How to Watch MeTV

MeTV is a free over-the-air channel. and available on streaming. Here are all the ways to watch MeTV without a cable TV subscription.

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MeTV is a free over-the-air channel, where you can watch classic TV shows without cable. 

But not everyone can use a TV antenna for free over-the-air channels. So here are all the ways to watch MeTV without a cable TV subscription. I usually watch MeTV with my TV antenna, but I have subscribed to Philo and Frndly TV, so I will rate each service strictly for the purposes for watching MeTV without a cable subscription.

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What shows are on MeTV?

MeTV stands for Memorable Entertainment Television. The network describes itself as “the definitive destination for Classic TV”, focusing on television programs from the 1930s through the 1990s.

There has been an uptick in nostalgia for shows such as “Saved by the Bell”, “The A-Team”, and “All in the Family”. All of these shows are on MeTV.

“Perry Mason”, “Svengoolie”, “The Andy Griffith Show” and cartoons from the 1970s are part of the MeTV lineup.

Is MeTV on frndly?

frndly TV is the cheapest and most affordable option for watching MeTV without cable or a TV antenna. 

frndly has 50 live TV channels, including A&E, History, and The Weather Channel. Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and Hallmark Drama are also included.

For HD picture quality, you can subscribe to the Classic plan for $9.99 per month.

Frndly TV has a few major entertainment networks such as Hallmark Channel and A&E that you will also find on YouTube TV and DIRECTV STREAM. But Frndly TV provides a lot of value if you don’t need sports or cable news networks.

The streaming service has apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Smart TVs running on Android TV. You can also watch MeTV on a PC or smartphone using a frndly TV subscription.

frndly TV has 50 live TV channels, including MeTV, A&E and History. (photo credit: The Cord Cutting Report)

Subscribers to the Classic plan also get unlimited Cloud DVR for recordings. You can watch live TV on two screens at once. And you can keep recordings for three months. 

The Premium plan costs $11.99 per month. Subscribers can watch live TV on up to four screens at once. You can keep recordings for 9 months. 

You can sign  up for a free 7-day trial. There are no contracts and you can easily cancel online.

Is MeTV on Philo?

Philo has 72 live TV channels including MeTV and MeTV+ for $25 per month.

AMC, BBC America, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, Science Channel, MTV, MTV Live, and Discovery Family are included.

Subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR for recordings. There is a big library of on-demand movies and TV shows. You can watch live TV on up to three screens at once.

Philo has apps for Smart TVs, Roku, Roku TV, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. From a web browser, you can watch Philo on Mac computers and PCs. iPhones, iPads, and Android smartphones have a Philo app.

Philo has a more robust channel lineup than Frndly TV with networks such as MTV, HGTV, and Discovery. The menu and interface for Philo is more polished than Frndly. But like Frndly, there are no local channels or sports networks.

Look over the channel lineup or sign up for a free 7-day trial in about a minute by using your mobile number. 

How to watch MeTV for free without cable

A TV antenna is the best way to watch MeTV for free. 

People living within 30 to 40 miles of broadcast towers have an excellent chance at getting local channels. You just need to do a little homework to figure out what is the best TV antenna for your home.

You can use the free tool at Antennas Direct to see whether MeTV is available in your area. Local channels broadcast digital signals in 1080i or 720p, which is High Definition. 

When you use a TV antenna, you will be able to get more than just MeTV. You can potentially get popular broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS in HD resolution. 

Since MeTV is a sub-channel, you should expect picture resolution to be less than HD. In my broadcast market, MeTV is in 480p picture resolution.

There are a few markets where MeTV is in HD picture resolution. 

Connecting a TV antenna to get MeTV for free can be done in three simple steps.

  1. Screw in the coax line connected to your TV antenna into the television’s “F connector” port. 
  2.  Under your TV settings look for an “Over-the-air” or “TV Antenna” option under inputs.  
  3.  Select “scan for channels” for “Air TV”, “Over-the-Air” or “TV Antenna”.

If you are new to TV antennas, here is a list of resources that I have written over the years to get you started.

Is MeTV available on streaming?

Yes. Currently, frndly TV and Philo are the only streaming services that carry MeTV in its live TV channel lineup. 

frndly has more than 50 live TV channels, including A&E, History, and The Weather Channel. A subscription is $9.99 per month after a free 7-day trial.

Philo has over 60 live TV channels, including A&E, HGTV, and Discovery. A subscription is $25 per month following a free 7-day trial.

Can I get MeTV on my PC?

Yes. You can stream MeTV live through a web browser with a subscription to frndly TV and Philo. 

How to Watch MeTV on Roku

There is no dedicated MeTV app on the Roku Channel Store. So you won’t find a MeTV app on Roku streaming players or Roku TV.

You can stream MeTV through a subscription to frndly TV or Philo. You can watch MeTV live or record any TV episode or season you want.

How to Watch MeTV on Fire TV Stick

Amazon Fire TV devices and Amazon Fire TV Edition Smart TVs do not have a MeTV app. But you can use streaming services frndly TV or Philo to watch MeTV live and record favorite TV shows.

Can I get MeTV on Apple TV?

Yes. You can add the frndly or Philo app to Apple TV. 

A subscription to frndly or Philo is required to watch MeTV on Apple TV. You can also watch MeTV as an over-the-air channel on Apple TV if you use a HDHomeRun or Tablo.

How to Watch MeTV on a Smart TV

You can watch MeTV on a Smart TV with a TV antenna, or a streaming service that carries MeTV. frndly and Philo are the only streaming services that carry MeTV. 

Does Hulu Live TV have MeTV?

No. Hulu Live TV does not currently carry MeTV in its channel lineup. Hulu Live TV has more than 75 channels, including ESPN, TNT and CNN. A subscription costs $76.99 per month.

Does Hulu stream MeTV?

No. Hulu’s on-demand streaming service does not have MeTV. Hulu’s on-demand streaming service costs $7.99 per month. Hulu has a library of newer and classic TV shows from CBS, NBC and FOX.

Does Amazon Prime have MeTV?

No. Amazon Prime has a huge library of classic TV and movies, but it does not carry MeTV as part of its Amazon Channels lineup. 

Amazon Channels has premium channels such as Showtime, and streaming services including AMC+.

What is MeTV Plus?

MeTV Plus is an over-the-air channel that is available in a number of markets, including Chicago, parts of New York and Kingman, Arizona. 

Is MeTV on Pluto TV?

No. Pluto TV, the free, ad-supported streaming service, has more than 200 channels. There is a Classic TV section with a number of channels, but MeTV is not one of them. 

You also will not find MeTV on popular free apps such as The Roku Channel, Local Now, and LocalBTV. The MeTV website also does not allow for streaming any TV shows. 

Where can I watch MeTV?

MeTV is available as an over-the-air channel that you can watch with a TV antenna. But if you can’t use a TV antenna, there are a couple of streaming options. Frndly is the cheapest streaming option and provides a good experience for the price.

  • Frndly TV has 50 live TV channels, and costs $9.99 per month for the HD plan. You can try out a 7-day free trial without any obligations. 
  • Philo has 72 live TV channels, and costs $25 per month. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial using your mobile number. 

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