How to watch History channel online without cable

History channel live stream online

Updated on June 26, 2020

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 Alone, 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 fuboTV, Philo and Sling TV.

My top pick out of these three is Philo because it’s the cheapest option at $20 per month, and works with most major streaming devices. 

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 2020. 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
  • Alone
  • The Curse of Civil War Gold
  • Project Blue Book

** 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 TV currently offers the best value as a full cable TV replacement that live streams 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 $54.99 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. You can quickly look over the channel lineup in your area by entering you zip code on the site. 

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 $5.99 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. 

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 110+ channel bundle.

A fuboTV subscription comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR so you can even record your favorite shows on History, and watch them later. You don’t always need to use your Cloud DVR. fuboTV also comes with “look back”, an on-demand feature that captures all sporting events that aired in the last 72 hours.

Look over the channel lineup to see what local stations and regional sports networks are offered in your area.

fuboTV has apps for just about any major streaming device, including Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV and NVIDIA Shield TV. With a fuboTV account, you can also activate about 40 apps through TV Everywhere support. A subscription costs $59.99 per month. 

fuboTV offers a free 7-day trial for new customers. 

Live Stream History Channel using Philo TV

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

For $20 per month, subscribers get 58 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, HGTV, MTV Live, Cooking Channel and Discovery Family are all part of Philo’s lineup. 

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

Philo has apps for Apple TV, Roku, Roku TV and Fire TV devices. 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 34 channels for $30 per month. You’ll get History, AMC, ESPN and Viceland.

Sling Blue also has History channel, and gives you 47+ channels for $30 per month. The Blue package gives you NBC in many markets, Nat Geo Wild, FOX RSNs and Epix Drive-In. Sling TV offers 10 hours of Cloud DVR for free, or pay $5 per month for 50 hours of recording space.

Sling TV has a free 7-day trial for new customers. If you’re willing to prepay for a brief subscription, you can get a free streaming device like an Amazon Fire Stick.

Can I watch History channel on YouTube TV?

YouTube TV doesn’t currently offer the History channel live. But YouTube TV has been adding channels since its inception. So you could see some new channels come to YouTube TV in the future.

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 Philo or fuboTV, you get to use your subscription to activate the History app and many other networks. Being able to sign in to these apps is known as TV Everywhere support.

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.

Hulu’s on-demand service has about 25 shows with a deep catalog of past seasons. 

That includes prior seasons of Vikings, Swamp People and American Pickers. You just won’t have the live TV channel. Hulu’s on-demand service has a free 7-day trial and costs $5.99 per month. 

The wilderness survival show Alone is scattered all over. You will need a live TV streaming service for new episodes now airing on History.

But Seasons 1 and 2 are on Amazon Prime Video. Season 3 through 6 are on currently on Hulu. And Season 6 is on Netflix. Philo has Season 1, 6, and 7.

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’s channel lineup.  Subscribers get 65+ live TV channels with a 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 $20 per month if you own a Roku, Fire TV, Firestick 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.

For more tips on getting rid of cable, head over to the main page of The Cord Cutting Report.

This article was originally published Feb. 12, 2018, and has been updated.

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  1. I just want to get History channel audio on my computer… The nursing home where I live gets History TV but my room mate watches other shows.. How can I get the audio from history channel
    so I can use my head phones connected to the computer ?

  2. What is the difference between cutting the cord with cable or paying for a streaming service, it is still a monthly fee and you still need the cable company for high speed internet, looks like smoke and mirrors to me.

  3. Depending on your favorite. History channel shows, Roku channel app does carry several Free shows such as American Pickers, Oak Island and others. The Roku app is free of any charge and provides many favorite TV shows along with free movies. You can also sub to HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and Starz right on the Roku app. *note, you need an active free Roku account with a payment option included which includes PayPal option. Roku offers many more channel options.

  4. 100% agree Les. I was a DirecTV customer for over 10 years and they used to have excellent customer service. Since they became AT&T, their customer service has vanished. They finally priced me out so I called to cancel and while they were processing my request and I asked, “Are you even going to try and retain me” and the answer was “not really.”

  5. Directv Now is NOT Directv. Both are owned by AT&T, but one is a streaming serice and one is a tv service. I had Directv for years, but recently cancelled my account and signed up with Directv Now. Pretty much the same channel assortment, but 50% cheaper. Now I get my tv shows via the internet instead of from the satellite dish.

  6. In our capitalistic free market economy “Let the buyer beware” is the best advice. Noone provides free TV. You can be sure they will get their hands in your bank account somehow. The trick is to figure out what “the catch” is before you swallow the bait. And that is becoming very difficult with modern technology e.g. streaming plans.

  7. I have a fire stick hooked up to the big monitor. Then I use my tablet to get fire stick big and type in Histoory channel.
    Then they say with your internet service History is free. I can’t find mainstream on the list, what should I do now. I’m a prime member. Joy Bradford

  8. 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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