The Walking Dead is a hit television series on the AMC channel that is currently airing on its 7th season. The spell-binding end to the 6th season left many of its viewers in frantic anticipation of this newest season, mostly because of the terrific cliff-hanger that viewers were left with. After watching the first episode of the new season, we can tell that this season (7th season) is going to be an exciting one. So, how are you going to watch The Walking Dead online without breaking any laws?
Sling TV is an online live streaming monthly subscription service that does not require the user to obligate themselves to a contract with the company. In this regard, the service provided by Sling TV has not been offered before.
The price of a monthly subscription starts at about $20 and includes over 20 different channels, including AMC, TNT, ESPN, and many others. These channels are provided in the Sling Orange package, to which various expansion packages may be added. With that said, you may easily and legally watch a live stream of the Walking Dead by using the inexpensive Sling TV service.
This means that you never have to miss an episode, or get spoilers because you didn’t catch the latest episode in time. You get to watch the latest episode, as soon as it airs on AMC! That’s a huge bonus if you, like me, absolutely can’t wait to find out what is going to happen next on this jaw-dropping, epic series. What is Rick going to do next? Who will survive the next few days? Well, you don’t have to wait to find out from your friends first, you can catch it live on AMC with Sling TV.
Another option that allows you to watch The Walking Dead live online is Sony’s PlayStation Vue, which is a streaming service that offers very similar service to Sling TV. It is also not necessary to have a contract with Vue, so you may cancel you service at any time.
Sony’s PlayStation Vue is however more expensive on a monthly basis than Sling TV by about $10 to $20, depending on your location. There are also a few issues with portability, as PlayStation Vue just doesn’t support as many devices as Sling TV does, most notably not being compatible with Apple TV. However, if live streaming via your PS3, PS4, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, iPhone or iPad is sufficient for you and you don’t mind paying the extra premium this service might satisfy all of your live streaming requirements.
Netflix is a viable option for watching old seasons of The Walking Dead, with season 1 to season 6 being available on-demand. If you’ve missed the last few seasons or simply want to catch up on events by reviewing and re-watching the past seasons, this is a great option.
You can’t however live stream the latest episodes as they come out, and this is where Netflix begins to fail. If you choose this service, it’s highly likely that you will be left waiting for months before the seasons are made available to watch on-demand. In this way, the service is comparable to buying optical media versions of the series (DVD, Blu-Ray, etc.), but is not a live streaming service.
Unfortunately if you’re currently using the Hulu platform for your streaming needs, you cannot watch The Walking Dead. This is because they do not have the rights to stream the show. This may change in the future, but nothing is certain in this regard.
If you live in the United Kingdom, you now have a legal option to live stream The Walking Dead with NOW TV. NOW TV is owned by the Sky network. You may watch previous episodes as on-demand video content as well as live stream the latest episodes as soon as they air.
The pricing is very competitive, and currently for about 7 GBP per a month you can stream quite a bit of content. So if you’re in the UK you can use NOW TV to stream every episode of The Walking Dead that has ever been aired.
Some other ways to stream The Walking Dead include Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Prime and iTunes. Amazon Instant Video will provide the latest episode one day after they have aired, which is somewhat ironical considering the name of the service. So while you’ll eventually get to watch it one day after it has aired, and own it for life after purchasing it, there is the lag in content delivery to consider. Amazon Prime does not offer full episodes, but has great additional specials that might be desirable for hardcore fans. iTunes charges about $3 per episode and also involves a one-day waiting period.