You can watch HGTV without cable on seven live TV streaming services.
DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Hulu Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, Vidgo and YouTube TV all stream HGTV live without a cable or satellite subscription.
There are 16 plans that carry HGTV within those six live TV streaming services.
You can also watch some older HGTV shows on Discovery+ or Max.
Subscribers to live TV streaming services, cable or satellite can activate the HGTV app and website. Activating the HGTV app and website allows you to watch live TV shows or on-demand programs.
HGTV has been a cable network since 1994, creating hit shows “House Hunters”, “Fixer Upper”, and “My Lottery Dream Home.”
You can jump down to the summary of how to watch HGTV without cable, or read through all your options.
How to Watch HGTV Without Cable
Your favorite TV channels aren’t exclusive to cable or satellite TV companies anymore.
Thanks to millions of people cutting the cord from cable, you don’t need Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, or anything else that comes with a triple-digit bill every month.
Live TV streaming services carry HGTV and other popular cable TV channels. These services offer more flexibility and don’t require anyone to install equipment.
Streaming services have apps for supported Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast with Google TV. You can watch TV on an iPhone or iPad with current iOS.
If you’re a fan of original TV shows on HGTV, you may want a live TV streaming service that carries other networks such as A&E, Discovery, History, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, SyFy and Paramount Network.
Some of these streaming services offer local channels such as ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. But you should expect to pay more if you want them in your channel lineup.
Here are all of your streaming services that carry HGTV.
Philo is the cheapest way to watch HGTV live without cable. It keeps its price low by offering strictly entertainment channels such as HGTV, Hallmark channel, A&E, Discovery Family, MTV and History.
You will be able to stream the latest seasons of “My Lottery Dream Home”, “Flip or Flop”, and favorite shows from the “Property Brothers” era.
There is unlimited Cloud DVR to record shows and a huge catalog of TV shows and movies on-demand. You can watch TV on three screens at once.
If you miss a new episode of a favorite HGTV show, you can either set the DVR to record, or see if the episode is already available on-demand.
Philo has a 7-day free trial with no contracts or obligations. If you don’t like the service, you can easily cancel online whenever you want.
Philo works on Roku, Smart TVs, Apple TV and Fire TV devices. You can watch TV on iPhones and PCs.
Sling TV carries HGTV in its two channel bundles known as Sling Orange and Sling Blue.
The Orange bundle has 35 channels, including ESPN, AMC, CNN, TNT and Disney Channel.
Sling Blue has about 47 channels, including NBC, FOX, FX, NFL Network, USA, Bravo and Food Network.
You can subscribe to the Orange or Blue channel bundles for $40 per month. You can combine Sling Orange and Sling Blue for $55 per month. All subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR to record shows, movies and sports.
There are a number of other add-ons for comedy, sports and news. You can start watching with a Roku, Fire TV, Smart TVs, Google Chromecast and smartphones. You can watch TV on gaming consoles, Android phones and web browsers.
Sling Orange subscribers can watch live TV on one screen at a time. Sling Blue subscribers can watch live TV on three screens at once.
Sling is offering half off for the first month of service. You can check the latest offer Sling TV is making to new and returning customers.
The regular rate of $40 per month kicks in after that. There are no contracts, or extra fees like cable TV.
If you prepay for a brief subscription, you can get a free streaming device.
fubo (formerly fuboTV) has about 152 channels, including HGTV in its entry-level subscription.
The Pro bundle has entertainment and news networks, including A&E, CNN, Bravo, Oxygen Network, Food Network, AMC and two Hallmark Channels.
fubo has a free trial that lasts a week.
fubo has local NBC, CBS and FOX channels in most of the U.S. You can look over what local channels and regional sports channels are available in your area.
Subscribers get 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR. You can watch live TV on three screens at once.
A subscription costs $74.99 per month. A regional sports fee is included, and costs between $10.99 to $13.99 per month.
The Elite plan is $84.99 per month, and has 65 more sports, news and entertainment channels. The Premier plan has 231 channels, including Showtime, for $94.99 per month
fubo is available on Smart TVs, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and Android TV devices. The service has a solid mobile app for iPhone and Android smartphones. And you can watch live TV on your PC.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV has more than 75 TV channels, including Discovery, ID, HGTV, ESPN, FS1, TBS and A&E.
A subscription costs $69.99 per month. You get unlimited access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu’s on-demand library.
Subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR. Hulu’s channel lineup has local NBC ABC and FOX stations across the U.S.
You can watch live TV on two screens at once.
Hulu no longer offers a free trial for live TV. You can look over Hulu’s channel lineup to see what local and regional sports channels are available in your area.
You can stream Hulu with Live TV on a Roku, Apple TV, Fire Stick or Smart TV.
Vidgo carries HGTV as part of its live TV lineup. A&E, ESPN, History channel and Science Channel are among the 100+ channels on Vidgo.
