How to Watch Lifetime Without Cable

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You can watch Lifetime live without cable with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV or Hulu with Live TV. In this article, we’ll help you decide which option is best for you. Let’s get started!

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Philo— a stripped down, bare bones streaming service that caters to people that don’t want to spend a lot of money on TV– is one of the best cable replacers to get if you don’t ordinarily watch a lot of television. In addition to Lifetime, Philo carries A&E, AMC, Nick, HGTV and more.

Philo Pricing and Packages

Prices begin at just $16/month. The most basic plan has 44 channels, but you can upgrade to 58 channels for just $4 more per month.

45 Channels
7-day free trial
$16.00/ month

45 channels

3 simultaneous streams

30-Day DVR

Roku Support

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58 Channels
7-day free trial
$20.00/ month

58 channels

3 simultaneous streams

30-Day DVR

SIGN UP

For more information on Philo plans, check here.

Philo Channels

Philo doesn’t carry any news or sports channels. CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX aren’t on the menu, either.

For more information on Philo channels, check here.

Philo Supported Devices

Philo has good app support, but the Android mobile app doesn’t support live streams. To view those, you can use the mobile version of Chrome instead.

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all models), Chromecast and Roku (all current models).
  • Smart TVs: Android TV (5.0 and up).
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android (7.0 and up, Chrome browser), iOS (10.3 and up).
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Most Mac and PC browsers.

Check here for more information on Philo’s supported devices.

Philo Simultaneous Streams

Philo’s simultaneous stream limit is three screens at a time. To put that another way: you can share your account with two friends and you can all watch TV at the same time.

To learn more about Philo’s simultaneous streams, click here.

Philo DVR

Philo’s unlimited DVR is one of its most outstanding and noteworthy features. You can record as much TV as you want, without worrying about running into limits or paywalls.

Check here to learn more about Philo’s DVR.

Philo On-Demand Library

Though Philo does have some on-demand content, it can’t rival on-demand specialists like Hulu and Netflix. According to the Philo website, the library includes 25,000 on-demand titles.

Click here to learn more about Philo’s on-demand library.

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You may not expect a sports-centric service like fuboTV to carry Lifetime– but it does.

fuboTV Pricing and Packages

The main package costs $55/month and comes with roughly 90 channels. Half of those are sports channels. Several add-ons give you the ability add more channels to your entertainment menu, but all subscribers get Lifetime.

Learn more about fuboTV’s subscription plans here.

Standard
7-day free trial
$54.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

30 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Family
7-day free trial
$59.99+/ month

92 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Entertainment
7-day free trial
$69.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

SIGN UP
Ultra
7-day free trial
$79.99/ month

113 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME included

Sports Plus add-on

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*Note that in order to see the Family, Entertainment, and Ultra plans, you need to first press “Start Free Trial.” After you create an account, you’ll see all of these plans.

fuboTV Channels

In addition to Lifetime and Lifetime Movies, other fuboTV channels that have nothing to do with sports include Nat Geo, History, SyFy, Turner Classic Movies, Nat Geo Wild and more.

You can see a full channel list here.

fuboTV Supported Devices

Aside from game consoles, fuboTV has excellent support for TV devices that cord-cutters use.

You can learn more about fuboTV’s supported devices here.

fuboTV Simultaneous Streams

The default simultaneous stream limit is two devices, but you can add on a third if you get a paid upgrade.

You can learn more about fuboTV simultaneous streams here.

fuboTV DVR

fuboTV’s cloud DVR holds 30 hours of recordings unless you get another upgrade, which gives you 500 hours of recording time.

You can learn more about the fuboTV DVR here.

fuboTV On-Demand Library

fuboTV’s main focus is live TV. However, there is some on-demand to enjoy as well.

You can learn more about fuboTV’s on-demand library here.

 

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Sling TV is the company that paved the way for many of the streaming services mentioned above. Its most unique feature is its many channel add-on packs, which you can buy to customize your TV viewing experience.

Sling TV Pricing and Packages

After you sign up for Sling TV, the first thing you’ll do is pick one or both base plans. Sling Blue and Sling Orange are your options and they both cost $25. If you get them both, you can get a discount. From there you can expand your channel lineup by purchasing channel add-on packs.

