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How to Watch Lifetime Without Cable (As Cheap as Possible)

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Lifetime is currently available to watch through a variety of streaming services with Philo the best choice for those looking for the cheapest option overall. Although finding a live TV streaming service that includes the channels a consumer wants can sometimes be difficult, that’s not the case with Lifetime. Or, for that matter, Lifetime Movie Network.

Generally speaking, Lifetime is commonly available through most of the major live TV streaming services. The one notable exception is Google’s live TV solution. YouTube TV does not include Lifetime in its subscription or through an add-on, so that is not going to be an option for anyone that specifically needs access to Lifetime shows and movies.

YouTube TV aside, Lifetime fans really do have a wide selection of services to choose from. While price is a major difference between these services, it shouldn’t be the only one to take into consideration. Most of these services also vary on the channel lineups, features, and cloud DVR storage limits. Therefore, some consumers may find they are better off opting for one live TV streaming service over the others, regardless of the price.

Cheapest way to watch Lifetime

The cheapest way to watch Lifetime without cable is Philo. Priced at just $20 per month, Philo is a good choice for those looking for a low-cost option. However, the low price is reflective of the channel lineup so consumers should not expect Philo to offer a similar channel selection to other services. That said, the channel selection does include both Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network.

Besides Lifetime, Philo provides access to 64 channels overall, including many popular options, such as AMC, Animal Planet, Cooking Channel, Discovery Channel, Hallmark Channel, and more. The service also offers subscribers the option to add Epix or Starz to their plan at an additional monthly cost.

Another benefit with Philo is the inclusion of an unlimited cloud DVR. This allows users to record as much Lifetime as they want and watch when they are ready to. Philo does come with a seven-day free trial, so consumers are able to test the service first and make sure it is the right Lifetime option for them.

Other options to watch Lifetime

The next best option for those looking to stream Lifetime as cheap as possible is Sling TV. This is another low-cost option in general with Sling TV plans starting at $35 per month. The two main plans are Sling Orange and Sling Blue, but those specifically looking for access to Lifetime will want to go with the $35 Sling Blue package. Although this plan is $15 per month more than Philo, it does come with some channels not available through Philo. However, Sling Blue does not include Lifetime Movie Network.

Vidgo is another possibility as it also includes Lifetime in its channel lineup. Technically, Vidgo is currently only $10 per month, but this is an introductory price. Once the first two months have come to an end, the subscriber will revert to a higher monthly price than both Philo and Sling TV.

Otherwise, consumers might want to consider fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, or AT&T TV. All of these live TV streaming services include Lifetime in their base plans, but the cheapest subscription for any of these services costs at least $65 per month. At these prices, they are substantially more expensive packages than Philo and Sling TV. Although they also tend to come with more channels and additional features that might make the additional cost worth it to some consumers.

Watching directly through Lifetime

Lifetime does also offer the option to stream shows live directly through the Android and iOS apps, as well as via the Lifetime website. However, watching Lifetime this way still does require a live TV subscription. Essentially, live TV subscribers are able to use their live TV login details to authenticate their subscription and unlock access to the Lifetime app or website.

It’s worth noting that not all live TV services currently support accessing Lifetime in this way. For example, Sling TV subscribers cannot use their subscription’s TV Everywhere support to access Lifetime directly. However, subscribers to AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Philo and Vidgo can stream through the Lifetime app or website using their subscription credentials.

How to watch Lifetime without cable summary

At $20 per month, Philo is the cheapest way to watch Lifetime without cable. However, there are plenty of options for Lifetime, with most of the major live TV streaming services including the channel in their subscriptions. The one notable exception to this is YouTube TV which currently doesn’t offer Lifetime.

In addition to being the cheapest option for Lifetime overall, Philo also provides access to Lifetime Movie Network, an unlimited cloud DVR, and the additional ability to use Philo subscription credentials to log in and watch shows and movies through the Lifetime app and website.

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John Finn
John Finn

By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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