With programming ranging from talk shows to reality TV and the latest music videos from leaders in the industry, BET is among the most sought-after cable TV networks. But until recently, you could not watch BET without cable.
Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. Now, you can purchase a subscription to a low-cost “skinny bundle” internet TV service and save big while still getting access to BET.
Below, we’ll explore your top 4 options to watch BET without cable.
- 1 What is Cord-Cutting All About?
- 2 Your Top 4 Options to Watch BET Without Cable
- 3 Philo
- 4 Sling TV
- 5 DirecTV Now
- 6 BET Website and App – Live Streaming and On-Demand Content
What is Cord-Cutting All About?
It’s hard to talk about getting BET without cable and ignore the most important terminology topic: cord-cutting and skinny bundles.
In the past, you would be forced into paying over $100 a month for a traditional cable package with hundreds of channels – most of which you never watched. Internet TV skinny bundles are live TV streaming services that offer a significantly reduced number of channels at a much lower price point.
And thankfully, these services tend to only include channels most people actually want to watch. Many of these services also allow you to add other channels as additional packages in an “a la carte” fashion.
Sling TV, for example, offers two base packages, one that includes BET and one that doesn’t. But even with the one that doesn’t offer BET, you can still add it through one of their add-on packages.
Let’s explore which skinny bundle internet TV services provide you with low-cost options to access BET.
Your Top 4 Options to Watch BET Without Cable
Among the half-dozen skinny bundle internet TV services around, there are three notable options for BET without cable: Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and Philo. There’s also an option for on-demand BET content you may want to explore as well.
With all of these options, you can also stream live from BET’s website or through the BET app. All you need to do is input your service provider (Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Philo) and log in to your account on the website, or the application. By doing so, you’ll be able to stream BET live and bypass any simultaneous streaming restrictions.
One of the newest competitors on the block, Philo is also an extremely attractive option for BET fans.
Philo only costs $16-per-month for the cheapest option, which comes with BET. There are several other benefits to this service if you choose it as your go-to streaming service.
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The reason Philo is so cheap is because it does not offer any sports channels. This might be a big turn-off for some viewers, but there are notable benefits to that – mostly, the low price. If you’re not a sports fan, that makes Philo a perfect lifestyle and entertainment channel option.
Meanwhile, its low cost makes it possible to sign up for a sports TV network’s individual streaming service alongside Philo and still save over cable. Most sports channels, such as Fox Sports and ESPN, offer their own streaming services that are comparatively inexpensive.
Here’s where things get interesting. While Philo offers BET for their lowest-cost $16-per-month package (among 37 total channels), the service provides the woman-centered BET Her with their $20-per-month option. With this package, you’ll get 46 channels in all.
Interestingly, Philo is the only service on our list that offers BET Her, so if you’re looking to maximize your BET networks options for the lowest possible price, Philo is your best choice.
Additional Philo benefits
The low cost for Philo is its immediate, best benefit. Beyond that, however, Philo has a very generous streaming and cloud DVR option included at no cost.
The cloud DVR lets you save as many videos as you want. However, the service has a 30-day limit to those saved videos, at which point the oldest ones will begin to be deleted. As for simultaneous streams, Philo is also more generous than most of its competitors. You can stream on up to 3 different devices at a time with Philo, making it a great option to share with family and friends for the price.
The most obvious limitation to Philo is also its key selling point: no sports. As stated earlier, if you want sports, Philo isn’t going to give you what you want.
Beyond that, Philo’s device functionality is very limited. While you can stream Philo on iOS devices, desktops, and Rokus, that’s currently about it.
The service will soon be launching device support for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV as well. Still, if you’re an Android user, you’ll be forced to stream the service through a web browser, which is extremely power-intensive and inefficient. You also won’t find Philo on a smart TV.
Even with those limitations, Philo is a hard service to beat for BET, given its low price.
What’s more, Sling TV is also among the cheapest options available, with the largest amount of add-on services. Owned by Dish Network, the service has effectively “defined” what a la carte TV currently looks like.
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For those looking to access BET on Sling, you’ll find there are two options. First, you can purchase the lower-cost Sling Orange subscription and then add their $5-per-month “Lifestyle Extra” channel package.
That will only set you back $25, while landing you a slew of other lifestyle TV networks, such as VH1, Hallmark, Afro, We TV, Lifetime, Cooking Channel, and a few others. Sling Orange by itself comes with 31 channels, and the Lifestyle Extra package will add 13 more to that number.
That said, the Sling Blue package, at $25 per month, also comes with BET. With 46 channels for the price, Sling Blue is a solid option. You won’t get all of those additional lifestyle channels, however, so you’ll need to weigh whether or not this is the package for your by checking out the different channels included between the two packages.
