With new seasons of Family or Fiancé and Love & Marriage starting this weekend, we decided to update our guide to watching OWN or The Oprah Winfrey Network when you don’t have cable. OWN is available through numerous online streaming services. All you need is an internet connection, a streaming device like a Roku or Amazon Fire TV and one of the live TV streaming services below that offer OWN in their lineup.
Also, if you still have cable and are looking for a way to save money, check out our quick start guide to cut the cord on cable TV.
How to Watch OWN without Cable
The following services carry Own in their channel lineup so you can watch it live the same way you would on cable TV. The services are listed in order of price to save you the most.
Philo is The Cheapest Way to Watch OWN
Philo provides cord-cutters the best value when it comes to streaming live TV. The service provides Own in addition to over 60 other channels for $20/month. You can check out a free trial and see if the service will meet your needs, they don’t even require a credit card. Philo also includes a cloud DVR for you to record shows to watch later.
Philo is supported on Apple iPhone and iPad, Android phones and tablets, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
Check out our review of Philo for more information.
Watch OWN 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 OWN in its Core package, along with over 60 other channels. New customers can sign up for the Core Plan for $45 per month. (They offer discounted promo pricing for your first 3 months.)
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, Chromecast, and more. 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.
Stream OWN on FuboTV
FuboTV is another live streaming option that carries OWN in their channel lineup. Its basic package will cost $64.99/month (starting August 1st) and includes over 90 channels! The FuboTV app is available on most streaming platforms, including AppleTV, AndroidTV, Roku, and Amazon FireTV. You can sign up for a 1-week free trial or check out our review of FuboTV for more details.
OWN is on YouTube TV
Google’s live TV streaming service YouTube TV offers live OWN and several other channels to their lineup. Unfortunately, they also suddenly raised their prices to $65 per month, making them one of the more expensive ways to watch the Oprah Winfrey Network. YouTubeTV does include a DVR with limitless storage space for recording your shows. Plus, you can watch your library of recorded shows anywhere! The YouTube TV channel lineup includes OWN, HGTV, TLC, and dozens of other channels for $64.99 a month.
Youtube TV supports Roku, Android, iOS (includes AirPlay to Apple TV), and Chromecasts/Chromecast-compatible TVs. Check our review of YouTube TV for more information.
Streaming OWN Shows Online
You can watch OWN live, and many OWN shows on-demand on the Watch OWN app. However, the app requires credentials from one of the services above to unlock all the content.
Some OWN shows are available on Hulu’s subscription service as well, including “If Loving You is Wrong”, “Queen Sugar,” “Love Thy Neighbor,” “The Paynes,” and “Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots.” The streaming service starts at $5.99/month or $11.99/month to watch ad-free.
Netflix includes “Greenleaf” in its streaming service, as well. Depending on how many screens you want to watch, Netflix costs between $8.99-$15.99 per month.
What We Like About OWN
Maybe you love her because of her role in “The Color Purple” or because of her long-running talk show famous for its emotional beats. Maybe you read books from her Book Club or the magazine that she runs. Perhaps you idolize her like sitcom women Liz Lemon of “30 Rock.” Maybe, like Abbi Abrams of “Broad City,” you want to tattoo her likeness on your back.
At the very least, however, chances are the name Oprah Winfrey brings a smidge of joy when you hear it. After all, this is a woman who gleefully announced that every member of her TV show audience would get a car. She is synonymous with exuberance and zeal for, as she says it, “living your best life.”
As such, maybe you also enjoy watching the Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN. Although her talk show is off the air, you can still view the old episodes there. You can also see more recent conversations that Oprah has with other celebrities like Melinda Gates and Beto O’Rouke on her newer show, “Super Soul Sunday.” Or you can watch “modern masters” picked by Oprah (such as John Lewis and Gladys Knight) to share their life lessons on “Oprah’s Master Class.”
OWN also has quite a few other shows, both scripted and not scripted like “Queen Sugar,” “Ambitions,” “Greenleaf,” and “The Haves and the Have Nots,” many of which feature African Americans.
You can find detailed recommendations for many of the shows in her magazine, naturally. Fortunately, whether you are following her advice and watching these shows or want to soak up images of Oprah herself, you can do so without cable.
For information on watching other TV channels online check out: How To Watch Any TV Channel Online Without Cable
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