How to watch The X-Files Season 11 online for free
There are a lot of options to watch The X-Files Season 11 for free.
This resource guide will show you how to watch every episode of The X-Files for free, along with ways to live stream the first episode of Season 11 titled “My Struggle III” without paying a dime. I will cover how to watch The X-Files on your TV, Android smartphone, iPhone and favorite streaming device like a Roku.
When does Season 11 of The X-Files start?
- Time: Wednesdays, 8 P.M. ET
- Channel: FOX
- Best Way To Live Stream: DirecTV Now (free trial) or fuboTV (free trial)
How to watch The X-Files Seasons 1 to 10 online for free
You might want to play a little catch up before the big premier on Jan. 3. So the folks over at FOX just did something supercool to help you out.
All 10 seasons – that’s 208 episodes — are now online on the FOX website, and available through the FOX NOW app for free. Yeah, that’s right. Free. No confusing search to go through even if you’re looking to watch the brief Season 10 again.
Season 11 will bring 10 new episodes of the X=Files, kicking off with the Jan. 3 premiere on FOX at 8 p.m. So you better set aside time for some serious binge-watching.
How to Watch X-Files Season 11 free with an antenna
There’s one really great way that many people across the U.S. can watch The X-Files Season 11 in High Definition for free. I’m talking every single episode, and it’s completely legal.
Just buy an antenna.
Digital broadcasts are already available to you in HD. Few people are aware that the picture quality of an over-the-air broadcast looks better than the cable TV feed that you’re paying for. Why? The signal you’re getting with an antenna is uncompressed.
Your cable company is essentially taking these broadcasts and piping them into your home with a cable cord. Cord cutters and people looking to trim their cable bill are now turning to TV antennas to get channels like FOX, NBC, ABC and PBS.
Just head over to free online tools like AntennaWeb or TV Fool and punch in your zip code. You will be able to quickly determine whether there is a local broadcast tower for FOX nearby. Also, take a look at my comprehensive guide: How to Choose the Best TV Antenna & DVR. It quickly shows you how to figure out what kind of antenna you may need based on where you live in the U.S.
If you don’t live in an area where you can get antenna channels, keep reading. I don’t want you to miss finding out whether Walter Skinner is a true friend of Mulder and Scully, or a shady dude with his own agenda.
Watch The X-Files Season 11 with DirecTV Now
DirecTV Now has approximately 77 local FOX channels across the U.S. That number will likely grow in 2018. Parent company AT&T already has plans on rolling out a new Cloud DVR feature and 4K picture quality starting next year.
DirecTV Now offers FOX on all four of its channel packages. And you can try out any of them free for 7-days. That gives you an easy way to catch the premiere of The X-Files without any obligation. If you don’t like the service, you can simply cancel online.
The cheapest option is the “Live a Little” plan, which has 60+ channels for $35 per month. The largest package is 120+ channels for $70 per month. DirecTV Now is ideal for people who want the option of watching live channels either on an iPhone or their favorite streaming device like Roku.
Having a DirecTV Now subscription also gives you access to the FOX NOW app, which now has Seasons 1 through 10 of The X-Files.
DirecTV Now has a free 7-day trial if you want to check out their service.
Watch The X-Files Season 11 without cable on fuboTV
fuboTV has approximately 80 local FOX channels all over the U.S. even in far flung places like Rapid City, South Dakota. If you live in a large city like Los Angeles, fuboTV has you covered as well.
fuboTV is a sports-first platform that carries lots of regional sports channels, and national ones like beIN Sports, Big Ten Network and NFL Network. You’ll get 70+ channels as part of the Premier channel bundle.
A&E, History, and HGTV are part of that channel lineup along with local FOX affiliates for watching The X-Files. Subscribers get 30 hours of Cloud DVR storage. And you can upgrade for up to 500 hours of Cloud DVR space. fuboTV has apps for just about any streaming device, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV devices like NVIDIA Shield TV.
fuboTV just upgraded its app for Roku, and it’s really the best way to watch their service. Their mobile app is pretty solid too.
Similar to DirecTV Now, you can also use your fuboTV subscription to tap into dozens of TV Everywhere apps, including the FOX NOW app. You can try out fuboTV free for 7-days. You’ll then get the discounted pricing of $19.99 per month on your first two bills. The rate then increases to $44.99 per month.
Check out the channel lineup in your area to see if fuboTV is a good fit for you.
Live stream The X-Files Season 11 online with Sling TV
To watch a FOX live stream on Sling TV, you’ll need to sign up for the “Sling Blue” package. That will give you 40+ channels for $25 per month, including FOX in many markets.
Sling TV has a smaller number of local channels across the U.S. compared to DirecTV Now and fuboTV.
You’ll get 50 hours of Cloud DVR for an extra $5 per month.
You can check this local channel search engine that Sling TV has to see if there’s a FOX channel offered in your area. Try out Sling TV free for 7-days, or get a free streaming device like a Roku by prepaying for a subscription.
Watch The X-Files Season 11 online with PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue offers FOX on its entry-level channel bundle which gives you 48+ channels for $40 per month. You’ll get channels like AMC, FX and National Geographic as part of your subscription. You can use a Roku, Amazon Fire TV or a PC to watch PlayStation Vue channels. You’ll also have access to numerous TV Everywhere apps as long as you have corresponding channels in your subscription. This isn’t the least expensive way to watch The X-Files. Channel bundles start at $40 per month. But PlayStation Vue delivers a very reliable service.
You can check out a 5-day free trial.
YouTube TV: a solid option for watching The X-Files Season 11
If you use a Chromecast or NVIDIA Shield TV to stream, then YouTube TV is another option for live streaming The X-Files.
YouTube TV gives you 40+ channels and Cloud DVR for $35 per month. The service is available in roughly half of the U.S. YouTube TV is still expanding its device support, but I thought it was a really solid service when I reviewed it earlier this year. YouTube TV offers a free 7-day trial.
What’s the best way to watch The X-Files Season 11 online?
Sling TV is the cheapest option to get FOX and stream every episode of The X-Files using the FOX Now app. Try out Sling TV free for 7-days.
fuboTV is a solid option for many people looking for a way to live stream The X-Files, and needs Cloud DVR. You can try out their free 7-day trial.
What’s your favorite way to watch The X-Files? Tell fellow readers in the comments below.
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