You can watch BBC America live without cable with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, or AT&T WatchTV. In this article, we’ll help you decide which option is best for you. Let’s get started!

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Watch BBC America on Philo

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Philo is a unique internet TV service. Unlike some competitors, it does not offer any local news channels or sports coverage. This allows Philo to provide a ton of great entertainment channels at a really low price.

Philo Pricing and Packages

Philo provides users with just one plan to choose from. You will get a total of 58+ channels for $20/month if you choose to subscribe. There used to be a $16/month plan available, but Philo eliminated it in 2019. Learn more here.

58 Channels
7-day free trial
$20.00/ month

58 channels

3 simultaneous streams

30-Day DVR

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Philo Channels

While you won’t find any sports channels or local news coverage on Philo, you will get a ton of great entertainment and lifestyle channels like BBC America, as well as DIY Network, Comedy Central, BET, and more. Learn more here.

Philo Supported Devices

Since it began in late 2017, Philo has been steadily adding support for more and more devices. Today, you can watch Philo on web browsers and iOS devices, as well as Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV.

In addition, Philo finally added support for Android phones and tablets in 2019, which was a welcome addition. You can learn more here.

Philo Simultaneous Streams

You can stream on up to 3 devices at once, which ties Philo with Sling Blue and YouTube TV, despite its lower cost. Learn more here.

Philo DVR

Philo has a great set of features, despite being the lowest-cost choice for watching BBC America on our list. You get a cloud DVR with your subscription, which allows you to save unlimited episodes for up to 30 days, after which they are deleted. Learn more here.

Philo On-Demand Library

Philo has a pretty good selection of on-demand content. In total, the service claims to have about 20,000 pieces of on-demand content. This mostly consists of the latest episodes of top TV shows, but also includes some past archived seasons and a good selection of movies.

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Watch BBC America on fuboTV

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fuboTV was first founded to bring soccer to American fans who had a hard time finding ways to watch top leagues like La Liga, The Premier League, and Bundesliga. Today, though, fuboTV offers much more than sports, though that’s still its primary area of focus.

fuboTV Pricing and Packages

Currently, fuboTV offers only a single package of channels, which will cost you $54.99 per month, and comes with 100+ channels. Learn more here.

Standard
7-day free trial
$54.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

30 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Family
7-day free trial
$59.99+/ month

92 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Entertainment
7-day free trial
$69.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

SIGN UP
Ultra
7-day free trial
$79.99/ month

113 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME included

Sports Plus add-on

SIGN UP
*Note that in order to see the Family, Entertainment, and Ultra plans, you need to first press "Start Free Trial." After you create an account, you'll see all of these plans.

fuboTV Channels

fuboTV comes with BBC America, as well as plenty of other top channels like Cooking Channel, DIY Network, and BBC World News, bringing the total channels to 90+, depending on your location. You can see a full channel list here.

fuboTV Supported Devices

fuboTV also has really good device support. You can watch on your laptop, on iOS and Android phones, and on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast. See a full list of supported devices here.

fuboTV Simultaneous Streams

You can stream on 2 devices at once with fuboTV. If you need to stream on an additional device, you’ll need to pay $6/month for a “Family Share” add-on, which bumps you up to 3 simultaneous streams. Learn more here.

fuboTV DVR

fuboTV comes with a totally free cloud-based DVR, though you’re limited to only 30 hours of storage per month. If you need more than that, you’ll have to pay a $10/month fee, which gets you 500 hours of storage space. Learn more here.

fuboTV On-Demand Library

fuboTV has a decent on-demand library, though it’s not as good as some of its competitors. Still, you’ll find plenty of movies and TV shows to watch, including recently-aired, current season episodes. Most shows also support 72-Hour Rewind, which lets you watch them up to 3 days after they’ve aired, even if you didn’t record the show.

Free 7-day Trial

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Watch BBC America on Sling TV

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Sling TV is the oldest internet TV “skinny bundle”. It launched in early 2015, and its low cost and “ a la carte” cable channel model quickly attracted cord-cutters. Here is what you need to know about the service.

Sling TV Pricing and Packages

Sling TV offers two primary plans for cord-cutters. You can get the Sling Orange plan, which contains about 30 channels, for $25/month. Alternatively, you can pay $25/month for Sling Blue, which has about 45 channels. You can combine both packages for $40/month. Learn more here.

Sling Orange
Free Roku Deal
$25.00/ month

34 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

1 simultaneous stream.

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Sling Blue
Free Roku Deal$25.00/ month

49 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

3 simultaneous streams

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Sling Orange + Blue
Free Roku Deal
$40.00/ month

56 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

4* simultaneous streams

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* You get 1 stream for Sling Orange channels and up to 3 simultaneous streams for Sling Blue channels.

Sling TV Channels

Sling Orange and Sling Blue both have some exclusive channels. For example, you can only get ESPN on Sling Orange, and Fox Sports on Sling Blue. However, both packages offer BBC America, so you’ll be able to watch British TV no matter which one you choose. Learn more here.

