Lifetime’s mix of fashion-oriented reality shows, family-friendly dramas and original movies creates a compelling TV-viewing option for women. There’s no reason to go without Project Runway just because you cancelled your cable bill. Check out these ten ways to watch Lifetime without cable.

Live TV Streaming Services

Millions of people are switching from cable to a new generation of services that stream live TV over the internet. These are called “Skinny Bundles, and allow you to watch the same cable channels at the same time as everyone else, but for a much lower price than the $100 average of a cable bill.

In addition, one big advantage of subscribing to a TV streaming service is that many of them take part in the TV Everywhere system. That lets you unlock premium content in apps from ESPN, Lifetime and other networks, and stream on-the-go.

Philo

Philo streaming TV
Source: Philo

Philo is the new kid on the streaming block. It grabbed headlines in 2017 for its low-low $16 monthly price. The way it keeps costs so low is by skipping expensive sports networks and local channels. Philo instead chose to focus on lifestyle and entertainment networks like Lifetime.

 Package 1Package 2
Price$16$20
Channels4355
Simultaneous Streams33
Fire TV SupportNoNo
Roku SupportYesYes
Sign Up7-DAY FREE TRIAL7-DAY FREE TRIAL

Philo used to have lacking device support, but as it has grown, as has its support for other streaming platforms, like Roku, Android and iOS, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. You can also stream Philo in your web browser.

Philo Shortcode

 

fuboTV

fuboTV
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fuboTV may have started as a streaming service for sports fans, but it now has something for everyone – and a whole lot of soccer.

 FuboFubo ExtraFubo LatinoFubo Português
Price$44.99/mo.$49.99+$17.99/mo.$19.99/mo.
Channels75+90+15+5+
Simultaneous Streams2222
Fire TV SupportYesYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYesYes
Sign Up 7-DAY FREE TRIAL7-DAY FREE TRIAL7-DAY FREE TRIAL7-DAY FREE TRIAL

The $44.99 base plan gives you more than seventy channels, including Lifetime. Expansion packs let you add more sports channels or Spanish-language channels. You can also subscribe to fubo Extra for even more channels.

FuboTV Shortcode

 

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.

Sling TV

Sling TV
Source: Sling TV

Sling TV has such a complicated mix of plans that we accused Sling TV of being a cable company in disguise. If you opt into too many extras, you could easily wind up with a high monthly bill.

 Sling OrangeSling BlueSling Orange + Blue
Price$25$25$40
Channels30+40+50+
Simultaneous Streams134*
ESPNYesNoYes
Fire TV SupportYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYes
Special OffersFREE ROKU DEALFREE ROKU DEALFREE ROKU DEAL
* You get one stream with Sling Orange and up to 3 simultaneous streams with Sling Blue.

If Lifetime is your priority, though, then things are easier because it is standard in all three base plans:

  • Orange: 30+ channels for $25
  • Blue: 45+ channels for $25
  • Orange+Blue: 50+ channels for $40

 

For all its issues, Sling TV does support a good range of 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 streaming TV
Source: DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now is a leading cord-cutting option, as it now supports cloud DVR service and has one of the best packages of channels in the world of internet TV.

 Live a LittleJust RightGo BigGotta Have It
Price$35/mo.$50/mo.$60/mo.$70/mo.
Channels60+80+100+120+
Simultaneous Streams2222
ESPNYesYesYesYes
Fire TV SupportYesYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYesYes
Special OffersFREE FIRE TV DEALFREE FIRE TV DEALFREE FIRE TV DEALFREE FIRE TV DEAL

Lifetime is a standard part of all four of DirecTV Now’s subscription plans.

  • Live a Little: $35 per month for more than sixty channels.
  • Just Right: $50 per month for more than eighty channels.
  • Go Big: $60 per month for more than one hundred channels.
  • Gotta Have It: $70 per month for more than one hundred and twenty channels.

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DirecTV Now can be streamed on almost any app or platform, including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Android and iOS, and web browsers.

Hulu with Live TV

Hulu is the Best Cable Alternative in America
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Hulu with Live TV is technically a “beta” test, but it is as rock-solid as its competitors. The $39.99 monthly subscription gives you more than fifty channels, a cloud DVR and support for up to six profiles. It also includes access to Hulu’s on-demand library. Hulu is owned by NBC, Fox and ABC so its on-demand library stays pretty full of content.

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, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari.

Xfinity Instant TV

Comcast Xfinity Instant TV
Source: Xfinity

We are going to be seeing a lot of cable companies get into the streaming TV business this year. Comcast was the first our of the gate with its Xfinity Instant TV service.

If you have Comcast’s internet service, then Xfinity Instant TV could be an option for you. Lifetime isn’t part of the basic service, but is included in the Entertainment Channel Pack. That will bring your costs to around $32 per month which includes:

  • $10 monthly subscription for local TV
  • Up to $8 monthly broadcast TV fee
  • $15 monthly Entertainment Channel Pack subscription

We are talking about a cable company, so the small print leaves a lot of room for Xfinity to add more costs. The broadcast fee is “subject to change”. In addition, taxes and “other fees” are extra.

