Cord-cutters can watch MTV live without cable using one of the following three options: Philo, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now. In this article, we’ll help you decide which streaming option is best for MTV. Let’s get started.

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Watch MTV on Philo

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Source: Philo

Philo is currently the lowest-cost internet TV skinny bundle service available. Starting at just $16-per-month, Philo offers up 43 channels for its low, low cost, including both MTV and MTV2.

Philo Pricing and Packages

Those who want both MTV and MTV2 will find that Philo offers a hard-to-beat price among the competition. You’ll get MTV and 50+ other networks for $20 per month.

58 Channels
7-day free trial
$20.00/ month

58 channels

3 simultaneous streams

30-Day DVR


For more information on Philo plans, check here.

Philo Channels

For the cost, Philo also offers  MTV, MTV2 and a bundle of other highly-attractive entertainment and lifestyle networks, such as Discovery Channel, HGTV, IFC, History Channel, A&E, AMC, BBC America, and more.

For more information on Philo channels, check here.

Philo Supported Devices

Philo’s biggest weakness used to be a lack of app support, but as of 2019, the company has added much more devices to its lineup, including internet browsers, iOS, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku.

The full list includes:

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all models), Chromecast and Roku (all current models)
  • Smart TVs: Android TV (5.0 and up)
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android (7.0 and up, Chrome browser), iOS (10.3 and up)
  • Gaming consoles: None
  • Desktop browsers: Most Mac and PC browsers

Check here for more information on Philo’s supported devices.

Philo Simultaneous Streams

The service allows you to have up to 3 simultaneous streams at once at no additional cost. This is actually more than some other, pricier services, like DirecTV Now, which require you to pay extra for a third stream.

To learn more about Philo’s simultaneous streams, click here.

Philo DVR

Philo’s “saved shows” (DVR) option is generous and unlimited, although it does come with a 30-day limit.

Check here to learn more about Philo’s DVR.

Philo On-Demand Library

With limited DVR storage space, Philo does have a good amount of on-demand content readily available. You can pick from thousands of hours worth of TV show episodes and movies, offered up by the channels available through the service. Most channels only provide a limited amount of their content through Philo, but you can use your Philo account information to access some channels’ online content directly.

Click here to learn more about Philo’s on-demand library.

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Watch MTV on Sling TV

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Source: Sling TV

The most well-known, oldest, and most popular of the internet TV skinny bundle services, Sling TV is often viewed as helping lead the way for these types of services. It should come as no surprise, then, that the service provides most channels TV viewers are looking for, including MTV and MTV 2.

Sling TV Pricing and Packages

With Sling TV, you’ll need to pay $25 per month for either the Sling Orange or Sling Blue subscription packages, then add MTV for $5 per month extra using the Comedy Extras add-on.

Sling Orange
Free Roku Deal
$25.00/ month

34 channels


Free Roku Express

1 simultaneous stream.

Sling Blue
Free Roku Deal$25.00/ month

49 channels


Free Roku Express

3 simultaneous streams

Sling Orange + Blue
Free Roku Deal
$40.00/ month

56 channels


Free Roku Express

4* simultaneous streams

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

To learn more about Sling TV pricing, check here.

Sling TV Channels

For Sling TV, choice is a big factor. Sling TV is the undisputed king of add-on channels. You’ll find over a dozen different add-on channel packages using Sling TV. They offer everything from news channels to additional sports channels. You can even find a long list of non-English networks from various parts of the world, as well as popular movie channels for an additional cost (such as HBO).

To learn more about Sling TV channels, check here.

Sling TV Supported Devices

Sling TV is also available on an extremely long list of devices. That includes Smart TVs, iOS and Android devices, Windows and Mac computers, and almost every streaming device you can think of (Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, etc.).

The full list of options includes:

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all versions), Chromecast, Roku (LT and up), AirTV,
  • Smart TVs: LG TV (Web OS 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0, as well as select 2016-2018 models), Samsung TV (2016 through 2018 models), Android TV (4.4 and up), Roku TV, Mi TV,
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android (4.4 and up),  iOS (11 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets)
  • Game consoles: Xbox One
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome on Mac and Windows recommended

Check here for more info on Sling TV’s supported devices.

Sling TV Simultaneous Streams

Unfortunately, Sling TV is fairly limited in how many users can stream at the same time with its base package. If you sign up for Sling Orange, the bare minimum required to get MTV, you can only stream on one device at a time. If you expand to Sling Blue, Sling TV opens that up to 3 simultaneous streams.

However, if you go all in with Sling Orange + Blue, you won’t get any additional simultaneous streams out of the service, despite the added expense. You can still only stream Sling Orange channels on 1 device, and Sling Blue on 3 devices.

To learn more about Sling TV’s simultaneous streams, click here.

Sling TV DVR

Sling TV does offer a DVR, but you’ll need to pay an extra $5 per month to get it. On a positive note, however, the DVR comes with 50 hours of recording time, and the recordings last indefinitely. They are only deleted once you’ve reached the storage limit.

To learn more about Sling TV’s DVR, check here.

Sling TV On-Demand Library

Depending on the channel package you choose, you’ll find Sling TV’s on-demand library is a bit lacking compared to Philo. That’s because the service simply has fewer channels, and therefore, less content is made available on-demand from those networks.

