In my Sling TV Summer Preview, I noted that AMC’s new sci-fi series Humans could be the network’s next big hit, following in the footsteps of Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and the smash-hit Walking Dead. The brand new series — set in a parallel present where families have their own highly-advanced robotic servant that’s creepily similar to its live counterpart — is a joint venture between AMC and British network Channel 4, where Humans is already a huge hit. It debuted across the pond to record-high ratings.
Here in the States, Humans will make its Season 2 return on February 13, 2017 at 10 p.m. ET. Luckily, US sci-fi fans without cable won’t have to miss a single spooky moment as there are some simple, legal ways to watch Humans online without an expensive cable contract.
Watch Humans Online with the DIRECTV NOW Service
If you’re looking for a way to watch Humans online live, one great new choice is DIRECTV NOW. This new streaming service offers a full television experience without need for a satellite, box, or any other specialized equipment. This makes it a great way to watch AMC, and many other channels.
Here are the main features you’ll want to hear:
- Prices begin at $35 per month, with AMC included in one of the channel bundles.
- The first channel package starts at just under 60 channels, plus on-demand. You always have the option to upgrade for more channels with no contract obligation.
- This service is simple to set up and begin using. You just have to plug in a streaming player or other internet-connected device, download the app, and you are ready to watch!
- You can get your favorite shows on certain streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV, with more likely to be added in the future, and most mobile devices and your PC. Don’t worry about mobile restrictions; there are none at this time. (If you use AT&T for your cell phone provider, you have the added bonus of getting to watch all you want on the DIRECTV NOW app, without it counting against your data usage!)
- If you’ve tried other streaming services, but couldn’t get used to the differences from cable, DIRECTV NOW might be the thing for you. The guide is very much like the cable navigation you are used to, so it won’t be difficult to adapt.
Special DIRECTV NOW Deals Available
Right now, DIRECTV NOW is offering a free 7-day trial, which is a great way to test out their service. That gives you an opportunity to sign up, watch a Humans live stream on Sunday, and spend the rest of the week exploring the DIRECTV NOW streaming service. But remember, this is just a trial, so it won’t last long enough for you to watch Humans online all season long.
Sometimes DIRECTV NOW offers discounts off of a new, compatible streaming player (like Amazon Fire or Apple TV) in exchange for a few pre-paid months. Click here to learn more about current DIRECTV NOW deals.
Have a question that wasn’t answered here? Take a look at our DIRECTV NOW review for more.
Sling TV Offers Another Easy Way to Watch Humans Online
If you want to watch Humans episodes but you’re on a tight budget, you’re in luck — Sling TV will let you watch every episode live as it airs and on-demand afterward. If you don’t want or need as many channels, or the cable-like experience that DIRECTV NOW offers, you might consider Sling TV as your next choice.
What is Sling TV? It’s a live streaming service that lets subscribers watch a selection of popular cable channels on their TV (using a streaming device, like the Roku 3 or Roku Streaming Stick), phone, tablet, or PC using your internet connection.
AMC is available on the Sling TV Orange package for just $20 a month with no contract, and it gives you over 20 channels, including AMC which will air Humans. Additionally, you’ll get ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, HGTV, Food Network, CNN, and a number of other popular channels.
Because Sling TV is a live streaming service, you’ll be able to watch Humans online live every Sunday night when it airs on AMC. If you aren’t able to catch it live, you can still watch Humans episodes on demand as Sling TV offers an on-demand library for this and other channels. Typically, episodes are available on demand just after they air, but sometimes they may not be posted until the next morning.
For a free trial, just sign up on their website here.
PlayStation Vue Offers Another Way to Stream Humans
Sony’s PlayStation Vue gives you one more legal way to watch Humans live without cable. Similar to Sling TV, Vue gives subscribers the ability to stream a collection of popular pay-TV channels. However, there are some differences between Sling and Vue.
To get Vue, you must have a PS3 or PS4 gaming system, and you have to live in one of the following cities — Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Perhaps the bigger issue is the cost. PlayStation Vue is significantly more costly than Sling TV. The basic bundle for most areas is $49.99 a month, and other packages are even more expensive.
Are There Other Legal Ways to Watch Humans Online?
While Sling TV is easily the best way to watch Humans online, there are some other options to watch the show if you don’t have cable, although they each have their drawbacks. Neither will let you watch a Humans live stream, and they force you to pay per episode which can add up if you’re watching a whole season and want to also watch other shows.
- Amazon Instant Video–Usually, episodes of AMC shows are available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video the day after airing on TV. In most cases, you can expect to pay $1.99 and up for each episode.
- iTunes–Like Amazon Instant Video, iTunes also makes episodes of AMC shows available for download the following day. Pricing is usually $2.99 and up per episode.
It’s also worth noting that AMC will usually make the season premiere episodes of its original shows available on its website for free to give fans a sample of the show. However, if they do this with Humans it will still only be the first episode that you can get for free, so you’d still need to get a streaming service or buy each episode from Amazon or iTunes if you want to follow the whole season.
Check out the trailer for Humans below: