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Whether you want to watch ‘Storage Wars’ or Leah Remini’s Scientology exposé, here’s everything you need to know.
There are a lot of places to get your reality TV these days, but A&E still reigns as one of the great kings of the realm. While the lives of A&E’s reality stars may be full of conflict by necessity, there’s no reason yours has to. Get rid of the cable box and get yourself into a streaming service. If you absolutely need to keep your A&E shows available, we’ll show you your options. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch an A&E live stream for free.
What is A&E?
Launched in 1984, A&E initially made a name for itself as, for all intents and purposes, a secondary PBS. You’d see reruns of Columbo, Law & Order, and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, as well as the original series Biography. Around 2002, A&E overhauled its programming to feature more reality shows, and it’s stuck with that ever since. Some of its most famous shows include Duck Dynasty, Storage Wars, and Hoarders. It’s current lineup features an even bigger cornucopia of reality TV, such as Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, Live PD, and Scared Straight, where troubled youths are sent to prison for a day.
A&E live stream: 5 ways to watch A&E online for free
Not every live TV streaming service offers an A&E live stream—the channel is notably missing from YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue—but you still have plenty of options, all of which come with at least a free seven-day trial.
- Cost: $16 per month
- Philo devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
If you need to save a buck, you won’t find anything better than Philo, and you’ll definitely get your A&E live stream. You’ll also get AMC, Comedy Central, MTV, IFC, and VH1, which is almost a holy grail of reality TV lineups. However, if you’re looking for news or sports, look elsewhere, because the options are limited. But for the price, Philo can’t be beaten. (Here’s a complete guide to Philo channels.)
- Cost: $40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
It’s exactly what it sounds like: Hulu’s on-demand library plus a live stream of more than 55 channels. There’s no Comedy Central or MTV, but you’ll get your A&E live stream and plenty more. You’ll also get the CW, Cartoon Network, HGTV, and FX. In the way of sports, you’ll get seven ESPN channels, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, and more. If you run out of things to watch live, there are plenty of movies, documentaries, anime, and comedies on-demand. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
- Cost: $39.99 for your first month and $44.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is one of the better options if you need plenty of sports with your A&E live stream, or if you need plenty of Spanish-speaking channels to supplement your viewing. In the way of entertainment, you’ll get a solid smattering of options like AMC, BBC America, Syfy, and lots more. For sports, you’ll see a blend of American and international, like the NFL Network, Fox Sports, Big Ten Network, and more. There’s also “Sports Plus” for $8.99 a month, which adds some really essential channels like NFL RedZone, Stadium, Fox College Sports, and Fight Network. (Here’s a complete guide to FuboTV channels.)
4) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV is an odd duck. It’s split into two packages (which you can combine for the higher $45), but an A&E live stream is available on both. Sling Orange is pretty basic and smaller than Sling Blue, but it’s the only one that has three ESPN channels and Disney Channel. Sling Blue is definitely more sports-friendly with FS1, NBC Sports, NFL Network. If budget isn’t an issue, go ahead and combine it all, and maybe grab one of the varied add-on packages or premium services like HBO or NBA League Pass. Some Local channels are available, too, but you’ll want to check what’s offered in your city. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)
5) DirecTV Now
- Cost: $40-$75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- DirecTV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check local availability)
For the money, DirecTV Now is really hard to beat. The entry-level “Live a Little” package will get you your A&E live stream, and reality TV fans won’t be left wanting with MTV, MTV2, BET, and plenty more. Sports fans will probably want to go one or two packages above that, since “Live a Little” only has the essentials like ESPN, ESPN2, and FS1. There’s not much in terms of add-ons (aside from a really good Spanish package), but if you need your HBO, DirecTV Now is the cheapest place to get it at just $5 a month. (Here’s a complete guide to DirecTV Now channels.)
Other ways to watch A&E online
A&E app & website
Like a lot of other channels, you can watch A&E shows on the channel’s official site and app, which is available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. Simply select what show and episode you want to watch, and you’ll be prompted to enter a cable or streaming service login. If you’re using DirecTV Now, FuboTV, Philo, or Hulu, you’re good to go. No such luck for Sling TV users, though, which seems to be a trend for at least a few other channels.
New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, Sundance TV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Willow, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, HLN, A&E, Animal Planet, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.
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Joseph Knoop is a gaming writer for Daily Dot, a native Chicagoan, and a slave to all things Overwatch. He co-founded the college geek culture outlet ByteBSU, then interned at Game Informer, and now writes for a bunch websites his parents have never heard of.