How to Watch Shark Week Online Without Cable
Shark Week is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and if you’re looking for a way to watch 8 days of all things sharks without cable, you’re in the right place.
There are only a few live TV streaming services where you can watch Discovery Channel live. This quick guide will outline your choices for live streaming Shark Week on a Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and other major streaming devices.
This year, I’m using Philo to live stream Shark Week because it’s the cheapest option – only $16 per month. You can now use Philo on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.
And honestly, you could watch most of the 8 day extravaganza known as Shark Week for free with Philo’s week long trial.
Unlike crummy cable, there are no obligations or contracts. Just cancel online if you don’t like it.
Since I’m already subscribing to Philo, I’m getting an early glimpse of Shark Week 2018. That’s because Discovery is already showing “Shark Week’s 50 Best Bites” on the Discovery site and on the Discovery app.
I use Philo to sign into apps for Discovery Channel and more than 40 other networks like A&E, History Channel and IFC.
Discovery is promising that this year’s Shark Week will be filled with familiar faces like Craig Ferguson, Tracy Morgan and Andy Samberg. I mean, come on. What’s better than sharks and Tracy Morgan? Nothing, that’s what.
When is Shark Week 2018?
- Channel: Discovery
- Dates: July 22 to July 29
- Best Way to Watch: Philo (free 7-day trial)
How do I live stream Shark Week online anyway?
If you’re wondering what all this talk about live streaming really means, it’s pretty simple.
Instead of cable channels being piped into your home through a cable cord, you can now get them over your Internet connection. A lot of cord cutters or people who never subscribed to cable use these live TV streaming services to watch shows like Shark Week online when they want to watch a live TV show, but don’t subscribe to cable or satellite TV.
These services have their own apps with channel guides similar to cable, and many of these services allow you to sign into apps for individual networks like Discovery. So you have more than one way to watch your shows.
Watch Shark Week Online with Philo
If you own a Roku, Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV, Philo is the best way to live stream Discovery Channel. Philo has 40 live channels in its basic subscription for $16 per month. That will get you A&E, AMC, History, AXS TV, Science Channel, Viceland, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel.
You can look over the channel lineup. I subscribe to the $20 package, which gets you another 9 channels. I subscribe to the extra channels so I can get MTV Live, but there’s some other decent things to watch on Destination America and Nicktoons. You can read my review of Philo for a deeper dive into how it works.
Philo has unlimited Cloud DVR and lots of on-demand shows, movies and concerts. There’s an iPhone app for Philo, and you can watch Philo using a web browser on Android smartphones and tablets.
You can sign up for a free 7-day trial in under a minute by using your smartphone number.
DirecTV Now: Watch Shark Week Live Stream
DirecTV Now has 60+ live channels in its most basic channel package for $40 per month. There’s Cloud DVR. And aside from streaming Shark Week, you can watch ESPN, Paramount Network, Bravo, and A&E. There’s local channels like CBS, ABC and NBC in select markets around the U.S. DirecTV Now has apps for Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV. You can also watch live channels on your iPhone or Android smartphone.
You can check out DirecTV Now with a free 7-day trial.
PlayStation Vue: Shark Week Online Without Cable
PlayStation Vue has an entry-level channel bundle that costs $45 per month, and includes Discovery Channel. So you can live stream Shark Week and watch 47 other live channels including AMC, CNN, FX and National Geographic. PlayStation Vue has unlimited Cloud DVR and on-demand programming. You can check out PlayStation Vue with a free 5 day trial.
Is Shark Week on Hulu?
No, there’s no Shark Week programming on Hulu or Hulu with Live TV. If you try searching for Shark Week on Hulu, you’ll actually wind up with a bunch of results of South Park. Go figure. Hulu has yet to strike any kind of deal with Discovery, but hopefully that will change in the near future.
Alternatives to Watching Shark Week live without cable?
But really, the best way to watch Shark Week in 2018 is through Philo. A Philo subscription only costs $16 per month if you decide to keep it beyond the free 7-day trial. You can watch on a smartphone, Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku. Just make sure that you cancel online before the free trial ends if you don’t want to keep your subscription.
How are you going to get a Shark Week live stream without cable? What do you think about using Philo? Tell fellow readers in the comments below.
Shark Week 2018 Schedule
Discovery Networks released a breakdown of Shark Week 2018 with this handy schedule below.
ALIEN SHARKS: GREATEST HITS – Airing Sunday, July 22 at 7PM ET/PT
To flying jaws… To flailing saws… From ghostly green eyes… Unbelievable adaptations…and unique mutations… Deep below the ocean’s surface live some of the strangest creatures and most frightening sharks on Earth. And the deeper you go, the more mysterious they get. In Alien Sharks: Greatest Hits, we’re recounting the biggest discoveries, weirdest adaptations, and most memorable moments from the past five years of Alien Sharks. Produced by Discovery Studios.
