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Cord cutting is about saving money by getting rid of your huge cable bill. But it's not about learning to go without all of the content you love. On the contrary, cord cutters tend to be people who love their shows, movies, and live TV. It's just that they know how to get that kind of content without paying for cable. Take The History Channel: its shows are available on demand through streaming services like Hulu as well as on the network's own website.  It's even possible to watch a live stream of The History Channel without cable thanks to the rise of skinny bundle services. We'll explain what those are how to access live streams of The History Channel below. Here's everything you need to know about watching The History Channel without cable. (By the way, though the network has re-branded as simply “History,” we'll be calling it The History Channel all the way through this piece for the sake of clarity and familiarity.)

A few of our favorite ways to stream The History Channel:

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$5.99 – $85.96 68 – 88 7 or 30 days

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How to Watch The History Channel Online Without Cable

The best way to watch The History Channel without cable is by using a skinny bundle. But what are skinny bundles?

Skinny bundles are streaming services, kind of like Netflix: they come in over the internet (“over the top,” in industry lingo — bust that out at your next cocktail party to show that you're in the know) and can be used on multiple platforms, including computers, mobile devices, and streaming devices. Unlike Netflix, however, skinny bundles don't primarily exist to play on-demand content. Their specialty is live TV.

And when I say live TV, I really do mean TV. I mean network television channels that you have actually heard of — you know, like The History Channel. Essentially, skinny bundles are just a new type of pay TV. They're not so different from cable or satellite, except for the fact that they come in over the internet. They also tend to feature smaller channel packages (hence the “skinny” part) and, of course, aren't limited by regional infrastructure monopolies in the same way that traditional cable is. The slimmer look and significant competition help make skinny bundles a more affordable option than cable. So while there's no legal way to watch History channel without a pay TV subscription, there's nothing keeping you from swapping your legacy pay TV deal for a modern skinny bundle. With no contracts involved and a bunch of free trials to choose from, these services make it very easy to cut the cord.

Now, let's the meet the services that best answer the question of how to watch The History Channel without cable.

Stream The History Channel for free with Philo

Free Trial

Philo's solid channel lineup now includes The History Channel, making it a great way to watch The History Channel without cable. It's also an affordable way to watch The History Channel without cable: Philo is known for its cheap bundles. You can take a look at Philo by taking advantage of its week-long free trial — the link is above. For our take on it, read our Philo review.

Stream The History Channel for free with Hulu

Free Trial

Hulu's well-known streaming video on demand (“SVOD,” to industry insiders like you and me) service has plenty of History Channel shows available. But it's Hulu's other service — Hulu + Live TV — that can net you a History Channel live stream. Hulu's entry into the skinny bundle market offers lots of great channels, including The History Channel. You can read our review of Hulu + Live TV to learn more.

Stream The History Channel for free with FuboTV

Free Trial

fuboTV is a great option for fans of The History Channel. fuboTV offers a live stream of The History Channel, and the service also lets new customers test things out with a free trial. You can sign up for that trial using the link above. For more information, read our review of fuboTV.

Stream The History Channel with Sling TV

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Skinny bundle elder statesman Sling TV works a bit differently from its competitors, because it doesn't divide its offerings up into tiers of increasing prices and channel numbers. Instead, Sling TV asks you to choose between base packages and then invites you to build out a customized deal using small “add-on” packages. It's a kind of a la carte model, and it works well for folks who have interest in a specific type of channels (sports channels, for instance) and don't want to pay for shows they don't watch. Build out a bundle that includes The History Channel, and you'll be all set! You can read our review of Sling TV to learn more, or you can check the service out for yourself by clicking on the link above and signing up.

AT&T TV Now

AT&T TV Now is a live TV streaming service that was formerly known as DirecTV Now. It's offers subscribers a choice of different bundles at different price points, and choosing the right one will net you your favorite channels — including, of course, The History Channel. AT&T TV Now offers a free trial to new subscribers.

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

Clearly, there are plenty of ways to watch live streams of The History Channel online. But do any of these work on major streaming devices like the ones from Roku, Amazon, Apple, and Google? You bet they do: the major skinny bundles tend to boast broad platform support, including apps for Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Android, iOS, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and even your computer's web browser. The skinny bundles that have been around the longest tend to have the most supported devices, but all of them are available on at least a few, so you should have plenty of options no matter what sort of device you're trying to stream The History Channel on.

What does this mean specifically? For Roku fans, it means being able to choose between Philo, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, and Sling TV.

Fire TV users can run Philo, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now.

Apple TV? Its users get Philo, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now as options.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now each work well on Chromecast devices.

Google's Android TV platform can run Philo, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, and Sling TV.

Going mobile? iOS and Android users can get apps for Philo, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now.

Philo, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now each offer in-browser apps that make it easy to stream The History Channel online on your PC or Mac.

So no matter which of the skinny bundles above caught your eye, you'll have plenty of options for watching The History Channel without cable. It's well worth taking another look through the list and clicking on a link or two to check out the free trial offers — they're risk free, and they'll let you experience the skinny bundle appeal without spending a dime. Skinny bundles are a big part of what we cover here at Cordcutting.com, so check back often for more on them and on the many other great tools, techniques, and services that cord cutters use to replace cable content at a fraction of the cost.

5 thoughts on “How to Watch The History Channel Without Cable

  1. Avatar David Durgee says:

    You missed Philo.

    1. Avatar Cordcutting.com says:

      Added!

  2. Avatar Linda Arnold says:

    Or, if you would like to watch for free, just search on YouTube for The History Channel full episodes.

  3. Avatar Nick Tesla says:

    I would rather go to a skimpy bundler that i never heard of as opposed to your “usual suspects”.
    Do a blog on that and you might get real popular real fast.

    1. Avatar Stephen Lovely says:

      We hear you! The skinniest one around is Philo, but we’re always on the lookout for something slimmer. If someone makes a slimmer and cheaper legal streaming option, you’ll hear about it here.

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