How to Watch Shark Week Online Without Cable
Shark Week 2020 is upon us and there are new inexpensive ways to watch all things sharks without cable.
This year, I’m usingPhilo 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 withPhilo’s week long trial. Unlike crummy cable, there are no obligations or contracts. Just cancel online if you don’t like it.
In 2020, there are a number of players when it comes to streaming Shark Week. Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, Vidgo and fuboTV are now all viable options to 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.
When is Shark Week 2020?
- Channel: Discovery
- Dates: Sunday Aug. 9 to Aug . 16
- Best Way to Watch: Philo (free 7-day trial)
The first show to kick off Shark Week, “Air Jaws: Ultimate Breach Off” starts at 8 PM ET.
But I think a lot of fans will be tuning in an hour later for “Tyson vs Jaws: Rumble on the Reef.”
Mike Tyson is being called upon by researchers to see if he can knock out a massive black tip reef shark. Tyson also uses his boxing chops to face off against other top apex predators. But the show’s producers are assuring viewers that no animals were actually hurt during the filming of the episode.
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 60 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 forDiscovery Channel and other networks like A&E, History Channel and IFC.
You can look over thechannel 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 trialin 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 $54.99 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.
Even if you already subscribe to Hulu on demand, you can try out Hulu’s live TV service free for 7-days.
Hulu with Live TV works on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Nintendo Switch, and XBox One.
Sling TV: Live Stream Shark Week 2020 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 $30 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 for new customers.
fuboTV: Stream Shark Week Live Without Cable
Sports fans should consider trying fuboTV for watching Shark Week without cable.
Discovery is among dozens of entertainment channels on 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 $59.99 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.
Vidgo: Shark Week Online Without Cable
Vidgo was among the first streaming services to integrate social features — including watch parties — on its mobile app.
But even if you’re not into being social while watching Mike Tyson fight a shark, you can watch Vidgo on TV using a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or Android TV.
The core bundle has 70 channels, including A&E, ESPN, NFL Network and Paramount Network. A subscription costs $40 per month.
Vidgo is somewhat unique in the streaming realm because it’s a pre-paid service. A subscription costs $45 per month. But Vidgo is currently offering $5 per month off for the first three months.
You look at Vidgo’s channel lineup or sign up for a free trial that lasts three days.
Alternatives to Watching Shark Week live without cable?
Amazon Video is selling past seasons of Shark Week, and it’s anticipated you’ll be able to buy episodes from the 2020 season once it’s underway.
What’s the best way to watch Shark Week 2020?
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 2020 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 $30 per month. But you can try out Sling TV free for 3 days during Shark Week.
- You’re a Hulu subscriber? Then try Hulu with Live TV free for a week. That gets you 65+ channels, 50 hours of Cloud DVR and Hulu’s on-demand library for $54.99 per month.
- 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.
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