Shark Week 2021 kicks off Sunday, July 11, and continues through Sunday, July 18, with 45 hours of shark-focused programming on Discovery Channel and the streaming service Discovery+. However, you don’t need cable to watch. Read on to learn how to watch Shark Week without cable. We even include the programming schedule.
Best Way To Watch Shark Week on Discovery: You can watch Shark Week shows as they air for free using a 7-day free trial to the live TV streaming service Philo. Philo has Discovery Channel in its lineup. While the service costs $25 per month, you won’t be billed if you cancel within the trial period. There is no contract if you decide to keep Philo as you pay month to month and can cancel at any time.
Shark Week on Discovery+: Discovery+ will have Shark Week shows on-demand the day after they air on Discovery. Discovery+ will also feature exclusive Shark Week content. Discovery+ also offers a 1-week free trial.
- How To Watch Shark Week Without Cable
What’s On Shark Week
- Shark Week Discovery+ Exclusive
Shark Week On Discovery
- Airing Sunday, July 11 on Discovery Channel
- Airing Monday, July 12 On Discovery Channel
- Airing Tuesday, July 13 on Discovery Channel
- Airing Wednesday, July 14 on Discovery Channel
- Airing Thursday, July 15 on Discovery Channel
- Airing Friday, July 16 on Discovery Channel
- Airing Saturday, July 17 on Discovery Channel
How To Watch Shark Week Without Cable
To watch Shark Week without cable, all you need is one of the following streaming services with Discovery in their lineup.
Discovery+ will have Shark week content available on-demand along with some exclusive streaming-only content. Discovery+ is available to watch on Android and iOS smart devices and your browser. However, you can also watch on your TV using a streaming device like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, and more. Discovery+ costs $4.99 per month for an ad-supported plan and $6.99 per month for an ad-free experience. Both Plans offer a 7-day free trial. For more information on this service, see our review of Discovery+.
Your most affordable way to watch Shark Week on Discovery is Philo. For just $25 per month, Philo gives you live access to Discovery Channel live and on-demand. We keep a list of channels available on Philo if you are interested in what channels are available. Philo also allows you to record shows and watch them up to a month later with their cloud DVR.
Philo is supported on Mac and PC on a web browser, Apple iPhone and iPad (running iOS 9 or newer), Android phones and tablets (running 5.0 or later). They also support Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
Hulu Live TV is another way you can watch Shark Week. Discovery Channel is included in Hulu Live TV’s base channel plan. This means you can watch Shark Week shows as they air, just like you had cable! After a 1-week free trial, the Hulu Live TV service costs $69.99 a month and 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)
- It comes with 6 customizable profiles
- Includes entire Hulu streaming library
Discovery is available on Sling TV’s “Blue” package, starting at $35 per month. Sling TV is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and more, so it’s not a problem to enjoy Discovery on a TV, tablet, computer, or other smart devices.
DIRECTV STREAM is another way you can watch Shark Week. Discovery Channel is available in the “Entertainment” plan for $69.99 per month. A subscription to DIRECTV STREAM includes the following:
- watch 20 streams simultaneously per subscription
- a cloud-based DVR
- channels like Discovery and more
- supported on AppleTV, Android TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, and more
Vidgo is another way to stream Shark Week. Vidgo includes Discovery in its Core package, along with over 60 other channels. New customers can sign up for the Core Plan for $55 per month. (They offer discounted promo pricing for your first 3 months.)
Vidgo doesn’t force you into a contract, so you can cancel any time. They do offer special pricing for new customers, which you can cancel within the first three days at no charge.
Vidgo is supported on Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and more. You can also stream the service on up to 3 devices at the same time. We have the full details in our guide to Vidgo’s live streaming service.
FuboTV also has Discovery Channel so you can watch Shark Week, along with over 90 other channels are offered in its Pro Plan for $69.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial). Science Channel is available through a FuboTV channel add-on package.
