The Syfy channel used to associated with corny movies and even lower-budget TV shows, since its own reboot in 2009, the channel has been offering more premium offerings like The Expanse and the upcoming Nightflyers, based on George R.R. Martin’s space thriller. Here’s everything you need to know to watch a Syfy live stream for free and see what you’ve been missing.
Best Shows on SYFY
- Van Helsing
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- Battlestar Galactica
What is Syfy?
Syfy, or as it was known before the 2009 rebranding, Sci-Fi, launched in 1992 as a place for lovers of science fiction, high fantasy, horror, supernatural, paranormal, and reality TV. Some of science fiction’s greatest minds were part of the channel’s creation, with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and author Isaac Asimov on the advisory board, though neither would live to see the channel’s launch. The channel launched with a viewing of the original Star Wars, with Leonard Nimoy serving as master of ceremonies for the launch party.
Since then, Syfy has made a name for itself with a roller coaster of quality, airing geek culture classics like Battlestar Galactica, The Expanse, and Steven Spielberg’s Taken mini-series. It’s Hollywood makeup artistry reality show Faceoff has been running strong for the better part of the last decade. Made-for-TV movies like Sharknado and its various sequels have been mocked for just as long, but even those movies have reached so-bad-they’re-good cult classic status.
- Launched: September 1992
- Slogan: “It’s a Fan Thing”
- Genre: Science Fiction/Action/Drama
- Formally called: Sci-Fi Channel (1992–99), Sci Fi (1999–2009)
- Parent Company: NBCUniversal Television
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Syfy live stream: 5 ways to watch online for free
All of the major live TV streaming services offer Syfy, and most include it in their basic channel packages, meaning you don’t have to upgrade to get it. You have plenty of options. All of the services offer a one-week free trial, so make good use of them to figure out which one is ideal for you. Here’s everything you need to know to watch Syfy online.
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.
FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC.
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.
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.
YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
Syfy live stream: Other ways to watch online
If you feel like watching a Syfy live stream from your laptop or desktop computer, the good news is that Syfy accepts these live stream providers just as easily as they would accept actual cable providers. Simply go to Syfy.com/live, then click the arrow button next to “show all providers,” and select whichever one you use. Currently accepted providers include DirecTV Now, Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV, and FuboTV.
2) Syfy Now
Cost: Free to download, requires cable or live TV streaming subscription to unlock most features
Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Tablets, and TV; Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
While you can live stream Syfy with the channel’s official app, you can catch up on all of your favorite shows with relative ease. New episodes hitting the app the day after they air. You’ll also be able to access the usual assortment of behind-the-scenes clips and interviews.
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