BEAR VS SHARK – Airing Sunday, July 22 at 8PM ET/PT
We’ve seen Bear Grylls survive almost every land-based scenario imaginable, but in Bear VS Shark, Bear takes on a whole new set of challenges against the ocean’s most powerful predators. And in typical Bear Grylls fashion, he pushes the limits beyond anything we’ve seen in the history of Shark Week. Chumming from a helicopter? Check. Diving into a feeding frenzy? Check. Human bait? Check!Produced by Electus.
SHAQ DOES SHARK WEEK – Airing Sunday, July 22 at 9PM ET/PT
In the hopes of securing the ultimate symbol of fame and fortune – your very own week – Shaquille O’Neal inadvertently signed himself up to be thrust into the teeth of the 30th Anniversary of Shark Week. There’s only one problem. Shaq doesn’t do Sharks. To overcome his fear of sharks, he’s going to need some help – enter Ex-Marine and comedian Rob Riggle who will help train him at Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas for the big plunge. Produced by Anomaly Entertainment / Will Packer Productions.
RONDA ROUSEY UNCAGED – Airing Sunday, July 22 at 10PM ET/PT
Olympian and UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey sets out to test her courage and prove the fighter mentality that made her a champion will allow her to stare down any opponent- even the Mako Shark. Former Navy diver and shark attack survivor, Paul De Gelder, coaches rookie diver Ronda Rousey through three rounds of survival training against heavyweight opponents including deadly Bull Sharks, all building to a historic “Main Event” where Ronda attempts to step outside the safety of any cage to face the ultimate fighter of the sea – The Mako.Produced by Propagate Content.
MONSTER TAG – Airing Monday, July 23 at 8PM ET/PT
In this thrilling and urgent Shark Week special, Aaron Rodgers, Lindsey Vonn and Rob Gronkowski will join forces with top shark scientists to learn crucial information about the ocean’s top predators. Shark populations are in trouble worldwide, but a daring collection of dedicated shark researchers are using the latest satellite technology to try and save them. If researchers can use satellite wildlife tags to figure out where sharks feed, mate, and birth their pups, the information will be critical to conserving the species. Produced by Propagate Content.
GREAT WHITE ABYSS – Airing Monday, July 23 at 9PM ET/PT
The deeper you dive the bigger the sharks? A team of experts go to Great White hotspot Guadalupe Island to look for the biggest sharks of their kind. Once before, a 20-foot female named Deep Blue showed herself, then disappeared into the deep. Is that where all the giant sharks live? Dr. Mauricio Hoyos thinks so. In a combination of deep-water cage and submarine dives, Hoyos and expert shark diver Jimi Partington, plus Andy Casagrande go looking for big, bigger – the biggest sharks in the deep water around Guadalupe. Produced by Anomaly Entertainment.
CUBA’S SECRET SHARK LAIR – Airing Monday, July 23 at 10PM ET/PT
In 1945, one of the largest sharks ever recorded was captured in Cuban waters. This Great White was named ‘El Monstruo’, but sightings of huge sharks around Cuba didn’t end there. The phenomenon of massive sharks around Cuba puzzled scientists, but for years the island nation has been closed off to outsiders. Now, two teams of researchers have finally been granted permission to delve into the mystery of Cuba’s gigantic sharks. To the south, a team looks for a massive Great Hammerhead known as ‘The Queen’. And off Cuba’s north shore, the hunt is on for another ‘El Monstruo’-sized Great White! Produced by ITV.
GUY FIERI’S FEEDING FRENZY – Airing Tuesday, July 24 at 8PM ET/PT
In the food world, Guy’s known as the perfect eating machine…but he’s finally met his match when he goes flip flop to fin with the ultimate feeding machines of the sea. In this one hour special, Guy and his son, Hunter, head to the Bahamas to experience local cuisine and explore and understand just what makes the waters around these islands the perfect all-you-can- eat buffet for such a wide variety of shark species. Produced by Citizen Pictures.
LAWS OF JAWS– Airing Tuesday, July 24 at 9PM ET/PT
Shark attacks are on the rise but are these attacks the result of the shark’s behavior or our own? Our team of expert divers Liz Parkinson, Mike Dornellas and Nick LeBeouf and professional cameraman Andy Casagrande put this theory to the test. By reenacting five harrowing real-life encounters and putting their own lives on the line. The most daring shark experiments ever attempted help to uncover the keys to survive. If you step into the waters this summer, make sure you know the LAWS OF JAWS. Produced by Lucky 8.
