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Here's something worth discovering: you don't have to have cable or satellite to watch Discovery Channel. Though the home of “Shark Week” has long made its own home with legacy pay TV services, a new breed of streaming service has changed the game and given fans a legal path to a Discovery Channel livestream. Sounds exciting? Then just read on. Everything you need to know about streaming Discovery Channel without cable or satellite is laid out below. You'll find options for both livestreams and on-demand content, plus links to our reviews and access to free trials. This is our comprehensive guide to streaming Discovery Channel without cable.

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How to Watch Discovery Channel Online Without Cable

The key to getting a Discovery Channel livestream is the same as it is for many other networks. The answer, as always, is to invest in a skinny bundle subscription.

What's a skinny bundle? Well, it's a lot like a cable package — but with two major changes that make it appealing to cord-cutters. First, the skinny bundles we're interested in stream “over the top” (a term that just means via the internet, like Netflix or Hulu), which means that you don't have to deal with cable companies and their monopolies. Second, skinny bundles trim the fat from giant cable bundles and offer streamlined packages that cost far less than the bulky pay TV deals you're probably used to. That makes skinny bundles a sleek, modern, and affordable solution for cord-cutters who still want to watch live TV, but don't want to pay for cable.

Yes, you'll still have to pay each month — there's no such thing as a free lunch — but the price will likely be lower than what you're used to from the legacy pay TV crowd. On top of that, you'll be able to watch on multiple devices, including mobile devices for when you're on the go.

So that's the simple answer to the question of how to unlock a Discovery Channel livestream legally: skinny bundles! But not every skinny bundle on the market includes Discovery Channel, so let's get more specific. These are the best skinny bundles that offer Discovery Channel, plus options for streaming Discovery content on demand.

Stream Discovery Channel on DIRECTV Stream

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DIRECTV Stream's bundles are jam-packed with live TV. Every bundle includes Discovery Channel, so you can just pick the one that's right for you and you'll be all set to watch Discovery Channel online without cable.

Stream Discovery for free with Philo

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Philo is a great option for watching Discovery Channel online. Philo's channel lineup includes Discovery Channel, and that isn't the only quality network in Philo's offerings. The big appeal of Philo is its pricing: It's very, very cheap for a live TV streaming service. You can check out Philo for yourself by signing up for the service's free trial — just use the link above. If you want to learn even more about Philo, head over to our Philo review.

Stream Discovery for free with Hulu

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Hulu + Live TV is Hulu's live streaming arm, and it includes a Discovery Channel live stream. On top of that, Hulu's on-demand service includes tons of Discovery Channel content: Hulu has the streaming rights to a bunch of popular Discovery Channel shows, including shows that are no longer on the air. Hulu has “Mythbusters,” “Deadliest Catch,” “Naked and Afraid,” and much more. And because Hulu offers “Shark Week” programming on demand, you can truly live every week like it's Shark Week. Hulu offers a free trial, too! Find out more about Hulu in our complete Hulu review.

Stream Discovery for free with fuboTV

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Want to stream Discovery Channel live? Then you should consider fuboTV, a skinny bundle service with a lot to offer. Discovery Channel fans will discover their favorite channel in fuboTV's lineup of networks, and prospective customers can check out the service for free by taking advantage of fuboTV's free trial offer.

Stream Discovery Channel with Sling TV

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Sling TV is an ideal choice for streamers with distinctive taste. Its pricing system features add-on bundles called “Extras” that make it easy to add niche channels without having to upgrade to bloated, overpriced bundles. Sling TV subscribers start with a base bundle and can tack on affordable Extras from there. Building a bundle that includes Discovery Channel is easy. For more, read our Sling TV review

YouTube TV

Google's live TV streaming service is a great choice, and its inclusion of Discovery Channel makes it an awesome way to watch Discovery Channel without cable. You can sign up for a free trial to see how you like YouTube TV, or you can check out the reviews and other YouTube TV-related content we have here on our site.

Discovery Plus

Discovery unveiled its own streaming channel in early 2021. It gives you thousands of hours of programming from the Discovery Channel as well as other channels like HGTV and TLC (hence the “plus” in the name). It doesn’t include a livestream of the traditional Discovery Channel, but it’s still a good way to watch Discovery Channel programming online without cable.

Can I Watch Discovery Channel on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

There’s a lot to discover on the Discovery Channel, and you’ve got your pick of devices to use while you do. You can watch at home or on the go, so reference this chart to figure out all your options for streaming the Discovery Channel.

Roku Fire TV Apple TV Android TV Chromecast iOS Android Web/
Philo Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hulu + Live TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
fuboTV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sling TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DIRECTV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
YouTube TV

There’s one option that’s not on the chart: Discovery Plus. It’s a newer service but it’s already got compatibility with a wide range of devices. You can watch it on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, and your web browser.

Watch What You Want, Discovery Channel Fans!

The Discovery Channel is a worthy addition to any streaming lineup. And when you’re in the world of streaming TV, you don’t even have to commit to anything right away. You can even get a one-week free trial during Shark Week if that’s what you want. Pick a free trial today and start experiencing the joys of watching Discovery Channel without cable.

24 thoughts on “How to Watch Discovery Channel Without Cable

  1. Frank says:

    You cannot watch many “Go Channels” unless you pay for cable TV (or pay via Hulu, PlayStation, etc.). Go to and click on “Watch Live” and you’ll be prompted to sign in through your cable provider.