Another drawback is that Xfinity Instant TV has the worst support for apps out of any of the streaming services:

  • 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.

MyLifetime, Lifetime Movie Club and Apps

 

Lifetime app device support
Source: Lifetime

You can also get Lifetime content directly if you live in the United States or its territories. The MyLifetime website has clips and a limited number of episodes that anyone can watch. Watching all the available content, however, requires TV Everywhere credentials. That’s where subscribing to one of the streaming services comes in handy.

Lifetime’s programming on cable is ad-supported and that is also true for its streaming content. There is no way to get rid of the ads through a premium subscription.

Lifetime does, however, offer the Lifetime Movie Club. This on-demand service delivers a wide range of family-friendly movies for only $3.99 a month or $39.99 per year.

The live content, on-demand TV episodes and Lifetime Movie Club are all available through Lifetime’s various apps. Owners of Apple devices get an extra benefit with the Lifetime app. They can download Lifetime Movie Club content for viewing off-line.

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

What people think of the Lifetime app

The general consensus is that Lifetime’s apps are pretty good. Android users rate 4.0 with more than 24,000 four-or-five star reviews and less than 6,000 one-or-two star reviews. Amazon and Apple customers are a little harsher, giving the Lifetime app a 3.3 rating. Roku customer give it a 3.5.

There are only two consistent complaints about the Lifetime app. People don’t like the TV Everywhere restrictions. They also don’t like the advertising that Lifetime inserts into the episodes. Although some people see only a handful of thirty-second ads, others are subjected to ad breaks as long as three minutes with five breaks in a one hour show.

Alphanable on the Apple App Store called out the Cosentyx commercial as being especially horrible:

“That nightmare of a ‘commercial’, if you can call it that, presents the viewer with 5 minutes (not kidding, actually 5 minutes) of a slowly crawling block of text that goes with excruciatingly painful details over all the safety recommendations for this drug. It is way too much. I had to endure this three times just to watch an episode of Project Runway.”

On-Demand Services

Your existing on-demand video services may be the way to go if you don’t want to add yet another subscription. Lifetime is better than some networks at making its content available, but you won’t find everything available for streaming in one place.

Amazon Prime Video

 

Lifetime Movie Channel on Amazon Video
Source: Amazon

Your Amazon Prime subscription won’t be much help if you want to catch Lifetime programs. There’s no central place where you can find all of Lifetime’s shows. Amazon forces you to search title by title.

Even when you do find Lifetime content on Amazon, it is not available to stream for free as part of your Prime membership. Your only option is to buy the season pass which costs as much as a physical disc. Project Runway’s Season 8, for example, costs $28.99 to buy digitally while the DVD is available for $20.99.

You can, however, subscribe to the Lifetime Movie Club as an Amazon Channel. That lets you watch Lifetime movies through Amazon’s many apps:

  • 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.

Just keep in mind that subscribing to Lifetime Movie Club through Amazon locks you into Amazon’s apps. Lifetime’s apps won’t recognize that subscription.

Hulu

 

Lifetime content on Hulu
Source: Hulu

Hulu’s on-demand service makes discovering Lifetime content much easier with a dedicated Lifetime page. There you will find content from more than twenty series. Available series include Lifetime’s most popular shows like Project Runway and Little Women.

You can find complete series of older shows like Drop Dead Diva. However, you won’t necessarily get everything with current run shows. Project Runway, for example, only has seasons nine through fourteen on Hulu.

Hulu’s on-demand service is a lot cheaper than its live TV service. You can also opt to remove commercials for an extra $4 per month:

  • Hulu Streaming Library: $7 per month.
  • Hulu Streaming Library With No Commercials: $11 per month.

Hulu’s on-demand service is available through the same apps as Hulu with Live TV.

Netflix

 

Lifetime content on Netflix
Source: Netflix

Netflix only has a handful of Lifetime titles, including the TV shows The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, Drop Dead Diva, The Client List. There are also two Lifetime movies: Brace for Impact and The Spirit of Christmas.

Netflix’s limited selection probably won’t improve any time soon. Lifetime is half-owned by Disney, which is backing away from Netflix as a distribution channel.

  • 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.

Netflix has a strong set of apps that you can use on just about any device:

  • 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.

Why Watch Lifetime?

A+E Networks has set up Lifetime to be the “most favorite and trusted network for women.” But Lifetime doesn’t only produce content women like, it also involves women throughout the production process. More than half of the actors in Lifetime’s shows are women and women direct more than half of the network’s scripted programming. Lifetime also sponsors public service ads that try to erase adjectives like “bossy” when describing female leadership.

Lifetime’s flagship program is Project Runway, now in its sixteenth season. Headed by supermodel Heidi Klum, the contest sends a group of fashion designers through a series of elimination rounds. The finalists prepare a complete collection to present at New York Fashion Week.

Scripted dramas like UnReal and Mary Kills People also play a key role in Lifetime’s success. UnReal follows the producers of a reality TV show as they maneuver the contestants into dramatic conflict. The dramedy Mary Kills People is about an emergency room surgeon who helps people commit suicide.