FX broadcasts a wide array of entertainment, ranging from quirky comedies like Donald Glover’s Atlanta to suspenseful dramas like Fargo and The Americans. Early previews of FX content are available through FX+, FX’s on-demand video service.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about FX+, including how to access it without a traditional cable provider and more.

fuboTV

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fuboTV specializes in sports, but it also carries Bravo, USA, FX, National Geographic and many other popular basic channels.

Channels and pricing

Approximately half of fuboTV’s channels are sports channels. Some of them– like BeIN and Eleven Sports Network– are available in 1080p. Many of fuboTV’s other sports channels stream in 720p.

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Notable NBC-owned non-sports channels include NBC, CNBC, CNBC World, MSNBC, Bravo, SyFy, Chiller, E!, USA, Oxygen, Sprout, and Weather Channel. Fox channels that fuboTV offers include Fox News, Fox Business and three FX channels– FX, FXM and FXX.

fuboTV’s plans are somewhat pricey for a cable replacement service, but cheap compared to many basic cable plans. 90+ channels for just $50 is a very reasonable deal

Features

Anyone in the US and Canada can sign up for fuboTV. However, Canadians have a slightly less robust menu of channels.

Devices that are compatible with fuboTV include iOS and Android-compatible smartphones and tablets, Amazon FireTV, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku and Apple TV. Macs and PCs can access fuboTV through any web browser.

All fuboTV plans support two simultaneous streams. In other words, only one other person can watch TV through your fuboTV account while you’re using it. This likely won’t be an issue for you if you have a small family and/or plan to use fuboTV in tandem with over-the-air broadcast TV. However, if you have a large family and you plan on sharing your fuboTV account with them, the two-stream-at-a-time limitation could be an occasional annoyance.

fuboTV was already an excellent sports-oriented cable replacement service, but the fact that any fuboTV subscriber can now purchase an FX+ subscription sweetens the deal even more.  Using fuboTV in combination with an over-the-air antenna is a great way to access sports without cable. Adding FX+ to the mix delivers extra value, especially for those looking for a complete family entertainment solution. fuboTV’s only real weakness is its lack of ESPN channels. Its subscription plans are somewhat more expensive compared to the competition, but the channel selection is a bit more generous.

Related: FuboTV Review for 2018 – Sports With A Side Of Basic Cable Channels

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PlayStation Vue

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PlayStation Vue is one of the oldest cable replacement services to target cord-cutters– but it’s also one of the most expensive ones.

The main advantage that PlayStation Vue has over the competition in terms of features is its generous simultaneous streaming feature. Up to five devices can watch PlayStation Vue streams at once. Another nice thing about PlayStation Vue is the fact that its menu of supported channels is quite large. Now that you can subscribe to FX+ through PlayStation Vue, you can get access to even more entertainment.

The main downside to PlayStation Vue is that its age is starting to show. Newer cable replacement services offer better looking, smoother interfaces.

Channels and pricing

PlayStation Vue offers four subscription plans: Access, Core, Elite and Ultra.

  • Access. This plan costs $45/month and comes with 49 channels, including ESPN and two FX channels: FX and FXX. If you opt for Access, you can’t get the NFL RedZone channel expansion pack.
  • Core. This plan cost just five dollars more than Access and comes with 73 channels, including ESPN, NFL Network, FX and FXX.
  • Elite. Elite costs $60, which is $10 more than Core. With this plan, you get 95 channels. It’s the cheapest plan that includes three FX channels (FX, FXM and FXX).
  • Ultra. If you want access to premium movie channels, you may want to consider getting the $80/month PlayStation Vue Ultra plan. It comes with Showtime, HBO and Epix.

Few cable replacement services offer as much variety as PlayStation Vue. Popular cable channels like Syfy, TBS and AMC are included in all four subscription plans. Upgrading will give you access to content from the Hallmark Channel, IFC, Sundance and others. Though PlayStation Vue doesn’t have quite as many sports channels as fuboTV, the service does offer ESPN and many NBC and Fox-owned sports channels.

The channels that you can access change depending on where you’re located. If you login outside your home network, you won’t be able to access some sports streams and on-demand content until you return home. If you travel to another zip code and login, you won’t be able to access ABC, CBS, Fox or NBC.

Features

When PlayStation Vue first launched in 2014, only PlayStation owners could access it via their PlayStation consoles. Now, the service is available on a wide range of devices and you no longer need a PlayStation device to use it. Any US resident can sign up.

Devices that can play PlayStation Vue include Amazon FireTV, Roku, Android TV and Chromecast. In addition, PlayStation Vue has native apps for iOS and Android.

As mentioned above, PlayStation Vue has excellent support for simultaneous streams. Up to five devices can stream PlayStation Vue channels from the same account at the same time. Few other streaming services offer that many simultaneous streams.

PlayStation Vue is the ideal plan for large families. The generous five-device simultaneous stream limit lets you share your account with a minimum of hassle. If you reach that limit, there’s a workaround: FX+. Anyone in your family can use FX+ without taking up a stream slot.

