What channel is Shark Week on?
Shark Week can be found on Discovery Channel. But in 2021, there are a number of players when it comes to streaming Shark Week without cable TV.
Discovery+, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Vidgo and fuboTV are all viable options to watch Discovery Channel live.
Streaming Shark Week 2021
Shark Week 2021 is upon us and there are new inexpensive ways to watch all things sharks without cable.
The week-long series is returning to Discovery Channel for its 33rd year with 45 hours of shows.
But unlike years past, the new streaming service discovery+ will be the cheapest way to stream Shark Week without a cable TV subscription.
This guide will outline your choices for live streaming Shark Week on a Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and other major streaming devices.
Discovery+ will make episodes available to stream the same day as it airs live on TV. A subscription to the ad-supported plan costs $4.99 per month. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial through the Discovery+ website.
Amazon Prime members can also quickly add a free trial to discovery+ through Amazon Channels.
If you want to watch Shark Week live on Discovery Channel, Philo is my top pick.
Subscribers get 60+ live TV channels, including Discovery Channel for $25 per month. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial in under a minute using your mobile number.
There are no obligations or contracts with streaming services. Just cancel online if you decide that it’s not for you.
Table of Contents
- What channel is Shark Week on?
- Streaming Shark Week 2021
- When is Shark Week 2021?
- How to watch Shark Week without cable
- What’s the best way to watch Shark Week 2021?
When is Shark Week 2021?
Shark Week begins on Sunday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET with daily episodes, and runs until Sunday, July 18. The annual summertime event is coming about a month earlier than usual. And Discovery is saving some exclusive Shark Week goodies for discovery+.
The week also promises to deliver some new shark research and insights, according to Discovery Channel. Roughly two dozen of the world’s most respected marine biologists and science institutions.
And there will be plenty of celebrity guests, too. William Shatner, Tiffany Haddish, Brad Paisley and the cast of Jackass will all be donning face masks and flippers this year to get up close to some sharks.
How to watch Shark Week without cable
To stream Discovery Channel as a live TV 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 live TV 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 when they want to watch a live TV show without having to sign up for cable TV.
Live TV streaming services have their own apps with channel guides similar to cable. You can record shows using Cloud DVR, or watch on-demand episodes.
Discovery’s streaming service, discovery+, carries full seasons for popular TV shows from Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Discovery ID, OWN, Discovery, A&E, Lifetime, History, Travel Channel, Science Channel and diy Network.
There are no live TV channels on discovery+. You won’t find new episodes of hit cable TV shows either — with the exception of Shark Week.
For Shark Week, discovery+ is adding some exclusive content that you won’t find on its cable-TV counterpart. Discovery+ subscribers will be able to watch the launch of a brand new shark-themed reality show called Shark Academy.
The series follows eight men and women who compete to become a crewmember for shark scientist, Dr. Riley Elliott. The contestants come from a variety of backgrounds, and must work and live together as they are tested by Riley and his team.
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. Amazon Prime customers can also get a free trial of discovery+ through Amazon Channels.
Philo is the best choice if you want to watch Shark Week 2021 live on Discovery Channel. That’s because it’s the cheapest live TV service at $25 per month.
Subscribers get more than 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 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 watch Discovery channel live with Sling TV. But Discovery is only available on the Sling Blue channel bundle.
The Sling Blue channel bundle carries 45+ channels for $35 per month. Sling Blue has A&E, Investigation Discovery and TLC.
You can look over the channel lineups for Sling TV before deciding what will work best for you.
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.
When you sign up for Sling TV, there are no contracts, or extra fees like cable TV. The first month only costs $10.
If you prepay for two months, you can get a free streaming device.
fuboTV has 120+ channels including Discovery, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Motortrend, OWN and TLC.
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.
Look over the channel lineup to see what local channels and regional sports networks are in your area. Depending on where you live, you may find a regional sports channel such as NESN or MSG.
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.
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 William Shatner get face to face with some sharks, you can watch Vidgo on TV. Vidgo has apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV.
The core bundle has 95+ channels, including A&E, ESPN, NFL Network and Paramount Network.
YouTube TV has 85+ channels including local ABC, NBC and CBS stations alongside premium networks such as Discovery Channel.
A subscription costs $64.99 per month and has unlimited Cloud DVR. An account can have up to five different profiles.
YouTube has apps for Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV devices. New customers can get a free 7-day trial.
Is Shark Week on Hulu?
You won’t find Shark Week on Hulu’s on-demand streaming service.
But Hulu with Live TV has 65+ channels such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery and ESPN.
A subscription costs $64.99 per month, but you’re also getting unlimited access to Hulu’s on-demand library. That’s the same on-demand Hulu service that people pay $5.99 and up for, so you’re essentially getting two streaming services. You can watch live TV channels through Hulu on up to two devices at once.
Your local channel lineup 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 has a free 7-day trial that you can use even if you already subscribe to Hulu’s on-demand streaming service.
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.
What’s the best way to watch Shark Week 2021?
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 cheapest option for Shark Week 2021 is by signing up for discovery+. The streaming service offers a free trial that lasts a week. Amazon Prime members can also simply add a free trial of discovery+ through Amazon Channels. It only takes a few clicks.
For a live TV option, Philo has Discovery Channel and 60+ live TV channels for only $25 per month. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial in under a minute using your mobile number. You can watch Shark Week live, record shows and catch up on-demand. Philo works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV and Android TV devices such as Google Chromecast.
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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