Call it the House The Simpsons Built: Shortly after FX’s sister network FXX launched in 2013, it won ample four-fingered applause with a record-breaking, perfectly cromulent marathon of all 552 episodes of the iconic animated sitcom. Many “Woo hoos!” followed. But FXX also boasts its own top-notch comedies, from the weirdly-resonant-while-proudly-misanthropic You’re The Worst to the long-running meme factory that is Archer to the peerless It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Fortunately, you no longer need cable—teacher, mother, secret lover—to enjoy the bounty of FXX. Grab a live TV streaming subscription and you can enjoy the network in real time. That will also allow you to use your subscription to access FXX’s FXNOW app, letting you stream the network’s library of content whenever you like. That includes, of course: Every. Episode. Ever. Of The Simpsons. Everything’s coming up Milhouse!
Here’s everything you need to know to watch FXX online.
HOW TO STREAM FXX
How to watch FXX for free
There are a number of live TV streaming services that offer FXX. So how do you decide which one is right for you? Well, that depends on your budget, what other channels you just can’t live without, and what device (or devices) you plan on streaming with. We cover all of those essential issues below. But don’t worry: No matter which service you select, you’ll be able to start with a one-week trial, allowing you to watch FXX for free.
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $30-$45 per month ($10 off first month)
- 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)
Dish Network’s foray into over-the-internet live TV is the most popular such service in the U.S. That’s no surprise, given the low barrier to entry it offers for many of the most popular cable networks. For only $30 a month, you can sign up for a tier of Sling TV that will handily compete with any basic cable package. Sling TV offers a slightly dizzying array of options: two distinct packages (Sling Orange and Sling Blue) that you can sign up for separately or together (Sling Orange + Blue, which costs just $40 per month), and add-ons ranging from premium channels like Starz to cloud DVR storage. If you want that The Simpsons goodness, you’ll need to sign up for Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue. Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- 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)
Hulu is practically an elder statesman on the streaming entertainment scene, first launching in 2007 and quickly garnering fans as one of the best places to catch up on streaming episodes of recent TV series. But over the years Hulu has expanded its offerings considerably, with a variety of subscription tiers both commercial-free and ad-supported—as well as its own Netflix-style slate of often-excellent original programming. Hulu with Live TV includes access to all of Hulu’s own original content, of course, but also allows you to watch over 60 channels live, FXX included, with 50 hours of storage dedicated to live TV—a particularly handy feature for sports fans. You can check out a complete list of Hulu with Live TV’s channels here.
- Cost: $44.99 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV built its reputation on channels that distribute live sports. If you want a truly dizzying array of soccer options (and really, you should), FuboTV’s the best game in town, pardon the pun. But FuboTV’s not just the best place for cord-cutters to devour professional cycling; it also has loads of cable standards, with over 80 channels in its basic package. FXX is present and accounted for, and you also get AMC, E!, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Syfy, CNN, the Food Network, and many others. You can check out the complete FuboTV channels list here, and you can read more about FuboTV’s DVR here.
4) AT&T TV Now
- Cost: $50-$135 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
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 on 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.
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $49.99 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
The internet’s preeminent source of steamed hams memes offers so much more. Launched in 2017, YouTube TV lets up to six people watch live TV on one account, which makes it a tough-to-beat proposition for families, roommates, or anyone else balling on a budget. $40 a month will net you over 60 channels, including FXX, of course, as well as BBC America, National Geographic, TBS, and many others. Plus, it includes unlimited space for DVR. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
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