AMC is about to debut a trippy new dramedy called Dispatches From Elsewhere, the first season of which is based on a real-life event where citizens of San Francisco were thrust into an alternate reality game. It premieres Sunday, March 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of Dispatches From Elsewhere on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming subscription services:
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AMC is included in Philo’s main 59-channel bundle, which is the cheapest among all streaming services if you plan on keeping it long-term. It also comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for Philo, and you can then watch Dispatches From Elsewhere live on your computer via the Philo website, or on your phone (iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or or other supported device via the Philo app.
If you can’t watch live, Philo also allows you to DVR programs and watch them up to 30 days later. And even if you forget to DVR something, Philo also comes with a 72-hour rewind feature, which allows you to replay shows that have aired in the last three days.
AMC is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can then watch a live stream of Dispatches From Elsewhere on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch most shows up to three days after they air (and sometimes longer) even if you don’t record them.
Additionally, AMC Premiere is available as an add-on to FuboTV’s main package. AMC Premiere is a premium upgrade of AMC that allows you to watch all of AMC’s current shows (and some old ones) on-demand and commercial-free as soon as (and sometimes earlier than) they air live. The Dispatches From Elsewhere premiere is already available to watch this way.
Sling TV’s “Sling Blue” package comes with 47 channels, including AMC. It costs $20 for the first month and $30 per month after that:
Or, as part of a special deal that Sling is currently offering, you can get a free Amazon Fire TV Stick if you prepay for two months:
Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch the show live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 10 hours of cloud DVR.
Dispatches From Elsewhere Preview
Jason Segel executive producers and stars in this new AMC show that is based on the 2013 documentary The Institute, which is the story of an alternate reality game set in San Francisco, put on by a fictional organization calling itself the Jejune Institute.
“Dispatches From Elsewhere is a show about four characters that don’t see the beauty of the world around them until their perspective is flipped,” says location manager Troy Coffee in a preview video.
It’s hard to tell say too much about the show without giving away spoilers, but basically, these four people — Peter (Segel), Simone (Eve Lindley), Fredwynn (Andre Benjamin), and Janice (Sally Field) — find themselves getting swept up in this trippy city-wide scavenger hunt that has them solving riddles and looking for clues all over Philadelphia.
The producers chose to swap in Philadelphia for San Francisco because they “feel that Philly has never been explored in that way,” says executive producer Mark Friedman.
Segel adds that Philadelphia has more murals than any other city in the country, so it “embodies the spirit of the show in that way.”
“In a way, this show is a love letter to Philadelphia … Philadelphia, more than any other city that I know of in this country, embraces folk art, street art, murals, mosaics, festivals. It encourages people to exhibit their creativity,” says executive producer Jeff Freilich.
The show is based on a 2008 game created by Oakland-area artist Jeff Hull. Over three years, more than 10,000 people got involved by responding to fliers posted all over the city and getting “inducted” at the Jejune Institute’s fake headquarters in San Francisco’s financial district.
That is basically what happens here to Peter, Simone, Fredwynn, and Janice. For the rest, you’ll just have to watch to find out what happens to them.
Dispatches From Elsewhere airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
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