How to watch Discovery Channel Without Cable


Discovery Channel Live Stream Online

There are plenty of ways to live stream Discovery Channel without cable.

But what’s the best option?

Right now, I think it’s with Philo, a new streaming service that costs $16 per month. So you can get your fix of Gold Rush, Border Live or The Last Alaskans for pretty cheap.

You can try Philo free for a week and watch Discovery live on a Fire TV, Roku or Apple TV.

The second cheapest option for Discovery Channel is Sling TV for $25 per month. You can try that out free for a week, too. But if you’re all about streaming older shows on demand, Philo or Sling TV might not be your best choice.

This guide will show you:

  • All the ways that you can watch Discovery channel without cable
  • Which service has the most shows on demand
  • How you can even stream a number of Discovery channel shows for free

I’ll also give tips on how to stay on top of the Discovery Channel schedule throughout 2018 and 2019. With a few of these services, you’ll be able to activate the Discovery Channel app. And unlike cable TV, there are no hidden fees or contracts.

Watch Discovery Channel live on Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV

If you’re unfamiliar with live TV streaming services or cord cutting, here’s a quick primer. There’s a new age of TV underway, and you don’t need a company like Comcast or Spectrum for the Discovery Channel.

Instead you can get an affordable Internet connection, and live stream your channels using a Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV. You just need to pick a live TV streaming service with the channel lineup that you want.

Philo: Watch Discovery Channel without cable online

With Philo, you can watch Discovery Channel with 42 other live TV channels for $16 per month.

It comes with unlimited Cloud DVR. And there is a robust on-demand section. So you might start diving into Discovery shows that you never watched like “Deadliest Catch: Greenhorn” or “Expedition Unknown”.

You can stream Philo on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku.

Philo’s entry-level channel bundle has some in-demand networks, including A&E, History, BBC America and all three Hallmark channels.

You can look over the channel lineup to see if Philo is a good fit.

If you sign up for Philo, you will also be able to activate the Discovery channel app, (a.k.a. Discovery Go app). The Discovery GO app a number of shows on demand like Gold Rush and Master of Arms. The app also has a Discovery channel live stream in case you’re taking a Roku or other streaming device on the road.

So between activating the Discovery channel app, and getting unlimited Cloud DVR, Philo delivers a real solid value for $16 per month. Philo has a free app for Roku, iPhone, Fire TV, Fire Stick and Apple TV. With Android devices and PCs, you need to use a web browser.

There’s a free trial for 7 days, and you can sign up in less than a minute using your mobile number.

Don’t like it? Just cancel online and try out another streaming service listed below.

Sling TV: Get Discovery Channel Live Stream

You can live stream Discovery Channel with Sling TV when you subscribe to its Sling Blue bundle. That gets you 45 channels for $25 per month. Sling Blue also has A&E, Investigation Discovery and TLC.

Sling Orange also costs $25 per month and carries 32 channels, including Investigation Discovery, Motortrend, AMC, CNN and Lifetime. You can look over the channel lineups for Sling TV before deciding what will work best for you.

If you want to record shows or movies, add 50 hours of Cloud DVR for $5 per month. Sling TV supports just about every major streaming device out there, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku. Sling TV offers a free trial that lasts a week for new customers.

Hulu with Live TV: Best for Live TV and On-Demand library

Hulu with Live TV has roughly 63 networks in its lineup, including some recent new additions. Now you can watch Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery and key sports networks like ESPN.

A subscription costs $40 per month, but you’re also getting unlimited access to Hulu’s on-demand library. That’s the same on-demand Hulu service that people pay $7.99 and up for, so you’re essentially get two streaming services.

If you subscribe to Hulu with Live TV, you’ll also be able to activate the Discovery channel app (Discovery GO) along with 37 other TV Everywhere apps. Channel lineups may vary depending on your location. So be sure to look over your channel lineup to see what’s available in your area.

Hulu with Live TV works on Apple TV, Chromecast, Echo Show, Fire TV, Fire Stick, iPhones, Roku players, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You can try Hulu with Live TV free for a week.

Are Discovery Channel shows on Hulu?

Yes, if you are cool with not being able to live stream Discovery shows, then you can watch prior seasons with Hulu’s on-demand service.

Hulu currently has about 29 shows from Discovery Channel.

Hulu currently has about 29 Discovery channel shows on-demand. So if you need to catch up on old seasons of Mythbusters or Naked and Afraid, getting Hulu makes a lot of sense. You can sign up for a free trial of Hulu that lasts a week.

PlayStation Vue: Watch Discovery Channel Online

PlayStation Vue has Discovery Channel in its entry-level Access bundle. Access has 48 channels for $45 per month. PlayStation Vue has unlimited Cloud DVR and offers a free five day trial.

DirecTV Now: Live Stream Discovery Channel

With DirecTV Now, you can live stream Discovery Channel on its entry-level channel bundle that costs $40 per month. The “Live a Little” channel bundle has A&E, BBC America, ESPN and Paramount Network. DirecTV Now works on Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV and on smart phones. You can try out the service free for a week.

Pluto TV: Watch Free Discovery Channel TV Shows

There are a small number of TV shows from the Discovery channel that are free on Pluto TV.

If you’re not familiar with Pluto TV, it’s a free streaming platform that has live content aggregated from around the web. But the best part of Pluto TV is its huge on-demand section.

Pluto struck a licensing deal with a number of movie studios and production companies in the last year. Pluto TV is free to watch because it’s supported by ads. You can add Pluto to your Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and even your PC or smart phone. Don’t sleep on Pluto TV if you’re not watching it already.

Discovery Channel Schedule

One of the quickest ways to see what’s on the Discovery channel today is with There are a number of online TV guides out there including (the O.G.) TV guide. But I like using TV Passport because you get a quick breakdown of just one network and nothing else.

What’s the best way to watch Discovery Channel live without cable?

There are a number of ways to stream Discovery channel without cable and watch popular shows live as they air. What’s the best way? Let’s narrow down your choices.

  • Philo is the cheapest way to live stream Discovery channel without cable for $16 per month. Subscribers get 43 channels and unlimited Cloud DVR. You just need an Internet connection and a Fire TV, Apple TV or Roku. Philo has a free 7-day trial.


  • Sling TV is the second cheapest option for watching a Discovery channel live stream at $25 per month. You’ll need to subscribe to the Sling Blue bundle, which has 45 channels. Sling TV works with Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, PCs, smartphones and Xbox game consoles. Try out Sling TV free for a week.


  • Hulu with Live TV gets you 63 networks, 50 hours of Cloud DVR and unlimited access to Hulu’s on-demand library for $40 per month. It’s the best option if you want a deeper library of Discovery channel shows on-demand. Hulu has a free trial that lasts a week.

Now that I’ve broken down all the ways to watch Discovery Channel without cable, how are you going to watch? Tell fellow readers about your streaming experience in the comments below.

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