How to Watch BBC America Without Cable

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Watch BBC America Live Online

BBC America is a channel you don’t have to miss out on if you’re getting rid of cable. The network is a gateway for popular UK shows like Doctor Who, Orphan Black and Killing Eve.

But you’ll also find decent movies from the U.S. and a regular rotation of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

This guide will quickly outline how you can watch BBC America live without cable using a Roku, Fire TV, Fire stick, Apple TV and iPhones and smartphones.

Watch BBC America Live Stream on Philo

The cheapest way to watch BBC America live is with Philo, a new streaming service that works with Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV. Philo carries 40 networks including BBC America for $16 per month. You can sign up for a free trial of Philo in under a minute using your smartphone number. The free trial lasts a week.

The 40 channels include AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Discovery Channel, HGTV, Paramount Network and TLC. Subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR and a robust on-demand section of movies, shows and concerts.

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Philo now has a full channel guide on Roku.

If you have an iPhone, you can live stream BBC America and all the other channels in your subscription using the Philo app. Let’s say you wanted to catch up on Season 11 of Doctor Who. No problem. Use your Philo credentials to sign in to the BBC America app.

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You can use a Philo subscription to sign in to the BBC America app on Roku, Apple TV and Fire TV devices.

Not only will you find a couple episodes of Doctor Who, you’ll also get all five seasons of Orphan Black, two full seasons of Atlantis and four seasons of Torchwood. I also get a BBC America live stream on my Roku app. So that can come in handy when I’m on the road with my streaming stick.

Being able to sign in to the BBC America mobile app is pretty handy too. You won’t be able to watch a live stream with the Android mobile app, but you can cast episodes to a Chromecast or NVIDIA Shield TV.

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With the BBC America mobile app, you can cast to a TV.

Look over the channel selection on Philo, or watch Philo free for a week and see what you think. Just cancel online if you don’t like it.

I’ve been using Philo for about 10 months now, and it’s one of the most under rated streaming services out there for cutting the cable cord once and for all. You can read my review of Philo to learn more about it.

Sling TV: Watch BBC America Online Without Cable

Sling TV live streams BBC America on both the Orange channel bundle, and Blue channel bundle. Either way, you’re paying $25 per month. It’s just a matter of what else you want for channels besides BBC America.

Sling Orange has 30 channels, including A&E, Cartoon Network, CNN, Epix Drive-In, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, HGTV and more channels worth looking over.

Sling Blue has 42 channels, including FOX, regional sports networks, FS1, FS2, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild. There’s some overlap with the Orange plan too: A&E, AMC, CNN and a few others are part of your channel lineup.

If you get Sling Orange and Sling Blue for a bigger channel lineup, it costs $40 per month. Sling TV supports 21 streaming apps. But unlike Philo, BBC America isn’t one of them.

If you want to record shows on Sling TV, pay $5 per month more for 50 hours of Cloud DVR. Sling TV has apps for every major streaming device: Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Fire Stick and PCs. You can also watch BBC America live on the go using your Sling TV app on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

Watch Sling TV free for 7-days. You can cancel online if you don’t want to keep the service.

fuboTV: BBC America Live Stream Online

fuboTV is geared for sports fans, but it has a wide variety of entertainment channels including BBC America.

The entry-level channel bundle has some overlap with the Philo package. There’s A&E, AMC, HGTV, History channel, and IFC, but you’ll also have CNN, FX channel, TNT and TBS.

And for sports, there’s FS1, FS2, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, PAC-12 Network and among a few dozen others. fuboTV also has more than 300 local NBC, CBS and FOX stations across the U.S. and regional sports networks from FOX and NBC.

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So if you want to watch seasons of Orphan Black, or Killing Eve, and get coverage of NBA games or NHL, then fuboTV is probably your best choice. fuboTV has 80+ channels for its entry level bundle, which costs $45 per month. Subscribers get 30 hours of Cloud DVR. fuboTV also has a “look back” feature that has games that aired in the last 72 hours.

You can look over the channel lineup in your area, or sign up for a free 7-day trial. Unlike cable TV, there are no contracts or hidden fees. fuboTV works on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV devices. You can live stream NBA games using on the fuboTV app on iPhones and Android smartphones. And yes, you can even stream live TV on your PC (like at work). Read my review of fuboTV for a more detailed breakdown of the service. 

Playstation Vue: Watch BBC America Live Stream Without Cable

You can live stream BBC America on PlayStation Vue’s Core bundle package, which costs $45 per month. There’s ESPN, FS1, FS2, HGTV and National Geographic in the channel lineup and unlimited Cloud DVR.

PlayStation Vue works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 gaming consoles. You can also watch BBC America live on your iPhone or Android smartphone. PlayStation Vue has a 5-day free trial.

DirecTV Now: Watch BBC America Online

DirecTV Now offers another way to stream BBC America live for $40 per month. Subscribers get 65+ channels, including Disney Channel, ESPN, FS1 and TBS. You can check out DirecTV Now with a free 7-day trial.

YouTube TV: Stream BBC America Without Cable

YouTube TV has BBC America in its 50+ channel lineup for $40 per month. AMC, ESPN, CNN, TBS and TNT are in the channel lineup, too. You can stream YouTube TV on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, iPhones, and Android smartphones. Fire TV devices do not support YouTube TV.

Check out YouTube TV with a free 7-day trial.

AT&T Watch: Watch BBC America Online Live

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone plan, AT&T now offers a free subscription to AT&T Watch when you sign up for the Unlimited & More plan. You will need to activate the AT&T Watch account separately once you sign up. AT&T Watch has 39 channels, including BBC America, AMC, History Channel and Investigation Discovery.

You can only stream on one device at a time, and streams are in HD. Once you activate a phone plan, you need to set up an AT&T Watch account at: www.attwatchtv.com/verify

What’s the best way to watch BBC America without cable?

I just gave you seven ways to watch BBC America live without cable. That’s a lot to digest, so let’s narrow down your choices. Here are my top picks.

  • Philo is the best choice to stream BBC America without cable. For $16 per month, you get 40 channels and unlimited Cloud DVR. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial in less than a minute, and simply cancel online if you don’t like the service. Philo has apps for Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV and iPhones. You can also watch on a PC or Mac using a web browser.
  • Sling TV is a good runner-up choice because for $20 per month, you can get a wider variety of channels for sports and news. You can subscribe to the Sling Orange bundle or Sling Blue channels. Either way, it’s $25 per month. You can get both Orange and Blue channels for $40 per month. Sling TV has a free 7-day trial. It works on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and just about every PC or smartphone out there.
  • fuboTV makes the most sense for sports fans, especially if you want regional sports networks and locals like NBC, CBS and FOX. fuboTV has 80+ channels for $44.99 per month, but your first month after a free trial is $39.99. fuboTV has apps for Fire TV, Fire Stick, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, game consoles, iPhone and Android smartphones. Look over the local channel lineup and regional sports networks, or sign up for a free 7-day trial.

Need to know more? Here’s a handy list of frequently asked questions.

FAQ: Watching BBC America Online

Is BBC America on Hulu?

Yes, you can find some older shows from BBC America on Hulu’s on-demand service, but the network is unavailable on Hulu with Live TV.

Are there full seasons of shows on BBC America app?

Yes. Orphan Black has all five seasons available. You need a pay TV sign in to watch. A subscription to Philo, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now or YouTube TV will give you access to the BBC America app.

Is Orphan Black on Amazon Prime Video?

Yes. Prime members can stream all five seasons of Orphan Black.



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