Tired of paying $100 every month or more for cable channels that you don’t want or need? If your answer was yes and your favorite channel is AMC, we’ve got some good news for you. There are now plenty of ways to watch AMC programs live and/or on-demand over the internet.

Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about how to watch AMC without cable.

The Top 3 Cable Replacers That Have AMC

Internet-powered cable TV replacers (also known as “skinny bundles”) are blowing traditional cable companies out of the water. Skinny bundles are much cheaper, plus they have DVR capability and other innovative features.

Here’s another cool feature: many — but not all — skinny bundle services let you unlock premium content with TV Everywhere. For example, you can unlock the AMC website and watch full episodes of The Walking Dead there if you have DirecTV’s skinny bundle service, DirecTV Now.

Despite the fact that skinny bundles are offering stiff competition to traditional TV services, cable TV fees are still on the rise. Comcast plans to raise prices by 2.2 percent next year. The average price of traditional cable TV services surpassed the $100 mark in 2017. Skinny bundle packages, on the other hand, start at $16.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the major skinny bundle services that have AMC.


Philo streaming services
Source: Philo

Philo’s base subscription includes AMC, and it’s only $16. If you don’t watch sports or broadcast networks and you just want to catch The Walking Dead and other AMC shows, it’s worth looking into.

Plans, deals and pricing

 Package 1Package 2
Simultaneous Streams33
Fire TV SupportNoNo
Roku SupportYesYes
  • Philo with 43 channels: $16
  • Philo with 55 channels: $20


With such bargain prices, it’s somewhat surprising that Philo offers an above average DVR. With Philo, you can grab recordings of as many shows as you want and view them for up to 30 days.

Aside from its lack of sports channels and local broadcast networks, Philo’s main downside is that it doesn’t play nice with Amazon TV device. Here’s Philo’s app list:

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

Additionally, an interesting new social network from Philo is in the works. Details on it are vague, though.

“Coming soon, Philo will integrate a social platform that connects you with your friends and family to discover new content, effortlessly share your favorite shows, and watch shows together.” – Philo press release

Philo does have some (1,000 hours) on-demand content, but other cable replacers have far more to offer in this department. Also, you can’t use Philo creds to unlock full episodes of AMC shows on the web.

Philo continues to add loads of new channels. In the past year, its basic plan increased from around 30 channels to over 40. The top-level package also jumped from around 40 to 55. And as other services have continued to raise prices, Philo has somehow managed to add more channels without increasing the price of either of its two packages.

The bottom line

  • Philo’s $16 subscription includes AMC.
  • Sports and broadcast networks are not on the menu.
  • Philo is the cheapest TV replacer on the market.
  • Competitive DVR.
  • Philo credentials do not unlock TV Everywhere.

Hate sports but love AMC? If so, Philo could be right up your alley. Otherwise, you may want to go with a different cable replacer.

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Sling TV

Sling TV is inexpensive and AMC is on the menu, but you may not be able to get your local TV network. Source: Sling TV

Because Sling TV offers a low-cost way to watch AMC and other cable TV channels on the internet, it’s a good service to go with if you want to save money. Sling TV’s Orange plan lets you get AMC, ESPN and other premium channels for $20, which isn’t a bad deal. Sling TV Blue comes with AMC as well.

However, your monthly costs will begin to go up if you start to add extra features and packages. For example, DVR functionality costs $5 more. Additionally, the amount of channels you can get with Sling TV looks puny in comparison to most other skinny bundle providers.

Though we like Sling TV for its low cost, we also think that Sling TV’s subscription plans are deeply in need of a redesign. Various Sling TV add-on packages do let you get more channels, but they’re confusing because they change depending on which base plan you get.

Plans, deals and pricing

 Sling OrangeSling BlueSling Orange + Blue
Simultaneous Streams134*
Fire TV SupportYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYes
* You get one stream with Sling Orange and up to 3 simultaneous streams with Sling Blue.
  • Orange: $25 per month, 30+ channels
  • Blue: $25 per month, 40+ channels
  • Orange + Blue: $40 per month, 50+ channels

Related: Sling TV Channel List – What Channels are on Sling TV?


With Sling TV, a familiar old adage rings true: you get what you pay for. Sling TV is cheap, but it also lacks features found on many other cable replacers.

One feature area where Sling TV does shine, however, is in on-demand content. With around 10,000 hours of on-demand video, Sling TV has a surprisingly big video vault. App support is quite good, too.

  • 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.

If you decide to opt in and buy Sling TV’s DVR service for 5$ extra, you’ll have to put up with the fact that you can’t record any Disney-owned channels with it. But because AMC does not fall into that category, you should still be able to record AMC shows with Sling TV’s DVR.

Another downside: Sling only lets you stream to 3 devices at once with Sling Blue. You don’t get any simultaneous streaming capability with Sling TV Orange. In addition, you can’t use your Sling TV credentials to watch full episodes AMC shows on AMC’s website and apps.

Sling TV also offers a different number of channels in the Orange and Blue package for the same price. This is because you’re paying more to get access to ESPN and other Disney-owned networks.

The bottom line

  • Both Sling TV base plans have AMC.
  • Very inexpensive.
  • Confusing add-on plans.
  • Large on-demand library.
  • Sling TV credentials do not unlock premium AMC content.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to catch AMC content, you may want to consider giving Sling TV a spin. But if you’re not on a budget, there are better options out there.


DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now is a good way to watch AMC live and enjoy DirecTV Now’s on-demand library of AMC shows. Source: DirecTV

DirecTV Now is an excellent skinny bundle to get if you want to buy ton of channels in addition to AMC. You can get AMC with a basic DirecTV Now subscription package (Live a Little, $35) plus 60+ other channels, but the premium plan (Gotta Have It, $70) has a whopping 120+ channels. That’s far more channels than most skinny bundles let you buy.

