FX is one of the best “cable” stations around with a hefty selection of must-see TV. If this is new to you, it’s worth checking out their schedule. And these days, you can watch FX online without cable. Below, we tell you how!
In a hurry? If you already know what a great channel FX is and just want a great streaming service that offers it, here are our top picks:
- Sling TV: FX is available with 40+ other channels for just $35/mo with the Blue plan. Get the first month for just $10!
- Vidgo: Get all three FX channels along with 90+ others for $55/mo. It also comes with one month for just $10, which you can cancel at any time!
- Hulu + Live TV: With all three FX channels, this complete cable replacement package also includes all your local network affiliates. Try it free for a week!
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When the current trend of “prestige” television is mentioned — TV shows that feature excellent writing, directing, and acting and typically contain mature themes and content — there are several channels that stand out. HBO, the granddaddy of them all; AMC, home of Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad; and, of course, FX. AMC has some great shows, but FX was generating buzz around The Shield years before AMC had ever even heard of Mad Men.
Since The Shield‘s debut in 2002, FX has maintained a reputation for consistently compelling, complex TV on par with feature films. The Shield was followed by more shows loved by critics and viewers alike: Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, and the current record-holder for longest-running live-action comedy, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
So if you’re itching to see what they do with the next season of Fargo, read on to find out how you can kill that cable bill and still catch all the best FX has to offer.
How to Watch FX Live Without Cable
FX started out in 1994 as an experimental foray into “interactive TV.” It featured lots of viewer interaction between and during shows. FXM, FX’s sister channel dedicated to movies, came out the same year.
FXX, FX’s newest sibling station, launched in 2013, to focus on comedy and let big brother FX handle the drama.
FX is owned by Walt Disney Television, so the step-sibling, so to speak, include ABC, Freeform, and the Disney Channel(s). Other channels that are likely to appeal to FX fans are AMC, HBO, Paramount Network, TNT, and USA Network.
FX is a pay channel, and you can’t get it over the air (OTA) with an antenna. You need a subscription with a TV provider to watch. Fortunately, that subscription doesn’t have to be with a traditional satellite or cable company (and all their hidden fees and contract commitments).
You can stream your TV channels live over the internet with “over-the-top” (OTT) services. Read on to see which services carry FX (spoiler: almost all of them).
Streaming Services with FX
Out of the seven major streaming services, six carry FX, which gives you lots of options. Do you like sports? Then you should try FuboTV. Do you want the lowest per month cost? Check out Sling TV.
Is a massive back library of just about every show FX has ever put out of interest to you? You’ll want to sign up for Hulu + Live TV. Let’s talk details.
Vidgo is a low-price streaming service that offers a lot. You get around a hundred channels for $55 per month ($10 for the first month). And you can stream on up to 3 devices simultaneously. One downside: Vidgo does not include a cloud DVR.
They have all three FX channels as well as ABC, Fox, Freeform, and a handful of Disney channels. But after that, their channel selection gets a bit patchy. No AMC, TNT, USA, or HBO, leaving just FX and Paramount to carry the prestige torch.
Read our Vidgo review for all the details.
Sling TV features value and flexibility. FX is available in the Sling Blue base package for $35/mo. FXM and FXX are both available for just $6/mo more with the Hollywood Extra add-on. That includes 8 other film channels including Turner Classic Movies.
This plan also comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as well as the ability to watch on up to 3 devices at the same time. More than any other streaming service, Sling TV allows you to build your own channel lineup. See our Sling TV review to learn more.
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV really might be the best service for true FX fans. Being majority owned and controlled by Disney, Hulu has an entire section — “Hulu on FX” — dedicated just to FX shows, past and present. Many if not most can only be found on Hulu.
Naturally, Hulu + Live TV carries all FX, Disney, and ABC channels — over 85 channels total for $64.99 a month (with a free trial for 7 days).
They’ve also got Paramount Network, TNT, and USA Network, with HBO Max available as an add-on. Hulu doesn’t currently carry AMC though, so if Better Call Saul is a dealbreaker, you may have to look elsewhere.
Find out more in our Hulu + Live TV review.
FuboTV for FX
FuboTV is the place for sports fans. Doesn’t matter what sports you follow, FuboTV will have it covered on at least one channel, and probably several. If there’s a game anywhere in the world and cameras are covering it, chances are it will be on FuboTV.
But FuboTV is more than just sports. Its Starter pack has over 100 channels for $64.99/mo, with a 7-day free trial. That also lets you stream on up to 3 devices at a time and comes with 250 hours of Cloud DVR storage.
The Starter package includes FX and FXX, but you’ll have to spring for Fubo Extra ($7.99/mo) if you want FXM. All packages come with all your local affiliates, where available, so you’ll have your Fox and ABC.
As for other sources for original drama, Fubo’s got AMC, Paramount, and USA. You can get AMC Premiere as an add-on ($4.99/mo). No TNT though; Fubo doesn’t carry WarnerMedia channels (which includes all the Turner stations).
Find out more about FuboTV in our detailed review.
DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) starts at $69.99/mo for its Entertainment package with over 65 channels. This base package includes FX and FXX, along with the other channels mentioned above. To get FXM, you must upgrade to the Ultimate package for $94.99/mo.
Find out more about DIRECTV STREAM in our review.
Other Ways to Stream FX
Those aren’t the only ways to watch Atlanta. Here are a few more places you can find FX content:
- YouTube TV: Like Hulu + Live TV carries all three F channels along with over 80 others for $64.99/mo.
- On-demand: Some shows’ prior seasons are available individually on various platforms.
- FXNOW: The FX app allows you to stream FXM and the east and west coast feeds of FX and FXX. Note that you need to login with TV Everywhere, so you will need to be subscribed to a streaming service.
The vast majority of FX’s back-library, though, is now available exclusively through FX on Hulu.
Streaming Devices for FX
FX can be streamed on a wide variety of TVs and other streaming devices using the services we’ve discussed above. All of them support these devices:
Android and iOS smartphones and tablets are also universally supported as are most web browsers. And all but DIRECTV STREAM support TVs running Android TV.
Vidgo doesn’t support Samsung smart TVs but all the other services do. FuboTV, Sling, and Hulu also support LG and Vizio TVs. And they support Xbox One. Hulu also supports the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation. Sling supports the Oculus VR system.
If we haven’t mentioned your device, there’s still a good chance that one or more services support it. Check our streaming service reviews or the services themselves for more details.
Whether you’re a fan of action-drama Mayans MC or mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, you don’t need cable to enjoy FX.
Just sign up with one of the streaming services listed above and you’ll be able to watch from episode one of Fargo‘s upcoming season four.
What kind of shows can I watch on FX?
FX is starting to pull a TBS/TNT-style split, with FX focusing on drama and FXX on comedy, though it’s not as strict a split as the Turner channels. Most of FX’s comedies, like It’s Always Sunny, have been moved to FXX.
Current original series airing on FX are:
- American Horror Story
- Better Things
- American Crime Story
- Mayans MC (sequel to Sons of Anarchy)
- What We Do In The Shadows
Past popular shows include:
- Rescue Me
- It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (moved to FXX)
- The League
- Sons of Anarchy
- The Shield
- The Strain
- Anger Management
- The Americans
- You’re the Worst
How do I watch non-FX entertainment channels without cable?
You can find information on watching the most popular entertainment channels in the list below: