Fuse is a basic cable channel that produces a wide range of content focused on indie culture. Unfortunately, cable companies have been dropping Fuse from the lineups. If that happened to you, then this guide will show you how to watch Fuse without cable.

Streaming Fuse Without Cable

Sling TV

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The most affordable way to stream the Fuse channel live is with a Sling TV subscription. Sling TV is the first and the largest live TV streaming service in America. Its popularity stems from offering some of the cheapest subscription plans in the industry.

Channels and packages

You can choose between three subscriptions options for Sling TV. The Sling Orange and the  Sling Blue plans have different combinations of channels with a little overlap between the two. You can also subscribe to the combined Orange+Blue plan to get all 50 channels for a discount.

Sling Orange
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Sling Blue
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49 channels

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Sling Orange + Blue
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$40.00/ month

56 channels

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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.

You can get Fuse with either the Sling Orange or the Sling Blue plans. Sling Orange includes ESPN’s channels, several Disney channels and a number of lifestyle channels like the Food Network. However, you don’t get any of the broadcast networks. Sling Blue has more lifestyle and news channels. This option may give you access to your local Fox and NBC stations as well as regional sports networks depending on where you live. However, Sling TV does not offer local ABC or CBS stations.

Where Sling TV excels is in the ability to customize your channel lineup. The streaming service has dozens of add-on packages that may be of interest to you and your family. The $5-per-month Heartland option, for example, includes the Sportsman Channel and RFD TV. Other add-on options include International, Comedy and News.

Features and extras

Unfortunately, Sling TV doesn’t just charge more for channel packs. Features that come standard with every other live TV streaming service cost extra with Sling TV. The cloud DVR, for example, is only available with an additional $5 fee each month. This gets you 50 hours of recording capacity. Each recording stays in your queue for 30 days.

Simultaneous streaming is also a little confusing. Channels available exclusively in the Sling Orange plan can only stream to one device at a time. Channels available in the Sling Blue plan can stream to up to three devices at a time. That distinction remains even if you buy the combined Orange and Blue service.

The limits on simultaneous streaming can become a real issue because of something Sling TV does really well: develop streaming apps. No other streaming service has as varied an app ecosystem as Sling TV.

  • Living room devices: Azulle Mini PC Sticks, Air TV Player, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Xaomi Mi TV.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Models based on Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Also, certain models from LG and Samsung.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

DirecTV Now

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You can get one of the most cable-like streaming experiences from DirecTV Now. The AT&T-owned service offers a strong channel lineup as well as a number of competitive features.

Channels and packages

DirecTV Now makes choosing a plan straightforward. Unlike Sling TV which offers plans with different combinations of channels, each more expensive DirecTV Now plan adds more channels to the plan that came before.

  • Live a Little: 65+ channels / $40 per month.
  • Just Right: 85+ channels / $55 per month.
  • Go Big: 105+ channels / $65 per month.
  • Gotta Have It: 125+ channels / $75 per month.
  • Todo y Más: 90+ spanish-language channels / $45 per month.

Although the Live a Little plan is the cheapest, you won’t get Fuse with that option. The other three English-language packages, however, include Fuse.

As you go through the sign-up process, DirecTV will usually offer you a deal on a streaming device. The company recently offered new subscribers who signed up for at least $65 in monthly fees a Roku Streaming Stick.

Features and extras

DirecTV Now lets you record up to 20 hours of programming. Each recording is retained for 30 days before DirecTV Now auto-deletes it. Unlike other services, DirecTV Now does not let you pay more for larger recording capacities.  That may change in the future, however, once the cloud DVR feature transitions out of its “beta” testing phase.

Although you can’t upgrade the cloud DVR, you can pay an extra $5 per month to boost simultaneous streaming from the standard 2-device limit to a 3-device limit. These are the the devices you can use with DirecTV Now:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Samsung and Amazon Fire TV televisions.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None, but Xbox One support is “coming soon”.
  • Desktop browsers: DirecTV Now only streams to Chrome and Safari browsers. With Internet Explorer and Firefox, you can only manage your settings.

Other Ways to Stream Fuse Content

Hulu

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Hulu was founded by FOX, ABC and NBC as a place for people to stream the latest episodes of current-run TV series. Many other networks, including Fuse, joined the on-demand service over the years. Fuse has three shows available to stream on demand through Hulu. These include Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, Fluffy’s Food Adventures and Hip-Hop Houdini.

Channels and packages

If all you want is on-demand access, Hulu will only cost you $8 per month. All of the streaming content will include ads. Annoyingly, you will end up watching the same ad during each commercial break. Fortunately, an affordable upgrade to $12 per month will eliminate all of that advertising.

You can upgrade even further to get Hulu with Live TV. For only $40 per month, you get all of the on-demand content as well as more than 50 live TV channels. The catch is that Fuse isn’t one of them. But the solid lineup includes news, sports and entertainment channels as well as local affiliates from ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — depending on where you live, of course.

Hulu with Live TV also has add-on channel packs that let you get more entertainment channels or Spanish-language channels. All of the premium movie channels are available as well for an additional monthly subscription.

