People always ask me how I watch HGTV without cable. Shows like House Hunters, Home Town, My Lottery Dream Home, and other HGTV shows are some of the most-watched on cable TV.
Thankfully, you can stream HGTV live and on-demand with streaming devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. You just need a streaming device and a streaming service that carries HGTV. We go into more details later in the article, but in short, the following steaming services all carry live HGTV:
Philo – Carries HGTV and over 50 other channels for just $20 a month. They even include a cloud DVR to record shows you miss. They offer a no-risk 7-day free trial.
FuboTV – They provide HGTV as well as over 80 other channels. They also offer a 1-week free trial.
Hulu Live TV – Offers HGTV, local channels, and a ton of other features. Check here for more information.
YouTube TV – Last but not least, you can watch HGTV on YouTube TV.
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 is more detail on the streaming services that let you stream HGTV online.
Watch HGTV on Philo
Philo is a streaming service that offers HGTV as part of their lineup of over 50 channels. At $20 per month, it’s the most affordable way to watch HGTV live. Philo keeps costs low by not offering any sports channels. 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 Good Bones, House Hunters, Property Brothers: Forever Home, and more. Philo also offers HGTV content on-demand and includes a cloud DVR service. The shows available on-demand rotate, but you can use the Philo DVR to record your “must-watch” HGTV shows.
Along with HGTV, you will have access to other favorite 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. (Our guide to Philo shows the full list of channels on Philo TV.
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 two screens at once. (Upgrades available)
- Comes with six customizable profiles
- Includes entire Hulu streaming library
HGTV 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 these features are part of the base package. You can test out the service with this 1-week free trial. There is no commitment, and 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 one of the many channels on Sling TV. Live HGTV is a part of both their “Blue” and “Orange” package, starting at $30 per month. Furthermore, Sling TV’s cloud DVR provides a method of recording your favorite HGTV shows. You can even pause and rewind the HGTV live stream! Sling TV also provides HGTV on-demand.
Along with HGTV, you will receive other Discovery 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.
HGTV Streaming on YouTube TV
YouTubeTV also offers HGTV live online, as well as limitless storage space for recording your shows. Plus, you can watch your library of recorded shows anywhere! The base package includes HGTV for $64.99 a month. Youtube TV supports Roku, Android, iOS (includes AirPlay to Apple TV), and Chromecasts/Chromecast-compatible TVs. Check our review of YouTube TV to see if it’s available in your area.
Purchase HGTV Shows Online
If you are only interested in a few HGTV shows, you can purchase the full run of the current season online from Amazon, iTunes, or another service. Buying seasons of HGTV shows may be a cheaper option than subscribing to a streaming service with HGTV, depending on how much you watch.
For instance, season passes to the 2020 season of House Hunters International cost around $25 on Amazon. If you only want to watch 1 or two HGTV shows, you can do so for $50. If you spread that over the year, you are only paying a little over $4 per month.
That said, there you may be interested in shows on other networks. In that case, you may be better off going with Philo or Sling TV. It ultimately depends on your viewing habits, and how many shows you are going to follow in a year. Most of HGTV’s popular shows are available on Amazon, and once you purchase it, you own it. That means you can watch it whenever you want.
All the options I mentioned so far 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.
Watch Full Episodes With The HGTV App
The HGTV app will let you watch a few episodes of select shows. However, you can unlock full episodes to all their content by logging in with your TV provider. The HGTV app accepts logins from Philo, Hulu Live TV, FuboTV, and YouTube TV.
You can watch by downloading the HGTV app to your streaming device or on the HGTV app or at HGTV.com. When prompted for a TV provider, use your username and password from one of the participating streaming services. Below are the steps I used to unlock the HGTV app on Roku. Other streaming devices and TV everywhere apps have a very similar process.
- Go the channel store or app store on your device. On Roku, it’s called the “Channel Store.”
- Search for the HGTV app, add it to your device, and then open it.
- Your Roku device will then show you an activation code and a URL.
- Using a computer or mobile web browser, go to https://watch.hgtv.com/activate
- You will then be asked for a TV provider and a username/password. I’m entering the username and password I use for Philo.
- Once you sign in, your TV screen will refresh. You should now have access to all the video content the HGTV app provides.
For information on watching other TV channels online check out: How To Watch Any TV Channel Online Without Cable
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