September 26, 2018

Best Ways to Watch Doctor Who Online

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Catch the latest season of BBC's Doctor Who online. You can watch it on the BBC America channel in the U.S. Here are the best providers that offer this channel.


BBC America lets you sign in on their official website and app with a TV provider account. This lets you watch complete episodes of Doctor Who online. Full episodes are usually available a day after they're shown on TV.

However, bear in mind that the selection of full episodes on the official app and website are limited. You'll need to wait for it to be in season. If you don't find an episode or show you're looking for, it means the show is not in season.

This isn't the best option if you want to binge-watch all 10 seasons of Doctor Who. But it might be useful if you miss the live broadcast of the latest episode.

The app is compatible with all Android and iOS devices, so you can simply download and log in with a suitable TV provider. Speaking of which, here are TV providers that you can use with the BBC America app:


DIRECTV is one of the accepted TV providers for the BBC America site and app. You can use it to log on and watch full episodes of Doctor Who.

But even if you don't want to go that route, DIRECTV has BBC America in all their packages. If you only care about Doctor Who, you can go for the "Select" package, which is the cheapest. You'll also get other channels like FXX and Viceland.

DIRECTV has some other nice addons - it's great for football too, if you're a sports fan. The NFL SUNDAY TICKET lets you watch all out-of-market games every Sunday.

Even if you don't intend to use the BBC America app, no worries. DIRECTV has its own app. You can use DIRECTV's app to stream BBC America on your smart devices too.

The app even lets you stream your DVR recordings. If you can't catch the live broadcast of Doctor Who, you can just record it on your DVR and stream that later.


DISH is also accepted by the BBC America site and app.

On its own, DISH is a solid TV provider, with a reasonable price. They lock in your fees for two years, so there's no price hike in the middle.

DISH only offers BBC America in their "America's Top 200" package and above. That might seem pricier than DIRECTV at first, but remember that the prices are locked throughout. You'll probably pay about the same, or less, than DIRECTV at the end of your contract.

You'll also get to enjoy other channels such as HGTV, Comedy Central, and the Hallmark channel with the package. If you're a sports fan, you'll also get a bunch of sports channels too, like ESPN and the MLB Network - at no additional cost.

Like DIRECTV, DISH also has its own app - DISH Anywhere. It streams channels to your devices and lets you watch your DVR recordings (online and offline). This is great if you're travelling and can't catch the live broadcast of Doctor Who.

If you want a variety of channels to watch on top of Doctor Who, DISH is a great choice. You get more than 240+ channels, and you can stream your shows through the DISH Anywhere app.

But, if you just want Doctor Who at a budget, consider these other over-the-top providers.


Sometimes, you just want to cut the cord, and not have to deal with contracts or expensive monthly fees. Here are some online TV providers that let you watch Doctor Who online.


Sling TV is one of the cheapest options on this list. They offer BBC America in both their Sling Orange and Sling Blue packages.

If Doctor Who is all you're interested in watching, then it doesn't matter which package you pick. Both packages cost the same. You might want to see which other channels are being offered in each package before deciding.

Sling Orange has the ESPN and Disney channels. Sling Blue has Fox Sports and Bravo. For a more detailed channel list, check their official website here.

Whichever package you pick, there are no contracts, and you can stop your service anytime. There are no equipment or installation fees either, so you can be flexible with your subscription.

If you'd like a bit more channel-surfing, you can get the Sling Orange + Blue package. This allows you to have up to four streams at a time, as well as additional channels.

Sling TV has a Cloud DVR, with 50 hours of storage. That's not a lot, so you can't record all episodes of Doctor Who to binge watch later. But it's useful if you can't make the live broadcast.

Sling TV also works with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, PCs and smartphones.


DIRECTV Now is DIRECTV's version of a streaming TV service. Like other online TV providers, there's no contract and no installation fees. You can start and stop the service anytime.

DIRECTV NOW has BBC America in all their packages. That means if you just want Doctor Who, you can get their cheapest "Live a Little" package. Other channels in this package include Bravo, HGTV, SyFy, and 65+ other channels.

DIRECTV NOW is compatible with the PC, smartphones, and big screen TV with a compatible streaming device.


The PlayStation Vue is another over-the-top TV service provider, with plenty of live TV channels. It's available on iOS, Android, Roku, and Fire TV.

The BBC America channel is included in all its packages, including its cheapest "Access" package. Access also has more than 45 other channels. You'll get channels like AMC and HGTV along with it.

We also like that PlayStation Vue has unlimited DVR, which you can store for 28 days.

PlayStation Vue isn't the cheapest TV provider on the list, but it has a good quality broadcast featuring 60 frames per second. If you want great video quality, PlayStation Vue might be for you.


If you want to catch past seasons of Doctor Who, only Amazon has the rights to stream it. They offer seasons 1 to 10 with all the holiday special episodes. It's available to Amazon Prime customers for free.

If you don't have an Amazon Prime account, you can still purchase on-demand episodes of previous seasons of Doctor Who.

For the upcoming seasons, you can buy an Amazon TV Season Pass. This lets you watch new episodes the day after they air on TV. The episode will automatically be available in your video library after the live broadcast.


There are plenty of ways of watching Doctor Who online. You can either go with a traditional TV provider like DISH or DIRECTV and watch it via their mobile app. Or, if you're a fan of cutting the cable, you can go with over-the-top TV providers like Sling TV and PlayStation Vue.

The downside of over-the-top providers are their limited DVR capability. This shouldn't be a problem if you're only interested in watching Doctor Who. However, if you want to record more than just one show, you'll need a cable/satellite TV provider with better DVR.

At the end of the day, your budget will be the deciding factor. For the cheapest provider, go with Sling TV. For the best TV experience, go with DISH or DIRECTV.

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