You can watch the MTV2 live without cable with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, or Sling TV. In this article, we’ll help you decide which option is best for you. Let’s get started!

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Watch MTV2 on Philo

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Philo specializes in MTV2 and other lifestyle channels. Best of all, it’s very inexpensive. An upcoming update will add social media sharing features to this excellent, low-cost streaming service.

Philo Pricing and Packages

Prices begin at just $16/month. The most basic plan has 44 channels, but you can upgrade to 58 channels for just $4 more per month.

58 Channels
7-day free trial
$20.00/ month

58 channels

3 simultaneous streams

30-Day DVR

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For more information on Philo plans, check here.

Philo Channels

With Philo, you get not only MTV2 but also MTV, MTV Classic, MTV Live and all kinds of other classic cable TV channels that you know from watching cable the traditional way.

For more information on Philo channels, check here.

Philo Supported Devices

For some reason, Philo’s Android app doesn’t let you stream any of Philo’s channels. However, you can still use Philo on your Android phone if you use the mobile version of Chrome to stream. With that being said, Philo’s app support is quite good– especially when you consider that Philo is new compared to competing streaming services.

  • 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)
  • Game consoles: None
  • Desktop browsers: Most Mac and PC browsers

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

Philo Simultaneous Streams

Philo’s simultaneous stream limit is three screens at a time. That means that you can share your account with two other people and you can all watch TV at the same time. As mentioned above, a social media sharing feature is in the works. However, Philo has yet to elaborate on exactly how its users will be able to share streams through its social network.

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

Philo DVR

Philo’s free, unlimited DVR is one of its best features. You can record as much TV as you want with it. Other streaming services either limit you to a finite number of hours or make you pay to unlock recording features.

Check here to learn more about Philo’s DVR.

Philo On-Demand Library

Though Philo does have some on-demand content, it can’t rival on-demand specialists like Hulu and Netflix. According to the Philo website, the library includes 25,000 on-demand titles. Many of these tiles are recently broadcast TV show episodes.

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

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Watch MTV2 with fuboTV

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Though fuboTV is designed to appeal to fans of sports that are hard to watch through ordinary cable TV services, you can get MTV2 and many other general entertainment channels as well. fuboTV is unique among the streaming services in that it’s a startup. Most of the others are owned by large corporations.

fuboTV Pricing and Packages

The main fuboTV subscription package costs $55/month and comes with roughly 90 channels. Half of those are sports channels. Several add-ons give you the ability add more channels to your entertainment menu, but all subscribers get MTV2.

Learn more about fuboTV’s subscription plans here.

Standard
7-day free trial
$54.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

30 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Family
7-day free trial
$59.99+/ month

92 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Entertainment
7-day free trial
$69.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Ultra
7-day free trial
$79.99/ month

113 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME included

Sports Plus add-on

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*Note that in order to see the Family, Entertainment, and Ultra plans, you need to first press "Start Free Trial." After you create an account, you'll see all of these plans.

fuboTV Channels

fuboTV just recently added MTV2 to its base subscription package. Other channels that you might like if you’re an MTV2 fan include MTV, Comedy Central, VH1 and BET. NBCSN and FS1 are the two channels that stream some sports events in 4K. Some streaming services offer on-demand 4K content, but no other streaming service currently broadcasts live channels in 4K.

You can see a full channel list here.

fuboTV Supported Devices

Aside from game consoles, fuboTV has excellent support for TV devices that cord-cutters use.

You can learn more about fuboTV’s supported devices here.

fuboTV Simultaneous Streams

The default simultaneous stream limit is two devices, but you can add on a third if you get a paid upgrade.

You can learn more about fuboTV simultaneous streams here.

fuboTV DVR

fuboTV’s cloud DVR holds 30 hours of recordings unless you get another upgrade, which gives you 500 hours of recording time.

You can learn more about the fuboTV DVR here.

fuboTV On-Demand Library

fuboTV is mostly focused on live TV, but it does have an on-demand library as well. You can access TV episodes and movie titles once you subscribe.

You can learn more about fuboTV’s on-demand library here.

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Watch MTV2 on Sling TV

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Sling TV showed the world that there’s more than one way to watch cable TV. It was one of the first streaming services to hit the market and it’s still one of the least expensive and most customizable cord-cutter apps today.

Sling TV Pricing and Packages

After you sign up for Sling TV, the first thing you have to accomplish is decide which base plan you want. There are two base plans available and you can get both for a discount. They’re called Sling Blue and Sling Orange. Both plans cost $25. Once you get a base plan, you can expand your channel lineup by purchasing channel add-on packs.

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.

To learn more about Sling TV pricing, check here.

