How to Watch Shark Week Online Without Cable
Shark Week 2019 is upon us and there are new inexpensive ways to watch all things sharks without cable.
This year, I’m using Philo to live stream Shark Week because it’s the cheapest option – only $20 per month. You can now use Philo on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV.
Honestly, you could watch most of the 8 day Shark Week extravaganza 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.
In 2019, there are a number of new players when it comes to streaming Shark Week. Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and fuboTV are now all viable options to watch Discovery Channel live. DirecTV Now decided to remove Discovery and other networks from its lineup.
This quick guide will outline your choices for live streaming Shark Week on a Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and other major streaming devices.
When is Shark Week 2019?
- Channel: Discovery
- Dates: July 28 to Aug. 4
- Best Way to Watch: Philo (free 7-day trial)
Rob Riggle is returning for Shark Week 2019 along with a number of celebrity friends. Discovery says the week will include a search for Deep Blue, believed to be the largest living Great White on record.
A “drone-towed” seal decoy will be among the new cutting-edge technology tested during the series.
How do I live stream Shark Week online anyway?
To live stream Discovery Channel on a Roku, Firestick or Apple TV is pretty simple.
Instead of cable channels being piped into your home through a cable box, you can now get them through a streaming service. You just need an Internet connection before choosing which service to use.
Cord cutters 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 let you activate apps for networks like Discovery. So you have more than one way to watch your shows.
Watch Shark Week Online with Philo
Philo is the best choice for most people in search of a way to watch Shark Week 2019. That’s because it’s the cheapest option at $20 per month, and has an exceptionally crisp delivery of live TV channels.
Subscribers get 58 live channels such as A&E, AMC, History, AXS TV, Science Channel, Viceland, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel.
Philo works on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV devices like NVIDIA Shield. There’s an iPhone app for Philo, and you can watch Philo using a web browser on Android smartphones and tablets.
I also use Philo to activate apps on my Roku for Discovery Channel and other networks like A&E, History Channel and IFC.
You can look over the channel lineup to help decide whether you want to sign up for a free trial.
Philo has unlimited Cloud DVR and lots of on-demand shows, movies and concerts. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial in under a minute by using your smartphone number. You can read my review of Philo for a deeper dive into how it works.
Is Shark Week on Hulu?
You can watch Shark Week on Hulu with Live TV this year.
Discovery was added late last year as part of a multi-year deal that brought the network to Hulu with Live TV. So now you can watch Shark Week, Naked and Afraid and all you other favorite shows live without cable.
Hulu with Live TV has 65+ channels and 50 hours of Cloud DVR for $44.99 per month.
This is a good option if you already subscribe to Hulu’s on-demand service because it’s included free with Hulu’s Live TV subscription.
So you’re really getting two streaming services for the same price as a number competing live TV streaming services.
Subscribing to Hulu with Live TV also lets you activate about 38 TV Everywhere apps. Look over the Hulu’s channel lineup before signing up for the live TV option.
Hulu with Live TV works on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Nintendo Switch, and XBox One. Even if you already subscribe to Hulu, you can try out the live TV option free for a week.
Sling TV: Live Stream Shark Week 2019 Online
You can live stream all the Discovery Channel you want when you subscribe to its Sling Blue bundle.
Sling Blue has 45 channels for $25 per month. A&E, Investigation Discovery and TLC are part of the Blue channel lineup.
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.
fuboTV: Stream Shark Week Live Without Cable
Sports fans should consider trying fuboTV for watching Shark Week without cable.
Discovery is one of the latest networks that was added to fubo’s basic channel bundle.
The basic fubo package has 100+ channels that include regional sports networks such as Big Ten Network, NESN, NBCSN, Yes Network, and FS1. fuboTV airs select live 4K sporting events in 4K HDR, and has a vast number of entertainment networks such as A&E, FX and SyFy channel.
fuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR, but you may not need it for games. It’s the only streaming service with a “look-back”, an on-demand portal for all sporting events that aired in the last 72 hours. A subscription costs $54.99 per month.
So, if you’re a sports fan, I would look over the channel lineup and see if fuboTV might be a good fit for you. fuboTV has apps for Roku, Fire TV, Android TV and Apple TV. You can try out the service free for a week if you’re a new customer.
PlayStation Vue: Shark Week Online Without Cable
PlayStation Vue has an entry-level channel bundle that costs $49.99 per month that 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.
Alternatives to Watching Shark Week live without cable?
What’s the best way to watch Shark Week 2019?
There are a lot of options to watch Shark Week this year. So let’s narrow the field and recap a couple of the best choices.
- The best way to watch Shark Week in 2019 is through Philo. A Philo subscription only costs $20 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.
- The second cheapest option is with the Sling Blue plan that costs $25 per month. But you can try out Sling TV free for 7 days during Shark Week.
- You’re a Hulu subscriber? Then try Hulu with Live TV. That gets you 65+ channels, 50 hours of Cloud DVR and Hulu’s on-demand library for $44.99 per month. You can use a free trial for a week even if you already subscribe to Hulu’s on-demand service.
- fuboTV is worth trying if you are a sports fan that wants a mix of regional sports networks, entertainment and news channels. There’s a free 7-day trial.
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 live stream Shark Week without cable? What do you think about using Philo? Tell fellow readers in the comments below.