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The cheapest way to watch VH1 online

If you're a reality TV fanatic looking to cut the cord, here's everything you need to know.

Jun 30, 2020, 4:54 pm*


Joseph Knoop 

Joseph Knoop

If you’re addicted to reality TV, then chances are you’re also addicted to VH1. The channel hosts some of the most captivating programing around these days, which makes online viewing essential. If you’re looking to cut the cord and keep a VH1 live stream going, here’s everything you need to know.

Best Shows on VH1

Stream VH1
  • Love and Hip Hop: New York
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out
  • Black Ink Crew
  • Hip Hop Squares

What is VH1?

Founded in 1985, VH1 was originally created as a complementary channel to MTV, that focused on an older demographic. It traded in a similar rotation of music videos, but eventually, VH1 transitioned to reality television programming. Its biggest hits include RuPaul’s Drag Race, Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model, and Basketball Wives, among plenty of others.

  • Launched: January 1985
  • Slogan: “We complete you”
  • Genre: Music/Reality
  • Formally called: VH-1/VH-1: Video Hits One 1985–94, VH1: Music First 1994–2003
  • Parent Company: ViacomCBS

VH1 live stream: 4 ways to watch VH1 online

Your options for streaming VH1 are surprisingly limited. Several of the top services, including PlayStation Vue, YouTube TVFuboTV, and Hulu with Live TV don’t carry the channel, but you still have some solid options.

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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.

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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.

Sling Orange$30
Sling Blue$30
Sling Orange & Blue$45
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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.

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Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the Disney family of channels, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickelodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.

College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks.

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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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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.)

Other ways to watch VH1 online

3) VH1 official site

If you sign up with Philo or DirecTV Now, you can watch VH1 online anytime via its main website. Just click the Watch Live TV app in the top-left corner and punch in your credentials (you’ll need to select “see all providers”). Alternatively, you can get free access for 24 hours by creating an account.

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4) VH1 app

You can also stream VH1 via its official app, which includes some full seasons and the latest episode of every current series. As with the website, you’ll have to have either cable credentials or a DirecTV Now/FuboTV account to access the full library. The VH1 app is available on Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Amazon Fire, and iOS and Android devices. 

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Best Shows on VH1

Stream VH1
  • Love and Hip Hop: New York
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out
  • Black Ink Crew
  • Hip Hop Squares

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*First Published: Nov 4, 2018, 5:30 am