Western fans can always find something worth watching on INSP. It offers access to TV shows and movies of this much-loved genre. But it isn’t necessary to hang on to your cable contract to enjoy it. Read on to learn all your options.
In a hurry? For some reason, INSP isn’t supported by the two biggest live TV streaming services. But you can still get it from top-of-the-line services:
- Sling TV: This low-cost streaming service with the Heartland Extra gets you 55 channels for just $41/mo. Save 50% on your first month of Sling TV.
- FuboTV: If you like westers and sports, this is the way to go with over 160 channels for $73/mo. FuboTV allows you to try out its service free for 7 days.
- Philo: This ultra-cheap plan doesn’t offer any sports or local programming but still gives you 60+ channels for $25/mo. Try out Philo free for 7 days.
Forget Chevrolet, motherhood, or apple pie — the real epitome of America is the Western. From 1903’s The Great Train Robbery to Hopalong Cassidy to this year’s Desperate Riders and the continuing popularity of Yellowstone, Westerns continue to show their resiliency, adaptability, and relevance.
But if you just pine for the good old days of cowboy heroes, look no further than INSP, a channel dedicated to bringing the Old West to you and your family. Hold on to your hats as we dive into the best ways to watch some gunslingers in action without cable.
What Is INSP
INSP, as the name suggests, started life as an evangelical Christian cable TV channel called The PTL Network, founded by none other than Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. Later renamed The Inspiration Network, it was acquired by Morris Cerullo World Evangelism in the 1990s. In 2010, they rebranded it into INSP, a family-friendly channel featuring classic TV and movies.
This turned out to be a great move, especially as the channel shifted to focus more on Westerns. It’s hard to overstate what a success story INSP is. Nearly every other live channel has experienced consistent decline, hemorrhaging viewers to on-demand streaming services. But not INSP. Its ratings continue to rise, up 17% in 2021 over 2020 and a whopping 1,171% since 2010.
Today the channel’s programming is almost completely Western or Western-adjacent (their word, not ours). There is a small block of religious programming in the early morning. It continues to show classic Western series such as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and Walker, Texas Ranger as well as lots of John Wayne and Glenn Ford movies, alongside its own original films (think The Hallmark Channel goes Western) and series.
- Brush of Honor
- The Cowboy Way
- Freedom on the Range
- Handcrafted America
- Into the Wild Frontier
- State Plate
- Turquoise Fever
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown
- Wild West Chronicles.
- Blue Ridge
- Christmas in the Smokies
- Christmas on the Coast
- County Line
- Heritage Falls
- Legal Action
- The Legend of the 5 Mile Cave
- Savannah Sunrise
- The Warrant.
INSP isn’t as ubiquitous as some other channels. Three of the biggest streaming services — DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV — don’t offer it at all. But it’s not that hard to find. Several live TV streaming services carry it, for less money per month and without the long-term commitments cable requires.
They also carry other wholesome family entertainment networks Discovery Family, Freeform, GAC Family, GAC Living, Game Show Network (GSN), the Hallmark channels, and PixL.
If you would like that wholesome family fare with a side of religion (like INSP), there’s BYU TV, Dove Channel, FETV, and UPtv. If you’re looking for classic TV or movies you can tune into FMC (Family Movie Classics), Classic Reruns, Cozi TV, getTV, or Turner Classic Movies.
Bring your hat and boots, pardner, and check out which services carry which channels below.
Philo has no tiers or fancy-pants pricing plans. It gives you a totally straight deal: 60+ channels for $25/mo. Why is it so cheap? Well, there’s no sports, one news channel, and no local stations. It also doesn’t carry any channels from NBCUniversal (USA, Syfy, Bravo), WarnerMedia (TBS, TNT, HBO), or Disney (Disney, FX, Freeform). Try Philo free for 7 days.
But if you’re into family entertainment or classic TV, there is absolutely no shortage: INSP, Discovery Family, both GACs, Game Show Network, getTV, all three Hallmarks, and UPtv.