AIR JAWS: THE HUNTED – Tuesday, July 24 at 10PM ET/PT
In 2017, five full grown Great White sharks washed up dead on beaches in South Africa. The necropsy revealed they were eaten alive and their livers were devoured. What is the only massive sea predator that has the ability to capture, kill and wipe out a group of 15-foot, 3,000-pound Great White sharks? Orcas. Shark Biologist Alison Towner is on the case, searching for the killers in these grisly crimes and sleuthing for the answer everyone is asking: will they attack again? On her journey, Alison locates two Orcas, named Port and Starboard, easily identifiable by their drooping dorsal fins and she determines how they could be the attackers. In one of the most gripping stories of survival, Alison teams up with conservationist Chris Fallows and filmmakers Jeff Kurr and Andy Casagrande to find out how these Great Whites are being wiped out and what can be done to save them. Produced by Original Content group / Shark Week Entertainment.
AIR JAWS: BACK FROM THE DEAD – Airing Wednesday, July 25 at 8PM ET/PT
In 2001, filmmaker Jeff Kurr joined shark photographer Chris Fallows off South Africa to witness an amazing great white behavior – sharks launching out of the ocean as they attack seals. The fabulous Air Jaws series was born! Now, 17 years and 7 shows later, orcas have killed several sharks off Cape Town and driven off the rest, so the future of the phenomenon is in question. Jeff and Chris travel to New Zealand to search for a new Air Jaws location – and look back through the fabulous visual record of South African ‘flying’ sharks to help them find the right spot. Produced by Shark Entertainment.
SHARK TANK MEETS SHARK WEEK – Airing Wednesday, July 25 at 9PM ET/PT
In a never-before-seen matchup, two titans of TV come together in SHARK TANK MEETS SHARK WEEK. This time, the Sharks aren’t battling to buy businesses; instead they are all vying for a $50,000 donation on the line. The Sharks are each paired with a shark-centric non-profit where they interact with sharks and uncover the issues sharks are facing. They’ll discover the threats of finning, micro-plastics and the shark-saving measures of tagging or ecotourism. Armed with their newfound knowledge and life changing experiences, our Sharks head back to the Shark Tank studio where, for the first time ever, they have to pitch each other. Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, and Kevin O’Leary have to convince their fellow Sharks, including Robert Herjavec, why their non-profit deserves to win the $50,000 donation. It’s a feeding frenzy of Shark versus Shark. Produced by Radley Studios.
SHARKCAM STAKEOUT – Airing Wednesday, July 25 at 10PM ET/PT
SharkCam is back and with smaller tags, Dr. Greg Skomal and the Woods Hole team go to the Bahamas to investigate the private lives of Bull, and Hammerhead sharks, guided by Doc Gruber and Dr. Tristan Gutteridge of the Bimini Shark Lab. In the past, SharkCam has revealed fascinating new behaviors of white sharks – what new things will the team discover about the hunting techniques of these other three fierce predators? Produced by Big Wave.
SHARKCAM STRIKES BACK – Airing Thursday, July 26 at 8PM ET/PT
SharkCam Strikes Back celebrates the remarkable discoveries the team have made in the last 6 years and takes a tongue in cheek look at some of the disasters. From napping great whites to SharkCam being attacked, its highlights footage SharkCam has captured over the years. It all started with the Shark Week’s 2013 RETURN OF JAWS. Produced by Big Wave.
SHARKWRECKED – Airing Thursday, July 26 at 9PM ET/PT
It’s the most dangerous stunt Shark Week has ever undertaken. In a raw, immersive adventure that includes blowing up a boat in the middle of the ocean, Paul de Gelder and James Glancy spend two days floating with sharks. With no food, water or sleep, their physical condition deteriorates and the risk of shark attack rises. How will the sharks behave? And will the men get attacked? The location is the waters of Cat Island, the Bahamas. One of the last refuges for the endangered Oceanic White Tip. A shark said to be responsible for hundreds of deaths of shipwreck survivors during WW2.The experiment is so dangerous a safety and medical team will float 300 feet away from the men, monitoring their every move. Within minutes, sharks start to arrive. Over the next 2 days an extraordinary survival story unfolds as the sharks get increasingly confident. Produced by Big Wave.
TIGER SHARK INVASION – Airing Thursday, July 26 at 10PM ET/PT
An invasive species is turning one of the world’s oldest marine ecosystems upside down. Dr. Neil Hammerschlag leads a team, including cameraman Joe Romeiro and local expert Alex Hearn, to the Galapagos to observe and document how tiger sharks – new to the islands in the last 10 years – have re-set the underwater order in one of the sharkiest places on the planet. Produced by Radley Studios.
