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How to Watch A&E Without Cable (as Cheap as Possible)

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The cheapest way to watch A&E without cable is Philo TV. However, A&E is one of the channels that’s widely available through a number of popular live TV streaming services, offering consumers the option to find the service that best suits their overall live TV needs.


A&E is a popular channel for those specifically interested in A&E Network shows, including The First 48 Hours, WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures, Hoarders, and more. The selection of shows available each week makes the channel a good addition to a live TV package.

While A&E is available to watch through the majority of live TV streaming services, there is one notable selection. YouTube TV currently does not include A&E in its channel lineup. Due to this, YouTube TV is not going to be the right live TV streaming service for any individuals or households where access to A&E is important.


Cheapest way to watch A&E without cable

Philo is currently the cheapest way to watch A&E without cable. Priced at $25 per month, Philo offers good value for those looking for a live TV streaming service. In addition to A&E, Philo’s channel lineup provides subscribers with access to more than 60 channels, including Hallmark Channel, HGTV, and ID, among others.

Besides the channel lineup, Philo also comes with some additional features that add further value to a subscription, including varied device support and an unlimited cloud DVR with the ability to keep recordings for up to one year. This is in addition to the ability to watch a variety of on demand TV shows and movies as well.


Overall, at $25 per month, Philo is considerably cheaper than most popular live TV streaming services, making it a good option for those looking for an affordable live TV streaming service with a good variety of entertainment channels.

Other ways to watch A&E

The next cheapest option for watching A&E without cable is Sling TV. At $35 per month, Sling TV is another good option for those looking for an affordable live TV solution. In fact Sling TV offers two different plans at $35 per month and while the Sling Orange and Sling Blue channel lineups do vary to some degree, both plans do come with A&E included at the same price.

Moving up in price is Vidgo. The service costs $55 per month and includes access to a wide variety of live TV channels, including A&E. Besides Sling TV and Vidgo, both Hulu Live TV and fuboTV also include A&E in their channel lineups for $64.99 per month. While both Hulu and fuboTV are considerably more expensive, the difference in channel lineups or additional features might make either service more suitable for some individuals and households.

Finally, there’s AT&T TV. While the cheapest AT&T TV plan does include A&E, the Entertainment plan is priced at $69.99 per month, making it one of the more expensive ways to watch A&E without cable. Once again, some consumers may find the difference in channels is worth paying the extra for.


Watch A&E directly

While all of the live TV services mentioned above do provide access to A&E, there is also the option to watch directly through the A&E website or app, thanks to TV Everywhere support. Although this route still requires the consumer to have an active live TV subscription, it can be a good option for gaining access to additional A&E on demand content.

In general, one of the issues with watching live TV or on demand content this way, is that not all channels currently offer TV Everywhere support. For example, while Sling TV subscribers do have access to TV Everywhere support for a number of the channels included with a Sling Orange or Sling Blue plan, A&E is not one of them.

Other than Sling TV, there are no major issues, with all of the other live TV services offering subscribers the option to log in to the A&E app and website using their paid live TV subscription credentials. Considering this also includes Philo, the cheap price doesn’t result in a lack of TV Everywhere support.


Watching A&E without cable summary

At $25 per month, Philo is currently the cheapest option to watch A&E without cable. In total, the service provides access to more than 60 live TV channels, as well as on demand shows and movies, an unlimited cloud DVR for recordings, and TV Everywhere support for watching live TV and on demand videos through the A&E app and website.

If Philo isn’t the right service, then Sling TV is the next cheapest with both of the $35 per month Sling Blue and Sling Orange plans also including A&E. Otherwise, consumers can also subscribe to fuboTV, Hulu Live TV or AT&T TV for access to A&E, albeit at a significantly higher monthly cost.

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John Finn

By John Finn

John started Streaming Better to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been editing and writing about technology and streaming for online publications since 2014, and believes the best streaming approach is to rotate between services as needed.

John's preferred live TV streaming service right now is YouTube TV although he does tend to switch live TV services multiple times each year to keep up to date with their changes. Outside of live TV, John also actively streams HBO Max (for the shows), Peacock (for Premier League), and Paramount Plus (for Champion's League). However, John is also currently subscribed to Apple TV+, Discovery+, Hulu, Starz, Showtime, and Shudder.

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