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 trial of a live streaming service.

Here are my two favorites for A&E.

The cheapest way to get A&E without cable is through Philo which costs $16 per month for 43 channels. You can try Philo free for a week without any obligation. 

Hulu with Live TV has a wider selection of channels, including key sports networks like ESPN, and entertainment networks including FX and Bravo. Hulu has a free 7-day trial too. 

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 60 channels including A&E, History Channel, HGTV, CNN, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN News. You’ll also find more local NBC, ABC and FOX stations than any other live TV streaming service. And Hulu has a growing number of 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 that people pay $7.99 and up for. All Hulu Originals like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Path” are included with the live TV subscription as well. So you’re essentially getting two streaming services for the same price of a few other live TV streaming services offering A&E.

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

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 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 lineup

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. It recently became the first to broadcast select sporting events in 4K on FS1.

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.

You can use Philo on Apple TV, Roku TV and Amazon Fire TV devices. From a web browser, you can watch Philo on Mac computers, PCs, iOS devices and Android devices. There’s a Philo iPhone app too. 

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.

Watch A&E online using DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now 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. 

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.

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 $25 per month. It’s definitely a cheaper route to get your fix of Storage Wars or any other new season of A&E instead of Comcast or Spectrum. 

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. 

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?

Philo is the cheapest option to watch A&E without cable at $16 per month. You can quickly sign up for a free trial by using your mobile number. 

The second cheapest option for streaming A&E is Sling TV at $25 per month. Sling TV has a 7-day free trial.

If you’re want A&E with local channels and the biggest library of on-demand shows and movies, trying out Hulu with Live TV 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. 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 service with a 7-day free trial.

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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