Are you looking to watch Lifetime on your TV without cable? All you need is a streaming device like a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Smart TV, and a live TV streaming service that carries Lifetime channel.
Before we go into detail on watching Lifetime online, I wanted to highlight streaming services that carry Lifetime. They are below starting with our favorite option.
5 Ways to Stream Lifetime Channel
Lifetime is available on Hulu, Sling TV, Philo, Vidgo, and FuboTV. Unfortunately, Youtube TV does not carry Lifetime Channel. Watching lifetime through these streaming services is the same Lifetime channel you would see on cable TV. It’s just a lot more affordable. You can learn more about the streaming services offering Lifetime below.
Watch Lifetime on Philo
After the first month, the cheapest option is Philo, which gives you Lifetime and Lifetime Movies as well as over 60 other channels for $20/month. You can check out a free trial and see if the service will meet your needs. Philo also includes a cloud DVR for you to record shows to watch later.
You can use your Philo credentials to sign on to the A&E app and watch at least some of the episodes there.
Watching Lifetime on Sling TV
Lifetime is available on Sling TV’s Blue or Orange package for $30/month, along with over 40 other channels.
Sling TV provides a live stream of Lifetime so you are able to watch exactly what would be airing on Lifetime just as if you had cable. It includes a Cloud DVR, so you can record shows for later.
With online access to Lifetime streaming, you will never miss great shows like “Married at First Sight,” “Marrying Millions,” “Mr. T’s Music Factory,” “Little Women: Atlanta,” “Marrying Millions,” and “Dance Moms!.”
Sling TV is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and more. You can enjoy Lifetime on a TV or mobile device. There are more channels on Sling TV than what I’ve mentioned here. To find out more about what Sling TV has to offer, check out this detailed review of Sling TV.
The review includes information on a Sling TV free trial and ways to get discounted (and free) streaming devices so be sure to check it out.
Watching Lifetime on Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV offers Lifetime for $54.99/month. Previously Hulu was known for their vast on-demand streaming library. Recently, they have added a Hulu Live TV service for $54.99 a month that offers Live Lifetime Online Streaming. Hulu Live TV is one of the best live TV streaming services available. It includes the following features:
- The basic package comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. (Upgrades available)
- Watch on 2 screens at once. (Upgrades available)
- Comes with 6 customizable profiles
- Includes entire Hulu streaming library
Check out our full review of Hulu Live TV for more details.
Watch Lifetime on Vidgo
Vidgo is a newer Streaming service that offers fairly competitive pricing over other Live streaming services. The only catch is they do not currently offer a DVR. Their service offers Lifetime as a part of their 60+ channel Core package. The Core Plan costs $45 per month.
There is no contract with Vidgo, and you can cancel any time. They do offer a 3-day free trial, which you can cancel within the first three days at no charge. Vidgo is supported on available on Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV. You can also stream the service on up to 3 devices at the same time. We have the full details in our guide to Vidgo’s live streaming service.
Watching on FuboTV
FuboTV is a good place to go for sports but it offers many other more general channels as well, including Lifetime. Lifetime is offered as well as 90+ other channels in its basic package for $64.99/month (after 7-day free trial). FuboTV is available AppleTV, Android TV, Roku, FireTV and more. You can sign up for a 1-week free trial or check out our review of FuboTV for more details.
Watch on the Lifetime App
To stream full movies or shows on Lifetime’s web site or app, you’ll need to log in with streaming service credentials, just the same as you would if you had cable credentials. However, only Philo and Hulu are listed among the eligible providers for the web site and app. Not sling.
The app is available on iPhone and Android devices as well as Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon FireTV.
Using The Lifetime App on Roku and Other Devices
Once you subscribe to one of the services above, you can watch by downloading the Lifetime app to your supported device. When asked for a TV provider, use your login credentials from one of the streaming services above. Below are the steps to unlock Lifetime Channel on Roku. Other streaming devices and channels have a very similar process.
- Go to the channel store on your device.
- Search for the Lifetime app, and add it to your device
- Open the app, select “Login” from the menu.
- Your Roku device will provide an activation code and a URL.
- Using a web browser, go to the URL.
- You will then be asked for the credentials of the TV provider you use for Lifetime. I use for Philo.
- Your TV screen will refresh, and you will have access to the content Lifetime provides through the Lifetime app.
Streaming Lifetime’s shows and movies
If you just want to watch the shows on Lifetime and not the live stream of the channel itself, you can use a streaming service. Hulu doesn’t have all shows but it has some, including “Dance Moms,” “Little Women: LA,” “Mary Kills People,” and “Devious Maids.” Hulu’s streaming services costs $5.99/month and offers a 1-month free trial. From Lifetime Movies it has “Deadly Wives.”
About Lifetime Channel
Just saying the words “Lifetime movie” is enough to immediately conjure flashy images: the scorned wife, the thwarted lover, the pregnant teen. Lifetime has become synonymous with a certain melodrama of the distinctly feminine variety. If action movies feature a surplus of masculine energy, these go the opposite route. Interpersonal dramas go bonkers in plots that are borderline ridiculous in its made-for-tv movies.
Of course, that’s not to say that there isn’t murder. One of the little icons on Lifetime’s web site is a dripping knife. It comes down to the guilty pleasure of seeing people inflict emotional torture on those around them.
Kirsten Dunst in “Fifteen and Pregnant” (1998) is scandalous and a true story to boot. A whole group of high schoolers deciding to get pregnant at once in 2010’s “The Pregnancy Pact”? Equally so. But it isn’t all cautionary tales. In the trailer for 2009 “12 Men of Christmas” featuring Kristen Chenoweth finding naked men for a calendar, we learn that “the search for Mr. December could turn out to be the Christmas gift she’s always wanted.” How can you resist?
Don’t Forget Lifetime Movies
Two channels carry Lifetime programming, the flagship Lifetime as well as Lifetime Movies. On Lifetime, you can find its particular brand in shows as well as movies. “Dance Moms” has defined a style of crazed, high-pressure mothering that makes us “tsk, tsk” and feel better about our own imperfect parenting. Or you could indulge in “American Princess,” about a woman who runs away from her cheating fiancé to join a Renaissance festival. Those of us with bodices gathering dust in the closet can relate.
If all this is your jam, Lifetime’s web site offers up a few ways to take it to the next level. You can join the “Inner Circle” for free, which lets you take quizzes like “test your Lifetime movie knowledge or find out if you’d survive a psycho killer.” Or you can check out the section “She Did That” with real-life news of inspiring women (who probably are not pregnant with knives but who knows?)
Thankfully, you do not need cable to check out all the drama for yourself. There are numerous ways to stream Lifetime without signing up for a cable plan.
For information on watching other TV channels online check out: How To Stream Specific TV Channels
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