I loved it when we cut the cord. However, if there’s something I sometimes miss from our time with cable, it’s knowing you are part of a community all watching shows together. For years watching the “25 Days of Christmas” on the ABC Family channel was how our family got festive, joining in with every other ABC customer who enjoyed the daily often-hokey holiday entertainment.
Since then, times have changed. We have moved on from cable and ABC Family has been rebranded as “Freeform” in an attempt to appeal to the under-35 crowd. Fortunately, however, the “25 Days of Christmas” continue as do the “13 Days of Halloween.” Even better, you can take part in the annual tradition without cable. Multiple streaming services allow you to stream Freeform without a cable TV or satellite subscription.
How to Watch Freeform without Cable
As with most content on cable today, there are alternate ways to enjoy the channels and shows you want without forking over mountains of cash to a cable TV provider. Here are a few of the cable TV subscription-free ways you can stream Freeform online.
Watch Freeform on Hulu
Hulu is a great way to stream Freeform live. Previously Hulu was known for its vast on-demand streaming library. Recently, they have added a Hulu Live TV service for $54.99 a month that offers Live Freeform Online Streaming. Hulu Live TV also 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
With Hulu’s online access to Freeform streaming, you will never miss great shows like “The Bold Type”, “Cloak and Dagger”, “Grownish”, “Shadowhunters” and more.
Some of Freeform’s shows are available on-demand on Hulu’s streaming service as well, including “Shadowhunters,” “Grownish,” and “Switched at Birth.” You can check out Hulu + Live TV or read our Hulu TV Review for a full rundown of available features and channels.
Hulu Live TV subscribers can also use their Hulu login to watch Freeform live or watch older episodes using the Freeform app on your streaming or mobile device.
Freeform on Sling TV
A more price-conscious alternative is Sling. Freeform is in its “orange” package for $30 a month. Sling TV provides a live stream of Freeform so you can watch exactly what would be airing on Freeform just as if you had cable. It is not included in its DVR program, however.
Sling TV is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast,d and more, so it’s not a problem to enjoy Freeform on a TV, tablet, computer, or other smart devices. There are more channels available on Sling TV than what I’ve mentioned here. To find out more about what Sling TV has to offer, and more information about Sling TV device compatibility, 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. Currently, there are offers for a 7-day trial and free Amazon fire stick if you sign up for two months.
Freeform Streaming on AT&T TV Now
AT&T TV Now is another way to watch Freeform online. At $55 per month, you get Freeform and many other channels found on cable TV. You can check out everything this service offers by taking advantage of their 7-day free trial or read about it in our AT&T TV Now review.
Watch FreeForm 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. Vidgo includes FreeForm in its Core package, along with over 60 other channels. Subscribers can sign up for the Core Plan for $45 per month. Vidgo offers discounted pricing for your first 3 months of service.
Vidgo doesn’t force you into a contract so 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.
Freeform on YouTubeTV
YouTubeTV also offers Freeform streaming live, as well as limitless storage space for recording your shows. Your library of recorded shows can be streamed anywhere. Freeform is included in the base package for $64.99 a month. See our review of YouTube TV for more details.
FreeForm App On Roku, Firestick, and more
While all the streaming services mentioned above are supported on Roku and Amazon Fire TV Stick, you may want to watch some of the on-demand content available on the FreeForm app. Not to worry, FreeForm is available on several streaming devices. You can even use your login credentials for FuboTV, Hulu Live TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV to unlock all the content on the app.
How To Watch on Your Device
For our example, let’s assume we have a Hulu Live TV subscription and a Roku. We can follow the steps below to get the FreeForm app working on our device. While the steps below use Hulu and Roku to watch FreeForm, most streaming services and devices will have the same process.
- Go the channel store or app store on your device. On Roku, it’s called the “Channel Store.”
- Search for FreeForm
- Add the for FreeForm to your device and then open it.
- Your Roku device will then show you an activation code and a URL.
- Using a computer or mobile web browser, you go to the URL.
- You will then be asked for a TV provider and a username/password. I’m entering the username and password I use for Hulu.
- Once you sign in on FreeForms website, your TV screen will refresh. You should now have access to all the video content the app provides.
For information on watching other TV channels online check out: How To Watch Any TV Channel Online Without Cable
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