How to watch the Science Channel without cable

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Watch Science Channel Live Stream Online

If you want to live stream Science Channel shows without cable, your cheapest option right now is through Philo for $16 per month.

Your subscription gets you 37 live channels like A&E, History, AMC, Travel Channel and Viceland. You’ll also be able to sign in to the Science Channel Go app using your Philo account. You can activate a free trial for a week in under a minute by just using your mobile phone number. 

In this quick how-to, I’ll explain a few different ways you can get your favorite shows on the Science Channel. I’ll also break down the levels of access to Science Channel shows if you subscribe to platforms like Hulu, DirecTV Now or PlayStation Vue.

Science Channel is all about educating kids and adults alike about cutting edge technology. The shows help us understand how chemistry, physics and engineering are applied in the real world.

“How It’s Made”, “Impossible Engineering”, “What on Earth” and “How the Universe Works” are among the network’s most popular shows.

Sometimes you can find full episodes for free on the Science Channel website. Newer shows like “Deadly Intelligence” won’t require you to log in with pay-TV credentials.

But most of the good stuff requires you to pay. Here’s a breakdown of live TV services that offer a way to watch the Science Channel live without cable.

PlayStation Vue: Watch Science Channel live online

PlayStation Vue offers a Science Channel live stream, and access to the Science Channel Go app. If you subscribe to the entry-level “Access” bundle, you will get 48+ live channels for $39.99 per month. Animal Planet, FS1, FX and Investigation Discovery are included.

PlayStation Vue has apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick, NVIDIA Shield TV and Apple TV. You can also watch Science Channel online by logging into your PlayStation Vue account on a web browser.

You can stream on up five different devices at once. So, you can watch the Science Channel live on a Fire TV in one room, and another channel on an Apple TV.

A PlayStation Vue subscription also allows you to sign in to the Science Channel Go app. So you can live stream Science Channel shows just from the app or watch on-demand content. PlayStation Vue offers a free trial for five days.

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The Science Channel app has a live stream and on-demand content.

DirecTV Now: Science Channel Live Stream Online

DirecTV Now is a good option to watch the Science Channel without cable if you want a wide channel selection. Subscribers get 80+ channels with the “Just Right” bundle, including regional sports networks and local live channels like NBC in numerous markets around the U.S. Animal Planet, BBC America, Disney Channel, ESPN and FX are included in the Just Right channel bundle.

You can stream on up to three devices at once simultaneously with DirecTV Now. It’s the best option if you’re someone who watches live TV mostly on their smartphone and while you’re outside your home. Just be careful about data overages if you’re not an AT&T customer. DirecTV Now is still in the process of rolling out its Cloud DVR, and you can’t use your credentials to log in to the Science Channel Go app.

The Just Right bundle costs $50 per month. You can try out DirecTV Now free for a week.

DirecTV Now has a promotion underway where a streaming device will be included in your subscription when you pay in advance for service. Get an Apple TV from DirecTV Now when you prepay for three months. DirecTV Now will give you an Amazon Fire TV when you prepay for two months. Like with any live TV streaming service, there are no contracts. So you can cancel any time.

Philo: Live stream Science Channel without cable

Philo is one of the newest live TV streaming services out there. And it offers a unique proposition. You’ll get 37 live TV channels for $16 per month.

Aside from getting the Science Channel, you’ll get to live stream Animal Planet, A&E, Comedy Central, HGTV, History, IFC, Discovery, Lifetime, MTV and Nickelodeon. Philo doesn’t offer locals or sports. So it’s really geared for cord cutters who want a selection of networks that used to only be available to cable or satellite TV subscribers.

For another $4, you’ll get 9 more channels, including: American Heroes Channel, Cooking Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family and Discovery Life. You get unlimited Cloud DVR with either channel bundle. There’s an on-demand catalog of shows, too. When you mark a show to record, Philo will do it for the whole season automatically. Subscribers can have up to three simultaneous live streams at once.

