Since the new 2 hour “American Chopper” special is airing tonight, June 9th, at 9 pm ET, it seemed like a good time to review and update our guide to watching Discovery channel if you don’t have cable. You can watch Paul Sr. and Jr. duke it out with just a streaming device like a Roku and any of the following live streaming services.
Philo is the Best Way to Watch Discover Live
Your most affordable option is Philo. For just $20 per month, Philo gives you live access to Discovery Channel along with all other channels owned by Discovery Network like HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel, as well as OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). 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. You can try it without even entering a credit card for two days, then for five days more for free after entering the number.
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.
Watch Discovery on Hulu
Hulu Live TV is another way you can stream Discovery Channel. This means you can watch Deadliest Catch, Naked and Afraid, and Alaskan Bush People live, just like you had cable! Previously Hulu was known for their vast on-demand streaming library. Recently, they have added a Hulu Live TV service for $54.99 a month that offers lets you stream live Discovery Channel online. Hulu Live TV 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 Discovery’s shows are available on-demand on Hulu’s streaming library service. These shows are usually past seasons (not current) and include “Naked & Afraid,” “Gold Rush,” “Mythbusters,” and “Deadliest Catch.” The streaming service starts at $5.99/month, plus $4/month for no commercials. Check out our full review of Hulu for more details.
Discovery on YouTube TV
YouTube TV also offers Discovery 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 Discovery for $49.99 a month. Youtube TV supports Roku, Android, iOS (includes AirPlay to Apple TV), and Chromecasts/Chromecast-compatible TVs. Check our review of YouTube TV for more details. They also offer a 1-week free trial.
Discovery Channel on Sling
Discovery is one of the many channels on Sling TV. Live Discovery 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 Discovery shows. You can even pause and rewind the Discovery live stream! Sling TV also provides Discovery on demand.
Along with Discovery, you will receive other 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.
Purchase Discovery Shows Online
If you are merely interested in a few Discovery shows, you can purchase the full run of the current season online from Amazon, Itunes, or another service. This method may be a cheaper option than subscribing to a streaming service to deliver all Discovery has to offer. A limited selection of episodes is available for free on the Discovery GO app.
A season pass to the latest Discovery show on Amazon costs $14.99, which is less than many monthly services and makes sense if it’s the only watch one or two shows. Plus you have the season pass for life and can watch the shows as much as you want, whenever you want.
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.
Streaming on the Discovery Go App
You can watch Discovery online using the Discovery GO app. TLC GO, Animal Planet GO, Velocity GO, ID GO, AHC GO, Destination America GO, Discovery Life GO, and Science Channel GO bring you programming from the sister networks.
They are available on almost every streaming device on the market. However, You do need a TV provider login from Hulu, Vue, Philo, or other accepted pay-TV providers.
For information on watching other TV channels online check out: How To Watch Any TV Channel Online Without Cable
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