Tonight is the night! After six long months, The Walking Dead returns for Season 7. What’s more, we’ll finally learn who Negan bludgeoned to death in the Season 6 finale. Everyone’s dying to watch, but if you don’t have cable, what are your options?
Let’s be clear: there are obviously numerous unsavory and illegal methods to watch The Walking Dead online. Most of those sites feature distracting and dangerous pop-up ads that could infect your computer with malware. In addition, downloading files from unknown sources could lead to a serious virus being installed on your computer.
Of course, the most important reason not to illegally download or stream The Walking Dead is that it’s theft. You’re denying the artists who create the show the financial benefits they need to continue it. Without advertising, cable subscriptions, and other revenue sources, AMC cannot continue to put out new episodes of an expensive series like The Walking Dead.
Luckily, the kind people at Cut Cable Today have put together a guide with every legal method to watch tonight’s season premiere. There are more possibilities than you may have even realized.
Sling TV is a relatively new live-streaming service that acts very much like a low-cost cable subscription. The difference is that instead of a subscription, you watch television through a streaming device like a Roku or Xbox One. There’s no contract either. You pay month-to-month, just like Netflix.
The lowest-cost package from Sling TV is the Orange package for $20 a month. That includes 20 popular cable channels like ESPN, CNN, TNT, Disney Channel, and yes: AMC. If you sign up today, you can be watching The Walking Dead live tonight before you even know it! Even if you miss it, Sling TV will let you watch The Walking Dead on demand after it airs.
There’s even a free one-week trial if you just want to try it out. And T-Mobile customers can even save 30% for a full year. With T-Mobile’s Binge On program, you can watch Sling TV (and other streaming services) on your mobile devices without using any data.
Playstation Vue is similar streaming service to Sling TV, with a few obvious differences. First of all, if you want to watch AMC, you’ll need a package costing between $29.99 and $39.99 a month (depending on your area). Like Sling TV, there’s no contract so you can cancel anytime.
There are also fewer devices available for watching Playstation Vue. Obviously, your PS3 or PS4 will do the trick. Other than that, you’re limited to Amazon Fire TV, iPhone/iPad, or Google Chromecast. There are also some mobile restrictions that may prevent you from watching if you aren’t at home.
Amazon Instant Video/iTunes
If you can wait until tomorrow, Amazon and iTunes will have tonight’s Walking Dead premiere available to purchase. It can get expensive to watch an entire season this way, though, so make sure to buy a season pass if you prefer this method.
If all you care about is tonight’s premiere and you can wait until at least tomorrow, you can watch it for free online at AMC.com. This is the simplest and obviously cheapest way to watch the premiere. The problem is that AMC is just giving you a taste. Next week’s episode and those that follow will not be posted on the website for free. So you’ll have to go with one of the other options above to see the rest of the season.
The season premiere of The Walking Dead, ‘The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be,’ airs tonight, October 23, at 9/8c on AMC.