If you want to save money on your monthly entertainment bills without getting rid of Freeform and your other favorite cable channels, internet TV services are your best option. Average cable services charge $100 per month, but typical internet TV services only cost around $20-$40.

You may not even need to pay anything at all if all you want to do is watch Freeform shows online. You can stream hundreds of hours of on-demand Freeform content for free via the Freeform website and the Freeform Go app.

Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about how to watch Freeform without cable.

The Cable TV Era Is Over

Because internet TV doesn’t require a cable box or special cable lines, it’s very inexpensive compared to traditional cable TV. In addition, internet TV services offer better picture quality and features.

Here are the best internet TV services that carry Freeform.

Sling TV

  • Sling TV’s $20 Orange plan has Freeform.
  • Very cheap.
  • Confusing add-on plans.
  • Large on-demand library.
  • Sling TV credentials do not unlock the Freeform app.
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Sling TV Orange is super inexpensive and Freeform is on the menu. Source: Sling TV

If you’re looking for the cheapest way to get Freeform, Sling TV is the way to go. Sling TV offers bargain prices. The Sling Orange subscription only costs $20 and it comes with Freeform and a handful of other channels.

Sling TV also has a very large on-demand content vault. Because Sling TV has been around longer than most other internet TV services, they’ve been able to secure the rights to a ton of movies and shows. Sling TV has around 10,000 hours of on-demand video. App support is quite good, too.

However, before you sign up with Sling TV, you should know that it’s not really designed to be a cable replacer. Sling TV is often called a “skinny bundle” internet TV service. Instead of forcing you to buy a bunch of channels you don’t want, skinny bundles give you the ability to order just a few.

There are several feature limitations you should know about, as well. Sling TV will let you record some shows, but only if you pay an extra $5 per month to unlock the cloud DVR. Additionally, Sling TV won’t let you record any Disney-owned channels like Freeform even if you buy the DVR feature.

Sling TV has other downsides. You don’t get any simultaneous streaming capability with Sling TV Orange. Plus, you can’t use your Sling TV credentials to watch full episodes Freeform shows on Freeform’s website and apps.

Another problem with Sling TV is the fact that it’s plans are very confusing. Though it is great that Sling TV and other internet TV providers are forcing TV providers to charge less, we think that Sling TV’s subscription plans are deeply in need of an overhaul.

Sling TV’s channel menu is a complicated mess that seems to be designed to nudge you into buying more channels than you really need. For example, sports fans have to buy both of Sling TV’s base plans or they’ll miss out on key sports networks. In addition, channel add-on packages change depending on which base plan you order.

Related: Sling TV Channel List – What Channels are on Sling TV?

Plans and pricing

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.
  • Orange: $20 per month, 20 channels
  • Blue: $25 per month, 45 channels
  • Orange + Blue: $40 per month, 53 channels

Apps

  • Living room devices: Air TV Player, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from LeEco, LG, Samsung and ZTE.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

The bottom line

If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to catch Freeform and a handful of other cable TV networks, you may want to consider giving Sling TV a shot. But if you’re not on a budget, there are better options out there.

PlayStation Vue

  • You don’t need a PlayStation to sign up.
  • Vue’s basic plan ($40) comes with Freeform.
  • Excellent features.
  • PlayStation Vue credentials unlock the Freeform app.
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PlayStation Vue doesn’t have as many channels as DirecTV Now, but its features are better. Source: PlayStation

If you want a skinny bundle service with Freeform and lots of other popular cable channels plus excellent next-gen TV features, you may want to try PlayStation Vue.

PlayStation Vue has a premium plan called “Core” that has Freeform plus 90+ other channels, including HBO and Showtime. There’s also a $40 plan that has Freeform and 40+ channels.

PlayStation Vue suffers from the fact that its name implies that you need a PlayStation game console to use it. You don’t. PlayStation Vue works on PCs, Macs, set-top boxes and all kinds of other TV devices.

PlayStation Vue’s features seem to cater to large families. With one Vue account, you can stream from 5 different devices at the same time.

Cloud recording is another family-friendly Vue feature. Vue comes with an all-around solid DVR that lets you record as much as you want and keep your recordings for 30 days.

Like DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue credentials unlock the Freeform website and app.

Plans and pricing

  • Access: $40 per month, 40+ channels.
  • Core:  $45 per month, 60+ channels.
  • Elite: $55 per month, 90+ channels.
  • Core: $75 per month, 90+ channels, HBO/Showtime.

Apps

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: None (not even Sony’s).
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, Amazon Fire Tablets and iOS.
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge.

The bottom line

PlayStation Vue is where it’s at when it comes to next-generation TV features. No other skinny bundle service allows 5 simultaneous streams, and Vue’s DVR gives you the ability to record as much as you want. In addition, Vue’s menu of channels is almost as big as DirecTV Now’s.