Sling TV starts at just $35/mo, with the option to add on more channels and build your own channel lineup. To get INSP, you’ll want the Heartland Extra, which includes INSP, The Cowboy Channel, GAC Family, GAC Living, PixL, RFD-TV, and more. Currently, save 50% on your first month of Sling TV.
If you love INSP for the Westerns and classic movies, you may also want to take a look at Hollywood Extra, which has Grit, Heroes & Icons, and Turner Movie Classics. And if you look around the premium channels, you can get Dove or UP Faith & Family for just $5 additional per month.
The base Sling plans both come with 50 hours of cloud DVR. Sling Orange (ESPN, Disney) restricts you to one device streaming at a time but Sling Blue (Fox, NBC) offers you three. For all the details, see our Sling TV review.
FuboTV is an excellent all-around streaming service but it is outstanding when it comes to sports. The Pro plan ($69.99/mo) contains over a hundred channels, including Freeform and the Hallmark channels. But if you want INSP, you’ll have to add Fubo Extra ($7.99/mo) containing 45 more channels, which include INSP, Discovery Family, GAC Family, and GSN. Try FuboTV free for 7 days.
If you’re intrigued by Philo but don’t want to be deprived of sports, news, or Disney, you could try Vidgo. For $59.95/mo, you can get Vidgo Plus, which includes INSP, BYU TV, Classic Reruns, FETV, Freeform, GSN, getTV, the Hallmarks, and UPtv. Or, upgrade to Vidgo Premium ($79.95/mo), and you can get all the country-Western goodness of The Cowboy Channel, GAC Family, and RFD-TV, plus Discovery Family.
All Vidgo plans allow you to stream on up to three devices. Currently, they offer no DVR. For more, see our Vidgo review.
We now arrive at the Holy Grail of affordable family-friendly programming. Frndly TV was created to be just that and gives you 30+ channels starting at $6.99/mo. The all-ages-appropriate channel lineup includes INSP, BYU TV, Dove Channel, FETV, GAC Family, GAC Living, Game Show Network, getTV, the Hallmark channels, PixL, UPtv, and the newly-added Family Movie Classics (from the same folks who brought you FETV).
Streaming Devices to Watch INSP
If you are thinking you have to stream INSP on a computer through a browser, you are a bit out of date. (Although all services do allow you to do that!)
Every live TV streaming service supports the popular stick devices: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku. They also support Chromecast devices. The same is true for smartphones and tablets running Android or iOS (iPhone, iPad).
There are more supported devices. These are just the most popular. See our streaming service reviews for more.
So whether you follow the adventures of The Virginian in 1890s Wyoming or prefer Gunsmoke‘s Marshal Matt Dillon as he keeps the peace in Dodge City, INSP has all your Western favorites, almost 24 hours a day. We recommend Sling TV for INSP but any of the ones we’ve discussed are go.
What is Moments, and where can I watch it?
Moments is a collection of shorts produced by INSP, featuring uplifting stories told through documentaries, narratives, and interviews. Each one is themed: “A Moment of Hope,” “Unbroken Soldiers,” “House of the Righteous,” “A Moment of Insight,” “A Moment of Valor,” and the popular “Old Henry” series starring Ralph Waite of The Waltons as a man struggling with the challenges of aging.
Moments‘ flagship series, “A Moment of Truth,” includes the award-winning and much-lauded tribute to Vietnam War veterans, “Thank You For Your Service.”
Where can I find INSP originals that are no longer airing on INSP?
All of INSP’s original series and most of its movies can be found on Peacock and Tubi. Most can also be found on IMDb TV, and some are also on Amazon Prime Video and/or Roku. You can visit insp.com to see which service carries the show or movie you’re looking for.
Does INSP have an app?
Most TV channels offer apps that allow you to watch live and on-demand content either with a service provider log-in via TV Everywhere or direct subscription. INSP does not currently have an app. It does have a website with an up-to-date schedule and an interesting blog. But no streaming.
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