Where to Watch The Walking Dead Online

The midseason premiere of Season 6 of The Walking Dead is upon us. A show simply about zombies probably wouldn't last six seasons in prime time, with a seventh in the works — nor rank fourth for all TV series, and first for cable/satellite, in 2015 (according to Nielsen). What keeps The Walking Dead on its feet is showing how complex characters react and evolve when pushed further than imaginable. This series, based on Robert Kirkman's graphic novels, is also just a blast for horror fans — with brilliantly choreographed scenes of chaos and carnage.

You won't (legally) find The Walking Dead for free, but you can save by choosing where to shop. A cable- or satellite-TV subscription may not be the best way to watch if you want to catch up. Netflix is the winner for bingeing, with Seasons 1 to 5 (along with everything else Netflix offers) available, starting at $7.99 per month.

The Walking Dead, Season 6 Pt. II preview

Netflix hasn't confirmed if it will offer Season 6 (first or second halves). Your best online option for recent episodes is to purchase a la carte from M-Go (owned by Fandango), which undercuts the biggest rip-off, iTunes, by up to $8 per season. (Prices generally go up the newer the season.) Of course your choice also depends on if a particular service works with your device.

If you're looking for just a few episodes, it's hard to make a wrong choice; nearly everyone sells them for $1.99 in standard definition (SD) and $2.99 in high definition (HD). Episodes typically become available the day after they air on broadcast TV. Seasons, likewise, are usually sold in SD or HD. SD might be fine for a phone to tablet, but you'll probably regret it on a bigger screen.

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If you have to see the show as soon as it airs, you can watch on traditional pay TV (and DVR whatever you want to watch again) or on two live-streaming services. AMC is included in the entry-level packages for both Sling TV (more than 20 channels for $20 per month) and PlayStation Vue (50 channels for $49.99 per month). Sling TV does not offer a DVR, but it does provide at least recent back episodes on demand; PlayStation Vue (available in a half-dozen U.S. cities) provides a nearly limitless online DVR.

The Walking Dead, Season 6 full trailer

Here's the breakdown. To keep things neat, prices that end in 99 cents are rounded to the nearest dollar; and below-average prices are in bold.

AMC's website

If you have AMC in your cable or satellite package, you can login and watch the first eight episodes of Season 6 on AMC's website, until the ninth debuts  Feb. 14. New episodes are generally available up to four weeks after their original airdate.

Amazon Video (a la carte)

Amazon Prime Video ($99 per year) provides access to unlimited streaming of some content, but not The Walking Dead.

Episodes: $2 SD/$3 HD

Season 1: $10 SD/$15 HD
Seasons 2: $20 SD/$30 HD
Seasons 3: $25 SD/$35 HD
Seasons 4: $26 SD/$40 HD
Seasons 5: $27 SD/$42 HD
Seasons 6: $27 SD/$42 HD

Google Play (a la carte)

Episodes: $2 SD/$3 HD

Season 1: $10 SD/$15 HD
Seasons 2: $20 SD/$30 HD
Seasons 3: $25 SD/$35 HD
Seasons 4: $26 SD/$40 HD
Seasons 5: $27.50 SD/$42 HD
Seasons 6: $27.50 SD/$42 HD

iTunes (a la carte)

Episodes: $2 SD/$3 HD

Season 1: $16 HD
Seasons 2: $35 HD
Seasons 3: $43 HD
Seasons 4: $43 HD
Seasons 5: $43 HD
Seasons 6: $43 HD

M-Go (a la carte)

Episodes: $2 SD/$3 HD

Season 1:  $9 SD/$14 HD
Seasons 2:  $16 SD/$27 HD
Seasons 3: $24 SD/$34 HD
Seasons 4: $25 SD/$37 HD
Seasons 5: $25 SD/$38 HD
Seasons 6: $27 SD/$40 HD

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Microsoft (a la carte, plays on Xbox and Windows devices)

Episodes: $2 SD/$3 HD

Season 1:  $10 SD/$15 HD
Seasons 2:  $20 SD/$30 HD
Seasons 3: $25 SD/$35 HD
Seasons 4: $26 SD/$40 HD
Seasons 5: $28 SD/$42 HD
Seasons 6: $28 SD/$42 HD

Netflix (unlimited, log in to view)

Seasons 1-5: Starting at $8 per month

PlayStation Entertainment Network (a la carte, log in to view)

Episodes: $2 SD/$3 HD

Season 1:  $10 SD/$15 HD
Seasons 2:  $20 SD/$30 HD
Seasons 3: $25 SD/$35 HD
Seasons 4: $26 SD/$40 HD
Seasons 5: $28 SD/$42 HD
Seasons 6: $28 SD/$42 HD

PlayStation Vue (online TV, with DVR)

Current episodes only: Starting at $50 per month. Available in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sling TV (online TV, no DVR)

Current episodes only: Starting at $20 per month

Vudu (a la carte)

Episodes: $2 SD/$3 HD

Season 1:  $11 SD/$16 HD
Seasons 2:  $23 SD/$34 HD
Seasons 3: $27 SD/$42 HD
Seasons 4: $27 SD/$42 HD
Seasons 5: $27 SD/$42 HD
Seasons 6: $27 SD/$42 HD

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  • Neiihn
    I like how the writer tries to make Amazon look cheaper then iTunes by saying its 1.99 on Amazon. It is also 1.99 on iTunes for the standard def version. For High Def versions it is 2.99 on BOTH services.
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  • joytech22
    In Australia we really have like one legal way for streaming - Quickflix.

    With a Monthly subscription, you still have to pay to watch each episode.
    Now you know why Australia has such an insane amount of torrenting, because it's behind when it compares to other countries' streaming services..
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  • Maxor127
    Or do yourself a favor and don't waste your time watching because it's an overrated, borderline terrible show. Unless you love soap operas, then you might like it. It's a soap opera with occasional zombies. Or if you give it a try, and you find that you're not really into it, it doesn't get better.
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