Subscribers can stream on up to three screens at once.
The Vidgo Plus plan is $69.99 per month, and comes with 110 channels, including Discovery, ESPN, Disney Channel, and Food Network.
The Premium package adds 40 more channels, and costs $84.99 per month. The Ultimate plan has more than 200 channels, and has all 45 Spanish-language channels.
Vidgo has apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV devices such as Google Chromecast.
You can look over the channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up.
YouTube TV has HGTV and 128 live TV channels.
A subscription costs $72.99 per month. You can watch live TV on three screens at once.
You’ll be able to watch CMT, Discovery, FS1, CNN, Golf Channel and FX. Unlimited Cloud DVR is included with a subscription. And you can create up to 6 profiles for a household per account.
YouTube TV works with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV devices such as the new Google Chromecast. YouTube TV has a free 7-day trial for new customers.
DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) includes HGTV in its entry-level subscription.
The Entertainment plan has 75+ channels for $74.99 per month. Subscribers can watch live TV on unlimited screens in your home.
DIRECTV STREAM has a free 5-day trial.
A&E, ACC Network, ESPN, ESPN2, CNN, FOX News, and USA Network are included in the Entertainment package’s channel lineup. You get unlimited Cloud DVR and 40,000 on-demand movies and shows.
The Choice package has a wide selection of 40 regional sports channels. Bally Sports networks, NBC Sports and Marquee Sports Network are among them. Choice subscribers get more than 105 channels for $99.99 per month.
The Ultimate package has more than 140 channels, including locals, and sports channels such as NHL Network. The Ultimate package is $109.99 per month.
The Premier Package has over 150 channels, including premium channels such as HBO and Showtime. A subscription is $154.99 per month.
Subscribers can get three months of Showtime, STARZ, and HBO for free before the monthly rates kick in.
DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets. Subscriptions run month to month and so you can cancel whenever you want.
You can look over the different channel lineups before deciding whether to sign up.
Discovery+ and Max
There are two other ways to get past seasons of favorite HGTV shows.
Discovery+ and Max are streaming services owned by Warner Bros. Discovery Global Streaming & Interactive Entertainment.
Discovery+ is an affordable way to get a huge library of HGTV shows, and some originals you won’t find on cable TV. A subscription costs $4.99 per month. But the service does not carry a live TV feed of HGTV or its latest episodes of new shows.
Max is launching on May 23, and combines the HBO and Discovery+ catalog while adding roughly 40 new titles and TV shows per month. The combined streaming service debuts on May 23. An Ad-Lite subscription costs $9.99 per month. The ad-free costs $15.99 per month.
The two streaming services has thousands of titles from:
- Food Network
- Discovery Channel
- Investigation Discovery (ID)
- Animal Planet
- Travel Channel
- Discovery+ Originals
- Magnolia Network
- Destination America
- Discovery Life
- American Heroes Channel
- Science Channel
- Cooking Channel
- The dodo
- Now This
HGTV Go app
You can activate the HGTV Go app with DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Hulu Live TV, Philo, Vidgo and YouTube TV. Sling TV currently does not have TV Everywhere support for the HGTV Go app.
You can start watching a number of live TV channels from your subscription, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Discovery, Travel Channel, ID, Cooking Channel, Animal Planet, OWN and others.
There is a library of on-demand shows with the HGTV Go app.
Is HGTV free on Amazon Prime?
No. HGTV is part of the Warner Bros. Discovery family of cable TV networks. The network can be found on live TV streaming services. HGTV shows can be found on-demand through two streaming services, Discovery Plus, and Max.
Where to watch HGTV for free
Philo, DIRECTV STREAM and fubo all have HGTV in their channel lineups and offer free trials that last up to a week. The exact time span of each free trial varies from service to service.
How can I watch HGTV on my Smart TV?
You can sign up for a live TV streaming service and start watching HGTV as a live TV channel.
DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Hulu Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, Vidgo and YouTube TV all offer HGTV as a live TV channel. Supported Smart TVs include sets made by Samsung, LG and Sony. Roku TVs and sets that run on Android TV or Google TV support most major streaming apps.
What is the Best Way to Watch HGTV Without Cable?
Philo is the best live TV option for watching HGTV live on the cheap.
A subscription gets you more than 70 live TV channels and unlimited Cloud DVR, and costs $25 per month. So if you want an easy way to watch favorites like Good Bones or Property Brothers: Forever Home, a free 7-day trial of Philo is the way to go.
You will be able to activate the HGTV Go app on your Roku and other streaming devices using a Philo subscription.
Get a 5-day free trial of DIRECTV STREAM if you want HGTV and a mix of sports, news and entertainment channels. The Entertainment plan has 75 live TV channels, unlimited Cloud DVR, and most of the channels you are used to getting on cable TV or satellite. New subscribers get $10 off for the first three months of service.
Note: This article was published on November 27, 2018, and has been updated.
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