Sling TV Supported Devices

Sling TV has pretty good device support. You can watch on iOS and Android, as well as your web browser when you’re on the go. At home, you can stream on all major living room platforms, like the Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku. Sling TV also supports Xbox One, and some Samsung and LG Smart TVs. Learn more here.

Sling TV Simultaneous Streams

Sling Orange lets you stream on only 1 device at a time, while Sling Blue allows for streaming on up to 3 devices at once. Note that this restriction is still in place if you have Sling Blue + Orange—you can still only stream Sling Blue channels on 3 devices, and Sling Orange channels like ESPN on a single device. Learn more here.

Sling TV DVR

The features you get depend on the package you choose. Regardless of whether you chose Sling Blue or Orange, though, you have to pay $5/extra per month for a cloud DVR, which will get you 50 hours of storage. Learn more here.

Sling TV On-Demand Library

Sling TV has a reasonably good selection of on-demand content, mostly consisting of recently-aired episodes of TV shows. There aren’t that many past seasons of shows. However, there are plenty of on-demand movies, and Sling provides a pretty good overall mix of VOD content.

Watch BBC America on AT&T TV Now

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AT&T TV Now was created by AT&T specifically to reclaim cord-cutters who canceled their cable and satellite subscriptions. It offers a good number of channels, but it’s incredibly expensive, and doesn’t have very good features.

AT&T TV Now Pricing and Packages

Recently, DirecTV Now underwent a name change. Now, it’s known as AT&T TV Now. And while the name of this service may have changed, little else about the service has. There are no new channels or additional features. It still offers a total of seven different packages, as follows:

  • Plus: 40+ channels / $50 per month. Includes HBO
  • Max: 50+ channels / $70 per month. Includes HBO, Cinemax
  • Entertainment: 65+ channels / $93 per month
  • Choice: 85+ channels / $110 per month
  • Xtra: 105+ channels /  $124 per month
  • Ultimate: 125+ channels / $135 per month

You can get a full breakdown of what’s included in each package here.

Plus
7-day free trial
$50.00/ month

45+ channels

2 simultaneous streams

20 hours of DVR space

HBO
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Max
7-day free trial
$70.00/ month

60+ channels

2 simultaneous streams

20 hours of DVR space

HBO + Cinemax
SIGN UP
*Note that AT&T TV Now offers several other plans that are hidden until you click to sign up.

AT&T TV Now Channels

To watch BBC America without cable using AT&T TV Now, you’ll need to subscribe to the $93/month Entertainment package, or a higher-priced package. Beyond BBC America, this package includes top channel like ESPN, BET, Cartoon Network, Discovery, Fox News, HGTV and HISTORY. Get a full channel breakdown here.

AT&T TV Now Supported Devices

Platform support for AT&T TV Now is really good. The apps for iOS and Android work well, and you can also watch on your web browser. All major platforms like Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV are also supported. Learn more here.

AT&T TV Now Simultaneous Streams

With AT&T TV Now, you can only stream on 2 devices at once. However, you can add a third stream for an extra $5/month fee. Learn more here.

DirecTV Now DVR

AT&T TV Now had no DVR service available until early May of 2018. AT&T TV Now subscribers get a free 20 hour DVR, which also has a 30 day storage limit, making this the most limited DVR on our list. Learn more here.

AT&T TV Now On-Demand Library

AT&T TV Now has one of the best on-demand libraries out there, offering more than 40,000 pieces of on-demand content ranging from the latest TV episodes to movies, and past seasons of top TV shows.

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Watch BBC America on PlayStation Vue

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PlayStation Vue has had a tough time attracting cord-cutters, probably because of its name. (You don’t need a PlayStation to use it.) Despite this, the service provides great features and a reasonable lineup of channels for a good price.

PlayStation Vue Pricing and Packages

You have four different channel package options with PlayStation Vue. However, BBC America is an all four of them, including the cheapest $49.99/month “Access” package. You can learn more here.

Access
5-Day Free Trial
$44.99/ month

50 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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Core
5-Day Free Trial
$49.99/ month

75 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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Elite
5-Day Free Trial
$59.99/ month

96 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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Ultra
5-Day Free Trial
$79.99/ month

98 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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* You get 3 streams to use in-home or out-of-home streams and 2 extra streams to use in-home.

PlayStation Vue Channels

BBC America is available in every PlayStation Vue channel package. Depending on the package you choose, you’ll also get top channels and networks like ABC/CBS/FOX/NBC, ESPN, Fox News, Fox Sports, FX, TNT, HGTV and more. Get a full channel breakdown here.

PlayStation Vue Supported Devices

PlayStation Vue has great device support. Naturally, you can watch it on the PlayStation 3 or 4 consoles, but you can also watch it on iOS and Android, as well as online in your web browser. You also can stream on Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, and Apple TV. Learn more here.

PlayStation Vue Simultaneous Streams

You can watch on up to 5 devices at once with PlayStation Vue, depending on which ones you’re using. This is better than any other internet TV service out there. You’ll pretty much never have to worry about streaming on too many devices at once. Learn more here.

PlayStation Vue DVR

With PlayStation Vue, you get a 28-day unlimited DVR. As long as you record less than 500 different individual shows, you can record as much content as you want for 28 days, so you never have to worry about running out of space. Learn more here.

