National Geographic’s television channel is home to nonfiction shows of all types, from the weird and the wild to more thoughtful and informative content. National Geographic knows how to highlight the things about our world that are truly bizarre, and it does a good enough job of it that some of its fans are tempted to do something pretty bizarre themselves: pay for cable. See, cable and satellite companies charge top dollar for channel bundles that include National Geographic, but that doesn’t actually mean that you have to pay big bucks to see the shows and documentaries that you crave. You can watch National Geographic without cable, and we’re going to show you how. Below, we’ll cover the techniques and services that you need to know about in order to secure a National Geographic live stream and ditch your legacy pay TV contract for good. Here’s how to watch National Geographic without cable.
How to Watch National Geographic Online Without Cable
National Geographic is a network television channel, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s only available through cable or satellite. After all, cable and satellite providers have had a monopoly on network television channels for a long, long time.
But not anymore. Thanks to the rise of a new type of streaming service – called, appropriately enough, live TV streaming services – you can now watch National Geographic without cable (and a whole lot of other channels without cable, too). We’re talking live TV here: not clips, not on-demand shows, but a real, actual National Geographic live stream.
These live TV streaming services have some distinct advantages over their cable counterparts. Since they stream online, they can be viewed on lots of different devices – not just your TV. Load up one of these services on a Roku, Fire TV, or other streaming device, and you can easily watch on your big screen; opt for a mobile device or laptop instead, and you can watch on the go.
There are no regional monopolies to worry about here, either, and the slimmed-down channel bundles (live TV streaming services are sometimes called “skinny bundles”) offer a just-the-hits menu of channels for a lot less than the bloated cable and satellite bundles cost. Did we mention the free trials and lack of long-term contracts?
Some of these live TV services include National Geographic, making them the perfect ways to watch National Geographic without cable. Let’s get to the know the ones that matter for our purposes.
DIRECTV NOW offers a National Geographic live stream in every one of its bundles. And, yes, there are multiple bundles: the cheapest is the $35 per month “Live a Little” deal, but there are other channel counts and price points to choose from. You can read our review of DIRECTV NOW here, or you can check out the service for yourself. To do the latter, just click on the link below and sign up for the seven-day free trial. That’s more than enough time to see what they’re doing right over at DIRECTV NOW.
fuboTV’s core package, fubo Premier, features a nice selection of channels that includes (drumroll, please) National Geographic. fubo Premier will cost you $39.99 per month, unless you happen to live in an area served by New York-area regional sports network MSG and its sister channels – if you do, you’ll get a bunch of MSG networks and will pay $44.99 per month instead. fuboTV offers channels of all types, but is particularly attractive to sports fans. You can read our review of the service here, or you can just take a look at it yourself by signing up for the service’s free trial via the link below.
Hulu with Live TV is exactly what it sounds like: Hulu, but with live TV. Hulu already has lots of fans thanks to its streaming video on demand (SVOD) service, which works like (and competes with) well-known SVOD services like Netflix. To this, Hulu has added a live TV service to rival those on this list. It’s been a while since Hulu with Live TV’s launch, and things are going pretty well for the service. Hulu with Live TV costs $39.99 per month. Its lone base package offers a nice selection of channels that includes a National Geographic live stream. You can read our review of Hulu with Live TV now here, and you can sign up for the service’s free trial via the link below.
PlayStation Vue allows subscribers to choose from channel bundles that start with the $39.99 per month “Access” and range up from there in terms of both channel selection and price. All of your options are open if you’re a National Geographic fan, because each and every one of PlayStation Vue’s bundles includes National Geographic. Despite the name, this service works on a wide range of platforms: you can use PlayStation Vue to watch National Geographic without cable on your Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast, to name just a few of your many options. PlayStation Vue’s free trial is five days long.
Sling TV offers subscribers a choice of two base packages: Sling Orange ($20 per month) or Sling Blue ($25 per month). Sign up for one or both (if you choose both, you’ll pay $40 per month), then tack on “extras” – small add-on bundles – at will to create a custom bundle. To get National Geographic, just start with Sling Blue, which includes the channel in its base selection.
Can I Watch National Geographic on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?
National Geographic looks best on the big screen. It’s easy to get it there when you sign up for one of the services above, because each of DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV work on each of Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast.
DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV all also work on laptops and desktops via in-browser apps. And if you want to watch National Geographic without cable on the go, you’ll have no problem: DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV all work on iOS and Android mobile devices, including iPhones and Android phones.
Android TV users will enjoy support from fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV. Hulu with Live TV and Sling TV both work on Xbox One, while PlayStation Vue works on PlayStation 4.
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