You can watch the History Channel live without cable with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV or Sling TV. In this article, we’ll help you decide which option is best for you. Let’s get started!

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Watch the History Channel on Philo

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The new, super lightweight cord-cutter service Philo is the best way to get History Channel if you don’t want to spend that much on TV. In addition to History Channel, Philo has all kinds of other cable TV channels that you know and love– but it doesn’t have any news or sports channels.

Philo Pricing and Packages

Prices begin at just $16/month. The most basic plan has 44 channels, but you can upgrade to 58 channels for just $4 more per month.

58 Channels
7-day free trial
$20.00/ month

58 channels

3 simultaneous streams

30-Day DVR

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For more information on Philo plans, check here.

Philo Channels

With Philo, you get not only History but several other educational channels like Discovery, Science Channel and more. The reason why Philo is inexpensive likely has to do with the fact that this service doesn’t carry any news or sports channels. But if you have an over-the-air TV antenna, you may not need them anyway.

For more information on Philo channels, check here.

Philo Supported Devices

For some reason, Philo’s Android app doesn’t let you stream any of Philo’s channels. However, you can still use Philo on your Android phone if you use the mobile version of Chrome to stream.

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all models), Chromecast and Roku (all current models)
  • Smart TVs: Android TV (5.0 and up)
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android (7.0 and up, Chrome browser), iOS (10.3 and up)
  • Game consoles: None
  • Desktop browsers: Most Mac and PC browsers

Check here for more information on Philo’s supported devices.

Philo Simultaneous Streams

Philo’s simultaneous stream limit is three screens at a time. That means that you can share your account with two other people and you can all watch TV at the same time.

To learn more about Philo’s simultaneous streams, click here.

Philo DVR

Philo’s unlimited DVR is one of its best features. You can record as much TV as you want with it.

Check here to learn more about Philo’s DVR.

Philo On-Demand Library

Though Philo does have some on-demand content, it can’t rival on-demand specialists like Hulu and Netflix. According to the Philo website, the library includes 25,000 on-demand titles.

Click here to learn more about Philo’s on-demand library.

Free 7-day Trial

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Watch the History Channel with fuboTV

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Though fuboTV does cater to fans of sports that are hard to watch through ordinary cable TV services, it also offers an ever-expanding menu of live general entertainment content.

fuboTV Pricing and Packages

The main package costs $55/month and comes with roughly 90 channels. Half of those are sports channels. Several add-ons give you the ability add more channels to your entertainment menu, but all subscribers get History.

Learn more about fuboTV’s subscription plans here.

Standard
7-day free trial
$54.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

30 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Family
7-day free trial
$59.99+/ month

92 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Entertainment
7-day free trial
$69.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

SIGN UP
Ultra
7-day free trial
$79.99/ month

113 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME included

Sports Plus add-on

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*Note that in order to see the Family, Entertainment, and Ultra plans, you need to first press "Start Free Trial." After you create an account, you'll see all of these plans.

fuboTV Channels

NBCSN and FS1 are the two channels that stream some sports events in 4K. Other educational channels you can get through fuboTV include Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild and more.

You can see a full channel list here.

fuboTV Supported Devices

Aside from game consoles, fuboTV has excellent support for TV devices that cord-cutters use.

You can learn more about fuboTV’s supported devices here.

fuboTV Simultaneous Streams

The default simultaneous stream limit is two devices, but you can add on a third if you get a paid upgrade.

You can learn more about fuboTV simultaneous streams here.

fuboTV DVR

fuboTV’s cloud DVR holds 30 hours of recordings unless you get another upgrade, which gives you 500 hours of recording time.

You can learn more about the fuboTV DVR here.

fuboTV On-Demand Library

fuboTV is mostly about live TV, but it does have an on-demand library. Both TV episodes and movie titles are available.

You can learn more about fuboTV’s on-demand library here.

Free 7-day Trial

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Watch the History Channel on Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV gives you another way to say hello to streaming and goodbye to your local cable provider. History Channel is on the menu.

Hulu with Live TV Pricing and Packages

The main Hulu with Live TV subscription costs $45/month.

