Cord-cutting runs strong in science fiction fans. But does saving money by ditching the cable bill have to mean giving up Syfy? Fortunately, these eleven alternatives to cable may be the streaming sources you’re looking for. Here’s how to get Syfy without cable.

Live TV Streaming Services

There are two ways you can avoid spoilers: shut off all contact with the outside world or watch your show live. Thanks to a new generation of streaming TV services, you can watch the latest episodes on Syfy at the same time they air on cable.

Another benefit all of these streaming services provide is participation in the TV Everywhere system. That means they count as TV providers, just like cable companies, when you use a network’s app. That unlocks all of the app’s contents and features.

fuboTV

FuboTV Home page
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fuboTV also includes Syfy as part of its sports-centric channel lineup. (Pro wrestling is a sport, right?)

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Channels75+90+15+5+
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You can choose between a base-tier fubo subscription, which will cost you $45 per month, or the $50/month fubo Extra subscription, which adds a few more sports and entertainment channels.

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The app support from fuboTV is pretty solid with a focus on set-top boxes and mobile devices.

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

Related: FuboTV Adds New Fox and CBS Affiliates, Expanding Local Broadcast List

Sling TV

Showtime on Sling TV
Source: Sling TV

Dish Network launched Sling TV several years ago with the claim that it’s an “a la carte” TV service. You can’t actually pick-and-choose your favorite channels, though. Instead, you have to select plans and add-on bundles.

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Price$25$25$40
Channels30+40+50+
Simultaneous Streams134*
ESPNYesNoYes
Fire TV SupportYesYesYes
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* You get one stream with Sling Orange and up to 3 simultaneous streams with Sling Blue.

You get two choices if you want to get Sling TV with Syfy:

  • Sling Blue: 45 channels for $25
  • Sling Orange+Blue: 53 channels for $40

 

You have to pay extra for Sling TV’s services, just like a cable company. The cloud DVR service, for example, will cost you an extra $5 per month. You will find, however, that Sling offers good support for streaming devices.

  • 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.

DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now
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AT&T-owned DirecTV Now has grand plans for 2018 with the rollout of 4K and HDR streams. It already offers the largest channel lineup of any streaming service, and Syfy is a standard part of it.

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Price$35/mo.$50/mo.$60/mo.$70/mo.
Channels60+80+100+120+
Simultaneous Streams2222
ESPNYesYesYesYes
Fire TV SupportYesYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYesYes
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  • 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.

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AT&T’s overhaul of DirecTV Now isn’t complete, so you will need to deal with some limitations like inconsistent support for local TV stations. You also only get a few options for 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.

Related: DIRECTV NOW Officially Surpasses 1 Million Subscribers

Hulu with Live TV

Hulu dub or sub
Source: Hulu

Hulu launched its live TV service in 2017 as an open “beta” program. The “beta” designation means they don’t guarantee anything, yet Hulu with Live TV is actually a really good option for most people. Its biggest benefit is Hulu’s huge catalog of on-demand content.

Hulu with Live TV’s $39.99-per-month subscription also gives you a cloud DVR, support for up to six profiles, and two simultaneous streams. Various upgrades will remove ads from on-demand content, expand the DVR storage, and give your family unlimited streaming at home.

Another benefit of going with Hulu is its commitment to supporting almost every streaming device.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Nexus Player, Roku and TiVo.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire Tablets, Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari.

Related: Hulu Live TV Channel List – What Channels are on Hulu TV in 2017?

PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue has TLC
Source: PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue is one of the longest-running streaming services. That gives it a large channel lineup and reasonably good support for local TV stations. Syfy is a standard part of all four subscription plans.

  • Access: 45 channels for $45 per month.
  • Core: 60 channels for $50 per month.
  • Elite: 84 channels for $60 per month.
  • Ultra: 87 channels, including HBO and Showtime, for $80 per month.

Of particular interest for families is PlayStation Vue’s support for five simultaneous streams to the many devices in your home.

  • 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.

Xfinity Instant TV

Comcast Xfinity Instant TV
Source: Xfinity

The cable companies are slowly responding to the cord-cutting wave. Comcast is the first major company to offer a streaming TV service that doesn’t require a cable subscription. You do have to be a Comcast internet subscriber, however, to get Xfinity Instant TV.

You will need to check your first month’s bill carefully if you go with Comcast. The fine print says the base subscription is “currently $10.00/mo. for XFINITY Instant TV and Broadcast TV fee up to a $8.00/mo. (subject to change). Taxes and other fees extra.”

So the base plan will cost at least $18 per month, but that only gets you about ten local broadcast channels. You have to pay an extra $15 per month for the Entertainment Channel Pack in order to get Syfy. Your total price will be at least $32 per month, maybe more after additional charges.

Unfortunately, Xfinity’s app support is particularly anemic:

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

YouTube TV

Browsers on YouTube TV
Source: YouTube TV

YouTube TV launched in early 2017. Its single $40 subscription plan gets you several dozen channels including Syfy. You can also add premium subscriptions. The horror-centric Shudder at $5 per month might be of interest to some Syfy fans.

