Wondering how to watch Nick Jr. without cable? Nick Jr. is a great, kid-friendly network, and a very popular cable channel. Nick Jr. offers up hit shows like Peppa Pig, Dora the Explorer, Yo Gabba Gabba, and more. If you’ve got an infant, toddler, or a small child, chances are that they’ll love the child-friendly educational content on this network.

But if you want to cancel cable and save money, you may be worried that you’ll lose access to this channel. That means an unhappy kid and an unhappy parent. But don’t stress about it. We’ve put together this quick guide, which discusses all of your options for watching Nick Jr. without cable – for much less than you’d pay for a traditional satellite or cable subscription.

Watching Nick Jr. Without Cable  – The Rise of “Skinny Bundle”Internet TV

Even just a few years ago, there would have been no legal way to watch Nick Jr. without subscribing to cable. But that all changed with the rise of internet tv “skinny bundle” services. 

With an internet TV service like DirecTV Now or Philo, you can get Nick Jr., as well as plenty of other essential cable and network channels, for just a fraction of the price of a traditional cable subscription, which can cost over $100. These services also don’t require a long-term subscription or have any hidden fees. 

Interested? Let’s go over the top internet TV services on the market which offer Nick Jr., so that you can understand all of your options.

Philo

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Source: Philo

If you’re on a budget and looking for a really cheap way to watch Nick Jr. without cable, look no further than Philo. This low-cost TV provider is focused on providing the best selection of entertainment channels at a low price and has a number of family-friendly features.

Plans, deals and pricing

45 Channels
7-day free trial
$16.00/ month

45 channels

3 simultaneous streams

30-Day DVR

Roku Support

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58 Channels
7-day free trial
$20.00/ month

58 channels

3 simultaneous streams

30-Day DVR

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You can choose between two basic Philo subscriptions. The 43-channel, $16 subscription comes with Nick Jr., as well as some other child-friendly cable channels like Nickelodeon, TeenNick, and TV Land.

For $4 more per month, you can unlock 55 total channels, which includes additional networks like Discovery Family, Nicktoons, BET Her, American Heroes channel, and more.

You may be wondering how it’s possible for Philo to offer so many channels for such a low price. And the answer is simple. Philo does not have any local network channels, limited news coverage, no sports channels. These channels are the most expensive to carry. ESPN alone costs more than $9 when added to a cable package, according to Business Insider.

By eschewing sports and local TV networks, Philo is able to offer a wide variety of entertainment, education, and lifestyle channels. This makes it ideal if you’re not a sports fan. But, as you can imagine, it’s far from ideal if you’re a sports fan.

Features

Despite its low cost, Philo actually has some of the best features of any internet TV service on our list. First, you can save as many shows as you want for up to 30 days with a free included DVR. Some services, like Sling TV, charge extra for a DVR, so this is a great feature.

If you want to record shows for your kids to watch later, Philo is a great choice. Just make sure you watch them by the time 30 days is up. And, if you forgot to record a show, chances are you can watch it with Philo’s “72-hour rewind” feature, which lets you watch just about any show that’s been aired in the last 3 days.

Another great feature of the service is that you can stream on 3 devices at once, in full HD, which is more than most other internet TV services offer.

Platform support used to be a major weakness for Philo. However, in 2018, the company added support for Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV devices. Other supported platforms include all Roku devices and iOS devices, as well as the Chrome web browser.

Frustratingly, though, there is no support for an Android app. If you primarily stream on an Android phone or tablet, you’ll have to watch Philo on your device’s web browser, which is a clunky, frustrating experience – and burns through battery life very quickly.

If you’re interested in giving Philo a try, you can get a free 7-day trial by heading to their website now.

Free 7-day Trial

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Sling TV

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Source: Sling

Sling TV is the oldest internet TV service around, and arguably the most popular, despite a somewhat confusing subscription model. It’s been around since early 2015, and it’s owned by DISH Network. The service has more than 2.37 million subscribers.

Plans, deals and pricing

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

SIGN UP
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.

There are 3 basic choices for your Sling TV package. You can choose Sling Orange, which has about 30 channels and costs $25 per month, Sling Blue, which has 45+ channels for $25 per month, or Sling Orange + Blue, which has 50+ total channels and costs $40 per month.

To get Nick Jr., you’ll need to subscribe to Sling Blue. The channel comes with the base, $25/month package.

Or – and here’s where things get confusing – you can subscribe to Sling Orange, and purchase the Kids Extra package for $5 per month.

