How to watch INSP Live Without Cable TV

You can watch INSP (formerly The Inspiration Network) without a cable TV subscription. There are inexpensive options like frndly TV and Philo, and more robust cable TV alternatives.

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You can stream INSP (formerly The Inspiration Network) without needing cable TV. If you like westerns and classic TV shows, and want to cut your high cable bills, four reliable services are available.

I’ve tried all these services. Each option for watching INSP offers different benefits, depending on your budget and the type of TV channels you prefer. Here is a quick overview comparing the key aspects of the different streaming services that offer the INSP channel:

Streaming ServiceFree TrialMonthly PriceKey Channels
Frndly TVYes$7.99 (Basic)A&E, History, The Weather Channel,
$9.99 (Classic)Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies &
$11.99 (Premium)Mysteries, Hallmark Drama
PhiloYes$25BBC America, Hallmark Channel,
History, HGTV, Science Channel,
Discovery, MTV, Nickelodeon, OWN
Sling TVNo$40 (Orange)AMC, ESPN, Food Network
+$6 (Heartland Extra)Outdoor Channel, American Heroes Channel,
Great American Family, +more
FuboYes$79.99 (Pro)Local ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC,
$89.99 (Elite)ESPN, NFL Network, Fubo Extra,
News Plus add-on channels

Frndly TV is known for its affordability. You can get the HD plan for $9.99 per month, following a free 7-day trial. The Basic plan is even cheaper at $7.99 per month, but only has Standard Definition resolution. 

What shows are on INSP?

Fans of western TV shows like “Rawhide,” “The Waltons,” and “Gunsmoke” often stream INSP. Clint Eastwood’s famous westerns, such as “Pale Rider” and “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” are sometimes featured. Additionally, you can catch the original series “The Cowboy Way” on INSP.

What streaming services have the INSP channel?

You can watch INSP on Frndly TV, Fubo, Philo, and Sling TV. These services are available on Smart TVs and devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV. Many of these services offer a free trial.

If you’re new to streaming live TV, here’s what you need to know:

  • Internet Speed: A steady internet connection with a download speed of at least 5 Mbps is sufficient for single stream HD quality. For families or multiple streams, 25 Mbps is advisable.
  • Recording Shows: No extra equipment is needed. Live TV streaming services like Philo, Frndly TV, Fubo, and others include Cloud DVR, allowing you to record shows and watch them later.

Frndly TV: Your Affordable Gateway to Streaming INSP

Frndly TV is the most cost-effective option for streaming INSP without a cable subscription. 

You can enjoy HD quality on the Classic plan for only $9.99 per month. This service includes more than 40 live TV channels such as A&E, History, and The Weather Channel, along with favorites like Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama.

Frndly’s menu is very basic, but it will be familiar to anyone who has channel surfed on a cable TV plan. Recoding a show is simple and just takes a couple of clicks. The Classic plan, the one I have used, lets you keep recordings for three months. 

The Premium plan, priced at $11.99 per month, allows you to stream on up to four screens simultaneously and store recordings for nine months. Premium plan subscribers can keep their recordings for 9 months. 

For those who prefer a more basic setup, the Basic plan offers live TV in Standard Definition at just $7.99 per month.

You can stream on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Smart TVs that use Android TV software. Frndly TV also allows you to watch on a PC or smartphone. With the Classic plan, you receive unlimited Cloud DVR, enabling you to record shows and store them for up to three months. You can also watch live TV on two screens at once.

Frndly TV does not include some major networks found on services like Fubo or DIRECTV STREAM. However, it provides substantial value for those primarily interested in channels such as the Hallmark Channel or A&E.

No-Risk Trial: You can start with a free 7-day trial on any plan, with no contracts to tie you down, making it easy to cancel online if you decide it’s not for you.

Basic$7.99/month50 (SD Resolution)
Classic$9.99/month50 (HD Resolution)
Premium$11.99/month50 (HD Resolution) &
Device support: AirTV Mini, Amazon Echo Show, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast along with Smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony Bravia and VIZIO SmartCast.

Can you watch INSP on Philo?

Yes, INSP is part of Philo’s broad selection of more than 72 live TV channels available for $25 per month. This service hosts a diverse range of entertainment channels including CMT, Hallmark Channel, History, HGTV, Science Channel, and Discovery.

You won’t find any sports or local channels on this service. It’s a great, wallet-friendly option for people who already get local broadcast stations using a TV antenna.

Philo lets you record unlimited shows with its Cloud DVR, and you can keep these recordings as long as you like. A vast on-demand library based on Philo’s channel lineup is also at your disposal. You can watch three streams at the same time.

Philo works with Smart TVs, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. If you prefer watching on a computer, Philo streams on Macs and PCs. The service is also available on iPhones, iPads, and Android smartphones.

Philo’s lineup includes MTV, HGTV, Nickelodeon, and OWN, providing a richer selection than Frndly TV. However, unlike Fubo or Sling TV, Philo does not offer local or sports channels.

You can try Philo with a free 7-day trial by simply using your mobile number. Just cancel online if you don’t like the service.

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Device support: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast with Google TV along with Smart TVs by Samsung, and Sony Bravia.


Does Sling TV have the INSP channel?

