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From its early days as a music video channel to its recent incarnation as a purveyor of reality TV shows and celebrity gossip, Viacom's VH1 has always been a quintessential cable network — the perfect partner for pay-TV's channel-surfing, lounge-watching, time-killing viewership model. But times change, and legacy pay-TV companies no longer have a stranglehold on the live TV networks that once helped them hold out against cord-cutting services like Netflix and Hulu. These days, it's perfectly easy to watch VH1 without cable. That's good news for VH1 fans and bad news for the legacy pay-TV companies — because once you know how to watch VH1 without cable or satellite, why would you keep paying big bucks every month? Here's your complete guide to securing a VH1 livestream and watching VH1 online without cable.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream VH1:
VH1 is a great reason to watch TV, but it’s not a great reason to have cable or satellite. Thanks to the rise of streaming alternatives, legacy pay-TV services are no longer a must for VH1 fans. There are a host of great live TV options available, including “skinny bundles,” which aim to undercut the cable and satellite giants by offering only the best channels at lower prices than legacy pay-TV companies can match. But if you want larger bundles, don’t sweat it — the modern live TV streaming market has something for you, too. We’ll explain our favorite options below! This list includes only services that offer VH1 as one of their channel options.
Stream VH1 with DIRECTV Stream
It seems even the owner of legacy pay TV company DIRECTV has seen the writing on the wall for the future of live TV, since it moved into the skinny-bundle market with DIRECTV Stream. A DIRECTV Stream subscription offers lots of perks, including a VH1 livestream. You can read our review of DIRECTV Stream to learn more.
Stream VH1 with Philo
Philo is a great way to watch VH1 without cable. One of the big reasons to choose this service is because of their competitive pricing. It just costs quite a bit less than most of its competitors. You can test it for free by taking advantage of the service's free trial offer. To learn more, just read our review of Philo.
Stream VH1 with fuboTV
Live TV streaming service fuboTV offers a wide range of channels on all different topics. Among fuboTV’s channels are some great Viacom networks like VH1. You can check out VH1 for free (for a little while, anyway) by signing up for the service's free trial offer.
Stream VH1 with SlingTV
Sling TV qualifies as a veteran in the relatively young skinny bundle market. It has built a loyal following thanks in part to its unique subscription structure. With this service, you don't choose between bundles of various sizes — instead, you start with one (or both) of two base packages and then build your dream bundle by picking up as many (or as few) “extras” as you want. The extras are small and affordable add-on bundles of channels grouped by category. All of this makes it easy to create a customized Sling TV channel bundle that includes VH1. To get started, just click the link in this section and sign up! If you want to know more about the service first, read our review of Sling TV.
Among the many great channels available on Google’s live TV streaming service, YouTube TV, is VH1. But the selection doesn’t stop there: There’s lots of great stuff in YouTube TV’s channel lineup. To learn more, check out our review.
Live TV streaming services like Sling TV and DIRECTV Stream wouldn't do you much good if you couldn't use them on, you know, your TV! Thankfully, the companies behind these services recognize that, and the live TV streaming movement has largely avoided the early Netflix-era weirdness of forcing you to watch on a computer.
No matter which of the services you choose from our list, you should have no trouble enjoying your VH1 livestream on any of the streaming devices or platforms that we recommend. That includes Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, and more!
If you’re a VH1 fan, you know that there’s nothing like VH1’s combination of music, culture, and trashy reality TV shows. But while there’s no substitute for VH1, there are plenty of other great channels that give off similar vibes. Among those is VH1’s Viacom-owned sibling MTV, which offers great music, culture, news, reality TV, and more. And, happily, it’s just as easy to watch MTV without cable as it is to watch VH1 without it.
Still craving more music and culture? You could check out the diverse offerings on Fuse, the down-home stylings of CMT, and more. With the live TV bundles available to cord-cutters today, there’s no reason to rely on cable or satellite for a great selection of music television.
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