UPDATED January 7, 2022
Watch TLC live on Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV
TLC is still called by many its original name “The Learning Channel”, and remains a sought-after cable TV channel.
But you don’t need a cable TV or satellite subscription anymore to watch TLC live. So if you’re a fan of 90 Day Fiancé, Dr. Pimple Popper or Seeking Sister Wife, there are a number of streaming services that carry TLC as a live TV channel.
Streaming services with TLC
If you’re unfamiliar with live TV streaming services or cord cutting, here’s a quick primer. There is a new age of TV underway, and you don’t need Comcast, Spectrum, Dish or DIRECTV to watch TLC.
Instead you can get an affordable Internet connection, and live stream your channels using a Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV. You just need to pick a live TV streaming service with the channel lineup that you want.
Table of Contents
- Watch TLC live on Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV
- Streaming services with TLC
- Watch TLC on Philo
- Stream TLC on Hulu with Live TV
- Stream TLC on Sling TV
- Watch TLC on FuboTV
- Stream TLC on-demand with Discovery+
- Watch TLC on Vidgo
- Watching TLC on YouTube TV
- TLC on DIRECTV STREAM
- What’s the best way to watch TLC without cable?
Watch TLC on Philo
With Philo, you can watch TLC live along with 64 other channels for $25 per month.
Philo comes with unlimited Cloud DVR. You can use Philo on up to three streaming or mobile devices at once. And there is a robust on-demand section of movies and TV shows.
You can stream live TV through Philo on an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Roku and Android TV devices Google Chromecast.
Philo’s channel bundle includes A&E, History, BBC America and all three Hallmark channels. You can look over the channel lineup to see if Philo is a good fit.
If you sign up for Philo, you will also be able to activate the TLC app on Roku, Fire TV and other popular streaming devices.
Philo has a free trial for 7 days, and you can sign up in less than a minute using your mobile number.
Stream TLC on Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV has 75+ channels such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery and key sports networks like ESPN.
A subscription costs $69.99 per month, but you’re also getting unlimited access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu’s on-demand library. You can watch live TV channels through Hulu on up to two screens at once.
Your local channels will vary depending on where you live. So be sure to look over your channel lineup to see what’s available in your area.
Hulu with Live TV works on Apple TV, Chromecast, Echo Show, Fire TV, Fire Stick, iPhones, Roku players, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Stream TLC on Sling TV
You can watch TLC live with Sling TV, but it’s only available on the Sling Blue channel bundle.
The Sling Blue bundle has 45+ channels, including A&E, Investigation Discovery and TLC.
You can look over the channel lineups for Sling TV before deciding what will work best for you.
Subscribers can live stream TV on up to three devices at once. If you want to record shows or movies, Sling TV includes 50 hours of Cloud DVR. You can get 200 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 is currently offering a 3-day free trial to new customers.
A subscription costs $35 per month after that. There are no contracts, or extra fees like cable TV. So you can easily cancel whenever you want online.
If you prepay for two months, you can get a free streaming device.
Watch TLC on FuboTV
fuboTV has 120+ channels including TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Motortrend, and OWN.
This streaming service pulls together live local ABC, NBC and FOX stations, alongside regional sports channels, entertainment and news.
fuboTV started out as a sports-first platform, but has reshaped itself into a full-blown replacement for cable TV.
It is the only streaming service that has been airing select sporting events live in 4K. And if you miss a game, fuboTV has a unique “look back” feature that has all games that aired in the last 72 hours.
You can watch live TV channels on two devices at once. Subscribers get 250 hours of Cloud DVR, and you can activate a few dozen TV Everywhere apps.
fuboTV works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV devices. There’s a mobile app for iOS and Android. You can also watch live TV on a PC or smartphone. A subscription costs $64.99 per month.
Fubo offers a free 7-day trial to new customers.
Stream TLC on-demand with Discovery+
Discovery Plus is the new on-demand streaming service that has TLC shows among its portfolio of popular cable TV channels.
Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Discovery ID, OWN, Discovery, A&E, Lifetime, History, Travel Channel, Science Channel, diy Network and the dodo are among the networks it carries.
There are no live TV channels or new episodes on Discovery Plus. But if you’re looking for full seasons of your favorite show, then Discovery+ offers a lot to watch at a much lower price than a cable subscription.
A subscription costs $4.99 per month.
There are no contracts or commitments with Discovery+. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial and cancel online if the service isn’t for you.
Watch TLC on Vidgo
Vidgo carries TLC among its 85+ live TV channels. A&E, History and ESPN are among its lineup of entertainment and sports networks.
Subscribers can stream live TV 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 with Google TV.
Watching TLC on YouTube TV
YouTube TV carries TLC along with 85+ live TV channels.
A subscription costs $64.99 per month. Subscribers get local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations with some cable TV staples. There’s ESPN, ESPN2, Fox News and TBS. A subscription includes unlimited Cloud DVR. You can watch live TV on up to three screens at once.
YouTube TV works with Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast with Google TV and Apple TV.
You can sign up for a free 7-day trial.
TLC on DIRECTV STREAM
DIRECTV STREAM carries 65+ channels, including TLC, in the Entertainment plan. A subscription costs $69.99 per month. ESPN, Nickelodeon and HGTV are part of the channel lineup.
Subscribers can stream on up to 20 devices at once. There are 20 hours of Cloud DVR for recordings and 40,000 on-demand movies and shows.
DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets.
You can look over the channel lineups and packages before deciding whether to sign up.
What’s the best way to watch TLC without cable?
There are a number of ways to watch TLC without cable. What’s the best way to watch new episodes live? Let’s narrow down your choices.
- Philo is the cheapest way to watch TLC live without cable for $25 per month. Subscribers get 64 channels and unlimited Cloud DVR. You just need an Internet connection and a Fire TV, Apple TV or Roku. Philo has a free 7-day trial.
- Sling TV is the second cheapest option for streaming TLC live at $35 per month. You’ll need to subscribe to the Sling Blue bundle. Sling TV works with Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, PCs, smartphones and Xbox game consoles. When you sign up for Sling TV, your first month costs only $10.
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