You can watch ABC live without cable with one of the following four options: Playstation Vue, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV and DirecTV Now. In this article, we’ll help you decide which streaming option is best for you. Let’s get started!

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Watch ABC on PlayStation Vue

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Source: PlayStation Vue

Sony’s PlayStation Vue isn’t limited to people with game consoles. Across a wide range of platforms, the streaming service delivers rich features and a large channel lineup.

PlayStation Vue Pricing and Packages

PlayStation Vue’s subscriptions start at $45. The most expensive plan is still only $80, which is below what you probably pay your local cable company now. It includes HBO and Showtime and 85+ channels.

Access
5-Day Free Trial
$44.99/ month

50 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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Core
5-Day Free Trial
$49.99/ month

75 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

SIGN UP
Elite
5-Day Free Trial
$59.99/ month

96 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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Ultra
5-Day Free Trial
$79.99/ month

98 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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* You get 3 streams to use in-home or out-of-home streams and 2 extra streams to use in-home.

For more information about PlayStation Vue’s plans, click here.

PlayStation Vue Channels

PlayStation Vue has a very strong sports lineup. Available channels include NBA TV, all the ESPN channels, several FOX Sports channels and more. You’ll also find a great selection of news channels like CNBC World, CNN, FOX, BBC World News and many others.

Click here to see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels.

PlayStation Vue Supported Devices

PlayStation Vue has an app for just about every TV device except Xbox, which is understandable given the competition between the two game consoles.

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Android TV (all gens), Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick (all gens), Chromecast (1st gen and up) and Roku (firmware 8.0 and up).
  • Smart TVs: Amazon Fire TV (all gens), Android TV (all gens) and Roku (firmware 8.0 and up).
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android OS 5.0 and up, iOS 9 and up, and Amazon Fire HD6 tablets and up
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge are recommended (most recent versions will work).

Click here to learn more about devices that work with PlayStation Vue.

PlayStation Vue Simultaneous Streams

With PlayStation Vue, you can watch TV on up to five different screens at the same time. That makes PlayStation Vue one of the best streaming services to get if you have a large family or lots of roommates.

Click here to learn more about PlayStation Vue’s account sharing policy.

PlayStation Vue DVR

PlayStation Vue comes with a free DVR that lets you record an unlimited number of hours of TV programming. Recordings expire after four weeks. However, there’s no upgrade that will let you keep your recordings for a longer period of time.

Click here to learn more about how PlayStation Vue’s DVR works.

PlayStation Vue On-Demand Library

PlayStation Vue’s on-demand library has both “catch-up” programming from the channels it carries and content provided by individual over-the-top services. In markets where local stations aren’t available, on-demand content from the local station often serves as a substitute for the missing live feed.

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Watch ABC on Sling TV

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Source: Sling TV

Sling TV is one of the most flexible streaming services on the market. You can choose from tons of different channel add-on packs once you get a base plan. The base plans only cost $25, which makes Sling TV a very cost effective way to get rid of your cable company. However, make sure you check to see if your local ABC affiliate is available before you join. Sling TV has spotty local channel coverage in some regions.

Sling TV Pricing and Packages

The minimum price you’ll pay for Sling TV is $25. That’s the cost of both of the base plans. From there, you can add more channels by purchasing add-on channel packs. Most of the add-ons cost $5 to $10.

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

As mentioned above, Sling TV has some holes in its ABC coverage. If you live near a city, you’ll probably be able to get ABC. However, that may not be the case if you live in a rural part of the country. Check the Sling TV website to make sure ABC is available in your locality before you join.

To learn more about Sling TV channels, check here.

Sling TV Supported Devices

Sling TV has apps for just about every TV device imaginable. That’s likely because Sling TV was one of the first cable alternatives to hit the market.

  • 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 has different simultaneous streaming policies for each of its base plans. You can only stream Sling Orange channels to one device at a time. The simultaneous stream limit for Sling Blue is three.

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

Sling TV DVR

Sling TV’s DVR costs $5/month and limits you to 50 hours of recording time. However, you can’t record any content from Sling Orange channels with it.

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

Sling TV On-Demand Library

Sling TV’s niche is live TV. With that being said, there are quite a few on-demand titles that are available as well. These include recently aired “catch-up” TV episodes, movies and more.