Here are some of fuboTV’s features:
- Discovery Channel and more are available in fuboTV’s channel lineup
- You can watch on three screens at the same time
- 250 hours of cloud DVR storage
- The FuboTV app is available on major platforms, including Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, Apple TV, and more.
YouTubeTV also offers Discovery Channel so you can watch Shark Week, as well as limitless storage space for recording your shows. Your library of recorded shows can be streamed anywhere. The service costs $64.99 a month.
YouTube TV provides:
- access to Discovery Channel along with 70 other channels
- unlimited cloud DVR storage
- stream on three devices at once
- Youtube TV supports Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and more. The YouTube TV app has also returned to Roku devices after settling a dispute between the two companies.
- Includes Youtube TV on-demand
- offers a 1-week free trial.
What’s On Shark Week
Read on for Shark Week’s TV and streaming schedule on Discovery+ and Discovery Channel.
Shark Week Discovery+ Exclusive
The following shows are exclusively streaming on the Discovery+ streaming service.
Sharkbait with David Dobrik – Streaming Sunday, July 11 exclusively on discovery+
Internet sensation David Dobrik and his friends are on the craziest adventure yet… Diving with SHARKS! When faced with bad weather and sharks larger than they expected, these 20-somethings quickly find themselves asking, “Why did we go on Shark Week?” Produced by Pilgrim Media Group.
Stranger Sharks – Streaming Monday, July 12 exclusively on discovery+
Mark Rober and Noah Schnapp from Stranger Things are teaming up for the ultimate Shark Week adventure…exploring abandoned undersea ruins and man-made artificial reefs searching for the strangest sharks in the ocean. Produced by Spoke Studios.
Great White Comeback – Streaming Tuesday, July 13 exclusively on discovery+
In 2017 one of the strangest ocean mysteries occurred in South Africa when an entire Great White population disappeared overnight. Alison Towner and her team, Enrico Gennari and Andy Casagrande head out on an epic investigation to find the missing Great Whites of Seal Island. Produced by Hazmat Productions.
Tiger Queen – Streaming Wednesday, July 14 exclusively on discovery+
The shark population in Turks and Caicos has a sizable concentration of female tiger sharks, leaving scientists wondering where all the males are hiding. Shark enthusiast Kinga Philipps joins Dr. Austin Gallagher to help solve this puzzling mystery. Produced by Ping Pong Productions.
Raging Bulls – Streaming Thursday, July 15 exclusively on discovery+
Bull sharks are one of Australia’s “Big 3” deadly shark species, and recently, there’s been a shift in their behavior concerning the human population. Paul De Gelder joins Johan Gustafson to uncover why these sharks are becoming more aggressive hunters. Produced by Stephen David Entertainment.
Extinct Or Alive: Jaws Of Alaska – Streaming Friday, July 16 exclusively on discovery+
International wildlife biologist Forrest Galante travels the world in search of rare and elusive wildlife, including those lost to science, and mysterious cold-water sharks. Produced by Hot Snakes Media.
Rogue Tiger Shark: The Hunt For Lagertha – Streaming Saturday, July 17 exclusively on discovery+
A monster lurks in the crystal blue waters off the coast of Costa Rica named Lagertha. In this epic adventure, Dr. Craig O’Connell, Vicky Vasquez, and Andy Casagrande team up to discover why the tiger sharks in this area are unexpectedly more aggressive. Produced by Arrow Media.
The Great Hammerhead Stakeout – Streaming Sunday, July 18 exclusively on discovery+
Dr. Tristan Guttridge and James Glancy travel to Andros Island to investigate reports of an exclusive population of giant hammerheads. To get answers, they attempt one of the longest shark dives EVER – upwards of 10 hours – using an underwater habitat. Produced by Big Wave Productions.
Shark Academy – Streaming Sunday, July 11 on discovery+, airing Sunday, July 18 at 10PM ET/PT
Shark Academy follows eight men and women on an intense six-week crash course to secure a coveted crew spot on shark scientist Dr. Riley Elliott’s next great shark diving expedition. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for these shark enthusiasts with non-traditional backgrounds to leap ahead in the competitive world of shark research, embarking on the adventure of a lifetime in hopes of making their dreams a reality. Produced by Double Act.
