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Sure, you want to cut cable – but what about HGTV? There's only so long some of us can go without watching someone pick out the tiny home of their dreams or renovate a fixer-upper in thirty minutes (not counting commercials). Unless you have a budget like most of the couples on House Hunters (how do they afford these places?), you're probably interested in finding a cheaper way to get HGTV. Luckily for you, you've got lots of options for getting your hands on an HGTV live stream. Here's how to watch HGTV without cable.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream HGTV:
It wasn't so long ago that cable and satellite companies had a monopoly on live network television. Thankfully, that's not the case anymore. These days, we have skinny bundles: streaming services that offer slimmed-down versions of those big familiar cable bundles. Because they deliver content over the internet (and therefore don't need their own cable infrastructure), these services compete without regional monopolies. That, along with the smaller size of the bundles, makes for lower prices. On top of that, these services can be streaming on all different devices: your computer, your smartphone, your tablet, and your streaming device (more on those later), to name a few. In other words, skinny bundles replace cable with a cheaper and more versatile path to live TV. Not a bad deal, right?
And, happily for HGTV fans, a lot of these skinny bundle services include HGTV. Let's look at your options. These are the skinny bundles that we trust to deliver an HGTV live stream for the right price.
Stream HGTV for free with Philo
Philo's claim to fame is its low price tag. It's significantly lower than the average price of its competitors, and Philo didn't have to ditch too many great channels to pull it off. For example, you'll still find HGTV in that super-affordable bundle — but you probably guessed that, seeing as we're talking about Philo in an article called “How to Watch HGTV Without Cable!” You can try out Philo for yourself by taking advantage of the service's free trial offer. Just click the link above to get your hands on that. You can also take a look at the Philo review here.
Stream HGTV for free with Hulu
Hulu began life as a subscription video on demand (SVOD, in industry-speak) service like Netflix. Hulu helped spark the cord cutting revolution, and it has since gotten in the mix on the skinny bundle front as well. Hulu's live TV service is branded, creatively enough, as “Hulu + Live TV.” It includes HGTV and offers a free trial. You can read our full review of Hulu + Live TV to learn more.
Stream HGTV for free with FuboTV
Skinny bundle fuboTV started life as a service aimed at soccer fans, but it has long since broadened its appeal significantly by re-launching as a more general sort of skinny bundle (albeit one that still holds special appeal to sports fans). After its 2017 re-launch, fuboTV steadily added new channels — including HGTV. Click here to read our review of fuboTV, or make up your own mind by clicking on the link above and checking out fuboTV's free trial offer.
Stream HGTV with Sling TV
The oldest skinny bundle remains one of the best. Sling TV works a little differently from the other skinny bundles on this list, because it uses a system of base packages and add-on bundles instead of a tiered set of options. Subscribers start with a base bundle or two and then add extra mini-bundles to that base. This makes Sling TV really easy to customize to suit your needs (more on this in the Sling TV review). With all that said, you won't need to customize anything to get HGTV, because it's in both of Sling TV's base packages. Easy!
A great way to watch HGTV without cable is to subscribe to AT&T's live TV streaming service. Formerly known as DirecTV Now and now known as AT&T TV Now, this is a strong option that boasts relatively large bundles of streaming channels. Choose a bundle that includes HGTV and start streaming.
Google's version of the skinny bundle is quite solid. YouTube TV boasts a great app with broad platform support, lots of content discovery features, and an extensive channel lineup that includes — you guessed it — HGTV. You can test out YouTube TV by signing up for the service's free trial offer.
Hey, great news: you can! The skinny bundles listed above are (almost) all available for each of the major streaming device platforms. That means that there are apps for (or, in the case of Chromecast, compatible with) each of Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast for each of the major skinny bundles we mentioned in this post. Let's lay all the facts out:
First up, Roku users! You guys can choose between Philo, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV, all of which have apps for Roku devices.
Philo, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each have apps for Fire TV devices.
Apple TV users get their pick of Philo, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.
Chromecast users can enjoy native support for the mobile and browser apps from Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV. You'll have to rely on the Chrome browser to get an approximate sort of Philo experience on Chromecast, though that's sure to change in the future.
Android TV user? No sweat: Philo, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV have you covered there.
But wait, there's more! Philo, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV also have apps for Android and iOS mobile devices (smartphones and tablets, including iPad and iPhones).
As for computers (desktops and laptops), we're set there, too: Philo, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each have desktop and/or in-browser apps.
Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV also work on Xbox One video game consoles. Hulu + Live TV also works on PlayStation 4 consoles.
Long story short? You're going to have a whole lot of options in terms of skinny bundles services as long as you're using a popular streaming device that isn't a million years old. So go ahead and grab a free trial to unlock your HGTV live stream. You'll be watching HGTV without cable in no time at all. Talk about your home (entertainment) improvement!
PlayStation Vue got rid of Access Slim a few months before this article was published.
Add Canadian VMedia, Ontario base… provide ITV and the the farmost IPTV giant Bell Canada service called ALT TV…
When it comes to cord cutting for me, a highly important feature is a DVR and the ability to fast forward through commercials. I would love to see all stories about cord cutting to start mentioning this. I would never have a solution that forces me to sit through 5 minutes of commercials.
We just buy the shows via iTunes so we can watch them whenever we want without those annoying commercials. It cost less in the long run than paying a fee for other shows we don’t watch.
If HGTV had an app like HBO Now where we could just pay a reasonable monthly fee without cable, we might be interested – provided there’s no pesky ads..
I can’t see how AppleTV+ is a model to choose when you add up the a la carte shows you want to watch each month. IPTV also runs the issue of buffering limitations…even with fibre connections. Cutting the cord is great…if you save money. If it’s less than $10/mo then look at what else you’re giving (PVR) up just to cut cable.
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