MEGALODON: FACT VS. FICTION– Airing Friday, July 27 at 8PM ET/PT
In Megalodon: Fact Vs. Fiction, we’ll dive into the question: WHAT IF the largest shark that ever existed were still alive today? With the help of experts, we re-examine the original Shark Week special, dissecting key scenes to see if they paint an accurate picture of how Megalodon would have lived and hunted if it were alive today. We’ll look at new evidence from Megaladon’s beginnings. Plus, you’ll get an exclusive Shark Week first look at Warner Bros. Pictures, The Meg, opening August 10, 2018. Produced by Pilgrim Media group.
BLOODLINE: THE SPAWN OF JAWS – Airing Friday, July 27 at 9PM ET/PT
Over four decades ago, giant Great White sharks off Long Island NY gave rise to the legend of JAWS. But all those big sharks were caught, killed and disappeared – until now. With protection, the sons and daughters of Jaws are making a comeback. Dr. Craig O’Connell goes looking for the legendary monsters of Montauk to see if the bloodline of Jaws continues. Produced by Pangolin Pictures.
GREAT WHITE SHARK BABIES – Airing Friday, July 27 at 10PM ET/PT
Their big, their angry, and their pregnant! These large Great White females migrate to Guadalupe for one last big feed of seals before they go off to have their pups. But where do they go? Dr. Mauricio Hoyos believes they head to a biosphere reserve on the coast of Baja because local fishermen report catching many Great White pups there. So, Hoyos and his science team of Michelle Wcisel and Dr. Toby Daly- Engel will track the sharks to Baja, use genetics to identify which pups belong to which females, and confirm a birthing ground to be protected. Produced by Northern Pictures.
RETURN OF MEGA SHARK – Airing Saturday, July 28 at 9PM ET/PT
One of Shark Week’s most exciting missions over the years has been the search for the largest Great White sharks in the world – the mega-sharks. Now Jeff Kurr and Andy Casagrande go to New Zealand to look again for giant White sharks lurking in deep water off the coast and revisit the most exciting events and discoveries from the past to help guide their search. Produced by Shark Entertainment.
SHARKS GONE WILD – Airing Saturday, July 28 at 10PM ET/PT
Discover everything that has happened in the world of sharks this year – the unbelievable viral videos, the biggest news stories, and the latest cutting-edge shark science. Produced by Main Event Media / All3Media.
NAKED AND AFRAID OF SHARKS – Airing Sunday, July 29 at 9PM ET/PT
Stranded on a barren island in the middle of the most shark-infested waters on earth, 5 Naked and Afraid All-Stars must survive for 14 days, exclusively on what the ocean provides. Ky Furneaux, Ryan Holt, Chris Fischer, Steven Lee Hall, and Eva Rupert are separately inserted by boat on an island in the Bahamas. They may be Naked and Afraid veterans but here they are in Shark territory. The boat lands and our Shark Expert comes ashore with the familiar looking bags and some unfamiliar items. These items will help the all-stars survive and get to their completion point over the next 14 days. Produced by Renegade.
SHARK WEEK 2018 Programming Schedule (All times ET/PT)
Sunday, July 22:
- 7:00 PM Alien Sharks: Greatest Hits
- 8:00 PM Bear vs Shark
- 9:00 PM Shaq Does Shark Week
- 10:00 PM Ronda Rousey Uncaged
Monday, July 23:
- 8:00 PM Monster Tag
- 9:00 PM Great White Abyss
- 10:00 PM Cuba’s Secret Shark Lair
Tuesday, July 24:
- 8:00 PM Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy
- 9:00 PM Laws of Jaws
- 10:00 PM Air Jaws: The Hunted
Wednesday, July 25:
- 8:00 PM Air Jaws: Back From The Dead
- 9:00 PM Shark Tank Meets Shark Week
- 10:00 PM SharkCam Stakeout
Thursday, July 26:
- 8:00 PM SharkCam Strikes Back
- 9:00 PM Sharkwrecked
- 10:00 PM Tiger Shark Invasion
Friday, July 27:
- 8:00 PM Megalodon: Fact vs. Fiction
- 9:00 PM Bloodline: Spawn of Jaws
- 10:00 PM Great White Shark Babies
Saturday, July 28:
- 9:00 PM Return of the Mega Shark
- 10:00 PM Sharks Gone Wild
Sunday, July 29:
- 9:00 PM Naked and Afraid of Sharks
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