Shark Week On Discovery
Below is the Shark Week schedule for Discovery Channel. These shows should also be availbe on-demand through Discovery+ once they air on Discovery.
Airing Sunday, July 11 on Discovery Channel
Crikey! It’s Shark Week – at 8PM ET/PT
Robert Irwin comes face to face with a Great White Shark for the ﬁrst time ever with shark conservationists Paul de Gelder and Madison Stewart. Following his father’s footsteps, he will get as close as possible to these incredible creatures to determine which apex predator reigns supreme – Crocs or Great Whites? Produced by Eureka Productions.
Tiffany Haddish Does Shark Week – at 9PM ET/PT
Tiffany Haddish hosts Shark Week! While her fantasy was to uncover the secrets of shark sex sailing on the fanciest yachts surrounded by friendly sea creatures and pampered by a handsome merman, she’s joined by Dr. Toby Daly-Engel, Dr. Craig O’Connell, Alannah Vellacott for a very sharky wake-up call. Produced by Will Packer, Will Packer Media and Anomaly Entertainment.
Jackass Shark Week – at 10PM ET/PT
Johnny Knoxville sends Steve-O, Chris Pontius, and new Jackass cast members on a Shark Week mission for the ages. They’ll dial up a series of shark stunts that test their bravery and threshold of pain as they put common shark myths to the test with the help of Dr. Craig O’Connell. Produced by Jeff Tremaine and Anomaly Entertainment.
Airing Monday, July 12 On Discovery Channel
Air Jaws: Going For Gold – at 8PM ET/PT
Narrated by Chris Rose, the Air Jaws team, Alison Towner, Dickie Chivell, Chris Fallows, and Enrico Gennari return to Seal Rock to capture the highest breach ever recorded. Rocket Shark holds the record at 15-feet. Will he return to jump even higher, or will a new shark take the World’s Highest Flying Great White Shark title? Produced by Shark Entertainment.
Jaws Awakens: Phred vs. Slash – at 9PM ET/PT
Rumor has it that two of the largest sharks in existence have been recently roaming New Zealand waters, but nobody knows which one is the largest. Brandon McMillan and Dickie Chivell are heading out to see which one takes the cake – Phred or Slash? Produced by Anomaly Entertainment.
Expedition Unknown: Shark Trek – at 10PM ET/PT
Josh Gates links up with his childhood hero, William Shatner, to boldly go where Shark Week has never gone before. The mission: enter shark-infested waters to understand the nature of fear and come face to face with an apex predator. This is Shark Trek. Produced by Ping Pong Productions.
Airing Tuesday, July 13 on Discovery Channel
MotherSharker – at 8PM ET/PT
It’s a great mystery where tiger sharks give birth. One team of scientists and shark experts including Dr. James Sulikowski, Dr. Toby Daly-Engel, Dr. Neil Hammerschlag and Jamin Martinelli deploy an arsenal of new technology to find out, but they need to meet some of the Bahamas’ biggest tiger shark mothers face-to-face for it to work. Produced by Red Rock Films.
Brad Paisley’s Shark Country – at 9PM ET/PT
Country star Brad Paisley and comedian JB Smoove meet in the Bahamas to attract new fans, Sharks! With Dr. Austin Gallagher’s help, they put Brad’s musical talents to the test in shark-infested waters to see how sound can attract or repel sharks. Produced by Critical Content.
The Spawn Of El Diablo – at 10PM ET/PT
In 2012, Michelle Jewell documented one of the largest great white mating scars ever recorded. Recently similar marks have appeared, leading her to believe this is a possible mating ground and that mega-shark El Diablo has returned to South Africa. Produced by Anomaly Entertainment.