    1. says:

      You’re right. You can only watch a limited amount of on-demand content for free.

  2. Norm Mendoza says:

    If you don’t transmit ABC, NBC, and CBS live programs, how do I get the programs?

    1. says:

      Please see Rogue’s answer below.

  3. Austin Chapman says:

    Discovery GO does not work on U-verse unless you have a TV subscription. You should update the article to reflect this fact.

  4. Melody says:

    I agree with Austin. There appears to be several apps that you download and then when you go to watch programming it wants your cable provider. This does not support something you can get as a cord cutter unless I’m missing something. Please update the article for us newbies.

    1. says:

      Hi Melody,

      Discovery GO only offers a limited amount of on-demand content for free. It doesn’t offer a free Discovery Channel live stream, unfortunately.

      1. Andrea says:

        I did a Google search to watch Shark Week 2019 for free. A list came up but they’re not free. Yes they offer free trials but then you have to still pay for it, so it’s not free! I am very low income and cannot afford to pay for anything like cable or the offers this site recommends. Extremely disappointing. I love shark week so much.

  5. Rogue says:

    Someone wrote: “If you don’t transmit ABC, NBC, and CBS live programs, how do I get the programs?” You can get them live just by putting up a TV antenna and connecting it to a converter box or to most newer flat screen TVs. After connecting the antenna to the TV’s coax (antenna) input, go into the TV’s menu and have it do a channel search. Most channels you will get will be through the DTV (digital TV) part of the scan. I have a large outdoor antenna that pulls in over 40 channels and I live 60 miles from the city. If one lives in a town with transmission towers then an indoor or attic antenna will pull in many channels. The channels you pick up will be digital channels but you don’t need a so called digital antenna. Any TV antenna will pull them to a certain extent but the farther away you are from a transmitter the larger the antenna you need. You can even buy a OTA (over the air) DVR and record the programs for future viewing.

    If you don’t mind waiting a week after a program airs on Discovery Channel you can often stream it from the programs website. But unfortunately, the best I can tell is that you can’t stream a Discovery show live unless you already subscribe to a network that airs the program live on TV such as DirecTV. Hope this is helpful to some.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Also, is an android and roku (and maybe others) app that rebroadcasts local broadcast TV…I live in an area that doesn’t receive good transmission, so this discovery has been really cool.

  6. Mike Shaw says:

    Discovery GO does not work with DirecTV Now.

    1. says:

      You’re right. While Discovery GO offers some clips and episodes for free, you can only unlock a Discovery Channel live stream, etc., with a cable subscription.

  7. Peter Winter says:

    Why has Foxs News changed its name on Mobdro. ?

    1. Mary Luzu says:

      I watch it and it is still Fox News

  8. SR says:

    If I unlock a channel’s streaming app on my Roku with my DirecTV credentials, then I quit DirecTV, will those apps keep working or will I be booted from them?

  9. John says:

    I’ve been thinking of cutting my cable TV and just keep the internet part with my current company Spectrum/Time Warner or get high speed through AT&T and then maybe use Sling or similar. We also have Roku now. There are several shows I would like to keep, the 3 local channels/networks ABC, NBC, CBS, and Discovery and History channels and CNN. Can I do all this with Sling and Roku? Thanks, John.

  10. Jenn says:

    John, I have Sling and have an antenna for local such as NBC, ABC, CBS. You can get History and CNN, but not Discovery or any of its channels like TLC, etc. That’s why I’m here, trying to find how to get Discovery.

  11. Dave Warner says:

    Thanks for the info on Philo… I’ve been using Sling TV for over a year now, and for the most part really love it, but I’ve missed having Discovery and the Science channel. To be able to access those for only $16/month? That’ll work.

    It’s a bummer that no ONE streaming service has all the channels I want but it’s nice to know that combining a few services will fill in the missing channels. Still… between Sling TV, Philo, and probably fuboTV so I can get the MSG channels for my favorite hockey team this winter, I’m exceeding the cost of a DirecTV package, especially when they offer credits to keep a long-time customer on the hook. Hopefully in other year or 2, I can take my satellite dish down. 🙂

  12. Luke Savage says:

    Many of the new content on Discovery are not available for Hulu. What sevice contains all new Discovery content on demand or live?

  13. Scott says:

    AT&T Now just announced their cheapest product will be $60 starting in December. Also, Live A Little is no longer a plan and the new ones have less for the same or more. Another good option ruined.

  14. Cleaves says:

    Nearly all channels [including discovery] are available without paying a lot of dollars {$ }or pounds {£ } for cable & other providers.Any of the leading tv streaming devices such as Roku or Amazon fire stick can give you live-stream & although youtube don’t do live stream many of it’s videos are fairly recent. Personally there’s more than enough in all category for me. If I’m seeing a wild-life video from Africa or a recorded movie on youtube for the first time, it is new to me it matters not, if someone has seen it before me & it’s not costing me the earth.

  15. SCOTT HARRIS says:

    What does iOS stand for?

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      iOS is the operating system that iPhones use

  16. Mike Dee says:

    Used to be you turn on the TV and watch your show. Now you need a college degree, digital TV, smart device, fast connection, and a willingness to keep upgrading as the content reduces and the prices rise as soon as you have been a customer for a while. Then the provider drops your favorite show and you need to find another connection, with associated requirements specific to that provider, fight with all the technology to get a good picture. Isn’t a little much just to watch the News? Please stop complicating everything. Complicating things is not progress.

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