Features and extras

Hulu with Live TV comes standard with a cloud DVR. You boost the 50-hour limit dramatically to 200 hours by paying another $15 per month. A nice feature of this option is that you can fast forward through the recorded program’s commercials.

The standard Hulu with Live TV subscription lets you stream to two devices at the same time. Paying another $15 per month lets you stream to any number of devices on your home network as well as up to three more devices away from home.

If you get both the cloud DVR and the device upgrades, Hulu discounts the combined subscription to $20 per month.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain Samsung and LG televisions as well as some devices based on Amazon Fire TV or Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.

Your Hulu with Live TV login credentials will give you full access to CNBC’s website and mobile app.

Amazon Prime Video

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As large as Amazon Prime Video’s on-demand library is, the streaming service only offers a few of Fuse’s original programs. Even Prime members have to pay to stream Fuse series like The Hollywood Puppet Show and T-Pain’s School of Business. However, not everything comes with a price. Prime members do get free access to the first season of documentary series The 212.

Many people already have access to Prime Video since they signed up for Amazon Prime’s free shipping benefit. The downside to Prime Video is its relatively weak discoverability. You can’t filter its selection to see which Fuse shows Amazon can stream. Instead, you must search for each title separately.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Echo devices with a screen, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, NVIDIA Shield, Tivo and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Most major brand smart TV’s plus televisions that support Amazon Fire TV.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire devices plus Android and iOS devices.
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari and Opera.

Roku

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If you own a Roku streaming stick or have a TV with Roku built-in, you can install the Fuse channel for Roku. You will get access to clips and a limited number of full episodes. If you have a Sling TV or DirecTV Now subscription or if your cable provider still carries Fuse, then you can get all of the channel’s current shows.

Streaming Fuse

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Fuse got its start as a music-focused basic cable channel with an indie edge. The company was bought and sold over the years, most recently by SiTV, which is part-owned by Jennifer Lopez. Fuse’s format has since evolved to include more reality programming, but it has still kept a focus on diverse culture.

At the end of 2018, both Comcast/Xfinity and Verizon/Fios announced that they would drop Fuse from their channel lineups effective January 1, 2019. In a statement released to Variety, Comcast said that Fuse’s content had become very similar to content available on other channels in its lineup.

“In this case, much of the content carried by Fuse is similar to content that also is available on other networks, such as BET, BET Her, TV One, Bounce TV and Pop. We also are launching two new African American majority owned networks, Afro and Cleo TV. “

Verizon also issued a statement defending its rejection of Fuse.

“Because the cost of programming is the single biggest factor in higher TV bills, we carefully review proposals from content providers to ensure that the rates they propose are in line with their viewership.”

Fuse programming

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Fuse produces a limited number of original programs and relies on syndicated reruns to fill the rest of its time slots. Outside of prime time hours, there’s a good chance that you’ll be watching Malcolm in the Middle or Scrubs rather than indie programming. When you do find Fuse’s own shows, though, you’ll find they range far beyond the mainstream of pop culture.

Complex x Fuse

Fuse partnered with fashion designer Marc Milecofsky’s culture magazine Complex to premiere Complex’s digital content on Fuse. Complex x Fuse features interviews and sneaker shopping with people like Shawn Mendes, Odell Beckham Jr and Chrissy Teigen.

T-Pain’s School of Business

Hip-hop master T-Pain meets with entrepreneurs to find out what it takes to start a business in T-Pain’s School of Business. Rather than visit the typical startups you find in Silicon Valley, T-Pain looks for Millenial business people who are more about their missions than their bank accounts. T-Pain told Forbes that his show would let him “really use my platform to help these people out.”

The 212

The 212 follows half a dozen Generation Z creators as they reshape New York City’s youth culture. Urban Tymes said that the energy these young artists bring to the documentary series “makes this show totally different from the other shows out today.”

Streaming directly from Fuse

You can stream full episodes from all of Fuse’s original programming through the Fuse website. However, only select episodes are available to everyone. Unlocking most of the content requires you to login using your credentials from a paid TV provider.

The first two episodes of The 212 or T-Pain’s School of Business, for example, are available to anyone but not the rest of the series.

However, older Fuse shows that are no longer airing may be fully available. All episodes of Clash of the Corps, for example, can be streamed by anyone interested in competitive marching bands.

FM.TV

Four years ago, Fuse launched a new network called FM.TV, which returned to Fuse’s roots in music. The channel features interviews and music videos from established musicians as well as rising stars. In Big Boy’s Neighborhood, FM.TV brings cameras into the radio host’s broadcast boost in Los Angeles. Big Boy interviews people like Sheck Wes, Gucci Mane and Danileigh.

In Cipha Sounds: What’s Your Thing, comedian Cipha Sounds talks with artists about what they do in their downtime. Diggy Simmons, Angie Martinez and A$AP Ferg are just some of the guest who’ve shared their hobbies and interests with Sounds.

All of FM.TV’s content is available through the website.