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Thanks to live TV streaming, you don’t need cable to watch ‘Better Call Saul.’
With original shows like The Walking Dead, Preacher, Better Call Saul, and The Son, it’s no wonder you want to watch AMC online. Formerly known as American Movie Classics, AMC’s early programming focused on classic black-and-white films. In 2002, the company refocused and rebranded, expanding the kinds of movies it showed and experimenting with new programming. AMC hit gold in 2007 with the launch of Mad Men and again the following year with Breaking Bad, ushering in a new golden era of TV.
Thankfully, you no longer need cable to watch your favorite AMC shows—and you don’t have to wait for them to hit Netflix either. All you need is a live TV streaming subscription. Getting one will allow you watch AMC in real time, and you’ll be able to use your subscription for AMC’s app, where you can stream the channel’s complete library of content. Here’s everything you need to know.
How to watch AMC online
- Cost: $16 per month (after a free 7-day trial)
- Devices: Philo works with Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS, Android, and your web browser
If you have hardware that supports it and don’t care about sports programming, Philo is the best deal in streaming today. For just $16 a month, you get AMC, Vice, and Viacom channels that many other services are missing, along with a host of other options. The downside is you don’t get local channels, news, or ESPN. Of course, you’re not here looking to stream anything but AMC, and for the money, Philo is the best way to do it. Your subscription comes with free cloud DVR, but make sure you watch your shows quickly. Each one gets deleted 30 days after you record it.
- Cost: $39.99 for your first month and $44.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
- Game-changing feature: Three-day replay for games and 30 hours of cloud DVR.
FuboTV may have a reputation for being a sports streaming service, but it’s much more than that. Not only does it offer AMC, but you can also find cable standards like CNN, FX, FS1, A&W, Syfy, and a whole boatload of specialty soccer channels. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
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- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Game-changing feature: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s unlimited cloud DVR.
PlayStation Vue is Sony’s streaming TV service. With packages starting at $39.99 per month for 45-plus channels, it’s a decent solution for watching your favorite shows and leaving cable companies behind. Your subscription includes on-demand content and access to cloud DVR features that let you save shows for up to 28 days. The best part: PS Vue allows up to five people to share a package, so you don’t need to be on your own paying for it if you need help. PS Vue is also the only streaming TV option available for PlayStation right now, so if you want AMC and use a Sony device, this is what you need. Here’s a complete guide to PlayStation Vue channels.
4) 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)
- Game-changing feature: AT&T Unlimited customers can save $25 a month off every DirecTV Now package.
DirecTV Now offers the closest thing to a full cable package for the lowest price of any service on the market. With plans starting at $35 per month for 60-plus channels—including AMC—DirecTV Now is a cord-cutting dream come true. Best of all, there no fees to cancel your service so you can try it risk-free. DirecTV Now is also one of the only streaming options to offer AMC. With great on-demand features and a simple interface, DirecTV Now is an almost perfect option for watching live TV. Once it adds cloud DVR in a few months, it’ll be hard to defeat. Here’s a complete guide to DirecTV Now channels.
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5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Game-changing feature: You can add up to six accounts per household, and each one of those accounts gets unlimited cloud DVR. Even better: You can fast-forward through ads in recorded programs.
Fans who want both AMC and the ability to split up the cost of services among a group of friends should give YouTube TV a look. Launched in April 2017, YouTube TV allows up to six people to watch on one account, making it ideal for college students or anyone on a budget. It also happens to come with AMC, ensuring no one in your circle has an excuse for not being caught up on The Walking Dead. Your $40 gets your over 60 channels, so when you’re done with AMC, you can switch over to FX, SyFy, Nat Geo, or a host of other popular options. YouTube TV also features the most generous DVR on the market, offering users unlimited space to save their favorite shows. (Here’s a full breakdown of YouTube TV channels.)
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Cost: $7.99-$13.99 per month
If you want to catch up on old AMC shows, no service does it better than Netflix. From classics like Breaking Bad and Mad Men to the criminally underrated Halt and Catch Fire, Netflix has it all. Netflix has even rescued dying AMC shows like The Killing and Longmire for new seasons after the channel canceled them, and current shows like Into The Badlands, Better Call Saul, and The Walking Dead have their full seasons uploaded to Netflix shortly after they end. It’s almost like having AMC on a time delay.
Devices: Netflix can be streamed via Amazon Fire devices, Roku, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS and Android, browsers, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo consoles, smart TVs, and even many Blu-ray players.
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- Cost: $40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Game-changing feature: Every subscription comes with free access to Hulu’s on-demand library, meaning you can catch up on all of your favorite shows. (Here are our picks for the best movies on Hulu, Hulu documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals.)
Hulu subscribers can watch some AMC programming, but only a frustrating portion of it. At the moment, only the shows Preacher, Fear of the Walking Dead, and Feed the Beast are available. What’s worse, most of AMC’s back catalog programming is streaming on Hulu competitor Netflix. That means you’ll need to subscribe to both to catch it all. On the bright side, with only three shows to watch you could probably knock each of them out with a one-month subscription. Oddly, Hulu with Live TV does not include AMC as a channel.
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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, 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.
Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.
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John-Michael Bond is a tech reporter and culture writer for Daily Dot. A longtime cord-cutter and early adapter, he's an expert on streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and anime. A former staff writer for TUAW, he's knowledgeable on all things Apple and Android. You can also also find him regularly performing standup comedy in Los Angeles.