How to watch Vice TV without cable

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It’s time to learn how to watch Vice TV live without a cable subscription. 

Vice TV (formerly known as Viceland) is home to shows such as “Dark Side of the Ring and “Tales From the Territories” produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

This guide outlines all the ways cord-cutters and streaming fans can watch Vice TV live using a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast with Google TV, Apple TV or Smart TV.

The cheapest option for streaming VICE TV is through frndly TV

The streaming service carries over 40 live TV channels, including VICE, A&E and History. Plans start at $6.99 per month, or $8.99 per month for HD picture resolution. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial without any obligations.

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What happened to Viceland?

Viceland was renamed to Vice TV in February 2020, but has essentially kept its format of edgy documentaries and reality shows. The channel is part of the A&E Network, which also owns History, Lifetime, A&E, LMN, fyi, Crime and Investigation, Military History, and LRW.

Shows on VICE TV

There is still plenty of Action Bronson around. And there is “Beerland,” and “Vice News Tonight.” But there are a new slate of shows on Vice TV this season, including:

  • The Dark Side of the Ring has been the breakaway hit documentary series that captures controversial figures and events within professional wrestling. The second half of Season 3 is about to kick off. The first half of Season 3 already covered stories about The Dynamite Kid, Jake the Snake and the Ultimate Warrior.
  • The Dark Side of the 90s” chronicles both cultural subterfuge and important narratives at the end of the 20th century. The series takes on the rise of daytime talk television “Trash TV” and how “Grunge and The Seattle Sound” took over while an east-versus-west battle brewed in the Hip Hop world.
  • Betraying the Badge serves up stories about those who were sworn to serve and protect, but instead turn to bribery, corruption and even murder. 
  • Season 2 of “Black Market, the unscripted series led by the late Michael K. Williams, is now available on-demand through Philo and other streaming services. Much of the second season was recorded before Williams passed away at age 54.

Watch Vice on TV without cable on Roku, Fire TV

All you need is an Internet connection and a Smart TV to start streaming VICE TV live without cable. 

A streaming device such as a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Google Chromecast with Google TV also support live TV streaming services. 

Live TV streaming services carry many of the same channels that are on cable and satellite packages, including ESPN, CNN and AMC.

Here is a breakdown of your best options to watch VICE TV without cable. 


frndlyTV offers an inexpensive way to watch VICE TV without a cable TV subscription. frdnly (as in “friendly) has more than 40 live TV channels, including A&E, History, MeTV, The Weather Channel and the weather-focused Local Now. 

I subscribe to the Classic plan for $8.99 per month because I want HD picture resolution. You can watch live TV on two screens at once. 

The $6.99 per month “Basic” plan has only SD picture resolution, and you can watch on one screen at a time. 

Frndly TV has mobile apps for iPhones (iOS) and Android smartphones like Samsung. 

You can also use the frndly app on Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV. frndlyTV has a free 7-day trial

Sling TV

Sling TV is another inexpensive option for live streaming Vice TV.

The Sling Orange channel bundle carries VICE TV and 31 other channels for $40 per month. You’ll get A&E, History, AMC and ESPN.

The Sling Blue plan also has VICE TV among its 41 channels and costs $40 per month. NFL Network, USA Network and FS1 are part of the channel lineup.

Sling TV includes 50 hours of Cloud DVR on any plan. Orange plan subscribers can stream on one screen at a time. Blue plan subscribers can stream on three screens at once.

There are no contracts, or extra fees like cable TV. You can check the latest offer Sling TV is making to new and returning customers.

With Sling TV, you can watch VICE TV on Roku, Fire Stick, Apple TV, smart phones, Android TV software, AirTV Player, Chromecast, and Xbox. 

If you’re willing to prepay for a brief subscription, you can get a free streaming device.

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu with Live TV currently offers the best value as a full cable TV replacement that live streams VICE TV.

