How to watch ‘The Affair’ for free

Drama and extramarital affairs go together like peanut butter and jelly in the Showtime drama series The Affair.

The show starts with the consequences of a fling between Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Allison Bailey (Ruth Wilson), but The Affair isn’t some typical soapy mess. In fact, it’s far from it. Splitting the story in two, each episode offers stories from both Noah and Allison’s perspectives, depicting the crumbling marriages and broken hearts that lie in their wake.

After four seasons, the show has become a somber example of the delicate alchemy of truth and desire, exploring relationships (marital and extramarital) from unexpected angles. The yet-to-be-scheduled fifth season will also be the last, so now’s your chance to catch up with one of premium cable’s most gripping dramas. 

Heres how to watch The Affaironline for free.


The Affair cast

  • Dominic West as Noah Solloway
  • Ruth Wilson as Alison Bailey 
  • Maura Tierney as Helen Butler 
  • Joshua Jackson as Cole Lockhart 
  • Julia Goldani as Telles Whitney Solloway
  • Jake Siciliano as Martin Solloway
  • Jadon Sand as Trevor Solloway
  • Leya Catlett as Stacey Solloway
  • Josh Stamberg as Max Cadman
  • Catalina Sandino as Moreno Luisa Len
  • Omar Metwally as Vik Ullah 
  • Irne Jacob as Juliette Le Gall 
  • Sanaa Lathan as Jenelle Wilson
  • Anna Paquin as Joanie Lockhart

What channel is The Affair on?

The Affair is available exclusively on , which has all episodes from seasons 1-4 on-demand.

How to watch The Affair for free

There are a number of different online services that offer Showtime as a premium channel. You can also sign-up directly through Showtime. Either way, you’ll be able to start with at least a seven-day trial, so you can watch The Affair for free.

1 )

Sling TV

Sling TV

For a more la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, and , both of which cost $25 per month. If you grab them both () you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like , , and .  Whichever package you choose, you’ll need to add Showtime for an additional $10 a month. Heres the complete guide to .

2) Amazon Prime Video with Showtime



  • Cost: $10.99 per month (after 7-day free trial) for Showtime | Prime subscription for $119.99
  • Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii

If you’re using Amazon Prime for free two-day shipping, you also gain access to Prime Video. It’s a great hub for your premium channels, including Showtime, where you can stream The Affair. You can also catch season 1 on-demand. 

3) Showtime Anytime

 gives you access to all the movies and TV shows the premium cable channel has to offer. There are cheaper alternatives to gain access, but you need to subscribe to a secondary streaming service first. However, if you just want to watch The Affair, this is the quickest and the cheapest way to do so. All previous episodes of The Affair are available on the app as well, along with , , and countless other Showtime hits and movies.

4) Hulu and Hulu with Live TV


Hulu with Live TV

  • Cost: $7.99-$11.99 for Hulu or $40 per month (after a 7-day free trial) for Hulu with Live TV | $10.99 per month for Showtime
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)

account is easy as pie. If youre looking for an online cable package that comes with Hulu on-demand content, Hulu With Live TV is a great offer at a great price. Youll have almost 60 channels to flip through, including , a full suite of , , , and more. Whichever Hulu package you choose, adding Showtime will cost $10.99 a month, after your free trial expires. (Heres the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)

5) PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue

If you have a PS4 and want your gaming and streaming needs met in the same place, PlayStation Vue is for you. You don’t need a console to enjoy this service, though. You can also use a Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and Kodi. Plus, you’ll get channels like , , and in PlayStation Vue’s entry-level package. Adding Showtime to your PS Vue account will cost $10.99 a month after your free trial expires. One subscription works with up to five devices, all with unlimited cloud DVR storage making it one of the most binge-friendly solutions. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)

6) FuboTV



  • Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial) for FuboTV | $10.99 per month for Showtime
  • Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices

was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, and even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are present too, including , , , and . Access to Showtime will cost an additional $10.99 a month. (Here’s the complete and our comprehensive .)


YouTube TV

YouTube TV

  • Cost: $49.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial) for YouTube TV | Showtime currently costs $7 per month on YouTubeTV, down from $10 per month
  • : Google Chromecast,, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices

YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts. Each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. There are sports channels like , , and four . , Disney XD, Disney Junior, and will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like and NBC Universo. , , and are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. Adding Showtime to your subscription is easy, and only runs an additional discounted price of $7 a month. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)

How to catch up on The Affair episodes

1) Amazon Video



  • Cost: $1.99/episode, $28.99/season
  • Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii

As stated above, the cheapest way to catch up on older episodes of The Affair is using Showtime Anytime. But you can also watch past episodes of The Affair on your TV, tablet, phone, or computer with Amazon Video. You can buy an entire season for $9.99. You’re better off adding Showtime as a channel through Amazon Prime, which will let you stream new and old episodes.


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