Sling Orange
Free Roku Deal
$25.00/ month

34 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

1 simultaneous stream.

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Sling Blue
Free Roku Deal$25.00/ month

49 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

3 simultaneous streams

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Sling Orange + Blue
Free Roku Deal
$40.00/ month

56 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

4* simultaneous streams

SIGN UP

* You get 1 stream for Sling Orange channels and up to 3 simultaneous streams for Sling Blue channels.

To learn more about Sling TV pricing, check here.

Sling TV Channels

Both base plans come with Lifetime and around 30 other channels. The amount of channels you get varies depending on your location.

To learn more about Sling TV channels, check here.

Sling TV Supported Devices

Sling TV has a very competitive device lineup:

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all versions), Chromecast, Roku (LT and up), AirTV.
  • Smart TVs: LG TV (Web OS 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0, as well as select 2016-2018 models), Samsung TV (2016 through 2018 models), Android TV (4.4 and up), Roku TV, Mi TV.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android (4.4 and up),  iOS (11 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets).
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome on Mac and Windows recommended.

Check here for more info on Sling TV’s supported devices.

Sling TV Simultaneous Streams

Sling TV has stingy account sharing limits compared to other live TV streaming providers. You can only stream Sling Orange channels to one device at a time. The limit for Sling Blue channels is three simultaneous screens.

To learn more about Sling TV’s simultaneous streams, click here.

Sling TV DVR

You have to pay $5/month extra if you want the ability to record TV with Sling TV. The DVR is not compatible with Sling Orange channels, though.

To learn more about Sling TV’s DVR, check here.

Sling TV On-Demand Library

Sling TV has a sizable on-demand library, but most of the titles are TV show episodes. Some movies are available as well, though.

To learn more about Sling TV’s on-demand library, click here.

Hulu

Hulu with Live TV gives you another way to say hello to cord-cutting and goodbye to high TV prices. In addition to Lifetime, Hulu with Live TV subscribers get a diverse array of channels and excellent features.

Hulu with Live TV Pricing and Packages

The main Hulu with Live TV subscription costs $45/month.

Hulu + Live TV
7-Day Free Trial
$44.99/ month

67 Channels

2 simultaneous streams

ESPN and Disney

SIGN UP

For more information about Hulu with Live TV’s plans, click here.

Hulu with Live TV Channels

Hulu with Live TV’s base subscription includes Lifetime. Several premium channels are available, but you have to pay more if you want those.

Click here to see the full list of Hulu with Live TV channels.

Hulu with Live TV Supported Devices

Hulu with Live TV has great app support:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain Samsung and LG televisions as well as some devices based on Amazon Fire TV or Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.

Click here to learn more about devices that work with Hulu with Live TV.

Hulu with Live TV Simultaneous Streams

Hulu with Live TV has very good account sharing features. For $10/month, you can buy an upgrade that will let you stream to an unlimited number of devices with the Unlimited Streams feature add-on.

Click here to learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s simultaneous streams.

Hulu with Live TV DVR

Like most TV replacement services, Hulu with Live TV comes with a free cloud DVR. You can’t fast forward through commercials when you watch your recordings, though– unless you get the $15/month Enhanced Cloud DVR upgrade. Without the upgrade, you can record up to 50 hours of TV. With it, you can record 200 hours.

Click here to learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s DVR.

Hulu with Live TV On-Demand Library

Hulu was originally an on-demand only video service before it added Hulu with Live TV. As you might expect, its on-demand library is large and diverse compared to what the other cable alternatives offer.

To learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s on-demand library, click here.

How to Watch Lifetime on Amazon Fire TV

You can watch Lifetime on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV or Hulu with Live TV. Simply go to the Amazon Fire TV app store and click whatever live TV service appeals to you the most– or try them all.

How to Watch Lifetime on Roku

You can watch the Lifetime on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV or Hulu with Live TV. The process of installing a Roku app is the same as installing a smartphone app. Just look up the app you want to try and complete the sign-up process to get going.

How to Watch Lifetime on Apple TV

You can watch Lifetime on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV or Hulu with Live TV. Apple’s app store has them all, so try them out for yourself and compare.

