How to watch A&E without cable

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Live stream A&E Networks online

If you want to get your fix of Storage Wars, or The First 48 on A&E without a cable subscription, there are plenty of options.

You don’t need Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, or anything else that comes with a triple-digit bill every month. Premium cable channels aren’t exclusive to cable or satellite TV companies anymore.

This guide will outline all the various ways to watch A&E shows, and the advantages of various apps, streaming services and the A&E website. If you wanted to binge watch a particular show over the course of a week, you might want to consider tapping into free trials from DirecTV Now, fuboTV , Hulu with Live TV, Philo or Sling TV.

What’s the difference between A&E Networks and the A&E channel?

A&E (previously known as the Arts & Entertainment Network) is the flagship channel to A&E Networks. The A&E Networks’ channels include Lifetime, History Channel, LMN, fyi, Crime and Investigation, Military History, LRW and Viceland. 

A&E has remained one of the most popular premium channels out there. In this new golden age of television, A&E delivers a robust lineup of compelling shows like the pre-Psycho Bates Motel mixed with reality TV favorites like Intervention, and Nightwatch.

What are the most popular shows on A&E?

Below is a quick list of A&E’s most popular programs in 2018. Everyone has their own favorites. I’ve always enjoyed The First 48 because it was like a series of short mysteries being solved right in front of you. The first two seasons for 60 Days In was a pretty eye opening experience, especially for participants who generally never had visited the county clink, but had some pretty firm opinions about the place. Storage Wars is fun because it can sometimes be an oddball, urban pig scramble.

  • Born This Way 
  • Live PD (Live on Fridays 9/8c)
  • Leah Remini: Scientology and The Aftermath
  • The First 48
  • Cold Case Files
  • Storage Wars 
  • Bates Motel
  • 60 Days In – Atlanta 
  • Nightwatch
  • Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48
  • Grace & Abrams
  • Intervention

 

 

** Note: This most popular list is from aetv.com. Those listings with date and times are A&E’s current seasons with new episodes.

Can I stream A&E shows online?

Sure. There are a few ways of going about this. You can watch some A&E shows for free on their website, but only an episode here and there. You shouldn’t expect to be able to stream a whole season of a top-rated show like 60 Days In or Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

The A&E website keeps their content fairly locked down for cable subscribers.

You could check out what Hulu or Netflix has on demand for older A&E shows. Amazon also offers some A&E shows for sale. But be aware that even when you buy a season, some episodes are unavailable. Make sure to double check before you buy. I’m assuming you’re going to want to avoid such problems if you’re going to plunk down any of your hard earned money.

Watch A&E without cable on Roku, Fire TV or Android

You may be familiar with using apps on streaming devices like a Roku, Amazon Fire TV or Chromecast.

There are two ways to watch A&E on a streaming device connected to your television. To watch a live stream of A&E, you can subscribe to a live streaming services like DirecTV Now, fuboTV and Sling TV. These services offer various bundles of channels over the Internet instead of a cable cord.

The second method is to stream on the A&E app. The app only gives you on-demand content, not a live stream. You can find a full season of all shows and lots of previous seasons as well. You used to need a cable subscription to sign in to the A&E app to get full access to all of its programming. Now some live TV services like DirecTV Now, fuboTV, Philo and Hulu with Live TV give you the same access. These apps are known as TV Everywhere apps because you can watch shows, movies and sometimes even live streams when you’re at home or on the road. 

Hulu with Live TV: Best way to watch A&E without cable

Hulu with Live TV has about 59 channels including A&E, History Channel, HGTV, CNN, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN News. You’ll also find local NBC, ABC and FOX affiliates and regional sports channels like NBCSN.

Hulu offers only one live TV channel bundle, which costs $40 per month and includes 50 hours of Cloud DVR. But you’ll get access to its other on-demand subscription service of network TV shows and movies. All Hulu Originals like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Path” are included with the live TV subscription as well.

Try out Hulu with Live TV free for 7-days.

Runner up: Watch A&E online using DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now currently gives you the most flexibility with watching the A&E channel.

It allows you to live stream their channel lineup at home on your TV, or on the go with your smartphone. And if you’re an AT&T subscriber, you won’t get hit with any kind of penalty for burning too much data. I recommend using a WiFi connection if you were planning to live stream A&E on your smartphone.

