Where and How To Watch Shark Week 2023

Shark Week 2023 begins airing on Discovery Channel on Sunday, July 23 at 8pm ET/PT.
Actor Jason Momoa, known for his role as Aquaman, is this year’s master of ceremonies. The annual event features a star-studded lineup of specials with 20 hour-long episodes of new programming and specials.

Shark Week 2023
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Shark Week 2023 begins airing on Discovery Channel on Sunday, July 23 at 8pm ET/PT. 

Actor Jason Momoa, known for his role as Aquaman, is this year’s master of ceremonies. The annual event features a star-studded lineup of specials with 20 hour-long episodes of new programming and specials. 

You can jump down to the summary of how to watch Shark Week 2023 on TV, check out Frequently Asked Questions and schedule below, or read through all your options.

Momoa is taking over hosting duties from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who helmed Shark Week 2022. Shark Week is in its 35th year, once again putting researchers, rock stars and celebrities into the Great White battleground of the open ocean.

Whether you are fascinated or have a fear of sharks, every year Shark Week delivers insightful research on Great Whites, their migration patterns and how they survive all over the globe.

How to Watch Shark Week 2023

Discovery Channel is currently on seven live TV streaming services. Cord-cutters and so-called “cord-shavers” have a number of options to watch their favorite sharks on TV in 2023.

DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Hulu Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, Vidgo and YouTube TV all stream the Discovery Channel live without a cable or satellite subscription. Out of these seven live TV streaming services, DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Philo and YouTube TV all offer free trials.  

This year, you will also be able to watch Shark Week on Max, the new mashup of Discovery+ and what was known as HBO Max. Amazon Prime members can get a 7-day free trial of Max.  

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Shark Week 2023 follows the same format during its seven nights of programming. The first show starts at 8 p.m., followed by a second program at 9 p.m. and final program at 10 p.m. Night owls can start watching encores at 11 p.m. ET. 

Shark Week 2023 will feature a variety of programming, including:

“Great White Fight Club”: Researchers in the treacherous waters of New Zealand find groundbreaking evidence that female white sharks unequivocally dominate the ocean,

“Florida Shark: Blood in the Water”: Paul de Gelder goes to the Shark Attack Capital of the World. He conducts experiments, exploring what makes Florida waters so dangerous and determines methods to mitigate the risk.

Here are all your options for streaming Shark Week without cable.


Philo offers more than 70 TV channels for $25 per month, making it the cheapest way to watch Shark Week live or on-demand.  

Philo has one plan that includes Discovery. A&E, AMC, Hallmark Channel, History, MTV, and Paramount Network.

New customers can get a 7-day free trial. Subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR, and a large library of on-demand content from TV networks.

You can use Philo on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick and Google Chromecast with Google TV. Samsung Smart TVs, and Smart TV running on Android TV or Google TV have Philo apps.

From a web browser, you can watch Philo on Mac computers, and PCs. There is widespread support for mobile devices including iPhones and iPads (with current iOS), and Android smartphones.

Subscribers can activate the Discovery GO app and dozens of others using your Philo account. 


DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) has Discovery Channel in its entry-level channel bundle. 

You can sign up for a free 5-day trial on any plan, and stream Shark Week live on TV. New customers get $10 off for the first three months of service.

The Entertainment plan has more than 75 TV channels for $74.99 per month.

A&E, CNN, Nickelodeon, ESPN, USA Network and local channels such as NBC and FOX are included in the Entertainment plan. You get unlimited Cloud DVR and 40,000 on-demand movies and shows.

The Choice package is best for sports fans because it has 40 regional sports channels, including Bally Sports networks, NBC Sports and Marquee Sports Network. Choice subscribers get more than 105 channels for $99.99 per month. 

The Ultimate package has more than 140 channels, including local channels, and more sports and entertainment channels. The Ultimate package is $109.99 per month. 

The Premier Package has over 150 channels, including premium channels such as HBO, Cinemax and Showtime. A subscription to Premier is $154.99 per month.

Subscribers can get three months of Max, Showtime, STARZ, Cinemax and MGM+ (formerly 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.

Sling TV

Sling TV has Discovery Channel in its Blue channel bundle, and Sling Orange + Sling Blue package.

The Sling Blue plan has 41 channels, including Bravo, Cartoon Network, NFL Network, MSNBC, Lifetime, SyFy, TBS and FS1.  A subscription is $40 per month. But subscribers can get half off their first month of service. 

All subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage.  

You can combine the Sling Blue with Sling Orange for $55 per month. The Sling Orange plan includes 32 channels, including entertainment networks like AMC, A&E, BET, BBC America, Bloomberg TV+, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, ESPN, History, and TNT. A subscription to Sling Orange costs $40 per month.

Sling TV works on just about any streaming device and a number of Smart TVs. 

Roku, Firestick, Chromecast and Apple TV all support the Sling TV app. There are Sling apps on Smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio.

Gamers can watch TV on Xbox. The Sling app is supported by Samsung Smart TVs and Smart TVs operating on Android TV or Google TV. Sling TV supports mobile apps for iOS and Android.

You can look over the latest Sling TV promotion for discounts or deals.

Hulu Live TV

Hulu Live TV carries a number of popular live TV channels including Discovery, TLC, Investigation Discovery and key sports networks like ESPN.

Subscribers get over 75 popular TV networks like HGTV, CNN, Fox News, ESPN, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Travel Channel and USA Network.  

Hulu Live TV costs $69.99 per month, and now includes Disney+ and ESPN+. You can stream TV channels on up to two devices at once. Subscribers get unlimited hours of Cloud DVR.

Local NBC, ABC and FOX stations and regional sports channels are available in most of the U.S.

You can quickly look over the channel lineup in your area.

Another big perk with a Hulu with Live TV is the big library of on-demand content. 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.


Fubo (formerly fuboTV) has more than 160 channels including Discovery, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, MotorTrend, OWN and TLC.

This live TV streaming service pulls together live local ABC, NBC and FOX stations, alongside regional sports channels, entertainment and news.

The Pro channel package has 167 channels, including local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in most areas of the U.S. Food network, HGTV, Big Ten Network, Disney Junior, and Comedy Central are part of the Pro bundle.

Subscribers get 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR storage. You can watch live TV on 10 screens at once. If you miss a game, you can use fubo’s “look back” feature to watch sporting events that aired in the last 72 hours.

A subscription costs $74.99 per month. A regional sports fee is included. You get a free 7-day trial, or look over the channel lineup for your area.

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 TV on a PC or smartphone. 

YouTube TV

YouTube TV has 128 channels, including Discovery, HGTV, and NBA TV for $72.99 per month.

YouTube TV only has one way to get Discovery through its base plan.

The YouTube TV base plan carries other key sports channels for fans such as TNT, TBS, SEC Network, ACC Network, FS1, FS2, NFL Network, and MLB Network. 

You’ll be able to watch 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.

The service works with Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast with Google TV, NVIDIA Shield TV, and Apple TV. You can get a free 7-day trial and look over the latest promotion YouTube TV is offering.


Vidgo lets you live stream Discovery Channel on three different plans. 

The Vidgo Plus plan is $69.99 per month, and comes with 110 channels, including A&E, History, ESPN, and FX. Subscribers get local FOX and ABC affiliates in some markets.  

The Premium package adds 40 more TV channels, and costs $84.99 per month. The Ultimate plan has more than 200 TV channels. It adds 45 Spanish-language channels.

Vidgo’s mobile app lets you take part in ‘watch parties’ for TV shows and sporting events.

Subscribers can stream on up to three devices or screens at once. Vidgo has apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV devices and Google Chromecast.


Max is the new streaming iteration from Warner Bros. Discovery that weaves and Discovery+ into a single streaming service. It replaced HBO Max.

Warner Bros. Discovery says you can stream Shark Week on Max this year. Max doesn’t have live TV channels, but you will be able to watch Shark Week on-demand. 

The Max Ad-Lite plan is $9.99 per month, and gives you two simultaneous streams. The Ad-Free plan is $15.99 per month, and the Ultimate Ad-Free Plan has up to 4K resolution.

You can sign up for a Max subscription on its website, but Amazon Prime subscribers can get a free 7-day trial of Max

Max pulls together a number of media brands under WarnerMedia, including HBO, DC Entertainment, CNN, Discovery Channel, TLC, HGTV, Food Network, and Animal Planet.

Where and How to Watch Shark Week 2023 FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions that readers ask about how and where to watch Shark Week. 

When is Shark Week 2023?

Shark Week begins Sunday, Sunday, July 23 at 8pm ET/PT. The weeklong special airs three shows per night on Discovery with the last program “Mega Sharks of Dangerous Reef” premiering at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery.

What channel is Shark Week on?

