From its humble beginnings as a spin-off of the Encore network to its modern position as a respected producer of original series, Starz has risen to the top of the premium movie channel pack. Thanks to the live TV streaming revolution, you no longer need a cable subscription to enjoy Starz’s programming.
If you’re cord-cutting, there are plenty of ways to catch up on American Gods, Black Sails, and Outlander (returning Feb. 16 for the highly anticipated season 5), and any online subscription you end up with will come with one of the largest libraries of any streaming service thanks to Starz Encore content. Sure, you can just get the Staz app, but if you already have a streaming service, it might be cheaper and easier to get the channel as an add-on. Here’s everything you need to know for watching Starz without cable.
How to watch Starz online
The Starz standalone app is the most direct way to watch Starz hits, even if it is without the frills of additional channels. One subscription lets you stream on up to four devices, including your laptop, PC, tablet, phone, television. You can watch all new and past episodes of Starz shows like American Gods, Power, and Black Sails but you’ll also gain access to a growing lineup of hit movies including Venom, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Men in Black: International. Plus, you can watch anywhere with unlimited HD streaming and downloads.
Philo is the least expensive streaming service, but it has some limitations. You won’t find the sports channels that dominate other packages or local channels. However, it’s the cheapest way to gain access to 60 great entertainment channels for only $20 a month. You’ll get popular channels like Animal Planet, MTV, Discovery, IFC, AMC, Lifetime, Nick Jr, and the Paramount Network, as well as deep cuts like ID and Game Show Network. You also get free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.
Hulu Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geographic and Syfy.
For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.
Sling’s now offering a 14-day free trial though July 6.
Amazon Prime Video is one of the most popular streaming services available, in large part because it comes complimentary with every Prime membership. If you’re addicted to 2-day shipping and binging TV shows, it’s one of the best-streaming destinations. There are plenty of exclusives that make having access to the library worth having, including Good Omens, The Man in the High Castle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Transparent, and The Tick. Best of all, if you’re a student, you can get six months free before you commit for the rest of the year.
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There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
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