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How to watch Freeform online for free

From 'Pretty Little Liars' to 'Shadowhunters,' here's everything you need to know.


Joseph Knoop


Posted on Aug 3, 2020   Updated on Jan 27, 2021, 6:34 am CST

It’s no surprise that more and more television programming has taken a shine to teenagers. While plenty of channels have featured content that’s inviting for young adult audiences, Freeform is the rare gem that’s made 100 percent for them, especially young women. Thankfully, Freeform also keeps up with the times when it comes to how to watch the channel. If you’re looking to ditch expensive cable plans and find a far more convenient streaming service, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know to watch a Freeform live stream.

And no other channel rings in the Holidays quite like Freeform. What was formally known as the 13 Days of Halloween is now a month-long celebration with the 31 Nights of Halloween. All month long Freeform viewers can delight to spooky classics like The Addams Family, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, The Craft, Casper, and of course, Hocus Pocus. That’s just a taste, there’s so much more Halloween classics to watch, all month long.

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What is Freeform?

Freeform was first known as the CBN Family Channel, a religious programming block owned by the Christian conservative television figure Pat Robertson, whom you may remember for saying the incredibly deadly 2017 Las Vegas shooting was caused by a lack of respect for President Donald Trump and God. A series of acquisitions over the years by Fox and ABC morphed the channel into a much more secular—but still family friendly—channel. There are a few hints of more conservative values during reruns of old programming blocks, like the Christmas film marathons, but for the most part it looks no different than a young adult bookshelf. Some of Freeform’s most popular shows include Pretty Little Liars, Shadowhunters (based on Cassandra Clare’s immensely popular Mortal Instruments series), and The Fosters.

  • Launched: April 1977
  • Slogan: “A little forward.”
  • Genre: Drama/Young-Adult Programming
  • Formally called: CBN Satellite Service (1977–1981), CBN Cable Network (1981–1988), The CBN Family Channel (1988–1990), The Family Channel (1990–1998), Fox Family Channel (1998–2001), ABC Family (2001–2016)
  • Parent Company: Walt Disney Television
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Freeform live stream: How to watch Freeform online for free

Freeform is available on a few of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming. 

Freeform on Hulu with Live TV

Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.

Hulu Live TV sets you up with local channels and has a broad spectrum of entertainment and sports channels to review, including the full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, HGTV, and even deep cuts like National Geographic and Syfy, and of course, Freeform where you can stream Good Trouble and The Bold Type.

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Hulu Live TV $69.99
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Freeform on Sling TV

If you’re looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There’s also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. You’ll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like FS1 and NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package. To gain access to Freeform, you’ll either need Sling Orange or Sling Orange + Blue. Sling also has a number of add-ons, including robust international packages organized by languages all over the globe.

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Orange + Blue$50

Freeform on Vidgo

Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package. Vidgo channels include ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), and it’s one of the few streaming services that carries BeIN Sports. But it’s like Fubo in that, even though it started out for streaming sports, it carries a lot more now. You might be surprised to know that Vidgo’s an option to stream Freeform—and then you chat about it online via Vidgo’s Social TV platform.

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English Premium Package$66.33/ 3 months
English Plus Package$53/ 3 months
Spanish Mas Package$25/ 3 months

Freeform on AT&T TV Now

If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. If you’re looking for Freeform, get in at the AT&T TV Now Plus tier to stream it.

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Freeform on YouTube TV

The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels, sports options including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBA TV, and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.

If you’re looking for Freeform, know that you can stream it on YouTube TV.

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1 Month$64.99

Freeform live stream: Other ways to watch Freeform online

Freeform website

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Like many other channels, Freeform allows you to watch a live stream. You can perform this from your laptop or desktop on its official website. Go to, click the “Watch Live TV” button on the right, and you’ll be prompted to enter your login information from one of the applicable streaming services. Every service listed above (except for Sling TV) should work.

Freeform app

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Cost: Free—but requires the same login described above.
Available on: iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick.

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*First Published: Aug 3, 2020, 6:00 am CDT