While many have TCM, INSP is pretty hard to find. It seems really crazy to pay for the UP channel as an add-on, all by itself. I am stuck with cable until cord cutting makes better sense. Funny, TV Land is not in HD on my cable. Do they have an HD option?

    1. Jim M. says:

      From one “Jim” to another,” I gather by inference TCM is an initialism for “Turner Classic Movies.” But what are “INSP” and “UP?” Those are not so common in the manner of TCM, CNN, GSN, TNT, etc.

      Certain TV networks (such as ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, and some PBS sub-networks), even on over-the-air (OTA) broadcast television, offer a truer high definition (HD) picture when available, according to what a cable TV technician once told m). But some broadcast TV networks may not be in HD, such as Buzzr, Get TV, LAFF, and THIS, while MeTV seems to be a combination of SD and HD formats, according to the retro programming network’s profile on Wikipedia. These networks are carried by affiliates on their digital sub-channels and are also known as “multicasting networks.”

      I have a weird situation with the LAFF network, two channels of which I may obtain if I play around with my OTA antenna, as that multicasting network is carried by both the Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island FOX affiliates on one of each’s respective sub-channels–on Ch. 25.03 in Boston and on Ch. 64.03 in Providence. And while LAFF is in SD (or 480i format), the Boston FOX channel of LAFF has configured the picture properly for widescreen TV, while the Providence FOX of LAFF broadcasts its picture “center-cut,” meaning the picture is cropped improperly. Also, the closed-captioning of the Boston LAFF channel is for contemporary digital TV, while the Providence LAFF has old-school, analog-style captioning with no option to adjust background, color, opacity, etc. Hopefully, someone who knows more about these issues than I will read this post and offer some advice on how these problems may be corrected and reported to the Providence LAFF affiliate. So much the better io someone from Providence FOX would actually be reading this post.

  3. Fran says:

    I have sling tv. I am suppose to get over 70 channels. Just now looked and am only get 25. So I am paying a dollar a channel. Guess it’s time to cancel sling. Cost way to much to start it up. Paid 2 months in advance. Had to change my email address. So they used my old and new email. So I was charged twice. Even told them. Sorry no refunds. Glad I caught it. 55 dollars a month is a little to much. Good bye sling.

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