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Watch ABC on Hulu with Live TV

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Source: Hulu

Like PlayStation Vue and Sling TV, Hulu also carries ABC. Because Hulu has good broadcast affiliate coverage throughout the country, chances are high that you’ll be able to get all your TV in one place with this streaming service.

Hulu with Live TV Pricing and Packages

ABC comes with Hulu with Live TV’s base plan, which costs $45.

Hulu + Live TV
7-Day Free Trial
$44.99/ month

67 Channels

2 simultaneous streams

ESPN and Disney

SIGN UP

For more information about Hulu with Live TV’s plans, click here.

Hulu with Live TV Channels

All the ESPN channels. Food Network. Disney. TNT. These are just a few of the 60+ cable TV staples you get when you subscribe to Hulu with Live TV. Like Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV lets you add to your entertainment options with add-on channel packs. Currently there are only a few add-ons available, though.

Click here to see the full list of Hulu with Live TV channels.

Hulu with Live TV Supported Devices

Perhaps the most notable thing about Hulu with Live TV’s list of supported devices is Nintendo Switch. It’s one of the only streaming services that supports the hybrid game console.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain Samsung and LG televisions as well as some devices based on Amazon Fire TV or Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.

Click here to learn more about devices that work with Hulu with Live TV.

Hulu with Live TV DVR

One significant downside of Hulu with Live TV’s standard DVR is that it doesn’t let you zoom past commercials. You have to get the upgrade to gain the ability to fast forward through advertisements.

Click here to learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s DVR.

Hulu with Live TV On-Demand Library

One of the main benefits of Hulu with Live TV is that it gives you full and complete access to Hulu’s on-demand shows and videos. Some of that content– like the award-winning Hulu original Handmaid’s Tale— you won’t find anywhere else. Many ABC shows are available on-demand, as well.

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Watch ABC on DirecTV Now

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Source: DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now recently raised its subscription prices, but it’s still an option to consider if you’re looking for a streaming service that carries ABC.

DirecTV Now Pricing and Packages

DirecTV Now used to be one of the cheapest streaming services out there– but not anymore. Prices start at $50/month and go up from there, depending on which subscription you get.

  • Plus: 40+ channels / $50 per month.
  • Max: 50+ channels / $70 per month.
  • Entertainment: 65+ channels / $93 per month
  • Choice: 85+ channels / $110 per month
  • Xtra: 105+ channels /  $124 per month
  • Ultimate: 125+ channels / $135 per month

For more information about DirecTV Now plans, click here.

DirecTV Now Channels

A huge amount of channels are available through DirecTV Now. The most expensive plans come with an impressive array of premium cable TV entertainment like HBO, Cinemax and several different STARZ movie channels.

Click here to see the full list of DirecTV Now channels.

DirecTV Now Supported Devices

DirecTV Now has created apps for TV devices ranging from Apple TV to Android and iOS. There are no major gaps to consider here.

  • 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.

Click here to learn more about devices that work with DirecTV Now.

DirecTV Now Simultaneous Streams

When DirecTV Now first came out, you could only stream to two devices through one account at the same time. The release of DirecTV Now 2.0 expanded the limit to three devices. You have to pay a bit extra to get the third stream, though.

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

DirecTV Now DVR

Along with a third simultaneous stream, DirecTV Now 2.0 added a 20-hour DVR to DirecTV Now’s menu of features. 20 hours is stingy compared to services like PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV, though. Both of those services feature unlimited cloud DVRs.

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

DirecTV Now On-Demand Library

DirecTV Now’s website states that the streaming service has 40,000 on-demand shows and movies. That’s more content than most other live TV streaming services.

How to Watch ABC on Amazon Fire TV

You can watch ABC on Amazon Fire TV with Playstation Vue, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV and DirecTV Now. All you have to do is go to the Amazon Fire TV app store and pick whichever streaming service you want to try.

How to Watch ABC on Roku

PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV and DirecTV Now also have Roku apps. Just go to the Roku app store and install the streaming service of your choice to start watching ABC.

How to Watch ABC on Apple TV

PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV and DirecTV Now are also available on Apple TV. It’s easy to get started because all you have to do is download whatever app you want.

Use a TV Tuner to Build Your Own DVR

If none of the cable TV replacement services mentioned above carry your local ABC affiliate, you can still use a TV tuner to capture and record over-the-air ABC content. Here’s a quick summary of everything you need to do to get started.

