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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.

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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, also called “skinny bundles,” 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 (which are why these 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.

Stream National Geographic for free with Hulu

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Hulu + 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 + Live TV's launch, and things are going pretty well for the service. Hulu + Live TV offers a nice selection of channels that includes a National Geographic live stream. You can read our review of Hulu + Live TV here on our site, and you can sign up for the service's free trial via the link above.

Stream National Geographic for free with FuboTV

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fuboTV's channel offerings include National Geographic. fuboTV offers channels of all types, but is particularly attractive to sports fans. You can read our review of the service to learn more, or you can just take a look at it yourself by signing up for the service's free trial via the link above.

Stream National Geographic with Sling TV

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Sling TV offers subscribers a choice of two base packages: Sling Orange ($30 per month) or Sling Blue ($30 per month). Sign up for one or both (if you choose both, you'll pay $45 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. Sling TV offers deals and discounts, which you can sign up for using the link above. You can read our review of Sling TV to learn more.

AT&T TV Now

AT&T TV Now offers a National Geographic live stream. You can read our review of AT&T TV Now to learn more, or you can check out the service for yourself. To do the latter, sign up for the seven-day free trial — that's more than enough time to see what they're doing right over at AT&T TV Now.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is Google's skinny bundle service. It shares the branding of Google's popular YouTube streaming video platform, but this is a different service: Instead of user-generated content, you'll get the live network television you'd expect from a top-flight skinny bundle. Among the channels on offer through YouTube TV's service is National Geographic. You can check out YouTube TV for free for a week by signing up for the service's free trial offer. For more information, check out our YouTube TV review.

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 the major skinny bundle services tend to work great on major streaming platforms like Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each offer great apps for Roku devices.

Fire TV users can choose between Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Apple TV fans can choose between Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each also play nice with Chromecast devices.

Android TV, the Google-backed streaming platform used by the Nvidia Shield, AirTV, and some smart TVs (among other devices), hav apps for Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube 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: Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV Now all work on iOS and Android mobile devices, including iPhones and Android phones.

Hulu + Live TV has an app for PlayStation video game consoles. Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all work on modern Xbox systems.

3 thoughts on “How to Watch National Geographic Without Cable

  1. Avatar Sherry says:

    Can I pay to just watch National Geographic and Natgeotv wild

    1. Avatar patria yaraseth acosta says:

      im having the same problem, i just wish they could let you pay to us their app

  2. Avatar Sheila S Lankford says:

    I have reviewed fubo’s lineup 4 times and don’t see any National Geographic channels listed

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