The confusing thing about this is that the channels you get from these “extra” add-ons from Sling vary, depending on your base package. If you have Sling Blue – which already contains Nick Jr. – Kids Extra will get you 5 channels:

  • Nicktoons
  • TeenNick
  • Boomerang
  • BabyTV
  • DuckTV

If you go for Sling Orange, though, the Kids Extra package comes with 8 total channels:

  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • NickJR
  • Nicktoons
  • Boomerang
  • BabyTV
  • DuckTV

Essentially, if you want to get Nick Jr. as well as Disney channels, you’ll need to shell out $30/month for Sling Orange. You can’t get Disney channels from Sling Blue, though it’s the cheaper option for getting Nick Jr., at $25 per month.

Features

Another confusing thing about Sling is that the number of streams you can watch at once varies, depending on whether you subscribed to Sling Orange or Blue. You can only watch 1 Sling Orange channel at a time on any device, while you can stream up to 3 Sling Blue channels simultaneously.

These restrictions are also in place if you get Sling Orange + Blue. Any channel that’s exclusive to Sling Orange can only be streamed on one device, while channels shared between both can be streamed on up to 4 devices at once. (3 from Sling Blue, 1 from Sling Orange)

Another drawback about Sling TV is that you don’t get a DVR for free. You have to pay $5 per month for a 50-hour DVR. This means that if you include a DVR, Sling is nearly twice the cost of the base-tier, $16 Philo package we discussed above.

Related: Philo Vs. Sling TV – 8 Things You Need To Know

On a more positive note, though: Sling’s platform support is quite good. You can watch Sling on just about any device, including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, AirTV Player, Xiaomi, iOS and Android, and select LG and Samsung Smart TVs.

If you’d like to give Sling TV a try, you can do so now with a free 7-day trial. There’s no commitment, and you can cancel at any time.

DirecTV Now

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Source: DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now, after making several improvements in late 2018, is a pretty good choice for most cord-cutters. It still falls behind the competition in several areas, but it offers a stellar set of channels for the money you pay. This may come as no surprise, given that it’s operated by AT&T.

Plans, deals and pricing

You’ve got the following options for DirecTV Now channel packages:

  • Live A Little – 65+ channels, $40/month
  • Just Right – 85+ channels, $55/month
  • Go Big – 105+ channels, $65/month
  • Gotta Have It  – 125+ channels, $75/month

The “Live A Little” package definitely gives you the most value for your money. It contains Nick Jr., as well as kid-friendly channels like Animal Planet, Baby First, Cartoon Network, Discovery, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Nickelodeon, and TeenNick, along with a huge number of other lifestyle, news, and sports channels.

If you want, you can upgrade to one of the other channel packages. However, the $15 jump in price between Live A Little and Just Right is pretty steep. You can also choose from a few extra add-ons, as well as premium channels like HBO, Starz and Showtime.

Features

In the past, we’ve given DirecTV Now a hard time for having poor features, compared to the rest of the “skinny bundle” internet TV options on the market. And while that has changed – somewhat – the fact remains that, when it comes to features, DirecTV Now falls far short of perfection.

Why? Well, for the first half of 2018, DirecTV Now didn’t even offer a DVR. Now, the company does – but you only get a paltry 20 hours of storage. And though they plan to offer you a way to expand this storage in the future, it will certainly cost you a monthly premium to do so.

In addition, DirecTV Now only allows you to stream on 2 devices at once, which means it falls short of Philo and Sling Blue, but beats Sling Orange. You can add a third stream, but (unsurprisingly), you’ll pay $5 per month for the privilege of doing so.

Platform support is an area where DirecTV Now has a bit of an edge, though. You can stream on Amazon Fire TV devices of all kinds, Chromecast, Roku and Roku TVs, Apple TV, Android and iOS phones and tablets, and Chrome and Safari. However, it would be nice to see support for gaming consoles like the Xbox One.

The Nick Jr. Website and App

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Source: Nick Jr.

One bonus of modern internet TV services is that they function exactly like a traditional cable provider when it comes to signing into an individual network’s website or app.

This means that you can sign into the Nick Jr. app or website using your login for your internet TV service. Interestingly, though, while Philo and DirecTV Now allow you to do this, Sling TV does not – so that may be a factor in your decision about which service to choose.

To sign in on the Nick Jr. website, click the button on the top right that says “Grownups”. Then, click “Unlock more free episodes”, find your cable provider, and sign in. You can also download the Nick Jr. app for Android or iOS devices and sign in to watch shows both live and on-demand.

Why would you want to do this? Well, it’s a good way to get access to more on-demand shows. Philo, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now don’t always have older on-demand episodes available.

But the other big benefit is that, by signing into the Nick Jr. app or website, you or your child can watch Nick Jr. content without using up one of your streams. By doing this, you can get around some of those annoying simultaneous stream restrictions.

For example, if you have DirecTV Now, your kid can watch Nick Jr. on the app, while you watch ESPN on your DirecTV Now app, and someone else in your house is watching Cartoon Network on DirecTV Now.