First, buy a TV Antenna

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Source: Mohu

Modern TV antennas offer outstanding picture quality. In fact, the 1080p resolution feeds that you get via the airwaves look even better than comparatively laggy 720p cable channel feeds.

The two leading digital TV antenna brands right now are Amazon and Mohu. Products from both brands offer cheap yet extremely effective antennas with lots of features. Typical TV antenna prices range from $15 to $20.

Then, get a TV Tuner

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HDHomeRun Connect. Source: Amazon

SiliconDust’s HDHomeRun TV tuner is convenient, flexible and you don’t have to stick it into the side of your computer. All you have to do is plug it into your WiFi router, and then you can watch live TV on any device that’s connected to your network.

Another cool thing about HDHomeRun TV tuners is that they are very affordable compared to ordinary DVR systems. SiliconDust’s most basic HDHomeRun tuner costs just $80. No other TV tuner can compare.

Next, unlock HDHomeRun’s DVR feature

Typical DVR vendors make you pay extra to use their EPG (Electronic Program Guide), but SiliconDust does not. If you only want to watch ABC live, you don’t have to pay any monthly fees. You do, however, have to pay $35 per year to unlock the DVR.

HDHomeRun’s DVR service lets you use your computer’s hard drive to save recorded TV shows. If you need extra space, you can buy any NAS (Network Attached Storage) device and connect it to your HDHomeRun network.

HDHomeRun is compatible with a variety of different platforms, including Amazon Fire TV / Fire TV Stick, Mac, PC, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, Android, Kodi, Plex and more.

Optional: Get a Streaming TV Stick / Box

Unless you have a smart TV or a video game console that works with HDHomeRun, you’ll need to get some type of streaming stick to watch your DVR’d ABC content on your living room TV.

One of the most best and most user friendly options out right now is Amazon’s Fire TV Stick. An Amazon Fire TV Stick costs $40 and is very easy to figure out.

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Source: Amazon

All you have to do is plug your Amazon Fire TV Stick into your TV’s HDMI jack to get started. Then, enter your WiFi password, hop over to the Amazon Appstore and download the free HDHomeRun app.

Once you sign up for DVR service ($35 per year), you’ll be able to record ABC and skip past all the commercials.

Amazon Fire TV is slightly bigger than Fire TV Stick and a bit more expensive ($55) but it also as better features and can play ultra HD 4K video streams.

Android sticks and boxes

Though Amazon Fire TV devices are easy to use and can understand voice commands when paired with Amazon Alexa, they’re also somewhat limited and locked down. In order to install apps that aren’t listed in Amazon’s Appstore, you have to go through an elaborate process.

Android set-top boxes and sticks are more flexible because of Google Play. Google Play has more apps compared to Amazon Appstore.

Total “Roll Your Own” DVR setup cost: between $135 and $175

To set up a Do-It-Yourself DVR to record ABC and other over-the-air TV station feeds, you’ll need to spend about:

  • $20 for a TV antenna.
  • $80 for an HDHomeRun.
  • $35 to upgrade to HDHomeRun’s DVR plan.
  • Optional: $40 for a TV stick / box.

That brings the total cost of turning your computer into a DVR to around $135.

Our Verdict: The Best Way to Watch ABC Without Cable

There are two main paths you can take to watch ABC without cable. Skinny bundle TV services provide an excellent all-in-one cable replacement solution. However, if you want to save money you may want to consider setting up an over-the-air compatible DVR system on your computer.

The best skinny bundle for ABC

Hulu With Live TV offers arguably the best skinny bundle that includes ABC. With Hulu With Live TV, you also get access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand movies and shows. Hulu With Live TV is pricey, though – especially if you pile on extra features.

Runner up

If you’re an AT&T customer, DirecTV Now offers the best skinny bundle deal for ABC. AT&T subscribers can get DirecTV Now for just $20. Even without the $15 discount, DirecTV is not a bad deal – and we expect DirecTV Now will get even better as DirecTV continues to add new features and work out deals with more local TV broadcasters.

The cheapest way to watch ABC without cable

All you need is a $20 TV antenna to watch ABC live on your living room TV. However, if you want the ability to zoom past commercials you’ll need to spend a bit of money to record ABC programs using your computer and an HDHomeRun TV tuner. Once you buy all the equipment you need to use your computer as a DVR, though, you’ll be able to watch ABC and all your other local broadcast networks in an entirely new way for only $35 per year.

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.