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Last modified: February 9, 2019
By Stephen Lovely
Let's take a trip far, far away from cable and learn how to watch Travel Channel without cable! Like so many other great TV channels, Travel Channel is something that we call “network TV.” That, unfortunately, means that we're not able to watch Travel Channel over the air like we are with some other channels. With antennas doing us no good here, are we stuck with cable and satellite? Of course not! There are still a lot of great ways to watch Travel Channel without cable or satellite, so let's explore all of our options.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream the Travel Channel:
Before we journey on to the heart of our article and begin listing the services that you can use to watch Travel Channel without cable, let's talk a bit about the types of services that we're about to see.
The services that we'll list here all have a few things in common. That's because they're all a type of service that we call a “skinny bundle.” Which leads us to an important question: what the heck is a skinny bundle?
A skinny bundle is a type of pay TV multichannel service. “Pay TV” means there are subscription fees, of course, and “multichannel” refers to a type of service that offers multiple TV networks at once (cable and satellite, for instance, are also multichannel services). So, at first glance, these “skinny bundles” have a lot in common with cable. But there's much more to them that we should discuss.
The big reason that skinny bundles are so different from cable and satellite services is that they are delivered over the internet – “over the top,” in industry lingo. This has a ton of consequences for how the services actually feel, work, and treat their customers. For instance, internet delivery means that those big regional cable monopolies — which are caused by infrastructure monopolies – aren't a factor with skinny bundles. That means a more competitive market, which in turn means lower prices and no long-term contracts. Then there's the fact that skinny bundles tend to offer slimmed channel packages than their “legacy pay TV” counterparts, cable and satellite: this helps keep prices down, too, and makes it easier to get a channel bundle that will deliver the networks you actually want without asking you to pay for stuff you never watch. This is also, of course, why we call skinny bundles “skinny bundles” in the first place — though some modern skinny bundles offer multiple bundles and can hook you up with some very large bundles if you so desire!
That's enough of an introduction, so let's get back to the core question here: how to watch Travel Channel without cable. Not every skinny bundle service offers Travel Channel, but a lot of them do. Let's take a look at the most trustworthy skinny bundles that offer you ways to watch Travel Channel without cable.
Stream the Travel Channel for Free with Philo
Skinny bundles are often cheaper than cable, but Philo takes cost-effectiveness to the next level. By skipping skinny bundle standards like local channels, live sports, and some network news stations, Philo is able to keep overhead low and pass on the savings to the customers. That's why Philo's two bundles cost an incredible $16 per month and $20 per month, respectively. That's crazy low for a multichannel subscription service, and that's good news for fans of Travel Channel: Travel Channel is available through either of Philo's two skinny bundle options. As affordable as it is, Philo is still willing to hook you up with a free trial offer. To snag that deal, just click the link above and sign up. If you want our opinion, read our Philo review.
Stream the Travel Channel for Free with Hulu
You may already know Hulu through their excellent on-demand streaming service, which competes with services like Netflix. But Hulu is also active in the skinny bundle market, and their Hulu with Live TV service certainly holds its own. Hulu with Live TV keeps things pretty simple: there's just one bundle to worry about here, and it includes a bunch of great channels for $39.99 per month (that price will rise to $44.99 per month in late February of 2019). This article is called “How to Watch Travel Channel Without Cable,” so you've probably guessed that one of the channels that Hulu with Live TV includes in its lineup is Travel Channel. Read our review of Hulu to learn more, or just check out Hulu with Live TV for free by clicking the link above and signing up for the service's free trial.
Stream the Travel Channel for Free with fuboTV
fuboTV offers two bundles: there's a smaller one called “fubo” and a larger one called “fubo Extra,” which includes everything that fubo does and more. fubo will cost you $44.99 per month, while fubo Extra costs $49.99 per month. Either of them will please Travel Channel fans, because both include a Travel Channel live stream. You can try out fuboTV for free by clicking the link above and signing up for the service's free trial offer. For our take, read our fuboTV review.
Stream the Travel Channel for Free with Sling TV
Sling TV is somewhat unique among skinny bundles, because it doesn't divide its various bundle options into tiers. Instead, Sling TV works by letting you customize your skinny bundle. Subscribers start with one (or both) of Sling TV's base packages, Sling Orange ($25 per month) or Sling Blue ($25 per month; together, the two cost $40 per month). From there, subscribers can add “Extras,” which are mini-bundles of like-minded channels grouped together and offered on the cheap. That makes it easy to build out a customized bundle that lets you watch what you want to watch without having to pay for channels you don't need.
Travel Channel fans can go in just about any direction they want to with Sling TV's custom bundle-building: their own favorite channel is available in both Sling Orange and Sling Blue, so you will get a Travel Channel live stream through every combination of bundles possible with Sling TV. You can learn more about Sling TV in our review, or you can explore the service for yourself by signing up for a free trial.
Stream the Travel Channel for Free with PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue is another great option for streaming Travel Channel online. Sony's skinny bundle service offers its bundles in tiers, so you can grab the bundle that suits your budget and your cravings. And Travel Channel fans will find that they can pick any of PlayStation Vue's bundles: from the $44.99-per-month “Access” bundle to the $79.99-per-month “Ultra” bundle, every last one of PlayStation Vue's base bundle options includes a Travel Channel live stream. Read our PlayStation Vue review for more, or check out the service's free trial by clicking on the link above.
AT&T offers a few different skinny bundle options under the umbrella of its DirecTV Now brand. DirecTV Now's bundles come in a range of sizes and price points, from the very affordable “Live a Little” to the content-rich “Gotta Have It.” Each larger bundle offers all the channels that its smaller counterparts do, and builds on that base with even more new channels. So how far do you have to go in order to watch Travel Channel without cable? Only as far as the second-smallest bundle, which is the $55 per month “Just Right” bundle. If you want to go further, of course, you can! Whichever bundle you choose, you can test-drive it for free by taking advantage of the DirecTV Now free trial program. If you're not quite ready for that yet, start by reading our DirecTV Now review.
ow you know how to watch Travel Channel without cable. But when Travel Channel transports you to gorgeous locations and exotic places, you'll want to be watching on your big screen – which means that you probably want to know if you can watch Travel Channel on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and other platforms that let you put streaming media up on your big screen. Good news: you can!
Hulu with Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now all offer apps for Roku devices.
Hulu with Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now all work great on Fire TV devices, too.
Apple TV devices are supported by Hulu with Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now.
Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now play nice with Chromecast.
Hulu with Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, fuboTV, and PlayStation Vue work with Android TV devices.
Then there are the smaller screens! Hulu with Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now have apps for iOS mobile devices, so you can watch Travel Channel without cable while you're on the go. Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now have apps for Android.
And Mac and Windows computers are covered, too, thanks to desktop or in-browser apps from Hulu with Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now.
PlayStation Vue also works on modern members of the PlayStation family of video game consoles, of course. Hulu with Live TV and Sling TV work on Xbox One consoles.
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