You can watch OWN live without cable with one of these streaming services: PhiloAT&T TV NOW, PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV. In this article, we’ll help you decide which option is best for you. Let’s get started!

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Watch OWN on Philo

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Source: Philo

Philo is one of the cheapest paid streaming services you can buy. The company made the streaming service industry even more competitive when it debuted its ultra-skinny channel bundle several months ago. There are no news networks or sports channels– but if you don’t usually watch that type of TV anyway, who cares?

Philo Pricing and Packages

A subscription to Philo costs $20. That makes it one of the most budget friendly options out there for watching cable TV live without a regular cable TV subscription.

58 Channels
7-day free trial
$20.00/ month

58 channels

3 simultaneous streams

30-Day DVR

SIGN UP

For more information on Philo plans, check here.

Philo Channels

The base plan comes with 58 channels. There used to be an upgrade plan that lets you get more channels, but Philo appears to have added those channels into the main lineup. OWN is included in the core channel lineup along with lots of others.

For more information on Philo channels, check here.

Philo Supported Devices

With apps for iPhone, Android, Chromecast, Roku, Philo has good app support. There is one minor downside, though: the Android mobile app doesn’t play live streams. You can still watch Philo on an Android phone, but you have to use your mobile Chrome browser to do it.

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all models), Chromecast and Roku (all current models).
  • Smart TVs: Android TV (5.0 and up).
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android (7.0 and up, Chrome browser), iOS (10.3 and up).
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Most Mac and PC browsers.

Check here for more information on Philo’s supported devices.

Philo Simultaneous Streams

Philo lets you share your account with two other friends when you watch TV. In other words, the simultaneous stream limit is three devices. In the future, Philo may add some additional account sharing flexibility. The company is building its own social network. Once complete, you’ll be able to use it to watch TV with your friends and family.

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

Philo DVR

Philo has an excellent unlimited DVR. You can record as much programming as you like, without having to be concerned about running into limits or paywalls. Some streaming services– like Sling TV, for example– require you to pay extra if you want to record.

Check here to learn more about Philo’s DVR.

Philo On-Demand Library

Though Philo does have some on-demand content, it’s no match for the likes of Hulu and Netflix. The Philo website says that its on-demand library includes 25,000 on-demand titles. Many of those titles are recent TV episodes, which vanish after a specified period of time. This type of on-demand content– called “catch-up TV” is useful for keeping up with your favorite shows.

Click here to learn more about Philo’s on-demand library.

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Watch OWN on AT&T TV NOW

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Source: AT&T TV NOW

AT&T TV NOW has a deep selection of popular channels, including OWN. It’s yet another viable option for cutting the cord.

AT&T TV NOW Pricing and Packages

Prices start at $50. The cheapest plan comes with HBO, which is a nice bonus. 

  • PLUS: 40+ channels, $50/month
  • MAX: 50+ channels, $70/month
  • Entertainment: 65+ channels, $93/month
  • Choice: 85+ channels, $110/month
  • Xtra: 105+ channels, $124/month
  • Ultimate: 125+ channels, $135/month
Plus
7-day free trial
$50.00/ month

45+ channels

2 simultaneous streams

20 hours of DVR space

HBO
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Max
7-day free trial
$70.00/ month

60+ channels

2 simultaneous streams

20 hours of DVR space

HBO + Cinemax
SIGN UP
*Note that AT&T TV Now offers several other plans that are hidden until you click to sign up.

To learn more about AT&T TV NOW’s pricing and packages, click here.

AT&T TV NOW Channels

Neither of AT&T TV NOW’s most popular plans– Plus and Max– have OWN. To get OWN, you’ll need to sign up for either Choice, Xtra or Ultimate. Those plans are somewhat pricey compared to what other streaming services offer. However, they do come with a lot of channels.

Click here to learn more about AT&T TV NOW’s channels.

AT&T TV NOW Supported Devices

AT&T TV NOW has fairly good device coverage:

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up, 5th gen and up for 4K), Amazon Fire TV (2nd gen and up, 1st gen for Cube), Chromecast (2nd gen and up), Roku (most models).
  • Smart TVs: Samsung TV (2017 and 2018 models), Android TV (4.4 and up), Roku TV (7000X), Mi TV, Amazon Fire TV edition smart TV (2nd gen and up), Chromecast Built-in TV.
  • Gaming consoles: None.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android (5.0 and up),  iOS (10 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets).
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari recommended.

Click here to learn more about AT&T TV NOW’s supported devices.

AT&T TV NOW Simultaneous Streams

You can stream on two devices at once with AT&T TV NOW, which meets the industry standard. You can upgrade to three streams for an extra $5 per month.

To learn more about AT&T TV NOW’s streaming policy, click here.

AT&T TV NOW DVR

AT&T TV NOW’s DVR only records 20 hours of programming and there’s no way to upgrade it. At least it’s free, though.

Click here to learn more about AT&T TV NOW’s DVR.

AT&T TV NOW On-Demand Library

AT&T TV NOW has a 72-hour rewind feature, which lets you stay current with your favorite shows.

Check here to learn more about AT&T TV NOW’s on-demand library.

