The cord-cutting revolution is now taking over the cable industry. If there’s a cable channel that you simply cannot live without, there’s a good chance that you can kick your cable company to the curb and instead find that much-loved network on a “skinny bundle” internet TV service. That includes the entertainment-focused channel IFC.
If you’re looking to get access to IFC and its unique brand of entertainment and movies, there are a handful of cheaper-than-cable options available to you. Hit shows like Portlandia and Brockmire are must-see content. With cord-cutting streaming services, you don’t need to worry about paying a pile of money just for the networks you want.
Below, you’ll find a full listing of the best methods to access IFC without cable. We’ve also broken down what shows you’ll find on IFC that might help push you right over the edge into cutting the cord – if you’re still on the fence.
IFC and the Growth of the ‘Skinny Bundle’
The Independent Film Channel, or IFC, is one of many networks that are now available through increasingly popular “skinny bundle” internet TV options.
“Skinny bundles” are just what they sound like. They offer a smaller selection of live cable channels for a lower price.
Arising due to the increased angst many consumers feel about rising cable subscription packages that include far more channels than they want, the skinny bundle is a good solution for those who want a few specific channels, and don’t want to pay a crazy amount for channels they will never watch.
These bundles typically have somewhere between 20 to 50 channels. They also come in at prices completely unheard of for normal cable packages. Instead of spending over $100 for a cable package, you can purchase a skinny bundle for anywhere from $16 (Philo) to $45 (fuboTV and others) or more.
IFC is one of the more popular entertainment networks around. And since it carries a number of well-known entertainment shows, you can find it available from almost every service that offers skinny bundles. We found 5 services that offered IFC among their lower-cost options. You can also find IFC through its own dedicated app, although you’ll need to purchase a skinny bundle first, in order to get login credentials.
Let’s look into which options provide you access to IFC without the high cost of cable.
Your Top 6 Options to Watch IFC Without Cable
There are 6 great options you’ll want to explore for cheap IFC access. The first 5 are all “internet TV” streaming services, while the last option is one to explore after you’ve already received access to IFC through a skinny bundle.
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If you’re a real penny-pincher, you can consider Philo to be your go-to option – to a point. Philo is an excellent, new service that actually has its roots as a skinny bundle offered solely on college campuses, but has now moved into the wider market.
The best thing about Philo for new users is the price. Anyone looking to get IFC as a primary channel in their TV lineup can do so through Philo for just $16 per month. Even their larger, 46-channel package is only $20 per month.
Philo offers their $16 channel lineup with 37 channels, which may seem like a lot for the price. However, the company is able to do this by maintaining a fairly strict mode of operation: no sports networks.
If you’re looking for ESPN, Fox Sports, or others of that nature, Philo is almost certainly not going to be the network for you. However, if you’re into entertainment, science, lifestyle, history, and reality TV, Philo has you covered.
The biggest downside you’ll find with Philo is that it’s currently available for a very limited number of devices. Most other streaming services on our list have extensive device support. Not so for Philo. This skinny bundle service can be used on web browsers, Rokus, and iOS devices. It will also soon have apps for Apple TV and Amazon Fire devices. However, there’s still no word on the company for Android devices or Smart TVs.
That said, it’s hard to beat Philo’s price, making this the perfect option for cord-cutters on a really tight budget.
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It’s safe to say that fuboTV is likely not an option you’d consider for an entertainment channel such as IFC.
With its sports-centric approach, fuboTV is almost certainly the best option for international sports fans. Still, the service provides IFC in its channel lineup, making it perhaps the best for those who love both sports and IFC.
fuboTV comes in at around $45 per month but does provide a discount on the first month of service. Beyond IFC, you’ll find some additional entertainment channels you may be interested available through this service as well. HGTV, FX, SYFY, and the Hallmark Channel are all provided with the service’s channel lineup.
Unlike most of the other services on our list, fuboTV does not offer a selection of channel packages. You’ll get fuboTV and its 70+ channels for one price. Much like Sling TV, however, fuboTV does provide some add-on channel packages, although these are primarily for additional international sports options.
You can stream fuboTV through a web browser, or through apps available for Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Android or iOS devices.
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Sling TV is perhaps the most popular service offering skinny bundles. Sling likes to call their service “a la carte” TV. They do this because they offer a very large number of additional add-on channel packages beyond the base service.
This service offers two base channel packages: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. If you’re hoping to minimize your cost as much as possible and still get access to IFC through Sling, their $20 Sling Orange package is exactly what you need.
Through Sling Orange, you’ll have access to IFC, as well as 29 other channels, many of which might be of interest to a fan of IFC. Additional channels with the Sling Orange package include Disney Channel, HGTV, Travel Channel, A&E, AMC, and TBS.