Sling TV Channels

No matter which base plan you get, you’ll be able to watch MTV2. MTV2 is a part of both base plans’ lineups. Sling Orange is more oriented to appeal to ESPN fans. Sling Blue lacks ESPN, but it does have a few sports channels as well. The main difference between the two base plans is the fact that many of the Sling Orange channels are owned by Disney.

To learn more about Sling TV channels, check here.

Sling TV Supported Devices

Like fuboTV and PlayStation Vue, Sling TV has a very competitive device lineup:

  • 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

Sling TV’s may feature restrictions are one of its main drawbacks. Though Sling TV does let you share your account, there are limits that you should know about before you join. For example, you can only stream Sling Orange channels to one device at a time. The limit for Sling Blue channels is three simultaneous screens.

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

Sling TV DVR

You have to pay $5/month extra if you want the ability to record TV with Sling TV. You can’t record any Sling Orange channels with it, though.

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

Sling TV On-Demand Library

Sling TV has a decent quality and fairly large on-demand library, but most of the titles are TV show episodes. Some movies are available as well, though.

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

How to Watch MTV2 on Amazon Fire TV

You can watch the MTV2 on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, or Sling TV. Simply go to the Amazon Fire TV app store and click whatever live TV service appeals to you the most– or try them all.

How to Watch MTV2 on Roku

You can watch MTV2 on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, or Sling TV. The process of installing a Roku app is the same as installing a smartphone app. Just look up the app you want to try and complete the sign-up process to get going.

How to Watch MTV2 on Apple TV

You can watch MTV2 on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, or Sling TV. Apple’s app store has them all, so try them out for yourself and compare.

Streaming MTV2

MTV2 is something of an orphan cable channel. Parent company Viacom originally created MTV2 to run music videos after the original MTV channel pivoted to featured programming. That didn’t last too long, however, and the channel is now a dumping ground for repeats of 90s-era TV shows and reruns of shows that first aired on MTV.

Back in 2017, Viacom announced that it would focus its production budgets on the company’s flagship cable channels like MTV and Nickelodeon. In effect, Viacom cut MTV2 loose with only the occasional original production. But if Viacom doesn’t care about MTV2, why keep it around? The answer is a matter of dollars and cents. Cable companies pay a monthly fee for MTV2 based on their subscriber base. It doesn’t matter whether anyone watches the channel or not. MTV2 generated more than $80 million for Viacom in 2017.

What’s on MTV2?

MTV Rebroadcasts

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Much of the original programming from MTV gets aired later in the week on MTV2. Viacom’s strategy change in 2017 refocused MTV on reality programming and on capturing the young adult demographic.

Made in Staten Island – This four-episode reality series follows eight people born into mob families as they try to avoid entering the family business. One of the show’s stars, Karina Seabrook, is the granddaughter of mob boss Sammy “The Bull” Gravano and the daughter of “Mob Wives” star Karen Gravano.

New York politicians blasted MTV as soon as word got out. Mayor Bill de Blasio called it a “shameless ratings grab” and Staten Island’s representative on the New York City Council, Joseph Borelli, called it “embarrassing.” More than 9,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to cancel the show.

Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club – Substance abuse and related run-ins with the law made actress Lindsay Lohan a constant feature of tabloid magazines in the early 2000s. In 2018, Lohan opened a nightclub in Greece called Lohan Beach Club Mykonos where MTV has set its reality series Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club. The show follows eight “ambassadors” who work at the club.

The Guardian called the show “the weirdest, most addictive new reality show on TV.” On the other hand, The Hollywood Reporter called it “vapid and tedious.”

Syndicated programming

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Source: Amazon

When it isn’t running content from its better-funded sister channel, much of MTV2’s schedule is filled with reruns of TV shows from other networks. The selection is meant to appeal to GenXers and Millennials.

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – Will Smith launched his acting career in this 1990s TV series. Born in the working-class neighborhood of West Philadelphia, Smith’s character is sent to live with rich relatives in Bel Air, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

Awareness of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air rose recently when Epic Games let people playing Fortnite buy the “Carlton dance.” This prompted a lawsuit by Fresh Prince co-star Alfonso Ribeiro.

Living Single – Queen Latifah starred in this 90s-era TV series that ran on Fox for five seasons. Living Single followed the lives of five African Americans living in apartments in the same Brooklyn brownstone.

MTV2 streaming options from MTV

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Source: MTV2

A handful of episodes from MTV’s various shows are freely available to stream by anyone through the MTV website and apps. However, the only way to unlock all of MTV’s content is by using your TV provider’s log-in credentials. Philo and DirecTV Now, the only streaming providers that qualify. Here are the platforms that the MTV app runs on:

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

 

Alex Munkachy is a freelance writer, game developer and hobby robotics enthusiast. You can find his blog about robotics news and reviews at robotfanatics.com.