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Last modified: February 12, 2019
By Stephen Lovely
Shark Week has aired on Discovery Channel for over 30 years, making it the longest-running television event. It can be difficult to watch Discovery without cable, unless you subscribe to one of a limited number of streaming services. This channel is currently available in bundles from Hulu, fuboTV, Philo and PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now. Find out more about how to watch this year's lineup of shark specials live.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream Shark Week:
The following are some streaming services that offer you the chance to watch the carnage of Shark Week.
Stream Shark Week for Free with Philo
Affordable bundles from Philo make it easy to watch Shark Week without taking a big bite out of your budget. Discovery is part of the basic 40-channel bundle priced at $16 a month, as well as the next tier, which offers 49 channels for $20 per month. Limited device compatibility is the tradeoff for these low prices.
Roku is the only streaming device that currently supports Philo. This service also has Android and iOS mobile apps and works in some internet browsers. You can savor Shark Week for up to 30 days with unlimited Cloud DVR recording. Use the free seven-day trial to determine whether Philo is the best way to watch Discovery Channel. Check out our Philo review to learn more about this service.
Stream Shark Week for Free with Hulu
Hulu's live TV streaming service, Hulu with Live TV, includes Discovery Channel in its base bundle for $40 per month. Better yet, Hulu's live TV bundle includes access to the on-demand service, which means that you can stream shark-related content and more from Discovery (as well as rival studios and channels) whenever you please. You'll have to wait a bit for programming to hit the on-demand selection, though, so be sure to opt for the live TV bundle if you want to catch Shark Week in real time. For more on Hulu and all of its bundles and features, check out our Hulu review. To see for yourself what Hulu has to offer, sign up for a free trial.
Stream Shark Week for Free with fuboTV
fuboTV offers two live TV bundles at two different price points, but both of them offer Discovery Channel — and, therefore, a Shark Week live stream! “fubo” ($39.99 per month) and “fubo Extra” ($44.99 per month) are your two English-language base bundle options. Once you have a base package, you can tack on add-on bundles to customize your channel selection. Read our review of fuboTV to learn more, or sign up for the service's free trial offer above and start putting it through its paces yourself.
Stream Shark Week for Free with PlayStation Vue
Discovery is included in every tier of the PlayStation Vue streaming service. This live-TV bundle is native to the Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 gaming consoles, and is available as an application for other devices. The lowest priced “Access” tier is $44.99 per month.
You can access this service as an app or channel on Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV and Roku. Download mobile apps for Android and iOS or use a browser app on a computer. Continue to enjoy shark specials for up to 28 days with unlimited Cloud DVR. Get your feet wet with a free five-day trial period. Check out our Playstation Vue review to learn more about this service.
If you want an affordable service that is compatible with many streaming boxes and mobile devices, consider DirecTV Now. This live-TV streaming service from AT&T offers a range of plans, and Discovery is in every channel package. The “Live a Little” plan will take the smallest bite out of your wallet at $35 a month.
DirecTV Now is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku streaming devices. Download apps for Android and iOS mobile devices or watch in an internet browser. This service also offers up to 20 hours of Cloud DVR recording so you can watch Shark Week shows anytime. Try DirecTV Now with a seven-day free trial offer. Check out our DirecTV Now review to learn more about this service.
The following streaming devices can be used in conjunction with one of the above streaming services to get your dose of sharky terror.
You don't have miss a single second of Shark Week when you're on the go if you download the DirecTV, Philo, Hulu, fuboTV or PlayStation Vue apps. You can also revisit your favorite specials from past years by purchasing episodes and collections on demand from the Google Play store, the iTunes store, Amazon Instant Video or VUDU.
Cord-cutters have access to limited content on the Discovery Go app and the channel website. The channel posts a few free clips and episodes during Shark Week. If you know someone who has the Discovery Channel as part of a cable package and can enter login credentials, you may be able to access more content. If you don't have cable, a skinny bundle is the best way to tune into Discovery.
If you own an Amazon Fire TV device, you can catch all the shark action by signing up for DirecTV Now or PlayStation Vue and downloading the app on your device. Amazon Instant Video also sells up to 13 Shark Week collections to watch on demand.
Watch Discovery on an Apple TV with the DirecTV or PlayStation Vue apps. Apple TV does not currently support Philo. Users also have the option to purchase Shark Week content to watch on demand through the iTunes store. Browse past specials, anniversary packages and greatest hits such as the Great White Collection.
The only way to watch Discovery live on Google's streaming platform is through the PlayStation Vue app. Purchase episodes or seasons that have already aired on the Google Play store or through VUDU.
Chromecast users can tune into Shark Week with the PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now applications. It is also possible to watch past episodes or seasons purchased on the Google Play store or VUDU.
If you own a Roku streaming box, you have the widest range of Discovery Channel streaming options. Choose any bundle from DirecTV, PlayStation Vue or Philo, and add the channel for the service you select in the Channel Store. You can purchase episodes that have already aired or previous seasons on the Amazon Prime Video or VUDU channels.
Shark Week airs during the evenings of the last week in July. The Discovery Channel shows one to four shark-related specials each evening, and viewers interact on social media to share this learning experience. This television event celebrated its 30th anniversary in July 2018 with more than 20 hours of shark specials.
If you want to watch Shark Week live, Philo is the most affordable streaming service that carries Discovery. The basic 40-channel package costs $16 per month. The next most affordable option is the DirecTV Now “Live a Little” plan priced at $35 a month. PlayStation Vue is currently the most costly streaming option, with the “Access” tier set at $44.99 every month.
Catch up on the newest Shark Week programming whenever you want by using the Cloud DVR feature included in each streaming service. DirecTV Now offers up to 20 hours of recording, whereas Philo provides unlimited DVR for up to 30 days and PlayStation Vue has unlimited recording for 28 days.
Be sure to check for streaming service and device compatibility. Philo is currently only an option for Roku, Android, iOS, and computer internet browsers. DirecTV Now is supported by Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, mobile devices and internet browsers. PlayStation Vue works on Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, mobile devices and internet browsers. Gear up for Shark Week by factoring in your preferred streaming device and using free trials to test the waters.