Discovery (or Discovery Channel) is the home of all Shark Week programming. But this year, you can stream Shark Week shows on Max, which combines programming from HBO and Discovery Plus. 

Does Amazon Prime have Shark Week?

Amazon Prime subscribers can get a free 7-day trial of Max, and watch Shark Week 2023 through the Prime Video app. A subscription to Max is $14.99 per month if you keep the service beyond the free trial. 

Is Shark Week on Hulu?

No. You cannot watch Shark Week 2023 on Hulu, but you can find it through Hulu Live TV since it includes Discovery Channel. 

Hulu’s on-demand streaming service has a vast library of popular cable TV shows on Hulu, including originals such as The Bear, and new FX shows like Justified: City Primeval. A subscription is $7.99 per month, and includes a 30-day free trial. 

Can I watch Shark Week on Disney Plus?

Disney Plus does not carry Shark Week, but you can stream the SharkFest slate of shows under the National Geographic tab. Disney Plus costs $7.99 per month. 

Can I watch Shark Week on Roku?

You can definitely watch Shark Week 2023 on any Roku device or Roku TV. You can subscribe to Philo, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, DIRECTV STREAM, Vidgo, fubo or YouTube TV to stream Shark Week. Max will likewise have Shark Week programming on-demand.

Can I watch Shark Week for free?

Philo, fuboTV, DIRECTV STREAM, and YouTube TV all offer free trials, giving Shark Week fans a way to watch all week for free on Discovery. If you cancel before the free trial ends, then you won’t be charged. 

Where can I watch Shark Week 2023?

DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Hulu Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, Vidgo and YouTube TV are the seven live TV streaming services that will stream Shark Week on Discovery.

Philo is the cheapest way to watch Discovery channel live without cable for $25 per month. Subscribers get more than 70 live TV channels and unlimited Cloud DVR. Philo has apps for Smart TVs Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast with Google TV. Philo has a free 7-day trial.

You can get a free trial from DIRECTV STREAM, fubo or YouTube TV to watch as well. But be aware that you will be charged if you do not cancel before the end of your free trial.

What is the Shark Week 2023 schedule?

Here is the Shark Week 2023 schedule, described by Warner Bros. Discovery.

Sunday, July 23

“Belly of the Beast: Feeding Frenzy” premieres at 8PM ET/PT

In a Shark Week first, researchers with cameras brave a great white shark feeding frenzy from inside a life-size whale decoy. Their findings could be the key to finding the biggest great white shark in South African history. 

“Jaws vs The Meg” premieres at 9PM ET/PT

The MEG, a massive shark measuring 50 feet and weighing 60 tons, was once feared as the most fearsome predator. It could devour a killer whale effortlessly, but new evidence suggests that its cousin, the great white shark, may have caused its extinction.

“Serial Killer: Red Sea Feeding Frenzy” premieres at 10PM ET/PT

Shark attack investigator Brandon McMillan and cinematographer Fo Zayed travel to solve the mystery of what’s behind three recent deadly shark attacks off of the posh beaches of Egypt’s Red Sea. 

“Shark Week: Off the Hook” premieres at 11PM ET/PT

Dive into the biggest thrills and most terrifying moments from 35 years of Shark Week, celebrating behind the scenes of iconic moments and revealing never-before-seen footage of the fearless adventurers who get up close with the world’s scariest creatures.

Monday, July 24

“Great White Fight Club” premieres at 8PM ET/PT

A team of experts venture into the treacherous waters of New Zealand to provide groundbreaking evidence that female white sharks unequivocally dominate the ocean, reigning as the ultimate controllers of its fierce battlegrounds.

“Monsters of Bermuda Triangle” premieres at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery 

A healthy, 10-foot pregnant Porbeagle shark vanishes in the Bermuda Triangle. The evidence suggests an unknown, monstrous predator could be to blame. Dr. James Sulikowski and a team of scientists dive into the most mysterious part of the ocean to uncover the truth behind the attack.

“Alien Sharks: Strange New Worlds” premieres at 10PM

The tip of South Africa is a hotspot for unusual sharks that exhibit bizarre behaviors and unusual, otherworldly appearances. Wildlife biologist Forrest Galante explores stunning kelp forests and ocean depths never-before-seen by humans to study these extraordinary creatures. Encores run at 11PM ET/PT.

