Aside from watching sports, one of the channels I’m asked most about watching without a cable TV subscription is HGTV. For homeowners, shows like “Property Brothers”, “Flip or Flop”, or “Fixer Upper” provide high drama we all can relate to.
If you have cable TV, you can watch HGTV online using the HGTV app. It’s available on almost every streaming device on the market. However, as I said, this requires a cable TV or satellite subscription. The HGTV streaming app requires your (or someone elses) Pay TV provider login credentials to access the content.
Thankfully, those of us without cable TV are not left out in the cold. There are multiple ways to legally watch HGTV without a cable subscription.
How to Watch HGTV without Cable
As with most content on cable today, there are alternate way 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.
HGTV on Sling TV
HGTV is offered as one of the many channels on Sling TV. It’s included as part of the Sling TV base package for just $20 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. Sling TV also provides the past three days of HGTV network on demand, and also lets you pause and rewind the HGTV live stream.
With online access to HGTV streaming, you will never miss great shows like “Fixer Upper”, “House Hunters”, “Flip or Flop”, “Love It or List It”, “Income Property”, “Property Brothers” and more. Sling TV also offers HGTV content on-demand. The content available on demand does rotate however, so don’t expect the entire HGTV archive to be available.
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 problem to enjoy HGTV on a TV, tablet, computer, or other smart device. 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 it’s nationwide rollout of it’s 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 AMC, 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.
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 other 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”, “Love it or List It”, 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.
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