The entry-level “Live A Little” package is only $35 per month for 60+ channels, including A&E. You can check out their channel lineup before signing up for a 7-day free trial

If you’re in the market for a new streaming device, you can get an Apple TV if you prepay for three months of a DirecTV Now subscription. Prepay for one month, and DirecTV will give you a Roku Streaming Stick

Discovery Channel, History Channel, HGTV, Lifetime, Viceland and MTV can be found with this channel package. During my testing of DirecTV Now, I was most impressed with their selection of on-demand movies and the thumbnail-style layout. You can also use your username and password from your DirecTV Now account to sign in to the A&E app.

fuboTV, best choice for sports fans who want A&E

fuboTV is firmly rooted as a sports-first platform, but it has spent much of 2017 and 2018 broadening its channel selection.

You will find A&E, Bravo, FX, FXM, FXX, and both National Geographic channels as part of the 70+ channel Premier subscription. fuboTV is not as well known as its competitors, but it’s definitely been pushing hard to become a major figure in the streaming market.

With a fuboTV subscription, you can authenticate the A&E app, which will allow you to unlock all of its on-demand content. In addition to a growing list of supported apps, fuboTV has also been testing a lookback feature for previously aired sporting events.

You can watch channels from fuboTV on a Roku, Fire TV or any other major streaming device.

If you stream fuboTV from a PC or Mac, you can also tap into on-demand shows and movies.

fuboTV offers a free trial for 7-days and prices their Premier subscription at $44.99 per month. You can read my full review of fuboTV: the definitive guide.

Get A&E cheap with Philo

Philo is the newest live TV streaming service and the least expensive way to get a live stream of A&E.

For $16 per month, subscribers get 37 channels, including AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Science Channel, Sundance TV, HGTV and Viceland.

For another $4, you can get another nine channels. There’s unlimited Cloud DVR and a decent amount of on-demand content.

Be aware that device support is limited. You can use Philo on Roku and Roku TV. From a web browser, you can watch Philo on Mac computers, PCs, iOS devices and Android devices.

You can also sign into the A&E app using your Philo account, and even use your subscription to sign into TV Everywhere apps on other devices like Fire TV and Apple TV.

You can read my review of Philo that I wrote after subscribing for a few months. You can try out Philo free for a week by signing up in under a minute using your smartphone number.

Sling TV: stream A&E shows live online

Sling TV is the best known streaming service out there. The Sling Orange package gets you A&E as part of a 29+ channel package for $20 per month. It’s definitely the cheapest route to get your fix of Storage Wars or any other new season of A&E.

Other channels in the Sling Orange package include HGTV, TBS, ESPN, History Channel and IFC. You can try out Sling TV for free during a 7-day trial.

I’ve been a Sling TV customer and I think they have a solid streaming service for the price point. You can read my review and guide on Sling TV for more details about their service.

If you don’t already own a streaming device, Sling TV has a few offers to get either a free or discounted device. Pre-pay for two months of Sling TV, and you can get a free Roku Express.

You can 50 percent off a Roku Ultra or the new AirTV Player and AirTV Adapter for $50 when you pre-pay for three months of Sling TV. Read my review of Roku Premiere+ if you’re not familiar with how these devices work.

 

Can I get A&E on PlayStation Vue?

No. There was some hyped up PlayStation Vue customers about seven months ago when Sony took a survey of its customers. One of the questions asked if adding A&E, History Channel, Lifetime and fyi to Vue’s channel lineup would make them more likely to subscribe.

Since then, there’s been plenty of speculation about Sony possibly making a deal with A&E networks, which owns the channels mentioned above. But so far, it hasn’t happened.

What’s the best way to watch or stream A&E online?

If you’re want A&E with the largest channel package, trying out Hulu with Live TV or DirecTV Now is the way to go. You will also be able to watch A&E on a mobile device or at home watching on a Roku, Fire TV, Fire Stick or Apple TV.

Try Hulu with Live TV free for a week. Or check out the DirecTV Now free trial for 7 days. Don’t forget that DirecTV Now will give you an Apple TV if you pay for three months of service. DirecTV Now will give you a Roku Streaming Stick for prepaying for just one month. You’re not under any contract or obligation to keep the service afterward. 

fuboTV is the obvious choice if you’re a big sports fan, but be aware there’s no ESPN. You can check out their Premier bundle during a 7-day free trial.

Want more of a budget choice? Philo is the cheapest option followed by Sling TV. Free trials for Philo and Sling TV both last for 7 days.

Set a reminder on your smartphone in advance of when the trial expires in case you don’t want to keep the service. You can always come back here and check out another trial or offer. This page will be updated regularly with the latest deals.

What’s your favorite way to stream A&E without cable? Let other readers know in the comments below.

 



 

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