How to watch the Science Channel without cable

If you want to stream new Science Channel shows live without a cable subscription, the cheapest …

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If you want to stream new Science Channel shows live without a cable subscription, the cheapest option right now is through Philo for $25 per month.

A subscription gets you 63 live channels like A&E, History, AMC and Travel Channel.

Philo works with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Google Chromecast. You can also find Philo on Smart TVs that run on Android TV or Google TV.

Look over Philo’s channel lineup or sign up for a free trial that lasts a week.

In this quick how-to, I’ll explain a few different ways you can get your favorite shows on the Science Channel. If you’re cutting the cord from cable TV, you want to keep reading so you can weigh all your options.

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What is the Science Channel?

Science Channel is all about educating kids and adults alike about cutting edge technology. The shows help us understand how chemistry, physics and engineering are applied in the real world.

Sling TV: Watch Science Channel Live Stream

Your second cheapest option for watching the Science Channel live without cable is through Sling TV.

Getting the Science Channel through Sling TV costs $46 per month. 

Sling TV has two main channel bundles called Sling Orange and Sling Blue. You can subscribe to either the Orange or Blue bundle for $40 per month. 

But you’ll need to subscribe to an add-on channel bundle called News Extra for another $6 per month.

That’s still among your cheapest options without a cable subscription.

Sling Orange has ESPN, AMC and Disney Channel. Adding News Extra has 10 channels under the Orange plan. So you’ll have 43 channels total.

Sling Blue NFL Network, HGTV and Food Network for $40 per month. News Extra with the Blue bundle adds 13 more channels. You will have 58 channels total. 

Sling Blue is probably the better deal for most people. But you can look over the Sling TV channel lineup before deciding.

You can start watching with a Roku, Fire TV, Smart TVs, Google Chromecast and smartphones. When you sign up for Sling TV, there are no contracts, or extra fees like cable TV.

You can check the latest offer Sling TV is making to new and returning customers. If you prepay for a brief subscription, you can get a free streaming device.

Philo: Live stream Science Channel without cable

Philo is the best option for live streaming Science Channel programs. 

It’s also one of the newest and cheapest live TV streaming services out there. Philo offers a unique proposition. You’ll get 63 live TV channels for $25 per month.

Animal Planet, A&E, Comedy Central, HGTV, History, IFC, Discovery, Lifetime, MTV and Nickelodeon make up Philo’s channel lineup. 

Philo doesn’t offer local channels or sports. It’s really geared for cord cutters who want entertainment networks that used to be exclusive to cable or satellite TV.

Philo subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR for recordings. And there’s a huge on-demand library of movies and TV shows.

When you mark a show to record, Philo will do it for the whole season automatically. Subscribers can have up to three simultaneous live streams at once.

You’ll need a Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV or smartphone to live stream Science Channel within the Philo app. 

You can also use your Philo credentials to activate TV Everywhere apps for just about all your channels.  

I have been a paying subscriber to Philo since 2017, and I still think it’s one of the best live TV streaming platforms out there. 

You can sign up for a free trial of Philo by using your mobile number. Look over Philo’s channels or try them out free for a week.

Let’s review a few more options to make sure all your questions are answered.

Watch Science Channel for free (sort of)…

There are a small number of episodes that anyone can watch on the Science Channel website without a cable subscription. Go to the Shows section along the top menu to see what’s available.

You will quickly notice that you won’t be able to watch a full season of shows like What on Earth? or Outrageous Acts of Science for free. 

By the way — just to avoid any confusion — the Science Channel Go website is no more. It has now been folded into in case you went looking for it.

How can I activate the Science Channel Go app?

You’ll need to activate the Science Channel Go app with a cable subscription or a live TV streaming service like Philo to unlock a full catalog of on-demand shows and the Science Channel live stream.

App authentication can be useful for when you’re on the road. But I’ve found that the on-demand library within a live TV streaming service has many of the same episodes available on-demand. 

Are Science Channel shows on Hulu?

Hulu with Live TV has the Science Channel as part of an add-on channel bundle. Hulu + Live TV costs $76.99 per month. And you’ll need to subscribe to the Entertainment add-on for another $7.99 per month. 

The Entertainment add-on has about 11 channels, including Destination America, Discovery Life and DIY. Hulu + Live TV now includes full access to Disney+ and ESPN+ through their apps.

Hulu has apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Google Chromecast. 

Does YouTube TV have the Science Channel?

No. YouTube TV does not carry Science Channel in its channel lineup as of 2022.

Is the Science Channel on Discovery Plus?

Discovery+ has a deep catalog of Science Channel shows on-demand for $4.99 per month. 

This streaming service has full seasons from popular cable channels such as HGTV, A&E and Trvl channel. 

Just to be clear, this isn’t a live TV service, and it doesn’t carry the latest episodes of a show. But if you want to deep dive into the back catalog of some of your favorite shows on Science Channel, Discovery+ is a pretty solid value. 

You can sign up for a free 7-day trial. 

What’s the best way to stream the Science Channel live?

Philo is the best deal around because you’re getting 63 channels, and unlimited Cloud DVR for $25 per month. 

Subscribers can watch live TV on up to three streams at once. You can also activate the Science Go Channel app with a Philo account.

Try Philo free for a week.

My runner-up pick is Sling TV because it’s still an inexpensive option at $40 per month. I suggest trying out the Sling Blue channel bundle free for three days because you’ll get more channels compared to Sling Orange.

Either way, you can sign up for Sling TV with no contracts or obligations. If you prepay for a brief subscription, Sling TV will give you a free streaming device.

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This article was originally published on Feb. 21, 2017, and updated to add new services and prices.

Jim Kimble is a seasoned industry expert with over two decades of journalism experience. He has been at the forefront of the cord-cutting movement since 2016, testing and writing about TV-related products and services. He founded The Cord Cutting Report in 2016, and serves as the editor.

Major publications, including MarketWatch, Forbes, and South Florida Sun Sentinel, have interviewed Kimble for his years of expertise. He gives advice on the complexities consumers are navigating with streaming options, and over-the-air TV. Kimble has been a staff writer or correspondent for several award-winning, daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe.

4 thoughts on “How to watch the Science Channel without cable”

  1. Face It… the cable monopoly screwed us all from the very beginning with our local city governments in alliance with them. That will never change unless an EMP from the sun levels the playing field again. And in return for our monthly fees there weren’t and ads either because we paid in advance for the service. But as we all know, business organizations are completely amoral and soon we were watching ads and also PAYING FOR THEM! So just ditch cable completely and expand your life so that cable isn’t a part of it. I’m about 75% there now and life is better for it.

  2. After downloading Science Channel Go, I do not see Philo as an option to sign in from the list of providers. Sling either. Thoughts?

  3. Take a look at my review of Philo on the front page. You’ll get Science Channel live and use your subscription to sign in to the Science Channel app.


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