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How to Watch ABC Without Cable (As Cheap as Possible)

ABC is available to watch live through different streaming services, but they do vary on price and features. Here are the cheapest options.

The cheapest way to watch ABC without cable is Vidgo. Similar to other popular channels, ABC is actually available to stream through a variety of services, although some of the cheapest options overall, including Philo and Sling TV, do not carry ABC. Due to this, and unless watching the local ABC channel for free, even the cheapest service is more expensive than many of the other channels that are available to watch without cable.

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ABC is one of the channels owned by The Walt Disney Company and is the home to many popular shows, including Big Sky, The Good Doctor, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, 2020 and more. As a result, having access to the channel as part of a live TV streaming package will be of benefit to many individuals and households.

It is worth noting the information here is related to the ABC channel. For those specifically looking for access to their local ABC station or affiliate, the options are far more limited. Not to mention, local ABC stations can actually be watched for free through a service like Locast. However, this service is not available everywhere, so consumers will need to check if Locast is available in their area. Alternatively, local channels, including ABC can be accessed for free as an over-the-air channel with the right equipment, such as an antenna.

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Cheapest way to watch ABC

Vidgo is currently the cheapest way to watch ABC without cable. Priced at $55 per month, Vidgo offers access to a wide variety of live TV channels, including ABC, making it a good option for individuals and households that want access to a mixture of news, sports and entertainment channels.

Vidgo is a little different to other live TV streaming services as it places a strong focus on watching live. Due to this, the service offers limited access to on demand content and lacks any cloud DVR for recordings. For those not intending on watching ABC and the other Vidgo channels live, it might be worth considering an alternate service.

Building on its watch live emphasis, Vidgo also comes with a unique Hangs feature that makes it super easy to watch live events and sports with other subscribers. Whether looking to set up a private watch party with family or friends, or watching with strangers, Hangs might prove to be a useful feature. While the standard cost of a subscription is $55 per month, Vidgo currently offers the first month for just $10.

Other ways to watch ABC without cable

Besides Vidgo, the next cheapest options for watching ABC without cable are fuboTV, Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV. The cheapest plans from all three of these services costs $64.99 per month and all three base plans include ABC in their channel lineups.

In spite of being the same price, these services do vary in multiple ways, including the amount of recording space, on demand content, and the selection of channels they offer outside of ABC. Understanding these differences can help to narrow down whether fuboTV, Hulu Live TV or YouTube TV is the best option overall.

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Lastly, there’s AT&T TV. This streaming services offers multiple plans and none of them list ABC as included in the channel lineup. In spite of this, local ABC channels are available with all of AT&T TV’s plans. However, with the cheapest Entertainment plan starting at $69.99 per month, it is the most expensive overall.

Watching ABC directly

ABC actually allows consumers to watch many show episodes for free, albeit at least one week after they premiere. Those with an existing live TV streaming subscription can log in to the ABC website or app using their live TV account details and stream all of the latest episodes or watch the channel live without any issues.

This is made possible through the use of TV Everywhere support. However, not all channels offer TV Everywhere support to all live TV streaming services. Therefore, there can be times when a channel is included with a live TV package, but the option to watch directly through the app or website remains unavailable.

That’s not the case with ABC, as AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Vidgo, and YouTube TV subscribers can use their subscription details to log in and stream live TV as well as on demand content. As Vidgo’s TV Everywhere support also includes ABC, consumers opting for the cheapest option overall won’t be losing out on the option to watch ABC directly.

Watching ABC without cable summary

At $55 per month, Vidgo is currently the cheapest option to watch ABC without cable. Vidgo is not a typical live TV streaming service, due to its focus on watching live and with others through its mobile Hangs feature, therefore it might not suit all individuals and households.

Outside of Vidgo, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV all provide access to ABC at $64.99 per month and all come with unique selling points. Otherwise, consumers can opt for AT&T TV’s $69.99 per month Entertainment plan and gain access to their local ABC channel. Alternatively, consumers can use additional hardware to access their local OTA ABC station or affiliate for free, or check to see if Locast is available in their area.

Read more: How to Watch A&E Without Cable (as Cheap as Possible)

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By John Finn

John started Streaming Clarity to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been writing about technology and TV-related services and devices since 2014 and believes the best streaming approach is to bounce between services as needed. Contact John via email at john@streamingclarity.com or on Twitter

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