How to watch American Gods without a Starz subscription


The much-anticipated TV adaptation of American Gods airs Sundays on Starz. Here’s how to watch with or without a subscription.

After years of rumors and lapsed rights, Starz, home of Outlander, Power, and The Girlfriend Experience, has the honor of bringing Neil Gaiman’s weird and wild best-seller to the small screen. But Starz is a premium cable channel, which may appear to present a problem if you a) don’t have cable b) have cable, but don’t get Starz or c) don’t live in the U.S. False.

Here’s how can you watch American Gods, whatever your situation.

You have cable and you have Starz

Well, you’re totally set. Set your DVR for Sundays at 9 p.m. ET and enjoy. Alternatively, enjoy your complimentary Starz On Demand. Episodes will go up at 12:00 a.m. Sunday morning, or midnight Saturday night. (Meaning yes, you can watch before they air on TV.) Your cable log-in will also give you access to the episodes on and the Starz app, again going live at midnight.

You have cable, but you don’t have Starz

You can add the Starz channel to your subscription, which gives you all the above benefits (On Demand, web and app options). The cost to add a premium channel varies by cable provider, but packages tend to begin at an additional $10/month. They also tend to include other premium channels (HBO, Showtime, etc.) so it could be worth it.

You don’t have cable and you don’t have or want Amazon Prime

Like their premium peers, Starz offers a streaming subscription for $8.99/month. You can then watch on or through the Starz app, which you can also load onto the streaming device of your choice. You can download the Starz app from the iTunes app store, Amazon Fire TV, Google Play and Roku.

You don’t have cable, but you do have Amazon Prime

If you have Amazon Prime, you may find it easiest to add a Starz subscription (still $8.99/month) to your account. Amazon Prime members can buy premium channel subscriptions that they can then watch through Amazon Video.

Both streaming options benefit from the 12:00 a.m. upload time.

You don’t live in the U.S.

If you don’t live in the United States, then Starz isn’t an option for you. The good news is that the Amazon Prime option still is. Entertainment Weekly provides a list of all the countries the Amazon Prime option services. If your country is not on the list, our best advice is pray to the god of your choosing.