You’ll need a Roku to live stream Science Channel within the Philo app. Philo debuted its service in November, so the company is still working on expanding its device support. 

If you already have an Apple TV, Fire TV or Xbox One, you can use your Philo credentials to sign in to TV Everywhere apps for just about all your channels.  

The Science Channel app also has a live stream option so you could use a Fire TV to watch shows live.

I wrote a review of Philo after subscribing for three months, and I still think it’s one of the best live TV streaming platforms out there. It’s definitely the least expensive way to get the Science Channel without cable. You can sign up for a free trial of Philo by using your mobile number. Look over Philo’s channels or try them out free for a week.

Let’s review a few more options to make sure all your questions are answered.

Watch Science Channel for free (sort of)…

There are a select number of episodes that anyone can watch on the Science Channel website without a cable subscription. Go to the “Shows” section along the top menu and choose “View All Shows”.

Click on a show – any show – and look to the right of the episodes to see if there’s a key logo.

If you see no key, then watch it for free.

You will quickly notice that you won’t be able to watch a full season of shows like “What on Earth?” or “Outrageous Acts of Science” for free. By the way — just to avoid any confusion — the Science Channel Go website is no more. It has now been folded into www.sciencechannel.com in case you went looking for it.

How can I activate the Science Channel Go app?

You’ll need to authenticate the Science Channel Go app with a cable subscription or a live TV streaming service like Philo or PlayStation Vue to unlock a full catalog of on-demand shows and the Science Channel live stream.

DirecTV Now has the Science Channel in its channel lineup, but doesn’t support access to the Science Channel Go app.

App authentication is really useful for when you’re on the road, too. Let’s say you travel a lot, but bring along your Roku Streaming Stick so you can watch Netflix or Amazon Prime. With your Philo or PlayStation Vue subscription, you’ll also be able to watch a live stream directly from the Science Channel app.

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The new Science Channel app for Android lets you cast to a NVIDIA Shield TV or Chromecast.

What do I need to stream Science Channel shows?

The Science Channel has apps for Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick. The Science Channel app for Fire TV app was released in 2018.

If you own a NVIDIA Shield TV or Chromecast, you can cast the Science Channel app on an Android smartphone or iPhone to watch shows live or on-demand. You can also stream all episodes through your tablets, iOS devices like iPhones, PCs and Macs.

Are Science Channel shows on Hulu?

Yes. You don’t get the full roster of shows currently on the Science Channel. But right now you can get episodes of “How It’s Made”, “SurvivorMan” and “What on Earth?”

When does a new episode get added to Science Channel Go after it’s on TV?

New episodes are usually available the morning after they air on television. This isn’t always the case, but most of the time it happens.

Does Sling TV have the Science Channel?

Not at the moment. PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now are the only two options when it comes to a live streaming alternative over the web.

That could always change. With more competition coming in 2018 to live streaming TV, Sling TV will have to respond.  

Does Hulu with Live TV or YouTube TV have the Science Channel?

No. Neither service have the Science Channel within its channel lineup at the moment.

Can I buy individual episodes from Science Channel shows?

If you’re only interested in seeing one or two particular episodes of a particular show, Amazon Video lets you buy an episode or full season of some shows. Currently, there is five seasons of “How the Universe Works”.

What’s the best way to live stream the Science Channel?

I recommend Philo because gives you more value for less money. For $16 per month, you can live stream the Science Channel either directly from the Philo app, or through the Science Channel app. Philo also has unlimited DVR, and allows up to three streams at once. You can also activate the Science Go Channel app with a Philo account. Try Philo free for a week.

If you’re serious about ditching cable, I suggest you skim Cord Cutting 2018: the definitive guide so you can quickly school yourself with how to get the best deal possible for an Internet subscription.

How do you live stream the Science Channel? Tell fellow readers in the comments below.

NOTE: This article was originally published on Feb. 21, 2017, and updated to add in the new Philo TV streaming service and new features related to the Science Channel app. All photographs, and content are property of The Cord Cutting Report. 



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