Yes, Sling TV includes INSP in its Heartland Extra bundle, an add-on you can combine with the Sling Orange plan. Sling Orange provides channels like AMC, ESPN, and Food Network for $40 per month, and the Heartland Extra adds INSP for an additional $6 per month.

The Heartland Extra bundle adds 12 channels including Outdoor Channel, American Heroes Channel, Pursuit, Great American Family, Destination America, PixL, RFD TV, Great American Living, Sportsman Channel, Cowboy Channel, and World Fishing Network.

Subscribers receive 50 hours of Cloud DVR. With Sling Orange, you can stream on one device at a time. Sling Blue offers 41 channels, such as NFL Network, TNT, and TBS. Blue subscribers can stream on up to three screens.  

You can stream Sling TV on LG and Samsung Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV. The service is also accessible on iPhones, iPads, Android tablets, and smartphones.

Sling TV is a cost-efficient choice for accessing INSP along with select sports and possibly local channels through the Blue plan. For those not interested in sports, Philo or Frndly TV might be more budget-friendly options.

Signing up for Sling TV involves no contracts or hidden fees, allowing you to explore its latest offers with ease and without commitment.

Sling TV is an inexpensive option for ESPN. (Photo credit: Jim Kimble / The Cord Cutting Report)
Blue$40/month41 (Locals included)
Orange + Blue$55/month88
Device support: AirTV Mini, Amazon Echo Show, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast along with Smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony Bravia and VIZIO SmartCast.

Get INSP channel on Fubo

Fubo (formerly fuboTV) carries INSP in a couple of different channel bundles.  

You can sign up for the Pro plan with the Fubo Extra add-on. The Pro plan is $79.99 per month for about 202 channels total. Fubo Extra costs $7.99 per month, and adds roughly 60 more channels.

Subscribers can also get the Elite plan for $89.99 per month. Elite subscribers get all the channels from Fubo Pro, Fubo Extra and the News Plus add-on. Sports fans get access to select live sports on FOX, FS1 and NBC Sports in 4K.

Fubo is the only streaming service that has INSP and a complete lineup of local broadcast channels. Local ABC, CBS, FOX NBC and CBS stations are included in Pro and Elite plans.

The channel lineup has cable networks such as ESPN and NFL Network. Subscribers get 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR. You can watch live TV on 10 screens at once.

Fubo works on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Smart TVs that use Android TV or Google TV. You can also watch live TV channels on a PC or smartphone. If you just want INSP and a simple channel lineup, then going with Frndly or Philo is a more economical option.

Fubo has a free 7-day trial with no obligations. Just cancel online before the trial ends if you don’t want to keep it.

(photo credit: Jim Kimble / The Cord Cutting Report)
Elite $89.99/month269
Device support: Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast with Google TV, Xbox One, along with Smart TVs by Hisense, Samsung, LG, Sony Bravia and VIZIO SmartCast TV. Android, iPhones and iPads with current iOS.

Watching INSP without Cable: FAQs

Where can I find the INSP schedule?

The most accurate and up-to-date schedule for INSP is available on the INSP website, featuring a detailed hour-by-hour listing of shows like “How the West Was Won” and “Gunsmoke.”

Which TV streaming services include INSP and local channels?

Both Fubo and Sling TV offer INSP along with local ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX stations. Fubo provides these locals across most of the United States, while Sling Blue covers them in several U.S. markets.

Is INSP available on Pluto TV?

No, Pluto TV does not offer INSP. It does feature channels that focus on Western TV shows like “The Rifleman” and “Gunsmoke.”

Can I access INSP on Hulu?

Hulu Live TV and the on-demand service do not carry INSP. However, Hulu’s on-demand service includes a variety of Western-themed movies and series.


Currently, INSP is not available on DIRECTV STREAM. Keep in mind that streaming lineups are subject to change as services renegotiate their offerings.

Will Amazon Channels offer INSP?

At this time, Amazon Channels does not include INSP. It typically features standalone services like AMC+ and Max.

Is INSP available on YouTube TV?

No, YouTube TV does not currently carry INSP, although it does offer TV Land, which shows “Gunsmoke” and “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Can I stream INSP on Roku?

While there is no dedicated INSP app on Roku, you can stream INSP using subscriptions to services like Frndly TV, FuboTV, Philo, or Sling TV.

Can I watch INSP on my computer?

Yes, you can stream INSP live through a web browser with subscriptions to Frndly TV, Fubo, or Philo.

Is INSP available on Amazon Fire TV?

Amazon Fire TV does not have a specific INSP app, but you can watch INSP using Frndly TV, Fubo, Philo, and Sling TV.

Can I access INSP on Apple TV?

Yes, you can watch INSP on Apple TV through live TV services like Frndly TV, Fubo, Philo, and Sling TV.

Is there an INSP app available on Smart TVs?

There is no standalone INSP app for Smart TVs, but INSP is available through live TV streaming services like Frndly TV, Fubo, Philo, and Sling TV.

Where can I watch the INSP channel?

INSP is available on Frndly TV, Fubo, Philo, and Sling TV. Frndly offers the most cost-effective plan, starting at $9.99 per month after a free trial. Philo provides a broader selection, with over 70 channels including INSP for $25 per month, also featuring a free trial.


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