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DirecTV Now

  • Every DirecTV Now plan has Freeform.
  • You can get $15 off any DirecTV Now Plan with AT&T Unlimited Choice.
  • DVR and 4K will come out soon.
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DirecTV Now is the internet TV service with the most comprehensive menu of channels. Source: DirecTV

DirecTV Now has more channels than any other internet TV provider, so it’s one of the best options out there if you want to dump your cable provider without giving up your favorite channels. You’ll find competing services that are a few dollars cheaper. In terms of value, though, DirecTV Now is the best overall deal.

Because DirecTV Now scooped up 1 million subscribers in its first year, it could be well on its way to becoming the dominant internet TV provider.

If you watch a lot of TV, the DirecTV Now subscription you may want to go for is the $70 Gotta Have It” plan. With 120+ channels, Gotta Have It has more channels than you can get from most local cable TV providers. In addition to Freeform, Gotta Have It comes with all the major broadcast networks, a bunch of premium sports channels, 8 STARZ movie channels and more.

If you’re on a budget, “Live a Little” takes care of your basic TV entertainment needs. Live a Little has Freeform and 60+ other channels and costs $35.

Related: DirecTV Now Channel List – What Channels are on DirecTV Now?

Another benefit of DirecTV Now is that DirecTV Now credentials can unlock all kinds of cable TV apps. Once you have a DirecTV Now account, you can unlock full episodes and live feeds on apps from Freeform, ABC, A&E, BBC America, BTN2GO, BET, Bravo Now, CBS Sports, CMT, CNBC, Fox Now, IFC, FYI, History, Fox Sports GO, Disney NOW and more. No other internet TV service unlocks as many cable TV apps.

Last year, the main problem with DirecTV Now was its lack of features. Almost every other internet TV service launched with a recording feature, but DirecTV Now did not. Also, most internet TV service let you watch from 3 devices at once. Currently, DirecTV Now limits you to 2 simultaneous streams.

DirecTV Now will get a big feature upgrade this spring. After the upgrade, DirecTV Now subscribers will get to record 100 hours of TV for free, stream from 3 devices at the same time and watch some channels in 4K.

Plans and pricing

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All of DirecTV’s plans include Freeform.

  • Live a Little: $35 per month, 60+ channels.
  • Just Right: $50 per month, 80+ channels.
  • Go Big: $60 per month, 100+ channels.
  • Gotta Have It: $70 per month, 120+ channels.

DirecTV Now’s free trial period lasts 7 days. If you have AT&T Unlimited Choice, you can get $15 off any DirecTV Now plan.

Apps

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: None.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari.

The bottom line

DirecTV Now isn’t the cheapest option, but it’s the best overall deal. Because DirecTV Now has a ton of channels, you don’t have to go on a TV diet if you dump your cable provider and get DirecTV Now. Check it out free for 7 days and see what you think.

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YouTube TV

  • YouTube TV’s has one $35 plan that has 50+ channels, including Freeform.
  • Limited channel selection.
  • Easy-to-use interface.
  • YouTube Red originals.
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Like most skinny bundle providers, YouTube TV is driving down TV prices. However, you have to be willing to go on a “TV diet” to enjoy the cost savings.

YouTube TV caters to casual TV fans. If you only watch TV every once in a while, YouTube TV may be all the TV you need.

Like PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV has an excellent set of next-gen TV features. Like PlayStation Vue’s cloud recorder, YouTube TV’s DVR lets you record as much as you want. Where Vue deletes your recordings after 30 days, however, YouTube TV lets you keep them for 9 whole months.

Another thing to like about YouTube TV is that its interface is clean and easy on the eyes. YouTube TV’s look resembles the core interface you use when you browse videos on YouTube.

YouTube TV subscribers can get YouTube Red originals for no extra cost. However, YouTube’s originals pale in comparison to offerings from Netflix and Hulu. Most YouTube Red original shows feature annoying YouTube stars like Logan Paul and other names that you probably won’t recognize unless you’re not old enough to drink alcohol.

Pricing and plans

YouTube only has one base plan.

  • YouTube TV: $35 per month, 50+ channels.

Apps

  • Living room devices: Android TV (but not Xiaomi Mi Box) and Chromecast.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from LG and Samsung.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

The bottom line

Despite YouTube TV’s relatively puny channel menu, if you’re a casual TV fan it may be worth checking out.

Freeform Go

If all you want to do is watch Freeform shows, hop over to the Freeform Go website or download the Freeform Go app. Because Freeform gives away a lot of its content online, you may be able to watch full episodes of your favorite Freeform show for free.

In order to unlock a Freeform live stream, you have to log in with TV Everywhere. DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue both work with TV Everywhere, but YouTube TV and Sling TV do not.

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Source: Freeform

Freeform Go works on the web and on Apple TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, Roku Channel and Amazon Fire Stick.

Conclusion

Because DirecTV Now offers 120+ channels, it’s the best option out there if you currently get Freeform though a traditional cable subscription and feel like you’re not getting your money’s worth. DirecTV Now plans start at $35 and they all have Freeform.

If you want to save even more money, you may want to check out Sling TV’s $20 Orange subscription plan. Sling Orange only comes with about 20 channels, but it’s the cheapest way to get Freeform through an internet TV service.