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How to Watch Discovery Networks & The History Channel Without Paying for Cable TV


Two of the most requested networks for cord cutters are the Discovery Networks and the History channel. We often get emails on these channels as more and more people ditch cable and look for their favorite channels.

So today in an effort to help answer the flood of emails and social media posts here is our guide to finding the Discovery Networks and the History channel without paying for cable TV.

How to Watch Both the Discovery Networks & the History Channel

Only one live TV streaming service carries both the Discovery Networks family of channels and the History channel. That service is DIRECTV NOW.

Starting at $35 you get both the Discovery Channel and the History channel; however, some of the smaller Discovery channels such as Discovery Life will be found in higher-priced packages.

DIRECTV NOW offers a 7-day free trial allowing you to test it out before you pay.

How to Watch the History Channel

If you want just the History channel, check out Sling TV. You can get it for just $20 along with 20+ other channels. This makes Sling TV the least expensive way to get the History channel.

You can also subscribe the the History Vault video on demand service. You wont find many current History shows but you will find a huge catalog of older History channel shows. You can subscribe to them as a app or through Amazon Channels.

How to Watch Discovery Networks

If all you want is the Discovery Networks, check out PlayStation Vue. You can find the Discovery Channel starting at just $30 along with 45+ other channels, which is the least expensive way to get the Discovery Channel.

Hopefully this helped you find the channels you are looking for. Have questions about other channels? Check out our full channel breakdown for all of the live TV streaming services <HERE>.

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  • Max Chaos

    I would go with Sling if they would just strike a deal with Discovery. That channel is always one of the most basic channels that you can even get on any low package.

    • TheAntiHero

      This is very much one of the reasons I haven’t gone with Sling as well. I can’t imagine they won’t one day join the service. Discovery is an easy “go to” channel for me when I just want to relax and watch something without searching for anything. I’m constantly checking for an announcement on these channels coming to Sling!

  • Registered User

    Can you please stop posting these clickbaity stories? “How to watch X without paying for cable” sounds great until your advice turns into “pay for this other service instead”.

    • Craig

      I 100,000,000% agree! It is click-bait! How to watch without paying for cable? Just pay for another service! Jesus! Bout as annoying as them re-posting articles on Twitter and justifying it by saying they still get asked about said article…

      • We posted a long explanation of this a few weeks ago. Here is that section:

        About 60% of the emails I get from readers ask for help finding content or the right player. To answer as many of these emails as possible I will be posting more how-to guides on how to find shows, pick streaming players, and other cord cutting-related content.

        This will allow me to quickly reply back to readers with a link to a story because many of the emails ask the same questions. So don’t be surprised if you see a flood of guides covering a lot of different topics. When they are done I am hoping they will help answer more reader emails without taking up too much time.

        You may not like these guides but the are some of our most popular stories. They also help us answer some of the most popular posts.

        • Craig

          Don’t ever use the words “Without paying for cable”. That’s misleading to what people recognize as being the basic premise of what “Without paying for cable means.” So unless Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, Discovery Channel and Fox News are going to OTA for free broadcasts or are streaming live their channels through their apps without provider authentication to a pay service? You’re misleading people.

          • We find most of our readers use the term cable to represent traditional pay TV. So saying without paying for cable just means with out the traditional pay TV services and their high costs along with long term contracts.

            Our goal is to help people break free of high over priced cable TV and the long term contracts. We recommend ways that are contract free and much cheaper than cable TV. These guides help answer the hundreds of questions and hundreds of social media messages we get every week.

    • I posted a long explanation of this a few weeks ago. Here is that section:

      About 60% of the emails I get from readers ask for help finding content or the right player. To answer as many of these emails as possible I will be posting more how-to guides on how to find shows, pick streaming players, and other cord cutting-related content.

      This will allow me to quickly reply back to readers with a link to a story because many of the emails ask the same questions. So don’t be surprised if you see a flood of guides covering a lot of different topics. When they are done I am hoping they will help answer more reader emails without taking up too much time.

      You may not like these guides but the are some of our most popular stories. They also help us answer some of the most popular posts.

      • Registered User

        I would argue that they are your most popular stories because of the misleading post titles.

        These posts aren’t news. This is just a method to drive search traffic. We all know what you’re doing dude. Maybe call the site “Cord Cutters Daily” instead.

  • rcolbeck

    I read your response below but you still don’t get it. You are still paying for cable with advertisement whatever medium you are using. It’s not cord cutting at all!

    • That maybe your view of cord cutting but a recent survey of our readers show most subscribe to a service like Sling.

      • Cyclist

        So paying a cable company for TV content is cord cutting if it is delivered via a modem instead of a cable box.

        I agree the terms are better but it is the same abhorrent companies that you are funding.

        • Lynnneez

          I think for most people doing it, cord cutting refers to having options and if possible not being 100% dependent on big cable companies like Comcast etc. The purer form you are referring to is not the goal for most users dropping Comcast and other cable services. Truth be told, cord cutters fall into two main camps. Those that want most of what big cable companies provide, but without the contract or fees and for a lower price. Then there are those who just want a slim package with the ability to build their own packages and also for a lower price. The latter imo, is not going g to be feasible and judging by the success of PS Vue and DTV Now, ppl still want many channels, but expect to pay less.

          Very few take cord cutting literally as your internet will certainly remain tied to big cable, and I think cord cutter purists living off of antennas, their own dvd libraries and Netflix are the exception and will never apply for the majority of people “cutting the cord.” Most that cut the cord, while disdainful of how they have been treated by big cable, still largely want the same services, but for less and avoiding support of big cable is a secondary desire at best. Cost and flexibility are the real goals for most “cutting the cord” and who fills that need is less relevant.

  • Jesse Gurr

    I think you could have at least mentioned that history channel has a stand alone roku app for about $5/month or the Amazon prime channel of the same name, History Vault. That could be another story for you to review what they have available on that app.
    You could also add that must channel apps have some episodes available to watch without a cable login.

  • MikeF

    Exchanging one greedy distributor for another incompetent one isn’t a good tradeoff yet; there have been many issues with DirectTV Now.
    Also, many of us would prefer not paying for the scripted reality show heavy Discovery. I prefer other DN channels – Animal Planet is coming back to its senses with some vet shows, and Velocity has a decent mix.
    Perhaps someone can point me to an literate explanation of why Smithsonian Channel isn’t on ANY streaming provider. Their positioning is beyond dumb.

  • Daniel Richards

    YET ANOTHER ONE OF THESE BS STORIES, this is NOT how to watch something without cable dammit, this is a what STREAMING CABLE service has your channels.

  • Sir Sausage

    PlayStation Vue starts at $39.99, not $30