How to watch History channel online without cable

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History channel live stream online

Today you’re going to learn how to watch the History Channel live without a cable subscription. 

The History Channel started out in the 1990s as the go-to place for in-depth documentaries about World War II. These days, the network is known for original programming like American Pickers, Pawn Stars and Vikings.

There are plenty of options to watch the History channel without subscribing to Comcast, Spectrum or other cable or satellite companies. 

In this guide, I’ll outline all the ways to watch the History channel live, and the advantage of using apps on your Roku, iPhone or History website. If you’re looking to binge watch a particular show over 7 days, there are some free week-long trials that you can take advantage of from DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, fuboTV, Philo and Sling TV.

The History Channel is part of the A&E Network, which also owns Lifetime, A&E, LMN, fyi, Crime and Investigation, Military History, LRW and Viceland. So if you do try out a live streaming service like the ones I just mentioned, there’s a good chance you might get more than just History in your channel lineup.

What are the most popular shows on History?

There are dozens of shows on History in 2018. I’ve been a fan of Counting Cars lately. But I’ve been watching American Pickers and Pawn Stars for much longer. I always feel like I’m getting a pretty cool lesson on American history or Americana by watching those shows. Rick Harrison is obviously a very well read guy. That can be a big help when a new person steps into Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas to get a stack of money for a not-so-valuable collectible. And come on, who doesn’t love the antics of Frank on American Pickers? Here’s a list of the most popular shows on History.

  • Ice Road Truckers
  • American Pickers
  • Forged In Fire
  • Pawn Stars
  • The Curse of Oak Island
  • Vikings
  • Knightfall
  • American Pickers (Best Of)
  • Ancient Aliens
  • Swamp People
  • The Tesla Files
  • Six
  • Two Degrees

** Note: This most popular list is based on data from the History channel based on new episodes.

Watch History channel live without cable on Roku, Fire TV or Android

If you own a Roku, Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV, you have a couple of options to stream episodes of favorite shows like Ancient Aliens or Vikings.

You can replace your cable subscription with streaming platforms like Sling TV or fuboTV. All  of these platforms offer a way to watch the History channel live along with dozens of other channels. You just stream your live channels over the Internet instead of having them pipe through a cable cord. Some folks refer to these alternatives to cable as cord cutting

Watch History Channel online using Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live currently offers the best value for live streaming History channel.

A subscription includes History Channel and about 59 other live channels. Subscribers get popular networks like HGTV, CNN, ESPN, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Travel Channel and USA Network. Hulu with Live TV costs $40 per month and includes 50 hours of Cloud DVR. You can stream on up to two devices at once. 

Local NBC, ABC and FOX stations and regional sports channels like NBCSN are available in many parts of the U.S. That’s because Hulu leads in having the most local channels compared to the competition.

Another big perk with a Hulu with Live TV subscription is the on-demand library. You’ll get unlimited access to the same on-demand library of network TV shows, movies and Hulu Originals that people pay $7.99 per month for. So you can watch Hulu Originals like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Path” and catch up on other network TV shows and specials that you might have missed. You’re getting a lot more to watch for same price as many other live TV services.

Hulu with Live TV works on Apple TV, Roku, XBox One, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick and Chromecast. Try out Hulu with Live TV free for 7-days.

fuboTV: For sports fans who want to watch History channel live

fuboTV started out as a sports-first platform geared toward soccer fans, but you’ll find a lot more than just soccer. Sure, beIN Sports is still an important part of its channel lineup. But you’re also going to find AMC, A&E, History channel, IFC, Sundance TV, Viceland, HGTV and Food Network as part of the 70+ channel bundle, Fubo Premier.

fuboTV also offers 30 hours of Cloud DVR so you can even record your favorite shows on History, and watch them later. fuboTV just released a brand new app on Roku, and works on just about any major streaming device. So if you have a Fire TV or NVIDIA Shield TV, you can easily try out the fuboTV app, and authenticate a few dozen apps through TV Everywhere support.

fuboTV offers a free 7-day trial for new customers. fuboTV will charge you only $19.99 for the first month. You can include Showtime for free as part of your weeklong trial. 

Live Stream History Channel using Philo TV

Philo is the newest and cheapest streaming platform that will get you the History Channel live.

For $16 per month, subscribers get 37 channels which includes pretty much all A&E Networks like A&E, Lifetime and Viceland. You can sign up for a free trial in about a minute by using your mobile number. 

AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Science Channel, Sundance TV, and HGTV are part of the entry-level channel bundle. For $4 more, another nine channels are added to the bundle including MTV Live, Cooking Channel and Discovery Family.

There’s unlimited Cloud DVR and a decent amount of on-demand content. You can watch on up to three devices at once.

Be aware that device support is limited to Apple TV, Roku and Roku TV. From a web browser, you can watch Philo on Mac computers, PCs, iOS devices and Android devices. There’s an iPhone app for Philo as well. 

You can use your Philo account to sign into the History app on Roku and other devices like Fire TV and Apple TV. Read my review of Philo that I wrote after subscribing for a few months. You can try out Philo free for a week by signing up in under a minute using your smartphone number.

Sling TV: Stream History channel live without cable

Sling TV offers the lowest price for a live stream of History. You can subscribe to the Sling Orange channel bundle. That gives you 29 channels for $25 per month. You’ll get History, AMC, ESPN and Viceland.

Sling Blue also has History channel, and gives you 45+ channels for $25 per month. The Blue package gives you NBC in many markets, Nat Geo Wild, FOX RSNs and Epix Drive-In. Sling TV offers a Cloud DVR option for an extra $5 per month. You’ll get 50 hours of recording space.

Sling TV has a free 7-day trial for new customers. If you’re willing to prepay for two months, you can get a Roku Express. Prepay for three months and get a Roku Ultra for only $50.

DirecTV Now: Live stream History channel without cable

With DirecTV Now, you can live stream History from DirecTV Now’s app on a Roku or other popular streaming device. Or you can live stream on a smartphone when you’re not at home.

The entry-level channel bundle, “Live a Little”, gives you 60+ live channels including History, A&E, ESPN, HGTV and Discovery Channel.  

DirecTV Now subscribers also get TV Everywhere support for more than 50 apps. I’ve been impressed with their on-demand movie selection that also comes with any channel bundle. Check out a 7-day free trial before you sign up. 

Can I watch History channel on PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV?

No, not at the moment. There’s been speculation for a while that A&E Network channels were going to join Sony’s PlayStation Vue lineup. But it’s been over a year since chatter online has surfaced, and nothing has happened. YouTube TV doesn’t currently offer the History channel live. But YouTube TV is a newer service. So you could see some new channels come to YouTube TV soon.

Can I stream History channel shows online?

Yes. If you want to use the History app to watch episodes, you used to need a subscription to Comcast or Spectrum. That’s no longer the case. Now when you subscribe to DirecTV Now or fuboTV, you get to use your subscription to sign in to the History app and many other networks. Being able to sign in to these apps is known as TV Everywhere support.

You can also find older episodes of certain specials or programs for free on platforms like TubiTV. For example, I recently found America: The Story of Us available on TubiTV. Big Rig Bounty Hunters, IRT Deadliest Roads are on there too.

Are History channel shows on Netflix or Hulu?

Netflix has had a number of shows from the History channel in its library, but the availability of shows varies. Lately, it seems like you can find a lot of one-off specials.

If you subscribe to Hulu’s $7.99 per month plan, then you can watch prior seasons of Vikings before the newest season starts. You can find a number of past seasons from History as well. You just won’t have the live TV channel.

What’s the best way to live stream History channel?

Hulu with Live TV gives you the most channels, and best flexibility for your dollar. You can watch a History channel live stream on a Roku, or take advantage of the History app to catch up on episodes.

So check out Hulu with Live TV free for a week for all of its live TV channel and massive on-demand library of TV shows, movies and Hulu Originals. Otherwise, see what you think of Sling TV or fuboTV if you want a sports-heavy platform with channels like FS1, FS2 and NBCSN.

Want to watch History channel on a budget? Then subscribe to Philo for $16 per month if you own a Roku or Apple TV. Philo has a free trial for 7 days that’s easy to sign up for.

There you go: I just showed you how to cut cable TV from your live and keep the History channel. There are no contracts when you try out a live TV streaming service. Just cancel online before the end of the free trial if you don’t want to keep the service. 

What’s your favorite way to get a History channel live stream? Tell fellow readers in the comments below. 



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5 Comments on How to watch History channel online without cable

  1. I will resort to smoke signals before I ever sign up with Direct TV on any basis again. The WORST customer service in the world.

  2. For these services you have to have your own streaming device, then the “subscription” is monthly. How would you buy the service w/o a “subscription”? It is exactly like the Netflix “subscription”. Hope this helps clear up any ambiguity about it.

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