How to Watch Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. Without Cable TV

Recently getting access to Nickelodeon shows became a lot harder. First Sony’s PlayStation Vue dropped Viacom channels including Nickelodeon. Next Viacom pulled its new shows from Hulu.

This made it harder for many cord cutters who relied on these services; however, there is good news because cord cutters do have options to access these shows without paying for cable TV.

So here is a short guide on how to watch Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. without paying for cable or agreeing to a 2-year contract. (Also thanks to the readers who asked for a guide on Nickelodeon. Do you have a channel you would like a guide for? Leave us a comment and let us know.)


The only live TV service that has Nickelodeon is DIRECTV NOW. It also offers Nick Jr. and Nicktoons. So if you want a live feed of Nickelodeon, DIRECTV NOW is the service you need to get.

The good news is DIRECTV NOW offers a free 7-day trial if you are unsure if it is a good fit for you.

Sling TV

If Nickelodeon is not needed but you want Nick Jr. you may want to check out Sling TV, which includes Nick Jr. and Nicktoons in its service.

If you want to give it a try, Sling TV offers a free 7-day trial to test out the service.

Amazon Prime

Amazon has many older seasons of shows such as “SpongeBob,” “Big Time Rus”, “iCarly,” and more all part of Prime.

It also sells newer seasons of Nickelodeon shows starting at $14.99. (My daughter can’t tell the difference between HD and SD for many shows especially cartoons.) Stocking up on a few older shows is a great way to save money over a monthly subscription.

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9 Responses to How to Watch Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. Without Cable TV

  1. Chris K. February 24, 2017 at 8:04 am #

    I don’t know about DirecTV Now, but Sling TV only has about four episodes of each show OnDemand. When you combine that with a lack of a DVR and a lack of login credentials on the Nick and NickJr Apps, it’s not terribly useful.

    We’ve ended up going the Amazon route for Paw Patrol and Blaze.

  2. filmex February 24, 2017 at 9:07 am #

    It seems there are more threads here directing viewers to Sling and DTVN than anything else.
    Too often you find something lacking in Vue and then show people how to rectify the problem–through other streaming services.

    I had Sling for a year before switching to Vue, which we have now had for ten months. To our family, there is no comparison. The bottomless cloud DVR of Vue is the game-changer that neither Sling nor DTVN shows any sign of equaling, not when they are still attempting to protect their satellite businesses and those $120/month DVR packages.

    If CCN was an equal opportunity helper, we would have a thread titled, “Where to find a streaming DVR that doesn’t seriously restrict recording capacity and channel selection”, which would highlight the ONLY streaming DVR which does neither…and it ain’t Sling or DTVN.

    • mau47 February 24, 2017 at 9:19 am #

      There probably isn’t a way to monetize clicks to PS Vue like there is for DTN and Sling.

      • Mike Stambaugh February 24, 2017 at 10:12 am #

        I really like Vues access to the individual channel apps. Disney jr, discovery ect. Any channel I get with Vue, gives me access to their app and the full library of shows. Only thing Vue is lacking is MTV, NickJR and MLBnetwork. Vue is far and away the King right now. And No, I wouldn’t trade Vues awesome DVR for MTV, MLBnetwork and NickJR.

        • Chris K. February 24, 2017 at 6:07 pm #

          We did for three months… and happily went back to PSVue. I’d love for them to get Nick Jr. back, but the service itself is superior in every way.

  3. 1EYEDJimmyBivvins February 24, 2017 at 10:49 am #

    Viacom leaves Vue and Hulu because Viacom is a greedy arrogant company that greatly overvalues its product. Sling which is Dish and DTVNow which is Direct TV as well as many cable companies keep feeding greedy Viacom. Vue and Hulu customers who think they can’t live without Viacom go to one of those services. Vue and Hulu become weaker but not enough leave to do major damage. What happens when the next company pulls their channels from Vue and Hulu and are only available on cable/sat. or their streaming services? If the trend continues and Sling/DTVNow are the only services surviving that stream live tv then we are right back to the same old monopoly. This is their plan. When satellite tv first came out it promised to bring competition to cable and bring down prices and improve service. Cable tried everything to put down satellite and run it out of business. When that failed they turned satellite into a clone of cable with overpriced plans poor customer service and onerous contracts. That is what they are trying to do to competing streaming services. Regain the monopoly by teaming with greedy content providers like Viacom to shut down the competition and regain their monopoly. CCN is doing cord cutters no favor with its unabashed love affair with Sling and DTVNow. Do not trust them because they only want their monopoly back. Streaming services not affiliated with the cable/satellite old monopoly must survive or we are all screwed. Don’t be fooled by a name. Sling IS Dish. DTVNow IS Direct TV. When they see what Vue offers for the price they don’t like it and when they don’t like something they force it out buy it out or turn into the same gouging ripoff garbage you were stuck with before.

    • Mike Stambaugh February 24, 2017 at 11:55 am #

      I never looked at Vue losing Viacom as a strong arm move by dish and DTV. But you make total sense and makes me never want to go back now.

    • Elizabeth February 24, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

      I completely agree. Buying a service from a cable/satellite company doesn’t really count as actual cord cutting to me.

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