Along with AMC, DirecTV Now also carries standard cable channels like USA Network, AMC, FX/FXX, TBS, TNT, Spike and A&E plus ESPN and several regional FOX Sports channels.

Aside from a bigger menu of channels, another benefit of DirecTV Now is better picture quality. DirecTV Now is one of the few skinny bundle providers that has 1080p channels. AT&T plans to upgrade some DirecTV Now channels to 4K this year.

DirecTV Now’s main downside is that AT&T isn’t quite finished building it. DVR should have been released at launch, but that key feature is currently in beta. AT&T plans to have its DVR ready sometime this year, though.

Related: DirecTV Now Channel List – What Channels are on DirecTV Now?

Plans, deals and pricing

 Live a LittleJust RightGo BigGotta Have It
Simultaneous Streams2222
Fire TV SupportYesYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYesYes

Here’s a summary of all of DirecTV Now’s plans:

  • Live a Little: $35 per month, 60+ channels.
  • Just Right: $50 per month, 80+ channels.
  • Go Big: $60 per month, 100+ channels.
  • Gotta Have It: $70 per month, 120+ channels.

DirecTV Now’s free trial period lasts 7 days, and their subscription plans start at $35. If you have AT&T Unlimited Choice, however, you tack on DirecTV Now for just $10/month.


As mentioned above, DirecTV Now will likely roll out 4K soon. Current DirecTV Now subscribers already enjoy 1080p picture quality on some sports channels.

DirecTV Now has apps for a slim selection of streaming devices:

  • 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.

The biggest problem with DirecTV Now is that its DVR service is still in beta. Another potential issue: only two people can watch streams on one DirecTV Now account at once. If you have a large family, more flexible options are out there.

DirecTV Now has over 25,000 titles in its giant on-demand catalog, including season 8 of AMC’s The Walking Dead. In addition, DirecTV Now credentials unlocks most TV Everywhere content, including exclusive video content from AMC.

The bottom line

  • AMC comes with DirecTV Now’s basic $35 plan.
  • The basic DirecTV Now plan is $10 with AT&T Unlimited Choice.
  • DVR and 4K will come out soon.
  • DirecTV Now credentials can unlock TV Everywhere content.

DirecTV Now is the best choice if you have AT&T Unlimited Choice or you want lots of extra channels in addition to AMC. If you’re curious about DirecTV Now, check it out free for 7 days and see what you think.

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On-demand Services

Here’s a quick look at what Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video have to offer in the way of AMC content.


Source: Netflix

Netflix currently has almost all of AMC’s top shows except Preacher.

  • Breaking Bad: 5 seasons
  • The Walking Dead: 7 seasons
  • Better Call Saul: 2 seasons
  • Mad Men: 7 seasons
  • Hell On Wheels: 5 seasons
  • Turn: Washington’s Spies: 4 seasons
  • The Killing: 4 seasons
  • Into the Badlands: 1 season
  • Preacher: No
  • Halt and Catch Fire: 4 seasons


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Source: Hulu

Hulu has only one season of one of the top AMC shows: Preacher.

  • Breaking Bad: No
  • The Walking Dead: No
  • Better Call Saul: No
  • Mad Men: No
  • Hell On Wheels: No
  • Turn: Washington’s Spies: No
  • The Killing: No
  • Into the Badlands: No
  • Preacher: 1 season
  • Halt and Catch Fire: No

Prime Video

Amazon Fire TV Stick
Source: Amazon

If you have Prime Video, you’re out of luck. Some AMC shows are available, but only if you buy them.

  • Breaking Bad: No
  • The Walking Dead: No
  • Better Call Saul: No
  • Mad Men: No
  • Hell On Wheels: No
  • Turn: Washington’s Spies: No
  • The Killing: No
  • Into the Badlands: No
  • Preacher: No
  • Halt and Catch Fire: No

AMC Apps & Websites

Even though AT&T’s DirecTV Now is in many ways a work-in-progress, one attractive reason to go with DirecTV Now over Philo or Sling TV is the fact that you can use your DirecTV Now username and password to log into TV Everywhere. You can’t log into TV Everywhere with Sling TV or Philo.

TV Everywhere lets you unlock content from AMC, ESPN, Nickelodeon and other cable TV channels.

Here’s a quick summary of AMC’s major websites and apps.


The AMC site has a ton of interviews, clips and extras — and it also has full episodes of many of its shows. To unlock the full episodes, you have to sign in with TV Everywhere credentials.

Source: AMC

The Official AMC App

The official AMC app is very similar to the AMC website. Clips are free, but you have to log in with TV Everywhere to watch full shows.


Other AMC Apps

In addition to the main AMC app, there are several other AMC apps you can download that give you access to additional content. Some of the apps look gimmicky, but since they’re free and you don’t need TV Everywhere to check them out they may be worth a look.


Our Verdict: The Best Way to Watch the AMC Without Cable

If you want to get AMC without a cable subscription, you have a ton of options. Here’s a quick breakdown of your best available choices.

The overall best skinny bundle for AMC

Even though DirecTV Now is still working on adding DVR functionality, it’s still the best option out there for AMC. DirecTV Now subscription packages have more channels than most other skinny bundle providers. The picture quality is better compared to other cable replacers, too. Another big benefit is that DirecTV creds allow you to unlock TV Everywhere content.

The cheapest way to watch AMC without cable

Philo is the least expensive way to catch AMC content without a cable plan. For just $16, you can get access to AMC and 36 other cable channels.