Let’s have a little EVOO on our TV tonight, shall we?
Those of you in the know will immediately recognize Food Network chef Rachael Ray’s unique lingo, short for “extra virgin olive oil.” Devotees of that acronym might also secretly say “BAM!” when they sprinkle on spice, hearkening back to chef Emeril Lagasse’s famous cooking catchphrase.
But even EVOO and Bam novices are sure to have experienced Food Network in some form. For decades now, the channel has been successful in turning the everyday element of food into entertainment. Some shows feature personalities like Ray or Lagasse, showing us how to chop with flair. Others pit cooks, bakers, or even kids against each other in culinary competitions. And odds are you’ve heard of some local restaurant featured on “Divers, Drive-ins and Dives.”
Back when I had cable in the 00’s, I thrived on the channel’s delightfully strange fare – from the original “Iron Chef”’s dubbed deep dive into the wonders of ingredients like sea eel, to Alton Brown’s puppet shows to illustrate how protein cooks in “Good Eats.” Thankfully, today we have many streaming services that can provide us with all the Food Network we can take, whatever your favorites may be.
With online access to Food Network, you will never miss great shows like “Chopped,” “Food Network Star,” “Iron Chef America,” “The Pioneer Woman,” “Kids Baking Championship,” “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives,” “The Great Food Truck Race,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Barefoot Contessa,” and “30 Minute Meals.”
How to Watch Food Network Online
As with most content on cable today, there are alternate ways to enjoy the channels and shows you want without forking over mountains of cash to a cable TV provider. Here are a few of the cable subscription free ways you can stream Food Network online.
Food Network on Philo
The most affordable way to watch Food Network without cable is by subscribing to the streaming service Philo. For just $16 a month you get 40 channels including Food Network, as well as the ability to record as many shows as you like and watch them for 30 days. A few more channels are available for $20/month.
You don’t even need to provide a credit card number for the seven-day free trial – all you need is your mobile phone number. That said, Philo does not offer sports or the Disney channel, so if those options are a priority for you, you may want to look elsewhere.
Watch Food Network on Hulu
Hulu is another way you can stream Food Network. Previously Hulu was known for their vast on-demand streaming library. Recently, they have added a Hulu Live TV service for $39.99 a month that offers Live Food Network Online Streaming. Hulu Live TV is one of the best live TV streaming services available. It includes the following features:
- The basic package comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. (Upgrades available)
- Watch on 2 screens at once. (Upgrades available)
- Comes with 6 customizable profiles
- Includes entire Hulu streaming library
Many of Food Network shows are available on demand on Hulu’s streaming service as well, including “Chopped,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” “Iron Chef America,” and “Cupcake Wars.” Check out our full review of Hulu Live TV for more details.
Food Network on FuboTV
FuboTV is a good place to go for sports but it offers many other more general channels as well, including Food Network. Food Network is offered, along with 70+ other channels, on its basic package for $44.99/month ($39.99 for the first month). The FuboTV app is available on major platforms including AppleTV, AndroidTV, Roku, and Amazon FireTV. You can sign up for a 1-week free trial or check out our review of FuboTV for more details.
Food Network on Sling TV
One more price-conscious alternative is Sling TV. Food Network is in its “orange” package, which is $25 a month. Sling TV provides a live stream of Food Network so you are able to watch exactly what would be airing on Food Network just as if you had cable. It is included in its Cloud DVR program, so you can record shows for later.
Sling TV is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and more, so it’s not a problem to enjoy Food Network on a TV, tablet, computer, or other smart devices. There are more channels than I’ve mentioned available on Sling TV than what I’ve mentioned here. To find out more about what Sling TV has to offer, and more information about Sling TV device compatibility, check out this detailed review of Sling TV.
Food Network on PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue is a great way to get a ton of TV channels without needing a cable provider. Vue’s entry package costs $44.99 per month and delivers over 50 channels over the internet.
These are channels you would typically see as part of a cable package like BBC America, Disney Channel, ESPN, of course, Food Network.
While you may assume that Vue is only available on PlayStation, that isn’t the case. Vue is also available on Amazon Fire TV and other streaming devices. See our review of PlayStation Vue for more details on what channels are available and device support.
Food Network Streaming on DirecTV Now
AT&T’s DirecTV Now service is one way you can watch Food Network. It is offered as part of their most affordable “Live a Little” package. The price is a bit steeper than some services but also offers the most channels. At $40 per month ($10 for the first month) you get more than 65 channels, while at the highest level of $75 a month you get over 125. Add premium channels for a small additional cost, like HBO or Cinemax for $5 a month or Starz for $8 a month. You can check out everything this service offers by taking advantage of their 7-day free trial or read about it in our DirecTV Now review.
Food Network on Amazon Prime
The popular Food Network shows are not available to stream on an Amazon Prime membership but they are available to purchase.
If you are simply interested in a few Food Network shows, you can purchase the full run of the current season online from Amazon, Itunes or another service. This may be a cheaper option than purchasing a streaming service to deliver all Food Network has to offer. To buy the latest season of a Food Network show on Amazon, a season pass costs between $15.99-$22.99, which is less than many monthly services and makes sense if it’s the only show that you care about. You can also buy each episode at around $2.99 each. That said, there you may be interested in shows on other networks. In that case, you may be better off going with DirecTV Now. It ultimately depends on how many shows you are going to follow in a year. Almost every popular show is available online and once you purchase it, you own it. That means you can watch it whenever you want.
Watch with the Food Network App
The Food Network app on your Apple TV, Roku, or other devices will allow you to watch its shows on demand if you have a subscription to the streaming services Philo, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now. A few episodes are available for free as well. The library available is not exhaustive (you cannot necessarily get old episodes of your favorites) but you will be able to see a lot of what Food Network has been showing recently.
Additionally, you can use the app to watch Food Network shows if you have the login credentials to a paid cable or satellite TV subscription.
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