Aside from watching sports, one of the channels I’m asked most about watching without a cable TV subscription is HGTV. Shows like “Property Brothers”, “Flip or Flop”, or “Love It or List It” are extremely popular and provide high drama we all can relate to.
Thankfully, those of us without cable TV aren’t left out in the cold. There are multiple streaming services that allow you to stream HGTV without a cable TV or satellite subscription.
How to Watch HGTV without Cable
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 HGTV online.
Watch HGTV on Philo
Philo is non-sports streaming service that offers HGTV as part of their basic lineup for only $16 per month. It’s the most affordable ways to get HGTV without cable. However, Philo keeps costs low by not offer any sports channels. It’s one of the most affordable ways to watch HGTV without cable. They even offer a free trial for you to test out their service.
With online access to HGTV streaming, you will never miss great shows like “Home Town”, “House Hunters”, “Flip or Flop”, “Love It or List It”, “Property Brothers” and more. Philo also offers HGTV content on-demand and includes a cloud DVR service. The content available on demand does rotate. So don’t expect the entire HGTV archive to be available.
Along with HGTV, you will have access to other popular channels like AMC, BBC America, BET, Cheddar, CMT, Comedy Central, Discovery, DIY, Food Network, FYI, GSN, Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, MTV, Nick, History, TLC, and much more. See our review of Philo for full details.
Philo is currently supported on Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku. You can also watch on Mac and PC using a web browser, Apple iPhone and iPad (running iOS 9 or newer), Android phones and tablets (running 5.0 or newer),
Watch HGTV on Hulu
Hulu is another way you can stream live HGTV. Previously Hulu was known for their vast on-demand streaming library. Recently, they have added a Hulu Live TV service that offers Live HGTV Online Streaming. Hulu Live TV also 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
Check out their free trial here.
Hallmark Channel on FuboTV
FuboTV is a streaming service that provides access to quite a few pay-TV channels. You can watch the channels live as they would air on cable TV and you can record programs on their cloud DVR. They provide HGTV as well as over 80 other channels as part of their base package.
All this is included with the base package. You can test out the service with this 1-week free trial. After the trial, it’s $39.99 for the first month and $44.99 after that. There is no commitment so you can cancel at any time. The service supports Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, Apple TV, and more. Check out my full review of FuboTV for more information.
HGTV on Sling TV
HGTV is offered as one of the many channels on Sling TV. It’s included in every base package Sling TV offers starting at $25 per month. Sling TV provides a live stream of HGTV so you are able to watch exactly what would be airing on HGTV just as if you had cable. Furthermore, Sling TV’s cloud DVR provides a method of recording your favorite HGTV shows. There is even HGTV network on demand, and you can pause and rewind the HGTV live stream.
Along with HGTV, you will receive other Scripps Network Channels like the Travel Channel, and Food Network as part of the base package. DIY Network is also available through the “Lifestyle Extra” package as a $5 per month add-on package.
Sling TV is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and more, so it’s not a problem to enjoy HGTV 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 my detailed review of Sling TV.
The review includes information on a Sling TV free trial and ways to get discounted (and Free) streaming devices so be sure to check it out. Currently, there are offers for a 7-day trial, free Roku, and $50 off an Amazon Fire TV.
HGTV on PlayStation Vue
Sony launched the nationwide rollout of its PlayStation Vue service in March 2016. It’s a great way to get a ton of TV channels without needing a cable provider. Vue’s entry package costs $30 per month and delivers over 50 channels over the internet.
These are channels you would typically see as part of a cable package like TBS, Discovery, and of course HGTV. 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 my review of PlayStation Vue for more details on what channels are available and device support.
Update: HGTV has recently been added to FuboTV.
HGTV Streaming on Direct TV Now
AT&T’s Direct TV now service is another way you can watch HGTV Online. Like Sling TV they offer it as part of their most affordable “Live a Little” package. Although, the price is a bit steeper at $35 per month. You can check out everything this service offers by reading about it in my DirecTV Now review.
Purchase HGTV Shows Online
If you are simply interested in a few HGTV 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 HGTV has to offer.
For instance, season passes to the latest season of “Fixer Upper”, “Brother vs. Brother”, and “Flip or Flop” cost around $25 each. If those are the three HGTV shows you watch, then that only comes to $75 dollars a year which is under $6 per month.
That said, there you may be interested in shows on other networks. In that case, you may be better off going with Sling TV. 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.
All the options I mentioned so far give provide you with either a live stream of HGTV or the current episodes of shows one day after they air live. For those that can wait a little longer, some of the top hits from HGTV are available on Netflix and Hulu. It’s a great way to catch up on older episodes, but it sometimes takes a year or more for the current season to show up on those services.
Streaming With The HGTV App
If you subscribe to Philo, Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, or PlayStation Vue, you can watch HGTV online using the HGTV app. It’s available on almost every streaming device on the market. The login you use when you subscribe to these services can be used in the HGTV App and on HGTV.com. This unlocks all the content that Cable TV subscribers have access to at a fraction of the cost.
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