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Watch OWN on PlayStation Vue

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Source: PlayStation Vue

Sony’s PlayStation Vue is compatible with Chromecast, iOS, Android, Roku– and just about every other TV device you can imagine. It’s one of the best ways to watch not only OWN without cable, but also lots of other lifestyle channels as well.

PlayStation Vue Pricing and Packages

There are four different plans to choose from: Access, Core, Elite and Ultra. Prices range from $45 to $80. In addition to those plans, there is a small selection of add-on packs to choose from. The main channel add-on pack is the Sports Pack, which costs an additional $10/month. Other add-on packs include FX+ ($6/month), Epix Hits ($3 or $4/month, depending on which base plan you choose) and the Espanol Pack ($4 or $5/month).

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

PlayStation Vue Channels

It doesn’t matter which plan you choose when you sign up– all of them have OWN. You get around 50 channels with Access, 70 with Core and 100 with Elite and Ultra. The difference between Elite and Ultra is that Ultra comes with premium channels like HBO and Cinemax.

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

PlayStation Vue Supported Devices

Unless you need a streaming service for Xbox, you’ll likely find a compatible PlayStation Vue app:

  • 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

One of the best things about PlayStation Vue is its generous account sharing policy. You can use one account to stream to five different screens at once.

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

PlayStation Vue DVR

In addition to the generous five-stream simultaneous stream limit, PlayStation Vue users get unlimited DVRs. This combination makes PlayStation Vue very competitive when it comes to features.

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

PlayStation Vue On-Demand Library

PlayStation Vue has some on-demand content. Many of the titles it has are recently aired TV shows. Most TV shows expire after a few weeks. There is a small selection of movies in the library, too.

Click here to learn more about PlayStation Vue’s on-demand library.

Watch the OWN on YouTube TV

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Source: YouTube TV

One of the most significant advantages that YouTube TV has over the competition is that it has better support for local CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX affiliate stations. In addition to that, OWN will be part of YouTube TV’s core lineup by the end of this year. If you don’t mind waiting for OWN to arrive, this streaming service may be worth a look.

YouTube TV Pricing and Packages

Like AT&T TV NOW, YouTube TV recently raised its subscription rates. The base subscription now costs $50/month. It comes with around 70 channels.

To learn more about YouTube TV’s pricing options, click here.

YouTube TV Channels

OWN will be part of YouTube TV’s one-size-fits-all base subscription package. Other channels that fall into the lifestyle/culture category include Bravo, Food Network and Travel Channel.

As mentioned above, YouTube TV has excellent local TV station coverage. Because of this, there’s a big chance you’ll be able to stream your local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations through the YouTube TV app if you subscribe.

To learn more about YouTube TV’s channel list, click here.

YouTube TV Supported Devices

Now that the YouTube TV app is back in the Amazon app store, YouTube TV has excellent TV device support:

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku (most models).
  • Smart TVs: Android TV (select models), Samsung TV (2016+ models only), LG TV (2016+ models only), Vizio (select SmartCast models), Hisense (select models), Sharp (select models).
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android (5.0 and up),  iOS (9.1 and up).
  • Game consoles: Xbox One (all versions).
  • Desktop browsers: Most Mac and PC browsers.

Click here to learn more about YouTube TV supported devices.

YouTube TV Simultaneous Streams

YouTube TV supports three simultaneous streams. That’s on par with the industry standard. However, there’s no way to purchase additional streams if three turns out to be too restrictive.

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

YouTube TV DVR

YouTube TV’s has an unlimited cloud DVR. You don’t have to pay extra to use it, either. You can create as many as six individual profiles, each with its own unique DVR and content recommendations.

Click here to learn more about YouTube TV’s DVR options.

YouTube TV On-Demand Library

YouTube TV has an above-average on-demand library compared to other similar services.

Click here to learn more about YouTube TV’s on-demand library.

How to Watch the Smithsonian Channel on Amazon Fire TV

You can watch the Smithsonian Channel on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: PhiloAT&T TV NOW, PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV. Free trials will let you find out how you like each service. Just download the apps from the Amazon app store to get started.

How to Watch the Smithsonian Channel on Roku

You can watch AMC on Roku with one of these streaming services: PhiloAT&T TV NOW, PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV. Go to Roku’s app store and download the app that meets your entertainment needs.

How to Watch the Smithsonian Channel on Apple TV

You can watch AMC on Apple TV with one of these streaming services: PhiloAT&T TV NOW, PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV. Apple’s app store has all the apps. They all have free trials, so you could even install them all on your Apple TV if you want to compare them.

Watch OWN

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Source: OWN

You can stream content free of charge from the OWN website or the Watch OWN apps. Available content includes on-demand streams of recent episodes and a deep back catalog of OWN original programming. You can also use the apps to watch the OWN broadcast live.

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

There is a catch, though. Like other cable networks, OWN only makes a handful of on-demand episodes available to everyone. In order to watch the rest of OWN’s on-demand content or the network’s live stream, you must log in with a TV provider.

Currently, the only internet TV service that unlocks OWN is PlayStation Vue. You can log in with your Vue credentials, and watch both live and on-demand content from OWN.

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.