YouTube TV gives you and up to five other members of your household unlimited DVR storage. It also allows up to three simultaneous streams to devices in your house and on the road.

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from LG and Samsung, Sharp, VIZO, and Hisense.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

The Syfy App

Syfy app on iPhone
The Syfy app requires a TV Everywhere to access full episodes. Source: Flixed.io

Syfy’s app lets you live stream the network’s broadcast. It also lets you watch certain past episodes on demand. The only catch is you must sign in with TV Everywhere credentials. Without that, you’re limited to watching trailers and clips.

Fortunately, all of the streaming services we’ve just looked at are part of the TV Everywhere program. If you are a subscriber, you will unlock all of the Syfy app’s content.

You will still run into limits. Most of the shows available in the app are currently running shows. You can’t watch Warehouse 13, Battlestar Galactica or the many Sharknado movies. At the time of this review, none of the 12 Monkeys episodes were available and you could only watch the last five episodes of The Expanse’s second season.

You can find Syfy apps on the following platforms:

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

What people think of the Syfy app

Syfy app on Roku
Source: Roku

The Syfy app gets a low-to-mid three-star rating in most app stores. There is a love-it-or-hate-it aspect to the reviews which may be due to Android fragmentation. The most consistent complaint is the app’s forgetfulness. If you close the app or switch to another during playback, you must start from the beginning. The app doesn’t let users fast forward which forces them to start the video from the beginning.

The iOS version of the Syfy app gets a 4.1-star rating with significantly more four-and-five-star reviews than one-or-two-star reviews. People also complain about the app’s forgetfulness, but seem to have no trouble skipping forward to where they left off.

On-Demand Services

Given how limited on-demand options are on Syfy’s own website, you won’t be too surprised to learn that on-demand services face the same issues.

Amazon Prime Video

Syfy content on Amazon Prime
It takes some searching, but you can watch a few Syfy shows for free. Source: Amazon

Amazon doesn’t have much to offer for free Syfy streaming. In addition to the complete Battlestar Galactica, you can watch all three seasons of Defiance and the first season of The Expanse.

If you’re willing to pay the equivalent price of a DVD box set, you can buy season passes. The Amazon library includes Warehouse 13, Eureka, Killjoys and more.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Select models from LG, Samsung and Sony.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire Tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Hulu

Syfy on Hulu
Hulu has a dedicated Syfy page, but it’s pretty empty. Source: Hulu

If you only subscribe to Hulu’s on-demand service, your choices aren’t any better. You can watch all four seasons of the Battlestar Galactica reboot from 2004 as well as the first two seasons of 12 Monkeys. That’s all you get from Syfy, so subscribe to Hulu for other reasons.

  • Hulu Streaming Library: $8 per month.
  • Hulu Streaming Library With No Commercials: $12 per month.

The on-demand service is available through the same app as Hulu with Live TV.

Netflix

Syfy on Netflix
Netflix is great for catching up on Syfy. Source: Netflix

Netflix is the best source for Syfy content on-demand. You won’t get episodes from current seasons, of course, but previous seasons of today’s most popular Syfy shows like Z Nation and The Magicians are in Netflix’s catalog. You can also binge on entire series of Dark Matter and Lost Girl. Of course, nothing’s perfect: no Battlestar Galactica, for example.

Netflix bumped up its prices last year for all but the most basic streaming plan. It still gives you a month-long free trial after which you will pay:

  • Basic: One standard definition stream, $7.99 per month.
  • Standard: Two high definition streams, $10.99 per month.
  • Premium: Four ultra high definition streams, $13.99 per month.

You will find Netflix apps almost everywhere:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Nexus Player, NVIDIA Shield and Roku
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from Hisense, LG, Magnavox, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba and Vizio.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

What to Watch on Syfy

Killjoys on Syfy
Syfy made a 2-year commitment to finish Killjoys in 2019. Source: Syfy

After several years going after a more mainstream audience, Syfy is returning to its roots. Last year’s 25th-anniversary “reboot” heralds a more focused effort to air science fiction, fantasy and other genre programs.

Science fiction fans have two space operas to choose from: Killjoys and The Expanse. They also get to time travel between the pre-and-post apocalypse 12 Monkeys.

The Magicians offers a mix or high and urban fantasy while Happy! gives us an ex-cop hitman who partners with an imaginary flying horse.

Wynonna Earp on Syfy
There isn’t room in Canada for demons and Wynonna Earp. Source: Syfy

Zombies feature in Z Nation while vampires run rampant in Van Helsing and demons do devilish things in Wynonna Earp.

For horror fans, the latest edition of Channel Zero starts in February, spirits continue to overrun the Alaskan town of Port Moore in Ghost Wars and evil still stalks the southern town of La Rochelle in Superstition.

In March we will see the Superman prequel, Krypton. With luck, it will do better than Caprica.

Straight-up science fiction fans have a lot to look forward to later this year and into 2019. Syfy shows in production include an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Dan Simmons’ Hyperion and Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land.

Having so many ways to watch Syfy lets cord-cutters take advantage of the high-quality programs on offer.