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) 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 whether you want to soak up images of Oprah herself, you can do so without cable.
How to Watch OWN 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-subscription free ways you can stream OWN online in order of cost.
Watching OWN on Philo
Philo provides cord cutters the best value when it comes to streaming live TV. The Service provides OWN as well as 57 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.
Philo is supported on Apple iPhone and iPad (running iOS 9 or newer), Android phones and tablets (running 5.0 or newer), Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
Check out our review of Philo for more information.
OWN on FuboTV
FuboTV is an excellent place to go for sports, but it offers many other more general channels as well, including OWN. Its basic package for $54.99/month (after 7-day free trial) includes over 90 channels! The FuboTV app is available on major 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 on PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue is a great way to get a ton of TV channels without needing a cable provider. Vue’s entry package, Access, costs $49.99 per month and delivers over 50 channels over the internet. These are channels you would typically see as part of a cable package like Freeform, TBS, and of course, OWN.
While you may assume that Vue is only available on PlayStation, that isn’t the case. Vue is also available on Amazon Fire TV and other streaming devices. See our review of PlayStation Vue for more details on what channels are available and device support.
OWN Streaming on AT&T TV Now
AT&T TV Now is one way you can watch OWN, even if it’s the priciest by far. It is offered as part of its “Choice” package. At $110 per month, you get more than 85 channels including OWN, while at the highest level of $135 a month you get over 125. You can check out everything this service offers by reading our AT&T TV Now review.
OWN on AT&T Watch TV
While the cheapest option is AT&T Watch TV, it lacks a lot of features provided by the services already mentioned. It’s only $15/month seven-day for 35 channels including Oprah Winfrey Network. However, it does not include a cloud DVR to record shows for later. It also does not work with Roku. However, if you want to use it with Apple TV, iOS, Android, Amazon Firestick, Amazon Fire TV, or Google Chrome, this might work for you. See our review of AT&T’s Watch TV for more details.
Streaming OWN Shows Online
You can watch OWN live and many OWN shows on-demand on the Watch OWN app. However, you need 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 $7.99/month, plus $4/month for no commercials.
Netflix includes “Greenleaf” in its streaming service, as well. Depending on how many screens you want to watch at once, Netflix costs between $8.99-$15.99 per month.
Alternatively, you could purchase shows through a venue like Itunes or Amazon Prime Video. They vary a lot in price, but you might want to consider this option if there are just a few shows you’d like to watch over and over again.
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