MyLifetime, Lifetime Movie Club and Apps

Lifetime app device support

You can also get Lifetime content directly if you live in the United States or its territories. The MyLifetime website has clips and a limited number of episodes that anyone can watch. Watching all the available content, however, requires TV Everywhere credentials. That’s where subscribing to one of the streaming services comes in handy.

Lifetime’s programming on cable is ad-supported and that is also true for its streaming content. There is no way to get rid of the ads through a premium subscription.

Lifetime does, however, offer the Lifetime Movie Club. This on-demand service delivers a wide range of family-friendly movies for only $3.99 a month or $39.99 per year.

The live content, on-demand TV episodes and Lifetime Movie Club are all available through Lifetime’s various apps. Owners of Apple devices get an extra benefit with the Lifetime app. They can download Lifetime Movie Club content for viewing off-line.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: None.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

What people think of the Lifetime app

The general consensus is that Lifetime’s apps are pretty good. Android users rate 4.0 with more than 24,000 four-or-five star reviews and less than 6,000 one-or-two star reviews. Amazon and Apple customers are a little harsher, giving the Lifetime app a 3.3 rating. Roku customer give it a 3.5.

There are only two consistent complaints about the Lifetime app. People don’t like the TV Everywhere restrictions. They also don’t like the advertising that Lifetime inserts into the episodes. Although some people see only a handful of thirty-second ads, others are subjected to ad breaks as long as three minutes with five breaks in a one hour show.

Alphanable on the Apple App Store called out the Cosentyx commercial as being especially horrible:

“That nightmare of a ‘commercial’, if you can call it that, presents the viewer with 5 minutes (not kidding, actually 5 minutes) of a slowly crawling block of text that goes with excruciatingly painful details over all the safety recommendations for this drug. It is way too much. I had to endure this three times just to watch an episode of Project Runway.”

On-Demand Services

Your existing on-demand video services may be the way to go if you don’t want to add yet another subscription. Lifetime is better than some networks at making its content available, but you won’t find everything available for streaming in one place.

Amazon Prime Video

Lifetime Movie Channel on Amazon Video

Your Amazon Prime subscription won’t be much help if you want to catch Lifetime programs. There’s no central place where you can find all of Lifetime’s shows. Amazon forces you to search title by title.

Even when you do find Lifetime content on Amazon, it is not available to stream for free as part of your Prime membership. Your only option is to buy the season pass which costs as much as a physical disc. Project Runway’s Season 8, for example, costs $28.99 to buy digitally while the DVD is available for $20.99.

You can, however, subscribe to the Lifetime Movie Club as an Amazon Channel. That lets you watch Lifetime movies through Amazon’s many apps:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Select models from LG, Samsung and Sony.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire Tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Just keep in mind that subscribing to Lifetime Movie Club through Amazon locks you into Amazon’s apps. Lifetime’s apps won’t recognize that subscription.

Hulu

Lifetime content on Hulu

Hulu’s on-demand service makes discovering Lifetime content much easier with a dedicated Lifetime page. There you will find content from more than twenty series. Available series include Lifetime’s most popular shows like Project Runway and Little Women.

You can find complete series of older shows like Drop Dead Diva. However, you won’t necessarily get everything with current run shows. Project Runway, for example, only has seasons nine through fourteen on Hulu.

Hulu’s on-demand service is a lot cheaper than its live TV service. You can also opt to remove commercials for an extra $4 per month:

  • Hulu Streaming Library: $7 per month.
  • Hulu Streaming Library With No Commercials: $11 per month.

Hulu’s on-demand service is available through the same apps as Hulu with Live TV.

Netflix

Lifetime content on Netflix

Netflix only has a handful of Lifetime titles, including the TV shows The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, Drop Dead Diva, The Client List. There are also two Lifetime movies: Brace for Impact and The Spirit of Christmas.

Netflix’s limited selection probably won’t improve any time soon. Lifetime is half-owned by Disney, which is backing away from Netflix as a distribution channel.

  • Basic: One standard definition stream, $7.99 per month.
  • Standard: Two high definition streams, $10.99 per month.
  • Premium: Four ultra high definition streams, $13.99 per month.

Netflix has a strong set of apps that you can use on just about any device:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Nexus Player, NVIDIA Shield and Roku
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from Hisense, LG, Magnavox, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba and Vizio.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

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