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Watch ‘The Walking Dead’ Online Without Cable

I love “The Walking Dead.”  I’ve read the comics and watched every episode of the hit TV show. I even make imaginary judgment calls by inserting the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse into a given situation. By the way, always pick the bicycle as your mode of transportation when the biters rise.

It doesn’t need gas. Furthermore, it’s a way to stay in shape, and it’s easily carried over and around obstacles. Of course, the bike only works when talking about real shambling zombies. Movies, similar to “28 Days Later”, where getting “infected” turns a person into a zombie Usain Bolt require a much different tact.

Now my friends know not to engage me in a conversation about zombies, lest they lose an entire afternoon discussing our strategy for the first 2 hours of a zombie outbreak. However, my friends know my love for the genre, and can’t stop themselves from asking how I live without cable during seasons of “The Walking Dead.”

When Does The Walking Dead Start

The Season 8 mid-season premiere of the Walking Dead will be on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 9 pm EST.  I for one can’t wait to see Ricks war with Negan kick into overdrive. Below are the channels and services where you can watch The Walking Dead.

What Channel is Walking Dead On

The Walking Dead is on AMC at 9 pm EST on Sundays. Also, note that AMC has aired the First Episode live on AMC.com for the past few Seasons without needing a pay TV provider login. If you do not have cable or satellite TV, you can watch the rest of this season of The Walking Dead online using the sources listed below.

The Walking Dead on Sling TV

The easiest way is through Sling TV, which provides access to AMC without a cable subscription. Sling TV Also Provides access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, TBS, TNT, CNN, Food Network, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, A&E, History Channel, Disney Channel and much more for $20 per Month.

That’s a great value considering that those are the most watched cable TV networks. There is no contract required and you get a 7-day free trial. If you sign up for 2 months, they’ll even give you a free Roku.

The best part is having access to all of AMC’s programming so you can catch “Talking Dead” with Chris Hardwick after The Walking Dead premiere. It’s just like having AMC though cable, but without all the hassle and expense of cable TV. You get to watch the show live with everyone else.

The Walking Dead On Philo

Philo is one of the newer streaming services to enter the market and it’s also one of the cheapest. The service aims at providing value by carrying entertaining channels without expensive sports programming. One of those channels is AMC. At $16 per month, it is now the most affordable way to watch The Walking Dead without Cable. You can sign up for their free trial or read more about them in our review of Philo. This service is currently the cheapest way to watch AMC without cable.

Buy The Latest Season of The Walking Dead Online

Shows can be purchased the day after airing from iTunes or Amazon for just $1.99 per episode for standard definition. It’s $2.99 to buy the episode in HD. They even offer to purchase the entire season of a TV show for approximately $30.

For those interested in watching season 8 of “The Walking Dead”, a season pass or individual episodes can be purchased through my affiliate link below. Once purchased, it can be enjoyed on a tablet or television by simply logging into the Amazon App with the same account used to purchase the show. For more information on streaming cable TV shows, check out my guide on watching TV without cable.

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“The Walking Dead” – Full Eighth Season

Typically, when I say this, people balk at paying. However, they’re forgetting that I’m not paying $150 per month for a triple play package. That allows me to craft my TV experience by supplementing my $10 a month Netflix subscription with hit cable TV shows airing right now.

For instance, let’s assume 5 shows we watch per year aren’t available on Netflix. Remember, these are cable TV shows. Anything on broadcast networks can be viewed on TV in HD by using an antenna.

Season passes to these 5 shows will cost $150 dollars. Break that down over 12 months and the cost is only $12.50 a month for the added content. Furthermore, these aren’t rentals. We are purchasing the content, allowing episodes to be watched whenever one pleases.

People that buy their favorite shows on Blu-Ray can factor this in as an additional cost saving. Plus, the content’s available the day after episode airs, which means not waiting a year for the Blu-Ray release.

Adding the Netflix subscription and my antenna brings the cost of all my TV content to $22.50. I’d consider that an unbeatable value. A person can essentially build their entire TV viewing solution for the cost of an HBO subscription.

Ways to Watch AMC Without Cable

Philo and Sling TV are the most inexpensive way to watch The Walking Dead if you don’t have cable. However, there are a few other streaming services that carry AMC allowing you to watch The Walking Dead. Reviews of each service are linked below.



