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You can watch ‘American Gods’ without cable—here’s how

Want to watch 'American Gods' without cable? No problem.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Apr 24, 2017   Updated on Jan 26, 2021, 10:53 pm CST

The showdown between the Old Gods and the New Gods is about to begin.

On April 30, fans will finally be able to watch American Gods, Starz’s highly anticipated TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel from showrunners Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Logan). Featuring an all-star cast and stunning visuals, it’s already looking to be a powerhouse in an April lineup full of incredible TV.

Starz is a premium cable channel that you can add to your cable subscription. But don’t worry cordcutters: There are still ways to legally watch American Gods without cable.

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What is American Gods?

A former convict meets a con artist who also happens to be the Norse god Odin. Together, they seek to build a dream team that combats the modern forces of the New Gods, including globalization, technology, and new media. Inspired by Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name.

  • Launched: April 2017
  • Channel: Starz
  • Genre: Fantasy/Drama
  • Starring: Rickey Whittle as Shadow Moon, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Crispin Glover as Mr. World, Bruce Langley as the Technical Boy, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Kahyun Kim as New Media
  • Seasons: 3
  • Status: Pending

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What the critics are saying

  • “The conscientious visual style that Fuller honed on “Hannibal” achieves riotous new heights of sensuality in this series. Green, a DC Comics veteran whose television credits include serving as an executive producer on Heroes, aids in harmonizing the story’s surfeit of histories and personalities into an intelligible and spellbinding structure.” –Melanie McFarland, Salon
  • “Some might want a quicker pace from American Gods. Yo, po-mo Clash of the Titans, gets to the clashing! But I was consistently engrossed. The characters, the concept, the deeply considered filmmaking captured my imagination.” –Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly

How to stream American Gods

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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.

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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.

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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 $35 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.

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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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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.)

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*First Published: Apr 24, 2017, 6:00 am CDT