PlayStation Vue On-Demand Library

PlayStation Vue has a reasonably good selection of on-demand content, though not quite as much as some competing services like DirecTV Now. Still, you can usually find a good selection of movies and recent TV show episodes, and catch up on anything you’ve missed.

Free 5-day Trial

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Watch BBC America on YouTube TV

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YouTube TV by Google is one of the more recent additions to the internet TV landscape. With a single low-cost package, good features and a solid channel lineup—as well as an extensive marketing push—it’s quickly becoming quite popular with cord-cutters.

YouTube TV Pricing and Packages

YouTube TV offers only a single channel package. For $49.99/month, you get a total of around 70 channels, though this will vary based on your geographic location. Learn more here.

YouTube TV Channels

Your YouTube TV subscription will include BBC America, as well as plenty of other top channels like ESPN, NBC News, BBC News and dozens more. You get quite a bit for your money. Get more details here.

YouTube TV Supported Devices

The service also has great device support. You can watch on Android and iOS when you’re on the go, as well as the Chrome browser. You also can watch on Chromecast, Roku, and Apple TV, as well as some Samsung and LG Smart TVs. Amazon Fire TV support is also coming in late 2019 after a nearly 2-year long hiatus. Learn more here.

YouTube TV Simultaneous Streams

You get 3 simultaneous streams included with your subscription. While this is less than a service like PlayStation Vue, it’s plenty for most families and households. Learn more here.

YouTube TV DVR

YouTube TV has outstanding features, particularly when it comes to account sharing. First, a 9-month unlimited cloud DVR is included. You can record as much content as you want for up to 9 months, with no limitations. You also get 6 individual user accounts, so each person can fill their own DVR. Learn more here.

YouTube TV On-Demand Library

YouTube TV has a pretty good selection of VOD content, but it’s nothing to write home about. You’ll find the most recent episodes of most shows from its 60+ cable and broadcast networks, as well as some older seasons and a few movies.

Watch BBC America on AT&T WatchTV

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AT&T WatchTV is meant to compete with Philo, eschewing sports and news for primarily entertainment and lifestyle channels. See if this $15/month service is right for you.

AT&T WatchTV Pricing and Packages

AT&T WatchTV comes with only a single package of channels, which will cost you $15/month. You can also get it free with some AT&T Unlimited plans. Learn more here.

AT&T WatchTV Channels

AT&T WatchTV comes with 35+ channels, including BBC America. A few other major channels it comes with include A&E, CNN, HGTV, History, TLC, TruTV, and Viceland. You can see a full channel list here.

AT&T WatchTV Supported Devices

AT&T WatchTV is currently supported by iOS and Android, as well as Chrome and Safari browsers. You can also watch it on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. Learn more about about device support here.

AT&T WatchTV Simultaneous Streams

AT&T WatchTV only allows you to stream on a single device, so you can’t really share your account with anyone else. Learn more here.

AT&T WatchTV DVR

This service currently does not have any kind of DVR support, so there is no way to record your favorite shows when watching BBC America without cable. Learn more here.

AT&T WatchTV On-Demand Library

AT&T WatchTV has a total of more than 15,000 on-demand titles available to watch instantly, so it’s definitely a good option if you like to watch VOD content, and this does help make up for its lack of a DVR.

How to Watch BBC America on Amazon Fire TV

You can watch BBC America on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, PlayStation Vue, or AT&T WatchTV. YouTube TV is adding Amazon Fire TV support in late 2019. 

Just open up the Amazon app store on your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV stick, download the app, and enjoy. You can also download the BBC America app directly, and use your login credentials to watch it on your Amazon Fire TV.

How to Watch BBC America on Roku

You can watch BBC America on Roku with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, or AT&T WatchTV.

Just head to the Roku channel store, then you’ll be able to find the app for your preferred service. BBC America also has a Roku channel, which is another option.

How to Watch BBC America on Apple TV

You can watch BBC America on Apple TV with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, or AT&T WatchTV.

Simply open up the App Store on your Apple TV, find the appropriate app for the streaming service you picked, then download it and enjoy. You can also try out the BBC America app, which is a viable alternative.

BBC America Website and Apps

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In many ways, internet TV services are just like their cable and satellite pay TV counterparts. This includes support for logging into the website and apps of cable networks to watch content both live and on-demand.

If you have a login for YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, Philo, or PlayStation Vue, you can use it to log into BBC America, just like you would use a traditional cable or satellite subscription. Choose your provider from the list and enter your credentials, and you’re good to go.

Curiously, Sling TV and fuboTV are not yet listed as supported by BBC America. It remains to be seen if this changes in the future.

Why bother downloading the BBC America app or using the BBC America website to watch content? Because it doesn’t count towards simultaneous streams.

For example, if you have Philo, you could sign into BBC America while two of your family members are using the Philo app, and you could still watch your favorite shows, despite the two simultaneous stream restriction.

Eric Liston is a freelance writer and tech enthusiast based in Ohio, specializing in internet security, cord-cutting, and more.