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TLC was founded as “The Learning Channel,” but it has come a long way since then: nowadays, TLC is a bit less educational and a whole lot more fun. Packed with reality shows and game shows of all kinds, TLC is a channel that helps us cheer, laugh, and sometimes gawk at the weird and wonderful (and sometimes rude) people of the world. But just because TLC isn't The Learning Channel anymore doesn't mean that we shouldn't all try to learn something new once in a while, and we have just the thing to educate you about today: how to watch TLC without cable.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream TLC:

  Price Channels Free Trial  
$69.99 – $139.99 65+ None

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$25 60+ 7 days

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$5.99 – $85.96 68 – 88 7 or 30 days

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$64.99 – $33.00 220+ 7 days

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$35 – $50 30+ – 130+ 3 days

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Because even though TLC is a popular network television channel that has a history of being associated exclusively with cable and satellite, there are actually a lot of convenient, legal, and affordable ways to watch TLC without cable these days. Want to find out more? Great! Class is in session. Here's how to watch TLC without cable.

How to Watch TLC Online Without Cable

To understand how to watch TLC without cable, there’s really only one thing you need to know about: live TV streaming.

Live TV streaming services are just what they sound like. These services are aiming to beat cable at its own game. Just like cable, they offer bundles of live TV networks — though, unlike cable, they are likely to trim the fat and offer only the leanest and most cost-effective TV bundles, which is why these services are sometimes called “skinny bundles.” Some live TV streaming services are “skinnier” than others, but all of them stream live TV channels over the internet, rather than delivering them in the old-school ways that cable and satellite use. That makes it easier to stream your favorite channels on any device you want to use. Plus, live TV streaming services don’t lock you into long-term contracts the way that the cable and satellite giants like to.

Now that we know this, we just need to figure out which of these live TV streaming services come equipped with a TLC livestream. That’s easy; we have the list right here! Let’s dive in.

Stream TLC for free with DIRECTV Stream

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AT&T's live TV streaming service fared well in our DIRECTV Stream review. One of the best things the service has going for it is its channel selection — it's one skinny bundle that isn’t too skinny. You can expect a ton of great channels from DIRECTV Stream, including a TLC livestream in every package.

Stream TLC for free with Philo

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Philo is a great way to watch TLC without cable online. We think you’ll love Philo's prices, which are really quite low. The service is able to pull off its pricing by cutting out sports and news channels, which tend to drive the prices of channel bundles way, way up. Sports fans will want to look elsewhere, but the rest of us will find it to be every bit as great as we said in our Philo review.

Stream TLC for free with Hulu

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Hulu + Live TV is the skinny bundle arm of Hulu, which also offers a popular on-demand service. Hulu's live TV streaming service is affordable, effective, and comes with a boatload of popular live streaming channels — including TLC! For more on Hulu + Live TV, read our review or use the service's seven-day free trial offer to test it out for yourself.

Stream TLC for free with fuboTV

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fuboTV is a great option for those who want to watch live TV without cable. This skinny bundle service includes a ton of great channels, including TLC. Plus, it offers a free trial that will give you free access to a TLC livestream for a week.

Stream TLC for free with Sling TV

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Sling TV offers an appealing option: a customized skinny bundle. Thanks to an extensive selection of add-on bundles called “Extras,” it's easy to mix and match your way to a personalized live TV channel selection with this service. Just start with a base bundle, then add “Extras.” You'll find that it's easy to build a bundle with TLC in it. Read our review of Sling TV to learn more, or test the service yourself by signing up for the risk-free, seven-day free trial.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is one great way to watch TLC without cable. Google's version of the skinny bundle is a joy to use, and its smooth streaming and superior user interface help it rank among the very best of the skinny bundles.

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

Can you watch the services above on popular devices and streaming platforms? You bet! Each of the services on our list offers really impressive “platform support” — which is a fancy way of saying that they all have apps for all of the devices you’d want to stream TLC online.

Roku Fire TV Apple TV Android TV Chromecast iOS Android Web browser
DIRECTV Stream Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
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
YouTube TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Live and Learn

So there you have it! You now know how to watch TLC online, no cable required. If you’re new to cord cutting and still want to learn more, check out our guide to getting started as a cord-cutter. If you’re already off and running on your cord-cutting journey, then be sure to check out our reviews and rankings of the best streaming services, devices, and more.

8 thoughts on “How to Watch TLC Without Cable

  1. Sue Hill says:

    So with Amazon Prime and Sling, am still unable to watch. Take note Sling.

    1. says:

      You’re right. Sling TV doesn’t offer TLC at the moment.

    2. Susan says:

      Can’t watch on Slimg anymore

      1. This guy says:

        Yes, but that doesn’t help his affiliate sales. So why take it down?

  2. Carley says:

    DirecTV Now doesn’t offer TLC in all areas either including mine!

  3. Susan says:

    I can’t get it in Dallas… bummer.

  4. J. says:

    Where is TLC on YouTube TV please?

    1. Felicia Renee Bumbalough says:

      I live in Arkansas and have it

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