NEW YORK - Cord-nevers, you're in luck. No more need to beg, borrow or steal your parents' cable password to keep up with each episode of "Mad Men" or "Game of Thrones." When the hit shows return in the next few days, they will be available for streaming online with no cable or satellite subscription.
Here's where you can watch.
The show is returning to AMC on Sunday to start its final seven-episode run.
The channel is available through Dish's $20-a-month Sling TV streaming service and Sony's $50-a-month PlayStation Vue. You can sign up for Sling TV at sling.com and watch through a number of apps. Sony's service requires a PlayStation 3 or 4 and limits viewing to your home. (Plus, you need to live in New York, Chicago or Philadelphia for Vue.)
Besides watching the channel live, Sling TV offers the past few episodes on demand through its apps. Vue will let you record the show for viewing within 28 days.
Not caught up on where Don Draper, Peggy Olson and the other advertising executives stand? You can watch past seasons through Netflix or buy individual episodes or seasons through iTunes, Amazon or Google Play.
Don't want to subscribe to Sling TV or Vue for new episodes? You'll likely be able to buy them through iTunes, Amazon or Google Play the next day.
Game of Thrones
The HBO drama returns for a fifth season on April 12.
By then, HBO will debut its stand-alone streaming service, HBO Now. Cablevision's Internet-access subscribers will be able to get HBO Now for an undisclosed price. Owners of Apple TVs, iPhones or iPads will be able to sign up through Apple's iTunes for $15 a month.
HBO Now won't operate exactly like the regular HBO cable channel. There might be a slight delay, but each new episode is expected to appear on the app before it finishes playing on TV.
Sling TV will offer HBO for $15 as an add-on to those who subscribe to its basic service. The past few episodes are expected to be available on demand.
To catch up, you must wait for HBO Now. It's expected to have all past episodes available. Or you can buy individual episodes or seasons through iTunes, Amazon or Google Play. New episodes won't likely be available for a while, though.
Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press