How to get Viceland and watch shows without a cable subscription
There are a growing number of options to live stream Viceland without cable.
Since Viceland is still in its infancy and building an audience, there may be times that it’s willing to share more shows for free than much larger channels like Viacom-owned MTV.
You can make the most out of their growing pains.
The Viceland app (iOS or Android) offers a select number of episodes that will give you a sampling of just about every series on the channel. Occasionally, you may even get a one-off documentary for nothing.
Noisey on YouTube
If you’re a music fan, be aware that Noisey has a separate YouTube channel. There are a lot of short clips of live music or videos on the Noisey channel. But you can also find full-fledged episodes that delve into various music scenes across the globe.
There’s a cool episode titled: Atlanta with Migos, Killer Mike. The timing is great because I’ve been listening to all three albums by Run The Jewels lately. (If you’re not, I’m sorry you’re missing out.)
The YouTube channels for Noisey and Viceland raise an important distinction here with how you choose to stream your free content. It’s something you want to pay attention to if you plan to watch Viceland without cable for an extended period of time.
If you stick with the Viceland app on your iPad, or Android tablet, then you will have to watch it there.
I will get into more detail below about other streaming devices you can use. First, let’s cover all the cool stuff you can watch.
What are the best shows on Viceland?
In 2018, there’s been a number of newer shows that make subscribing for a while worth it. Getting through seasons of two Action Bronson shows will take some time. Do I like “The Untitled Action Bronson Show” more than “F*ck, That’s Delicious”?
Hard to say.
My wife really digs “Huang’s World” and watches every episode. Lately, I’ve been tuning in to “It’s Suppertime” and I even made a few meals and won some praise in the kitchen. I still haven’t made a Big Dog, but I’m working up to it.
You can watch clips of Needles & Pins, which chronicles the wanderings of London-based tattoo artist Grace Neutral as she explores the culture of tattooing around the globe. I have zero ink, but I watched the first episode and really enjoyed Neutral checking out the various subcultures, businesses and scenes surrounding Las Vegas in the episode. No visit to the Pinball Hall of Fame…that was a bummer.
You can also see clips of Hate Thy Neighbor. Comedian Jamali Maddix helms this important show that examines groups spreading hate around the world coinciding with the rise of the far right. The first episode, titled America’s Far White, covers the largest Neo-Nazi group in the U.S.
One thing that’s reliably free all the time is Desus & Mero. These guys are hilarious, and they’re calling out a lot of truth. Doesn’t matter if we’re talking about the “alternative facts” of Donald Trump, or your favorite sports teams. The only problem is if you’re watching them without a cable subscription, their daily missives are several days behind their latest episode.
Viceland Black Market, Weediquette for subscribers only
The rub with all of this free programming offered by Viceland without a cable subscription: You won’t be able to watch a full season of any show.
You can buy a season or individual episodes of some of these shows through Amazon Prime Video.
I recently checked out an episode of Weediquettte, hosted by Krishna Andavolu. He had a pretty compelling episode about how medical marijuana caregivers in Michigan are still subjected to search and seizure laws by police, despite the passage of a state law legalizing the growing of medical pot.
I’d probably watch Williams if he was just taking a trip to the zoo or the grocery store. His amazing performance as Omar Little on The Wire made him a huge star, but he’s not just acting these days. With the Black Market shows, he takes the outline of shows like Nat Geo’s Underworld Inc. and makes it his own.
He does some globetrotting, checking into both offbeat and notorious criminal enterprises. He meets scammers that make a buck using London’s public housing and young gang members in Japan that organize underground fighting.
Back in the U.S., he also checks out illegal gambling dens in New York City and gunrunners moving firearms across state lines.
A new drama series that debuted on Feb. 19 called Trapped is another show reserved only for subscribers. It looks very cool and probably gobbled up quite a bit of production money to make. So, it shouldn’t surprise anybody that this is not being given away.
How to stream Viceland from Roku, Android TV
If you don’t already own a streaming device, it’s worth getting a quick primer here.
A Roku will essentially have more apps than any other device, but the user interface isn’t that great. In some apps, it has a slightly 1980s Atari-era feel.
I am currently streaming Viceland on Philo. I also like NVIDIA SHIELD TV quite a bit, which runs on Android TV. Their apps have a nicer user interface than Roku. But for Viceland, you will have to cast the app from a smartphone or tablet.
The apps can be authenticated through a cable subscription, and only limited live TV streaming services like fuboTV.
Stream Viceland online with Philo
Want to live stream Viceland for dirt cheap? Philo isn’t that well known, but it’s a really solid alternative to cable TV. And it’s the least expensive way to watch Viceland live either online or on a Roku for just $16 per month.
Viceland is part of Philo’s 37 channel bundle that carries A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Science Channel, Sundance TV and HGTV. You’ll also be able to use your Philo login to sign into the Viceland app. Same goes for other apps too like A&E and History. You can look over Philo’s channel lineup to see if it’s of interest to you.
For another $4, you get nine more channels, including MTV Live. There’s unlimited Cloud DVR, so you don’t have to worry about running out of space.
For now, Philo has an app for 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 Viceland 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.
How to Watch Viceland online using Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV has Viceland as part of its 60 channel lineup. Subscribers also get live streams of A&E, History Channel, HGTV, CNN, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN News. Hulu has made a point of including local NBC, ABC and FOX stations 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. There’s an added benefit to using Hulu with Live TV versus competitors with a similar price point.
Subscribers get unlimited access to Hulu’s on-demand subscription service that people pay $7.99 per month for. It includes lots 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.
What’s the best way to live stream Viceland?
The cheapest and best way to live stream Viceland without cable right now is through Philo. You can try out Philo free for a week. Start out by just giving your mobile number to unlock the first couple days of the free trial.
If Philo isn’t for you, or you don’t use a Roku to stream, I recommend checking out Hulu with Live TV because you’re getting 60 live channels, 50 hours of Cloud DVR and Hulu’s full-on demand library for $40 per month.
Get a free trial for Hulu with Live TV and see if it’s a good fit in your streaming wheelhouse. You can easily cancel online anytime if the service isn’t for you.
Sling TV will give you all the channels that you may recall if you ever owned cable, including Viceland, History Channel, AMC and ESPN. Sling TV currently has a free 7-day trial, and another offer where you can get a discount on a Roku device. Get a Roku Express if you prepay for two months of Sling TV. Pay only $50 for a Roku Ultra when you prepay for a three month subscription.
With all of these streaming services, it’s is very easy to cancel online. So you might want to check them all out.
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* This was originally published on Feb. 27, 2017, and has been updated with new streaming options including Philo and Hulu with Live TV.