Airing Wednesday, July 14 on Discovery Channel
MechaShark – at 8PM ET/PT
Researchers Kina Scollay, Mark Erdmann and Al Baxter build a submersible mechanical shark to track down New Zealand’s monster great whites and pilot it deep into what they believe could be a mating ground – the Holy Grail of shark science. Produced by Lucky 8.
The Real Sharknado – at 9PM ET/PT
We have all seen the movies, sharks jumping into boats, circling in tornados, and risking their lives to attack humans. Could these shark feasts happen? Ian Ziering and Tara Reid pick up their chainsaws once again – this time with the help of Dr. Tristan Guttridge and to see if a real Sharknado could happen. Produced by Ping Pong Productions.
Return to Lair of the Great White – at 10PM ET/PT
Dr. Craig O’Connell and Marc Payne return to where they unexpectedly filmed a juvenile great white during a past mission. Believing there’s a nursery nearby, they follow the trail to a discovery that could change everything we know about great whites. Produced by Talesmith.
Airing Thursday, July 15 on Discovery Channel
Dr. Pimple Popper Pops Shark Week – at 8PM ET/PT
Dr. Sandra Lee has entertained millions with her extreme pimple popping videos. Now she heads to Turks and Caicos with Dr. Austin Gallagher to explore the world of shark skin and how she can apply the science they gather to help human skin issues. Produced by Ping Pong Productions.
Sharkadelic Summer 2 – at 9PM ET/PT
Sharkadelic is back to find out if this summer will be the sharkiest on record. Snoop Dogg breaks down the craziest encounters, the wildest and most unpredictable reactions to discover if America is once again ground zero for the shark superstorm. Produced by Anomaly Entertainment.
Mega Jaws Of Bird Island – at 10PM ET/PT
South African Great whites are on the brink of extinction, but experts believe there is at least one breeder shark left in the water surrounding Bird Island. Alison Towner, Chris Fallows, Dickie Chivell and Enrico Gennari will search and tag the last female great white mature enough to carry on the species. Produced by Shark Entertainment.
Airing Friday, July 16 on Discovery Channel
Ninja Sharks: Mutants Rising – at 8PM ET/PT
In the icy waters of Alaska, off populated beaches of New York, and lurking in ghostly shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina, scientists and shark experts Dr. Craig O’Connell, Joe and Lauren Romeiro, Avery Paxton, Madeline Marens and Hap Fatzinger have discovered three sharks that have developed unique and deadly ninja skills. Produced by Future Legend Films.
Monster Sharks Of Andros Island – at 9PM ET/PT
Shark researchers Dr. Tristan Guttridge, Annie Guttridge, Alannah Vellacott and Khrys Carroll travel to Andros Island to determine if it’s a new Great Hammerhead hotspot, and they’re using reports of a half-octopus, half-shark creature known as the Lusca to help them locate massive sharks for their study. Produced by Hazmat Productions.
Mystery Of The Black Demon Shark – at 10PM ET/PT
In Mexico, legends swirl around El Demonio Negro, a 50-foot shark that has terrorized fisherman and tourists alike for generations. Is this an undiscovered predator? Forrest Galante hunts for answers in the most rugged and remote parts of the Baja Peninsula. Produced by Hot Snakes Media.
Airing Saturday, July 17 on Discovery Channel
Return To Shark Vortex – at 8PM ET/PT
As the Shark Vortex retreats in the fall, sharks battle it out for dominance in New England’s icy waters. Experts Dr. Greg Skomal, Joe and Lauren Romeiro brave rough oceans and fierce predators to capture new footage and insight of the phantom shark and reveal which shark reigns supreme. Produced by Lucky 8.
Shark Week Best In Show – at 9PM ET/PT
Discover everything that has happened in the world of sharks this year including unbelievable viral videos, big news stories and the latest in cutting-edge shark science. Produced by Main Event Media.
I Was Prey: Shark Week 2021 – 10PM ET/PT
I Was Prey: Shark Week 2021 recounts two horrific shark attacks told solely by the survivors who overcame life and death circumstances to tell their stories. Produced by Hit + Run Creative.
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