Stream Atlanta live on FX without cable
The FX series Atlanta just wrapped Season 2 and it represents a high water mark for creator and star Donald Glover. Today I’m going to show you how to watch Atlanta online free without cable, and it’s completely legal.
Hulu with Live TV will currently let you stream all episodes of Atlanta on a Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV or Fire Stick. Hulu snagged exclusive rights to Atlanta, so it’s even the best way to stream Atlanta when Season 2 is no longer available on the FX Now app.
But I’ll break this down further so you know all your options.
There are two key services that you need to watch Season 1 and Season 2 of Atlanta. Hulu has the exclusive rights to Season 1 of Atlanta. You can binge all your episodes during a one-week free trial of Hulu if you don’t want Hulu’s Live TV product.
Then you can scoop up a free trial of a live TV streaming service that carries FX, the network that airs Atlanta, to watch Season 2 before Hulu picks up that season as well.
The season finale airs May 10, 10 p.m. ET on FX. You can watch all episodes of Season 2 when you use your Hulu with Live TV account to sign in to the FX NOW app. (At least for now.) Hulu with Live TV supports streaming on a Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV or Fire Stick.
But maybe you don’t want or need to get Season 1. So I’ll show you some other choices to stream FX live without cable, and options to sign in to the FX NOW app.
What’s Atlanta on FX about?
Atlanta tells the story of Paper Boi (Bryan Tyree Henry) an aspiring rapper; his best friend Darius (Lakeith Stanfield); his cousin and prospective manager Earn (Donald Glover), and Earn’s paramour and baby mama Van (Zazie Beetz).
Atlanta is an idiosyncratic half hour comedy where the writers, actors and director veer expertly from comedy to satire to melancholy and even horror.
Season 1 explored the misadventures of the crew struggling to make it. They mine equal humor from the mundane of trying to stretch insufficient dollars for a fancy date night and trying to get paid for a club appearance to the more abstract, particularly a satire of a PBS/BET style chat show complete with spoof commercials worthy of Saturday Night Live.
Season 2, subtitled Robbin Season (the colder months of Autumn that inevitably lead to the money crunch of the late holiday season), is darker, more uncertain, and eerily accurate to the Social Darwinism of Trump’s America.
The real prize of the show is the talent of the cast and crew. Glover, coming off a virtuosic SNL appearance and YouTube baiting music video premier (“This is America”) is poised to star as Lando Calrisian in the upcoming Solo.
Lakeith Stanfield had a key role in Get Out and is starring in buzzy indie Sorry to Bother You. Bryan Tyree Henry holds amazing gravity in Season 2 and had an Emmy nominated guest turn in This Is Us. Zazie Beetz is guest starring in the upcoming sequel to surprise hit Deadpool. Behind the camera, director Hiro Murai has done great work in HBO’s Barry, and partners with Steven Glover and Amy Seimetz to create a cinematic quality to Atlanta unrivaled in network television.
Watch Atlanta online with Sling TV
If you just want to watch Season 2 of Atlanta, including the season finale, your cheapest option is with Sling TV.
The Sling Blue bundle has 45+ live channels for $25 per month, including FX which you’ll need to watch Atlanta online or on your TV. Sling Blue has AMC, TNT, HGTV, A&E and Bravo in its channel lineup. You can stream on three devices at once with Sling Blue. For another $5 per month, you get 50 hours of Cloud DVR.
A Sling TV subscription lets you sign in to the FX NOW app so you can watch Season 2 of Atlanta.
Sling TV works on pretty much every device. So you can watch either on your TV by streaming on Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV or Fire Stick. You can also watch on your iPhone, or PC.
Sling TV offers a free 7-day trial which gives you plenty of time to binge watch many episodes without paying anything. Just be sure to cancel online if you don’t want to keep the service.
Use DirecTV Now for an FX live Stream to watch Atlanta
DirecTV Now has an FX live stream in its 60+ channel lineup called “Live a Little” which costs $35 per month. You’ll also get sports channels like ESPN and FOX Sports 1. Animal Planet, AXS TV, CNN, Comedy Central and Discovery are included.
There’s no Cloud DVR yet with DirecTV Now, but parent company AT&T plans on launching it soon. You can stream on up to two devices at once. Subscribers can watch Atlanta online, or with your Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and Chromecast devices. DirecTV Now also lets you sign in to the FX NOW app, so you can watch all Season 2 episodes of Atlanta.
Sign up for a free 7-day trial of DirecTV Now to watch Atlanta without a cable subscription.
Stream Atlanta with PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue’s entry level channel bundle has FX and costs $40 per month. Subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR and channels like Bravo, Cartoon Network and ESPN. The channel lineup has changed some in the last year, but it is still a solid cord cutting option.
You’ll be able to use your subscription to sign in to the FX NOW app. Sony is now offering a free 14-day trial.
Watch Atlanta online with fuboTV
fuboTV is a sports-first platform that has broadened its 80+ channel lineup with must-have entertainment channels. So you’ll get a mix of networks like FX, A&E, IFC and AMC. NFL Network, beIN Sports, FS1, FS2, CBS Sports Network, Golf Channel and HGTV. Subscribers get 30 hours of Cloud DVR and the ability to stream Atlanta on a Roku at home, or on your smartphone.
fuboTV has apps for just about every major streaming device including Apple TV and Fire TV. Use your membership to sign in the FX NOW app. Look over the channel lineup to see what other networks are available in your area.
New customers can check out a free 7-day trial of fuboTV. The regular rate of $44.99 per month kicks in after that.
Stream Atlanta online with YouTube TV
YouTube TV has 50+ channels for $40 per month and unlimited Cloud DVR. You’ll be able to watch Atlanta on FX and other channels like TBS, SyFy and ESPN. You can stream YouTube TV on Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV and Xbox One. YouTube TV also has a slick mobile app that lets you watch programs on the go. Try out a free 7-day trial of YouTube TV.
Is Atlanta on Netflix?
Nope. And you won’t find it on Amazon Video either. That’s because Hulu has signed an exclusive deal with FX for all the rights of the show. So if you want to stream Atlanta, there’s really only one stop to do it.
What’s the best way to watch Atlanta Online without cable?
Hulu with Live TV is the best way to watch Atlanta online, whether you’re going to stream it now or later.
You’ll get 58+ live TV channels including FX. Subscribers get unlimited access to Hulu’s full on-demand library, including Season 1 of Atlanta. Hulu will also get Season 2 when it’s no longer available on the FX Now app.
By subscribing to Hulu with Live TV, you also get unlimited access to Hulu’s full library of original shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale”, along with TV shows and movies. Get a free seven-day trial of Hulu with Live TV. If you don’t like the service, just cancel online before your trial is up.
Bonus Pick: Donald Glover’s favorite TV show — the excellent Rick & Morty — is also available on Hulu.
How do you watch Atlanta online? What’s your favorite episode? Tell fellow readers in the comments below.
Founder and Editor of The Cord Cutting Report. Before launching the site in 2016, he worked for more than two decades as a staff writer or correspondent for a number of daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe. His enthusiasm for tech began with the Atari 2600. Follow @james_kimble