AMC went back to day one with Fear the Walking Dead, a prequel to the hit zombie series. Set in Los Angeles just as the virus outbreaks, it followed the spread of the disease from the perspective of a dysfunctional family and their drug-addicted son.
Five seasons in and, after a time jump, the show has caught right up with its predecessor, with Lennie James’ Morgan even hopping over to lead the ensemble, after a soft reset of the main characters. But for fans keeping up with the franchise’s little cousin, there’s one big question that needs answering every year: how you can see it legally in the UK?
I heard Fear the Walking Dead is on Freeview. Is that right?
BT showed the very first episode of Fear the Walking Dead Season 1 on Freeview in the UK in 2015, but Season 5, which begins on Monday 3rd June at 9pm, will air exclusively on AMC from BT, which is only on BT TV.
What is this BT TV you speak of?
It’s BT’s pay-TV service (a rival to Sky), which provides viewers with a YouView set top box that allows them to receive up to 80 Freeview channels, including 12 in HD, and use catch-up TV apps, such as BBC iPlayer and All 4.
How much does BT TV cost?
It starts from £36.99 a month for new customers, or £7 extra a month for BT customers – plus bolt-on packages available for entertainment channels, such as FOX and Comedy Central. BT TV comes with free BT Sport and the new AMC from BT channel.
Do I need to have BT TV for Fear the Walking Dead?
For Season 5, yes. BT TV customers can find AMC at channel 381 (HD) and 332 (SD) – and catch up on-demand after broadcast. However, you can catch up with Seasons 1 to 4 on pay-per-view VOD, where it is available to buy and download.
I’m a BT broadband customer. Can I get AMC from BT?
Don’t want BT TV but want to get BT Sport? BT broadband customers can pay £5 a month, without a contract, to stream BT Sport through an online app, which is Chromecast compatible. However, this does not include the AMC channel.
Can I get AMC from BT on Sky?
Yes. BT broadband customers can get BT Sport for £5 a month through their Sky set top box. Non-BT broadband customers can get BT Sport for £19.99 a month. Both options include AMC from BT (Sky channel 192).
Can I get AMC from BT on Virgin?
Not at the moment.
Can I catch up on-demand?
BT TV customers will have access to catch-up service BT Player, which will include episodes from AMC. There will also be catch-up content for selected movies shown on the channel. Catch-up content will only be available to BT TV customers – Sky customers are able to record shows on the hard drive of their set top box, but will not have access to AMC titles on catch-up.
I don’t want a pay-TV contract. Isn’t there an OTT option?
The contract-free BT Sport option is currently the only OTT option offered by BT – you can also get BT Sport contract-free as an EE mobile customer – with no similar option for the AMC channel.
Can’t I watch it on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video?
Actually, yes. Fear the Walking Dead Season 1 to 4 are available to stream online exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Amazon Prime Video costs £5.99 a month (with a 30-day free trial). You can find that here.
When does Season 5 start?
Season 5 of Fear the Walking Dead starts on Monday 3rd June at 9pm, with episodes then shown every Monday at 9pm. For more information and a trailer, click here.