Click here to get your five-day free trial of PlayStation Vue.

Related: PlayStation Vue Review 2018 – A Total Package with a Few Glitches

FX+ Is Now Available Everywhere

Up until the summer of 2018, only Comcast and Cox subscribers could gain access to FX+. Then, during a Television Critics Association conference that took place in August, Deadline reported that FX would be making FX+ available to all of its 90 million subscribers.

The good news for cord-cutters was that two excellent cable replacement services were included in the expansion. If you subscribe to PlayStation Vue or fuboTV, you can get an FX+ subscription for $6 per month.

Benefits of FX+

The main benefit of FX+ is that it’s commercial free. Subscription payments likely help compensate for the revenues that FX would otherwise generate from letting advertisers promote their products and services during commercial breaks.

What to Watch on FX+

Here are just a few of the shows that are available on FX+.

Atlanta

Atlanta is an original FX series that follow the lives of two cousins as they use their musical talents to make a better life for themselves. The show stars rapper Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino. Since its 2016 debut, Atlanta has won two Golden Globe awards and two Primetime Emmy awards.

Fargo

Fargo is a black comedy-drama that was inspired by the eponymous 1996 film. It’s written and directed by the Coen brothers– the same duo that produced the original Fargo film, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men and several other critically acclaimed films. The first season of the show won three Primetime Emmy Awards and received 15 additional nominations.

The Americans

The Americans is a period spy thriller set in Cold War-era America. The plot follows the lives of two Russian spies, Elizabeth and Philip Jennings. The first season begins shortly after the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan in January 1981. The final season ended in December of 1987, shortly before the US and the USSR signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The finale helped the show earn two Primetime Emmy Awards.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia first debuted on FX in 2005. The show stars Danny Devito and follows the lives of four friends that share ownership of a bar in Philadelphia. In 2016, the series was renewed for a 13th and 14th season. At the end of the contract, the show will be tied for the longest-running live-action sitcom in American TV history. All 13 seasons of the show are available on FX+.

Snowfall

Like The Americans, Snowfall is a period piece set in America in the 1980s– but the similarities between the two shows end there. The plot of Snowfall revolves around the first crack epidemic to hit Los Angeles and its impact on the culture of the city and its inner-city residents.

Cable services that offer free FX+ access

The success of over-the-top cable replacers like fuboTV, PlayStation Vue and others has motivated some traditional cable providers to offer internet-based ways to watch TV. As mentioned above, any cable subscriber that has FX can use their credentials to buy FX+. A few cable services have even added FX+ support to their apps and set-top boxes.

Xfinity

If you subscribe to Xfinity, you can watch the first 3 episodes of any FX series, ad-free. All you have to do is say “FX Plus” into your X1 Voice Remote. Alternatively, you can browse to Networks on Xfinity Stream and open the FX+ app there. If you want to watch more than 3 episodes, you have to subscribe to FX+ for $5.99/month. FX+ is accessible via the Xfinity set-top box, on mobile devices via or on the web at xfinity.com/stream. Learn more at Xfinity’s official website.

Cox

Cox offers a similar FX+ deal to their subscribers. If you subscribe to Cox, you can subscribe to FX+ by saying “FX plus” into your Contour voice remote. You can also subscribe through your set-top box’s interface. Cox’s Contour app can be used to access FX+ on iOS and Android mobile devices. There doesn’t seem to be any type of trial, though. You have to pay the $5.99/month upgrade to access commercial-free versions of FX shows. Learn more here.

Armstrong

Armstrong– a cable company headquartered in Butler, Pennsylvania– has also added an FX+ app to their set-top box. If you subscribe to Armstrong, you can buy a $5.99/month FX+ subscription by navigating to Armstrong On Demand / Premium TV / FX+. Additional details are available in this press release.

Blue Ridge

According to a short announcement on the Blue Ridge website, the Palmerton, Pennsylvania-based cable company has added an FX+ app to its set-top box interface. You can find the FX+ app in the VOD folder.

The Best Way to Watch FX+ Without Cable

If you’ve cut the cord and you’re looking for a way to get FX+, fuboTV and PlayStation Vue are both excellent options. However, there are several differences between the two that you should consider before you buy a subscription.

For sports fanatics

Though fuboTV markets itself as a sports-centric streaming service, the fact that it doesn’t carry any ESPN channels may be a deal breaker for some. If you’re a soccer fan or a fan of international sports, fuboTV is the way to go. However, if you’re an NFL fan or if you prefer more mainstream sports, you may want to go with PlayStation Vue. All of PlayStation Vue’s plans include ESPN and if you’re willing to upgrade you can catch lots of NFL action with PlayStation Vue’s RedZone add-on.

For large families

With an eclectic mix of channels and support for up to five simultaneous streams, PlayStation Vue is the way to go if you intend to share your account with a large group of people.