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YouTube TV

Where to Watch Past Seasons of The Walking Dead

There are a few services that air past seasons of The Walking Dead Online if you want to binge watch this amazing show.

The Walking Dead on Netflix

Seasons 1-7 are available for streaming through Netflix. If you are just getting into the show, this is a great way to catch up. It’s also a good way for fans to get a refresher of what happened last season. If you aren’t a Netflix subscriber you can always purchase past seasons through the Amazon, iTunes, Xbox Live and Google Play.

Purchase Past Seasons of the Walking Dead

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Is The Walking Dead On Hulu?

Unfortunately, The Walking Dead isn’t available on Hulu. However, you can watch the spinoff Fear The Walking Dead there.

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View Comments (25)

  • Hi -- I don't have cable and am desperate to watch the new episode, but it's not available on Amazon -- any idea why?! It's Tuesday night, and usually they are available the morning after it airs -- Thanks!

    • It's on Amazon. You can purchase it from the link at the end of the article.

  • I want to watch s6 first half and have direct tv and Amazon prime. I can access second half of season 6 but wan to watch first half first w/o paying full season prices. Any ideas?

    • It's not available on Prime yet. It's only available for purchase from Amazon Instant Video. Unfortunately, if it's not on demand from Direct TV, then I think that may be your only option aside from waiting.

  • My husband and I recently dropped cable. We are huge fans of The Walking Dead and are desperate to watch season 7 the night it airs as we do not want to wait until the next day and accidentally see spoilers on the internet...Facebook, etc. Is there a way to watch it the night it airs (we are willing to pay)? If we can watch it the night it airs, what time can we see it? We are in the Mountain time zone, so we were able to see it at 7 PM when we had cable.

    • Sling TV is just like having cable. It will air 9pm eastern on AMC through Sling TV. The first week is free so there is no risk.

    • Yes, no content is free. You either pay with dollars or pay by watching ads . . . or both. With cable you pay more money and more time.

  • Great cord-cutting solutions, but you forgot to factor in the cost of internet service- which is required to stream content from most of these apps and devices. I have been hard-pressed to find a low monthly rate on high speed internet access that ISN'T part of a cable package. :(

    • It depends on the network. That said, I wouldn't depend on it for back episodes. That may change when they release their cloud DVR. It's currently in a closed beta test.

  • There are links where you can watch TV shows including walking dead at no cost.also by experimenting with different links I've found every superbowl.just make sure you use a VPN so you don't invite nasty viruses along with the good stuff.

    • A VPN will not stop malware. It will only secure your information. If you click a link that injects malware, the VPN will not help.

  • Sling TV is a lie I just got a service 2 this what a waste said u can watch walking dead they lied so not waste your money on this there is only one episode from seanson 1 what a joke

    • I said in the article "You get to watch the show live", I didn't say they had it on demand. However, I did say you get that function if you purchase the latest season from Amazon. That's what I do. On-Demand services have always been hit or miss with live TV services, which is what Sling TV is.

  • I watched last season on the Sling app. But I had to watch it from my phone bc my smart TV wouldn’t let me download the app. Any recommendations on how to get the sling app on my tv so my whole family can watch together? I’m not a “techy” gal.

    • Sure, just pick up a Roku. It plugs right into your TV, and let's you stream Sling TV and much more.

  • I have just purchased the new season of The Walking Dead on Amazon Video. It is not available to play at this time. I read that it airs at 9pm EST. It is now 10:45 PST. Do you know when I can expect it to be available to me?

  • TWD is an EPIC FAIL now….. Glennn is dead, Carl is dead, Maggie soon to be dead (didnt renew contract), Morgans leaving, (they kill him off), Carol sucks (in comics shes been dead long ago) Daryl the grunt mumbler “sexy guy” or “if he dies we riot” fanclub is finding him to be the butt of all jokes and is pathetic. Last but not least, Rick is being Rick rolled.. The show TWD is an EMBARRASSMENT and a FAILURE – even actors on it know deep down its embarrassing to be on it now. Enjoy! Did you enjoy watching paint dry? Thats how the scriptwriters and plot been since for sometime now! Stretching out 10 minute problem solving into 7 episodes long. Trying to revive dead horse show, shows over. Even youtubers and fanfolks trying to support it today all look like fools as well. Shows over.