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In preparation for the Westminster Dog Show in June, I've been trying to figure out how we can watch it by streaming.  I know I can watch it if I subscribe to something like Fubo TV or Hulu + Live TV, but those are expensive. 

I can also download the Fox NOW app, but there's a hitch -- they require you to have a subscription to a TV provider.  We're currently Dish customers, so I could sign up now for Fox NOW using my login information for Dish.  But we're planning on cancelling Dish in the very near future.  So what happens in June when we no longer have Dish?  Would we still be able to view Fox NOW?

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I don't think you need worry. This is from the Fox Now app description on Amazon.

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To get the most out of FOX NOW, sign in with your participating TV provider account. We support providers including Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, COX, Hulu + Live TV, Spectrum, Youtube TV, Verizon FiOS, FuboTV, DIRECTV Stream, SlingTV, and more. No provider? You can view unlocked FOX shows that include up to the latest 5 episodes of new shows; returning FOX shows unlock 8 days after airing.

That sounds to me as though there are a number of "providers" and you are not limited to Dish. I just went to the Firestick app store and went to the Fox Now app it let me start watching no login required but I do have an active Youtube TV subscription. 

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I know it's not limited to just Dish as a TV provider, but once we cancel Dish, we'll have no TV provider -- just streaming.

I have Youtube and Hulu, but just the basic subscriptions, not the ones that include live TV such as Youtube TV or Hulu Plus Live TV.  I would have to upgrade my subscription to one of them.  I don't know the cost of YouTube TV, but Hulu Plus Live TV is ~$70 a month.  Of course, like you say, I could sign up for the month of June and then go back to the basic subscription.

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4 minutes ago, LindaH said:

I know it's not limited to just Dish as a TV provider, but once we cancel Dish, we'll have no TV provider -- just streaming.

I have Youtube and Hulu, but just the basic subscriptions, not the ones that include live TV such as Youtube TV or Hulu Plus Live TV.  I would have to upgrade my subscription to one of them.  I don't know the cost of YouTube TV, but Hulu Plus Live TV is ~$70 a month.  Of course, like you say, I could sign up for the month of June and then go back to the basic subscription.

"There ain't no such thing as a free lunch." Well, think you are likely going to have to have a subscription of some sort. When you offer ad free or ad limited streaming you have to have to some way of generating revenue. I guess it will be up to you to pick out the service that provides you the most benefit, but I do not see anyway of watching it without a subscription somewhere. 

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38 minutes ago, LindaH said:

I've checked Fubo TV, Sling, Hulu + Live TV, Vidgo, and Youtube TV.  All of them offer FS1, which is the channel I'm interested in, so I wouldn't have to worry about Fox NOW.

Very true but all of those are subscription services. I suppose you could time it so as to use a service during a free trial, for example Sling offers a 7 day trial, and then cancel at the end of the subscription. 

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Linda, we have Sling TV Blue and it has FS1. $35.00a month but you could get that month and cancel after using a special introductory offer. We spend way too much on streaming services. We're going to start doing that too. https://www.sling.com/?AID=12167793&PID=9069228&SID=oc5A05L8E%2FcFrofF6SHThF85jnMkiBrOIH5TzlAeANLOEbjUevFmlBA6TzC8whZ5&cvosrc=affiliate.cj.9069228&adid=12167793&af=1&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=cj&utm_campaign=9069228&utm_content=12167793&cjevent=22390cd2a1c711ec83eca5280a1c0e10&partner=22390cd2a1c711ec83eca5280a1c0e10

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