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Watch ‘Designated Survivor’ Online — Free, Without Cable

By Steph Myers / May 31, 2017 / Tags: , ,

Here’s how to watch Designated Survivor online — even for free, without cable.

Watch 'Designated Survivor' online

If you’re looking for a tension-filled political drama, the new TV series Designated Survivor is a good place to start. The show only has one season under its belt, but it already has a solid fan-base.

What To Stream Today

The premise: Tom Kirkman (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is a low-level cabinet member — until a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union address kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession and he’s thrust into his new role as President of the United States.

Designated Survivor has been renewed for a second season. If you want to watch Season 1 of Designated Survivor online on-demand — even for free, without cable — you have a few options. (Skip to how to watch for free.)

Watch Full Episodes Of Designated Survivor On-Demand Without Cable

If you don’t have a pay-TV subscription, there are still several ways to watch Designated Survivor online on-demand.

Amazon Video TV Shows

First, you can buy/rent episodes on Amazon Instant Video. iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and the PlayStation Store also have episodes available to rent or buy.

You can also stream Season 1 of Designated Survivor with a Hulu subscription.

More Ways To Watch Designated Survivor Online — Free, Without Cable

You can also stream Designated Survivor for free — but stay away from those scummy “free TV!!!” sites. There’s a better way.

You can use Kodi to watch Designated Survivor (plus lots of other shows) online for free. What is Kodi? Briefly, it’s a free media player application you can use to stream TV shows and other content from the internet. You can watch live TV on Kodi, or stream shows on-demand.

How To Use Kodi: A Simple Quick-Start Guide

One note — whether Kodi is legal is an issue of debate. Yes, the networks frown upon watching their content for free. Hey, I’m not here to judge. But it is highly recommended you use a VPN with Kodi to stay private and secure.

To see what you can watch on Kodi, and how to get started, check out our beginner’s guide on how to use Kodi or our Kodi review. If you already use the media player and need help finding quality sources to stream TV on Kodi, see our list of the best Kodi add-ons. This includes some great options to watch shows on ABC, both live and on-demand.

An alternate approach to Kodi is to download free episodes of Designated Survivor — but this is technically illegal, so beware of the risks and the precautions to take before you head down this path. See more about downloading free TV.

How To Watch The Designated Survivor Online If You Have Cable

ABC will stream repeat episodes of Designated Survivor live online, both on ABC.com and the Watch ABC app.

Go here to watch the Designated Survivor live stream on ABC. There are some free episodes (with ads) available. For others, you will need to log in with a TV provider. If you don’t have one, keep reading for other ways to get access (even for free), or see the best cable TV alternatives.

Note that the ABC live stream is only available in a handful of US cities (Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco). So if you’re not in one of these areas, see below for how to get access.

You can also watch full episodes of Designated Survivor on demand on ABC after logging in with your cable provider.

How To Live Stream Designated Survivor If You Have Cable, But The ABC Live Stream Isn’t Available In Your Area

You can watch Designated Survivor live online on ABC from any city in the country. You just need to bypass ABC’s location-detectors.

For step-by-step help, see: How To Watch ABC’s Live Stream Anywhere. You can do this to watch the Designated Survivor live online on ABC.com or the Watch ABC app.

Watch Designated Survivor Live & On-Demand On YouTube TV

If you don’t have cable, you can watch Designated Survivor live or on-demand on YouTube TV.

YouTube TV is YouTube’s new live TV streaming service. You can live stream a bunch of popular network and cable channels — including ABC — plus you get unlimited DVR space. It’s a great new option for streamers and cord-cutters. You can take advantage of the 1-month free trial to stream a ton of free TV, even if you don’t keep it.

The drawback is that it’s only available in a couple of cities. The good news is that even if it’s not available where you are, you can still get access. See how to get YouTube TV in any location.


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