Opinion: How I was able to stream FOX legally without cable or satellite (or my own streaming service)

Television has been getting ever so complicated over the years with streaming taking most of the audience and attention away from broadcast networks such as FOX, CBS, NBC and ABC.

The idea of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Prime Video is that it allows you to watch your favorite movies and TV shows on your time instead of pinpointing your life around a TV schedule. That’s so 2007, am I right?

However, I still think that some live TV matters, especially when it comes to deciding whether or not your favorite TV show is going to get renewed for another season.

With that said, I made plans to sit down and watch the season eight premiere of Last Man Standing on Thursday night, as it is my favorite TV show and it’s one of the few shows on television that has good writing, in my opinion.


Since I live in an apartment where I don’t have cable or satellite or even my own live TV streaming service, that puts me in a bit of a problematic situation. I should also point out that I live in an area where the nearest FOX station is about 75+ miles away from me, so getting an OTA antenna is not going to help me much.

So how did I do it?

As it turns out, my brother has Sling TV and has the Sling Blue plan with it. While the service does not let you watch your live FOX station through its app because it is only available in certain markets in it, you can watch the live national broadcasts on FOX through the FOX NOW app as long as you sign-in with valid TV provider credentials.

I downloaded the app on my Apple TV, used my brother’s Sling TV credentials, and by God, it worked.


Not only was I able to watch the channel live and on watch both new episodes of Last Man Standing, but I will be able to watch future new episodes of the show through the app and, if I want to, watch some NFL playoff games.

I’m not one for sports, but the Super Bowl is being aired on FOX this year, so the FOX NOW app may come in handy for me to use if I decide to watch it.

But oh, how I love a good workaround when it comes to streaming content legally and for free.

David Becker
Author: David Becker

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