Tuesday, July 25

“Mako Mania: Battle for California” premieres at 8PM ET/PT

Off the coast of Los Angeles, a new population of super makos challenge great whites for their hunting territories. Dr. Craig O’Connell, Fo Zayed, and Kendyl Berna deploy state-of-the-art technology to reveal their dominance and unveil the mysteries that have transformed these makos into some of the fiercest predators in the oceans.

“Raiders of the Lost Shark” premieres at 9PM ET/PT

Shark expert Matt Dicken and Shark Week legend Dickie Chivell embark on a relentless quest to locate an elusive and colossal shark named Dutchess, who mysteriously vanished from Gansbaai, South Africa years ago. 

“Monster Hammerheads: Killer Instinct” premieres 10PM ET/PT

Dr. Tristan Guttridge believes Hammerhead sharks can reach monster sizes by hunting other species of sharks. The only way to prove his theory is to obtain tissue samples from some of the largest sharks on the planet. Encores run at 11PM ET/PT.

Wednesday, July 26

“Air Jaws: Final Frontier” premieres at 8PM ET/PT 

Shark filmmakers hunt for “Air Jaws” in New Zealand’s hidden launch pad. Andy Casagrande and Jeff Kurr seek the second-ever breaching great white in these waters to uncover history-making secrets. 

“Florida Shark: Blood in the Water” premieres at 9PM ET/PT

Paul de Gelder dives into the Shark Attack Capital of the World to conduct experiments that will confirm what makes up these dangerous waters and determine methods to mitigate the risk.

“Cocaine Sharks” premieres at 10PM ET/PT

For decades, rumors of cocaine-fueled sharks have spread throughout the fishing community. Shark expert Tom Hird travels to the Florida Keys to investigate what happens when the sharks come in contact with the most notorious drug on the planet. Encores run at 11PM ET/PT.

Thursday, July 27

“Jaws in the Shallows” premieres at 8PM ET/PT

Shark Week veteran Dr. Riley Elliott has traveled all over to study great whites, which are now terrorizing the beaches of New Zealand. He sets out alongside his wife Amber Jones to find answers to protect his loved ones from the apex predators before it’s too late.

“Monster Mako: Fresh Blood” premieres at 9PM ET/PT

Twelve-foot-long monster mako sharks compete head-to-head with great whites for prey off the coast of California. Using a custom clear, acrylic diving bell, Dr. Austin Gallagher and legendary free diver Andre Musgrove get up close with both predators and track makos breaching eight feet out of the ocean.

“Shark vs Snake: Battle of the Bites” premieres at 10PM ET/PT

Tiger sharks are washing up dead on the beaches of Western Australia with no sign of attack. Forrest Galante has a theory that deadly sea snakes are turning these apex predators to prey. In the battle of shark against snake, are snakes winning? Encores run at 11PM ET/PT.

Friday, July 28

“Tropic Jaws” premieres at 8PM ET/PT

When a 16-foot great white invades Indonesia’s warm coast of Bali, it sparks fears that they are adapting to hunt the tropical beaches where millions of people swim every day. Dr. Craig O’Connell and Madison Stewart are on a mission to find Tropic Jaws and discover why they left the cold water environment that they have called home for thousands of years. 

“Deadly Sharks of Paradise” premieres at 9PM ET/PT

Scientists in South America are studying the shark species thought to be responsible for a spike in deadly attacks since 1990. Marine biologist Danni Washington and shark conservationist Paul de Gelder join a team tracking tiger sharks off a pristine tropical archipelago in Brazil.  

“Haunting at Shark Tower” premieres at 10PM ET/PT

News of a harrowing shark encounter at North Carolina’s Frying Pan Tower sends underwater cinematographer Andy Casagrande and shark expert Kori Burkhardt on a dangerous quest to discover whether great white sharks are moving into the state’s waters. Encores run at 11PM ET/PT.

Saturday, July 29

“Dawn of the Monster Mako” premieres at 8PM ET/PT

A 14-foot giant mako shark is spotted in the waters of Portugal’s Azores region. Underwater cinematographer Joe Romeiro and his marine biologist wife, Lauren, search the teeming depths around the ancient islands to capture the beast on film.

“Mega Sharks of Dangerous Reef” premieres at 9PM ET/PT

The remote islands off the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia are believed to harbor some of the biggest white sharks on the planet. While local fishing reports suggest these giant sharks are still around, they are rarely seen. Encores run at 10PM & 11 PM ET/PT.

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Note: This article was published on July 12, 2018 and has been updated.

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.

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