Ultimately, with Sling TV, you’ll pay $25-per-month to get BET alongside a handful of other networks, no matter if you choose Sling Orange + Lifestyle Extra, or Sling Blue.
Additional Sling TV benefits
Sling TV is one of the more feature-rich services available, mostly because of the fact that it’s been in the game just a bit longer than its competitors. Sling TV has all of the basics covered, including:
- Wide device support (iOS, Android, some smart TVs, Windows and Mac computers, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and more)
- Cloud DVR
- Functionality with select over-the-air (OTA) services
- Many device discounts available
That final point is one to note, as most of the other internet TV skinny bundle services don’t offer discounts of any kind.
However, recognizing that many new cord-cutters might not have beneficial equipment beyond a mobile device or laptop for streaming, Sling TV offers a fair selection of device deals. With Sling TV, you can get free and discounted Rokus and other devices.
Sling TV offers a 7-day free trial for new customers. You’ll need to create an account first, but there’s no commitment to continue if you don’t like the service following the free trial.
Sling TV limitations
It’s not all roses and sunshine with Sling TV, as all of the internet TV services have some limitations.
For Sling TV, their biggest limitation comes with their confusing pricing and channel packaging. As noted, you can get BET on both of their packages, but if you upgraded to their top-level Orange+Blue option, you’d actually be paying twice for a few channels, like HGTV and a few others.
And if you wanted to get the Lifestyle Extra add-on service alongside Sling Blue, you’d obviously be paying for BET twice, as well as a few other channels.
Then there’s the cloud DVR. Sling TV provides a cloud DVR option as a paid add-on service. It’s only $5/month, but most other services offer some free cloud storage. That said, The cloud DVR does offer a healthy 50 hours of storage. Once you reach capacity, older saved recordings will be deleted.
Finally, Sling TV is fairly limiting when it comes to simultaneous streaming restrictions. Sling Orange, their cheapest option, only lets you stream on one screen at a time. This means you’ll be hard-pressed to share with family or friends who might want to watch on multiple devices at the same time. Sling Orange does increase the number of streams to three, however, while Orange+Blue boosts that to four streams at once.
You’ve probably already heard of DirecTV, the satellite TV service. Now, the company offers an internet TV skinny bundle service they’ve named DirecTV Now.
For BET fans, DirecTV Now is a very good option, especially if you want more channels and the more traditional, large channel lineup of a cable TV service without the added cost and unnecessary equipment.
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DirecTV Now provides BET in all of its streaming service packages. The lowest-cost option, “Live a Little” costs just $35-per-month. You can watch BET both live and with on-demand video through the “Live a Little” package. Additionally, the $35-per-month option comes packed with over 60 channels, far more than either Philo or Sling TV offer in even their most expensive package options.
Additional DirecTV Now benefits
Because of its long experience as a telecom, DirecTV has the connections and business sense to deliver some of the best options. You’ll find that DirecTV Now works with almost every possible device, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android and iOS devices, desktop computers, and more.
Additionally, DirecTV Now is extremely cheap for AT&T Unlimited customers—just $10-per-month for the “Live a Little” package!
And for those that want a good deal, DirecTV Now also has several device deals for new customers. If you don’t have a streaming device good for an internet TV service like DirecTV Now, you can grab one up for free for signing up.
As with Philo and Sling TV, you can try DirecTV Now for free for 7 days.
DirecTV Now limitations
Surprisingly, DirecTV Now somehow lacks a dedicated cloud DVR option. While the service has promised to roll out a cloud DVR in Spring 2018, at this time of writing there is still no DVR. The company has been beta testing a DVR option with a select group of DirecTV Now customers for a few months, but there has been little word on how that beta test is going or a solid release date.
The service is also pretty limiting when it comes to simultaneous streams. Regardless of which package you go for with DirecTV Now, you’ll only be able to stream on two different devices at the same time, with no ability to upgrade.
Still, DVR and concurrent stream limits aside, DirecTV Now provides an excellent combination of price, channel options, and device support for those who want BET.
BET Website and App – Live Streaming and On-Demand Content
Looking for BET on-the-go? You can use the BET website and BET Now app to find free on-demand content and full episodes or to watch live streams of BET without cable. For some full episodes, you don’t even need a TV subscription of any kind.
However, if you want to watch BET live, you’ll need login credentials from a pay-TV provider, or an internet TV skinny bundle service like Philo or Sling.
The benefit of doing so is that you can bypass the simultaneous streaming restrictions with each service. For example, DirecTV Now and Sling TV Orange, which have 2 device and 1 device streaming limits, respectively, do not count BET live streaming via the app or website against your simultaneous streams.
This means you can watch BET whenever you want, without worrying about running into any issues with streaming on too many devices at once.