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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 live stream and watching VH1 online without cable.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream VH1:
It wasn't all that long ago that there was truly no way to watch VH1 without cable. Sure, some on-demand streaming services might offer episodes of your favorite VH1 shows, but that's not what we're talking about: we're talking about a VH1 live stream, one that lets you watch VH1 content at the same time that it's airing on the cable and satellite feeds of VH1.
That's possible now, thanks to a relatively new crop of services that are called – depending on who you ask – “skinny bundles” or simply “live TV streaming services.” The “skinny” part of the “skinny bundle” moniker comes from the size of the channel packages, which are often noticeably trimmer than their bulky (and pricey) cable and satellite counterparts. That's not the only difference between these services and legacy pay TV, though. The other part of the equation is found in the other name: live TV streaming services. Yes, streaming, just like Netflix and Hulu. Modern broadband speeds and improved technology have made it possible to stream live TV just as we stream on-demand content. And that has made it possible for a whole bunch of new services to offer VH1 live streams, as well as live streams of a host of other network television channels. With no infrastructure monopolies to insulate the old cable giants from competition, these live TV streaming services have proliferated and improved all while staying quite affordable to the typical TV viewer.
Not all of these live TV streaming services include VH1 in their channel lineups, but some do, and their VH1 live streams make them great answers to the query in our title: how to watch VH1 without cable. So, with that live TV streaming service primer as introduction, let's dive in and meet the candidates. Here's how to watch VH1 online without cable.
Stream VH1 for free with Philo
Philo is a great way to watch VH1 without cable. One of the big reasons to choose Philo as a way to watch VH1 without cable is Philo's competitive pricing. Philo costs quite a bit less than most of its competitors do. You can test out Philo for free by taking advantage of the service's free trial offer — to get your hands on that, just click on the link in this section. To learn more, just read our review of Philo.
Stream VH1 for free with fuboTV
Live TV streaming service fuboTV offers a wide range of channels on all different topics. Among those channels are some great Viacom networks like VH1. You can check out VH1 on fuboTV 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 Sling TV, 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.
Wait a minute, is that AT&T's logo? Yes, yes it is — it seems that even the owners of legacy pay TV company DirecTV have seen the writing on the wall when it comes to the future of live TV. AT&T TV Now offers lots of perks, including a VH1 live stream. You can read our review of AT&T TV Now to learn more, or you can just check out the service for yourself by signing up for the week-long free trial via the link below.
Live TV streaming services like Sling TV and AT&T TV Now 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.
Want to use a Roku to watch VH1? You can. Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now each have an app for the platform.
Fire TV fans are in luck, too. Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now all have apps for Fire TV.
Apple TV users can choose between any of Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now, too.
Chromecast users can use fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now.
Android TV users can choose between Philo, fuboTV, and Sling TV.
You can go mobile with the iOS apps offered by Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now, or with the Android apps offered by Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now.
Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now all have browser-based apps for use with computers, too.
Finally, there are the gaming systems. Sling TV has an app for Xbox One. PlayStation users are out of luck with the cast of this VH1-focused post, at least for now.
So there you have it: you can watch VH1 without cable on just about any device you stream video on. Enjoy!
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