However, you’ll still hundreds of TV shows and movies immediately upon signing up that you can binge watch. And your Sling TV account information will get you into many channels’ individual websites and apps for even more on-demand content.

Click here to learn more about Sling TV’s on-demand library.

Watch MTV on DirecTV Now

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Source: DirecTV Now

DirecTV has made quite a few changes in 2019, not all of them good. It has the most number of channels of any service on the market, but it’s also now the most expensive, especially for MTV.

DirecTV Now Pricing and Packages

There are two core packages available through DirecTV Now:

  • PLUS: 40+ channels, $50/month
  • MAX: 50+ channels, $70/month

The good news is that MTV is available through the cheapest option, “PLUS”. 

To learn more about DirecTV Now’s pricing and packages, click here.

DirecTV Now Channels

The “PLUS” package also includes some cable heavy-hitters, like ESPN, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, and more. You’ll also get the most popular broadcast TV networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, etc.) in most markets.

Click here to learn more about DirecTV Now’s channels.

DirecTV Now Supported Devices

DirecTV Now is great for those who don’t want to purchase additional equipment. The service works on a growing number of smart TVs, Windows and Mac computers, most Android and iOS mobile devices, and most streaming devices that connect to your TV, like Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV.

Here’s a full list of available apps:

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up, 5th gen and up for 4K), Amazon Fire TV (2nd gen and up, 1st gen for Cube), Chromecast (2nd gen and up), Roku (most models)
  • Smart TVs: Samsung TV (2017 and 2018 models), Android TV (4.4 and up), Roku TV (7000X), Mi TV, Amazon Fire TV edition smart TV (2nd gen and up), Chromecast Built-in TV
  • Gaming consoles: None
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android (5.0 and up),  iOS (10 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets)
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari recommended

Click here to learn more about DirecTV Now’s supported devices.

DirecTV Now Simultaneous Streams

There are 2 simultaneous streams available per account, regardless of which package you choose. You can add a third stream for an additional $5 per month.

To learn more about DirecTV Now’s streaming policy, click here.

DirecTV Now DVR

DirecTV Now offers a DVR, but only lets you record 20 hours of content, which is incredibly restrictive. On top of that, there’s a 30-day limit on video recordings as well, making it one of the least-favorable DVR situations on the market.

Click here to learn more about DirecTV Now’s DVR.

DirecTV Now On-Demand Library

A large number of channels means you’ll be able to get a huge amount of on-demand content through DirecTV Now. That said, no channel offers all of its movies, TV shows, or sporting events on-demand through the service. To expand your options, you’ll need to use your DirecTV Now login information with individual channels’ websites and apps, where available.

You can use your DirecTV Now login information to unlock even more content through most channels’ website and TV Everywhere apps.

Check here to learn more about DirecTV Now’s on-demand library.

How to Watch MTV on Amazon Fire TV

You can watch MTV on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: Philo, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now. The app for each of these services is available for immediate download from the Amazon Fire TV app store. You can also install the MTV app on this device and pair it with your account information for either Philo or DirecTV Now.

How to Watch MTV on Roku

You can watch MTV on Roku with one of these streaming services: Philo, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now. The Roku Channels store has all of these apps for download. The MTV app is also available but only works on this device with DirecTV Now and Philo.

How to Watch MTV on Apple TV

You can watch MTV on Apple TV with one of these streaming services: Philo, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now. Each service’s app is available for free through the Apple TV app store, as is the MTV app, which works with Philo and DirecTV Now.

Philo vs. Sling TV vs. DirecTV Now

Each of these services has a little bit of something different to offer. Making a final decision might be a bit hard, but here are a few things to consider.

Price vs. channel options

What are you most concerned about? Lowest cost or more additional channels? If you only watch entertainment channels and don’t care about sports or local news coverage, Philo is the clear winner, especially since you can get MTV and MTV2 with its basic $20/month package.

However, if you want a mixture of entertainment, sports, and news, Sling TV or DirecTV Now will be a better choice for you. Between those, it might come down to deciding between price and features.


All of these services have some unique features that make them worthwhile, but DirecTV Now is a clear loser on this end. It simply does not have good additional features to make it as attractive as Philo and Sling TV. Though it has good on-demand options, the DVR and streaming limits are a big issue.

If you want features like a spacious DVR, you’re going to be choosing between Philo and Sling TV. There, it may come down, again, to whether you do or do not need sports and news alongside your entertainment shows.

Which service is better for MTV without cable?

Hopefully, these considerations help you decide on a choice between the three above options.

Regardless of which option you select, however, there is one benefit you will get with all of them: access to MTV’s live streams through the web browser or app. You can log into with your Sling, Philo, or DirecTV Now credentials.

This is a great way to bump up the number of simultaneous streams you’re using. You can log into the MTV mobile app or website and stream MTV content – and this will not count against how many people are using your internet TV subscription. This fact can help make DirecTV Now more attractive to some users.

Regardless of which internet TV service you try, you’ll get a much better deal on MTV than you would with cable, given that the average cost of a cable package is now nearly $100. So give each one of these a try, and see which one is right for your needs.

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