Table of Contents
- What streaming services has the History channel?
- How to stream History channel live online
- What are the most popular shows on History?
- Watch History channel live without cable on Roku, Fire TV or Android
- Can I watch History channel on YouTube TV?
- Is History Channel on Discovery Plus?
- Can I activate the History channel app?
- Are History channel shows on Netflix or Hulu?
- What’s the best way to live stream History channel?
What streaming services has the History channel?
A number of streaming services now provide live TV and carry the History channel. They include DIRECTV STREAM, frndly, Hulu with Live TV, Philo, Sling TV and Vidgo. These live TV streaming services work on Google Chromecast with Google TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and various Smart TVs.
How to stream History channel live online
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, The Curse of Oak Island Pawn Stars and The UnXplained.
There are plenty of options to watch the History channel without subscribing to Comcast, Spectrum or satellite providers.
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 streaming services that provide live TV.
My top pick is frndly TV because it’s the cheapest option for HD picture quality at $8.99 per month. (The basic plan with Standard Definition resolution costs even less at $6.99 per month.)
Subscribers get more than 40 live TV channels, including History, Military History and A&E. Frndly TV works with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Smart TVs powered by Google TV.
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.
It’s worth weighing the pros and cons of each live TV streaming service listed below because chances are you will end up watching more than just History channel.
What are the most popular shows on History?
There are dozens of shows on History in 2022. I’ve been watching American Pickers and Pawn Stars for a long time now. 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. It’s pretty amusing when someone steps into Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas wanting 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.
- The Curse of Oak Island
- Beyond Oak Island
- History’s Greatest Mysteries
- Swamp People: Serpent Invasion
- The UnXplained
- Forged in Fire
- The Proof Is Out There
- Titanic: Into the Heart of the Wreck
- Mountain Men
- The Food That Built America
- Adam Eats The 80s
** 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 Alone or The Curse of Oak Island.
You can replace your cable subscription with live TV streaming services like Sling TV or fuboTV. All of these platforms offer a way to watch the History channel live along with dozens of other channels.
What’s the difference from cable TV?
You are streaming your live TV channels over the Internet instead of having them pipe through a cable cord. Some folks refer to these cheaper alternatives to cable as cord cutting.
A DIRECTV STREAM subscription includes History Channel HD in its entry-level channel bundle.
The Entertainment plan has more than 75 live TV channels for $69.99 per month.
Subscribers can watch live TV on up to 20 screens at once. You can sign up for a free 5-day trial without any obligations.
Local channels, ESPN and CNN are included in the channel lineup. You get unlimited Cloud DVR and 40,000 on-demand movies and shows. Subscribers can get three months of Showtime, STARZ, Cinemax and EPIX for free before the monthly rates kick in.
There are no contracts. You can subscribe month to month and cancel whenever you want.
DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Smart TVs running on Android TV and Google TV.
frndly (or frndly TV) is the cheapest and most affordable option for watching History Channel without cable TV.
frndly carries more than 40 live TV channels, including A&E, Hallmark Channel, Lifetime Movie Network, and The Weather Channel. Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and Hallmark Drama are also included.
The streaming service has apps for Roku and Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast with Google TV and Smart TVs with Google TV. You can also watch History Channel live on a PC or smartphone using the frndly TV app.
For HD picture quality, you can subscribe to the Classic plan for $8.99 per month. Subscribers to the Classic plan get unlimited Cloud DVR for recordings. You can watch live TV on two screens at once. And you can keep recordings for three months.
The Premium plan costs $10.99 per month. Subscribers can watch live TV on up to four screens at once. You can keep recordings for 9 months.
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV is one of the best options as a cable TV replacement that live streams History channel.
Subscribers get 75+ popular networks like HGTV, CNN, ESPN, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Travel Channel and USA Network.
Hulu with Live TV costs $69.99 per month, and now includes Disney+ and ESPN+. You can stream on up to two devices at once. Subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR.
Local NBC, ABC and FOX stations and regional sports channels like NBCSN are available in most of the U.S.
You can quickly look over the channel lineup in your area by entering your zip code on the site.
Another big perk with a Hulu with Live TV is the on-demand library. You’ll get unlimited access to TV shows, movies and originals on Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu on-demand.
Hulu with Live TV works on Apple TV, Roku, XBox One, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick and Chromecast.
fuboTV does not carry History Channel. The company told customers on June 30, 2021 their service will no longer carry History Channel, A&E, Lifetime, FYI channel, Lifetime Movie Network and Vice TV.
Philo is the cheapest streaming platform that will get you the History channel live without cable TV.
For $25 per month, subscribers get 64 channels.
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. Subscribers get a vast library of on-demand movies and TV shows. You can watch on up to three devices at once.
Philo has apps for Roku, Roku TV, Apple TV and the Fire TV Stick and Cube. 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 activate the History app.
Vidgo has the History channel and more than 100 live TV channels. A&E, ESPN, and HGTV are among some of Vidgo’s most popular channels.
Subscribers can stream on up to three devices at once. Vidgo has apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV devices such as Google Chromecast.
A Vidgo subscription costs $59.95 per month. You look over the channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up.
Sling TV carries History on the Sling Orange channel bundle. That gives you 31 channels for $40 per month. You’ll get History, AMC, ESPN and Vice TV.
Sling Blue also has the History channel, and gives you 47+ channels for $40 per month. The Blue package has Nat Geo Wild and Epix Drive-In. Sling TV offers 50 hours of Cloud DVR for free. For $5 more per month, you can get 200 hours of recording space.
You can get a free streaming device from Sling TV if you prepay for a two-month subscription. There is no obligation to keep your subscription after that.
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.
Is History Channel on Discovery Plus?
Discovery+ costs $4.99 per month, and carries all past seasons of shows from the History channel.
The service does not carry a live TV feed of History channel or it’s latest seasons. Discovery Plus has 55,000 episodes from HGTV, Food Network, History, A&E, TLC, Discovery Channel and others.
Can I activate the History channel app?
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.
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 17 shows with a deep catalog of past seasons.
That includes all six seasons of Vikings, and six seasons of Alone. You just won’t have the live TV channel. Hulu’s on-demand service has a free 30-day trial and costs $6.99 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.
What’s the best way to live stream History channel?
Frndly TV is the cheapest way to stream the History channel live without a cable TV subscription. Subscribers get more than 40 live TV channels, Cloud DVR and can watch on up to two screens at once. There are no sports or local channels, but there’s a lot of top cable channels such as A&E, Hallmark Channel and Lifetime Movie Network.
There you go: I just showed you how to cut cable TV 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.
This article was originally published Feb. 12, 2018, and has been updated.
Founder and Editor of The Cord Cutting Report. Before launching the site in 2016, he worked for more than two decades as a staff writer or correspondent for a number of daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe. His enthusiasm for tech began with the Atari 2600. Follow @james_kimble