Should you find you want a bit more, Sling also offers IFC through their $25 Sling Blue package. Sling Blue provides users with 40+ channels, including a healthy dose of sports networks. You’ll also get USA, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, FX, and TruTV with Sling Blue, among others.
Sling TV is one of the best options available for IFC fans, especially given the low price and the large channel offering. Sling TV users can spend $5 per month to access a DVR option, and also get access to plenty of on-demand content from IFC and other channels.
Given it’s the oldest and most well-known internet TV service, it should come as no surprise that Sling TV is available on a large number of devices.
You can stream Sling TV through a web browser, and also on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One, and on LG and Samsung smart TVs.
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There’s a good chance you’re already acquainted with DirecTV. The TV service has been offering satellite options for many years now. It’s also run many successful ad campaigns to get users to switch from regular cable TV to satellite options, often for a slightly lower price.
Now, DirecTV is offering their DirecTV Now skinny bundle service which not only cuts the cord even further but reduces the price of TV even more.
DirecTV Now provides 4 distinct cable channel packages for cord-cutters. If you’re looking for IFC, their cheapest package won’t get what you want. Instead, you’ll need to subscribe to their $50 “Just Right” channel package.
The “Just Right” option gives you IFC alongside more than 80 other channels, including a handful of sports networks, lifestyle channels, history and science networks, and most of the popular entertainment networks.
If you’re somewhat on the fence about DirecTV Now due to the price, they’re attempting to sweeten the deal a bit. There are currently several deals available to new customers, including steep discounts on the first few months of service and even free streaming devices.
The biggest limitations for DirecTV Now is the high cost of entry to get IFC, and the current lack of a DVR. There is no DVR service available, though DirecTV is supposed to be launching a free, 20-hour DVR to customers sometime this spring. All in all, you’ll still pay more for DirecTV Now if all you’re looking to get is IFC and a few other choice networks.
DirecTV Now can be streamed from your web browser, and you’ll also find apps available for Android and iOS devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV.
You know YouTube. Now, it’s time to know YouTube TV. The rapidly-expanding skinny bundle service from YouTube is now available in over 80% of the United States. And it’s also one of the cheaper options with some of the most attractive bonus features as well.
For $40 per month, YouTube TV promises users 50+ channels and unlimited DVR service. You can even share your account with up to 6 different people, all of whom can have their own, separate account under yours. You can also stream YouTube TV on 3 devices simultaneously.
Similar to fuboTV, YouTube TV does not have multiple service packages. Instead, you’ll get access to IFC alongside the other 50+ channels for the same price. Included in that package of channels are other options IFC fans may enjoy, such as Bravo, E!, TBS, SYFY, USA, AMC, and TNT. Additionally, if you’re a sports fan, YouTube TV has a fairly expansive sports channel offering for its users.
Among its other benefits, YouTube TV is available through a large number of devices. The service works through any web browser, as well as on Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android devices, iOS devices, Xbox One, and Samsung TVs.
Google and Amazon have been fighting for some time now, so don’t expect an app for Amazon Fire TV devices any time soon. If the Fire TV or TV Stick is your go-to devices, you may want to consider one of the streaming services on our list for streaming IFC without cable.
Once you have access to a skinny bundle, you might want to watch IFC on the go. Thankfully, IFC has an app for that!
You can stream IFC live on its website, but another good option to watch it is to stream it live via a dedicated app for Android or iOS devices.
Once you attempt to login to the IFC app, it will ask for your service provider information. All of the above streaming services will work, and provide you with access – just like if you had a cable subscription.
All you’ll need to do is locate the name of the streaming service, such as YouTube TV. Then, the app will allow you to log into your account, and browse quite a bit of live and on-demand content.
The IFC app gives you all of IFC’s on-demand content, as well as live streams of what’s currently playing on the network.
The IFC app overcomes some of the shortcomings that exist with a few of the streaming services. For those interested in Philo, but not happy with its lack of a dedicated Android app, the IFC app will fill that gap. And many of the other channels offered through Philo also have dedicated apps that offer both live and on-demand content, such as the Science channel.
For those with DirecTV Now, IFC’s on-demand content is a good way to supplement that service’s lack of a DVR.Overall, the IFC app is a great way to watch IFC if you already have subscribed to a “skinny bundle” internet TV service.
Additionally, using an app like the IFC app gets around the streaming device limitations you’ll experience with all of these services. As streaming from the IFC app doesn’t count toward your simultaneous device limit, you can stream IFC through the dedicated app while others can still enjoy other channels available through the skinny bundle service you’re using.
Did you find access to IFC through a cord-cutting streaming service not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments below!