How to Stream BBC America Online

Use BBC America streaming to catch up on Doctor Who and other shows

BBC America is the home for a lot of fantastic British shows in North America, and you can stream it all online whether or not you have a cable subscription. Whether you missed a few episodes of Doctor Who, or you just want to tune in to the live stream of the BBC America cable channel, we'll show you exactly how to do it.

How to Stream BBC America Online

There are two ways to stream BBC America: through the BBC America website and app, or through a television streaming service like YouTube TV or Hulu. Both methods require a high speed internet connection, and both methods allow you to stream BBC America content on your computer, phone, game console, and even your television with a streaming device like a Roku.

Streaming BBC America online using a phone.
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If you want to use the official BBC America website or app, then you need to have access to the login credentials of a valid cable or satellite subscription. If you have a cable subscription, or someone is willing to provide you with their credentials, this option is totally free. Television streaming services are subscription-based and don't rely on a cable subscription. If you're a cord cutter, then a television streaming service can effectively replace your old cable subscription.

How to Stream BBC America With a Cable Subscription

If you have a cable subscription, or someone is willing to share their login credentials, then you can stream BBC America for no charge through their official website and app. All you have to do is enter your cable subscription username and password, and you can unlock both live and on-demand BBC America content.

Here's how to stream BBC America content from the BBC America website with a cable subscription:

  1. Navigate to bbcamerica.com, and click Sign In located in the upper right corner of the page.

    A screenshot of BBC America home page
  2. Select your television provider, and enter your credentials if requested.

    A screenshot of the BBC America television provider selection menu.
  3. Verify that you see your television provider in the upper right corner of the site. If you see your provider, you're ready to start streaming on-demand and live BBC America content.

    A screenshot of BBC America with YouTube TV logged in.
  4. Click Full Episodes to access on-demand BBC America shows, Movies to access movies, or Schedule to view the live BBC America channel schedule.

    Navigate directly to bbcamerica.com/livestream to watch a live stream of the BBC America cable channel.

How to Stream BBC America Using BBC America Apps

Like the BBC America website, you can access the BBC America apps for free if you have access to the login credentials for a cable or satellite subscription. These apps are also free and available for most mobile platforms.

Here's where you can download the apps for yourself:

Once you have the app installed, here's how to stream BBC America on your mobile device, game console, or streaming device:

  1. Open the BBC America app, and tap Sign In.

  2. Select your television provider, and enter your login credentials if requested.

    BBC America app home page and television service providers.
  3. Verify that you see your television provider in the upper right corner of the app, then tap the Hamburger Menu.

  4. Tap Shows to access on-demand episodes or Movies to access on-demand movies.

    Logged in BBC America app and app menu.

    The Continue Watching option is useful if you don't finish a show in one sitting. Tap this option to pick up where you left off.

How to Stream BBC America Without a Cable Subscription

If you're a cord cutter without any access to a valid cable or satellite television subscription, then the best way to stream BBC America is through a television streaming service. These services work like cable, in that they provide access to live channels like BBC America, but you stream the content over a high speed internet connection to your computer, phone, tablet, or any other compatible device.

In addition to live television, these streaming services also provide access to on demand content similar to the BBC America website. That means you can watch new shows as they are broadcast, and you can also catch up on your old favorites any time you like.

Each of these services provide access to slightly different sets of television networks, with the biggest differences coming in terms of local channels. Some have a single one-size-fits-all plan, and others have multiple subscription tiers just like cable and satellite television.

Here are the best options for streaming BBC America without a cable subscription:

SLING TV

Sling TV is the most affordable way to watch BBC America without a cable subscription. Both of their low cost plans include BBC America, and their slightly more expensive Orange & Blue plan also has BBC America if you're looking for a few extra channels. This isn't the best option if you're looking for local channels, but it's the cheapest way to access BBC America online. They provide a free trial as well, so why not check it out?

Philo TV

Philo TV is a one plan service that costs the same amount as Sling TV's cheapest options. It comes with BBC America in addition to over 50 other channels. They don't do local channels at all though, so this is really only an option if you aren't interested in your local channels. They do offer a free trial, but only for one week.

YOUTUBE TV

YouTube TV is Google's entry into the television streaming game, and it also has some original content. It's a one plan service that's more expensive than Sling or Philo, but that plan includes BBC America in addition to a lineup of 70+ other channels. This the least expensive option after Sling and Philo, and it includes local channels in most markets. They offer a free trial as well.

HULU+ LIVE TV

Hulu + Live TV is basically the popular Hulu on-demand streaming service with live television added on top. It includes a live feed of BBC America, and also provides access to a lot of BBC America on-demand content. They provide a 30-day free trial to check the service out.

fuboTV

fuboTV is a sports-centric television streaming service that also offers a bunch of basic cable channels, including BBC America. If you want to be able to stream live sports like soccer in addition to BBC America, this is a good choice.

AT&T TV NOW

AT&T TV Now is the new name for DirecTV Now. Its two least expensive packages don't include BBC America, but its more expensive packages do. If you're looking for a huge amount of channels, and you're not afraid to pay a premium, then it's worth checking out.