A subscription includes 75+ live TV channels, Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu on-demand for $69.99 per month.

Subscribers get popular networks like HGTV, CNN, ESPN, National Geographic, Travel Channel and USA Network. 

Subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR. You can stream on up to two devices at once. 

Hulu with Live TV works on Apple TV, Roku, XBox One, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick and Chromecast.

You can quickly look over the channel lineup in your area by entering your zip code on the site. 

Philo TV

Philo has a robust lineup of entertainment channels, including Nickelodeon and HGTV.

For $25 per month, subscribers get more than 60 live TV channels which includes pretty much all A&E Networks like A&E, and Lifetime. You can sign up for a free trial in about a minute by using your mobile number. 

AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Science Channel, Sundance TV, MTV Live, Cooking Channel and Discovery Family are all part of Philo’s lineup. 

There’s unlimited Cloud DVR and a decent amount of on-demand content. You can watch on up to three devices at once.

Philo has apps for Apple TV, Roku, Roku TV and Fire TV devices. From a web browser, you can watch Philo on Mac computers, PCs, iOS devices and Android devices. There’s an iPhone app for Philo as well. 

Your Philo account can activate the Vice app on Roku and other devices like Fire TV and Apple TV. 

You can try out Philo free for a week by signing up in under a minute using your smartphone number.


Vidgo carries VICE TV among its 100+ channels. A&E, History and ESPN are among its lineup of entertainment and sports networks. 

Subscribers can stream live TV on up to three devices at once. Vidgo has apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV devices such as Google Chromecast with Google TV.

A Vidgo subscription costs $59.95 per month. There are no contracts or obligations. You can look over the channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up. 


DIRECTV STREAM has VICE TV in its entry-level Entertainment plan.

The Entertainment plan has more than 75 live TV channels for $74.99 per month. ESPN, Nickelodeon and HGTV are included in the channel lineup. 

Subscribers can stream on 20 screens at once. You get unlimited Cloud DVR and 40,000 on-demand movies and shows. You can sign up for a free 5-day trial without any obligations.

A subscription requires no contract. You can look over the channel lineups and packages before deciding whether to sign up.

DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets.

Can I watch VICE TV on YouTube TV?

YouTube TV doesn’t currently offer VICE TV. But YouTube TV has been adding channels since its inception. So you could see some new channels come to YouTube TV in the future.

Can I stream VICE TV shows online?

Yes.  The Vice TV website has a limited number of episodes that you can watch for free. Generally, it’s a single episode of a show. To unlock the full library of episodes, you need a pay TV subscription.

Are VICE TV shows on Netflix or Hulu?

Hulu’s on-demand service has a small number of VICE TV shows including past seasons of “Dark Side of the Ring.” However, Netflix doesn’t carry VICE TV shows at the moment.

Hulu’s on-demand service has a free 30-day trial

What’s the best way to live stream VICE TV?

Philo is the best deal for watching new episodes on VICE TV when they hit live TV. Philo has 60+ live TV channels and unlimited Cloud DVR for $25 per month.

You can watch live TV on up to three screens at once. Philo has a free 7-day trial with no contracts or obligations.

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* This was originally published on Feb. 27, 2017, and has been updated.

Jim Kimble is a seasoned industry expert with over two decades of journalism experience. He has been at the forefront of the cord-cutting movement since 2016, testing and writing about TV-related products and services. He founded The Cord Cutting Report in 2016, and serves as the editor.

Major publications, including MarketWatch, Forbes, and South Florida Sun Sentinel, have interviewed Kimble for his years of expertise. He gives advice on the complexities consumers are navigating with streaming options, and over-the-air TV. Kimble has been a staff writer or correspondent for several award-winning, daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe.

2 thoughts on “How to watch Vice TV without cable”

    • The last time I tested the service, DTVN did not have full seasons of every show on Viceland. That may have changed. But right now, I would give you a soft “no.”


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