Hulu + Live TV
7-Day Free Trial
$44.99/ month

67 Channels

2 simultaneous streams

ESPN and Disney

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For more information about Hulu with Live TV’s plans, click here.

Hulu with Live TV Channels

Hulu with Live TV’s base subscription includes History Channel. Several premium channels are available along with many classic cable TV staples.

Click here to see the full list of Hulu with Live TV channels.

Hulu with Live TV Supported Devices

Hulu with Live TV has great app support:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain Samsung and LG televisions as well as some devices based on Amazon Fire TV or Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.

Click here to learn more about devices that work with Hulu with Live TV.

Hulu with Live TV Simultaneous Streams

If you plan on sharing your account, it’s hard to find a better option than Hulu with Live TV. For $10/month, you can buy an upgrade that will let you stream to an unlimited number of devices with the Unlimited Streams feature add-on.

Click here to learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s simultaneous streams.

Hulu with Live TV DVR

Like most TV replacement services, Hulu with Live TV comes with a free cloud DVR. You can’t fast forward through commercials when you watch your recordings, though– unless you get the $15/month Enhanced Cloud DVR upgrade. Without the upgrade, you can record up to 50 hours of TV. With it, you can record 200 hours.

Click here to learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s DVR.

Hulu with Live TV On-Demand Library

Hulu was originally an on-demand only video service before it added Hulu with Live TV. As you might expect, its on-demand library is large and diverse compared to what the other cable alternatives offer.

To learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s on-demand library, click here.

Free 7-day Trial

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Watch the History Channel on Sling TV

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Source: Sling TV

Sling TV is a live streaming pioneer. In addition to carrying History, it’s also extremely customizable.

Sling TV Pricing and Packages

After you sign up for Sling TV, the first thing you’ll do is pick one or both base plans. Sling Blue and Sling Orange are your options and they both cost $25. If you get them both, you can get a discount. From there you can expand your channel lineup by purchasing channel add-on packs.

Sling Orange
Free Roku Deal
$25.00/ month

34 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

1 simultaneous stream.

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Sling Blue
Free Roku Deal$25.00/ month

49 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

3 simultaneous streams

SIGN UP
Sling Orange + Blue
Free Roku Deal
$40.00/ month

56 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

4* simultaneous streams

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* You get 1 stream for Sling Orange channels and up to 3 simultaneous streams for Sling Blue channels.

To learn more about Sling TV pricing, check here.

Sling TV Channels

No matter which base plan you get, you’ll be able to watch History. Both plans come with around 30 channels and they both have the History Channel.

To learn more about Sling TV channels, check here.

Sling TV Supported Devices

Like fuboTV and PlayStation Vue, Sling TV has a very competitive device lineup:

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all versions), Chromecast, Roku (LT and up), AirTV.
  • Smart TVs: LG TV (Web OS 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0, as well as select 2016-2018 models), Samsung TV (2016 through 2018 models), Android TV (4.4 and up), Roku TV, Mi TV.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android (4.4 and up),  iOS (11 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets).
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome on Mac and Windows recommended.

Check here for more info on Sling TV’s supported devices.

Sling TV Simultaneous Streams

Sling TV’s simultaneous stream restrictions are one of its main drawbacks. You can only stream Sling Orange channels to one device at a time. The limit for Sling Blue channels is three simultaneous screens.

To learn more about Sling TV’s simultaneous streams, click here.

Sling TV DVR

You have to pay $5/month extra if you want the ability to record TV with Sling TV. You can’t record any Sling Orange channels with it, though.

To learn more about Sling TV’s DVR, check here.

Sling TV On-Demand Library

Sling TV has a sizable on-demand library, but most of the titles are TV show episodes. Some movies are available as well, though.

How to Watch the History Channel on Amazon Fire TV

You can watch the History Channel on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV or Sling TV. Simply go to the Amazon Fire TV app store and click whatever live TV service appeals to you the most– or try them all.

How to Watch the History Channel on Roku

You can watch the History Channel on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV or Sling TV. The process of installing a Roku app is the same as installing a smartphone app. Just look up the app you want to try and complete the sign-up process to get going.

How to Watch the History Channel on Apple TV

You can watch the History Channel on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: Philo, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV or Sling TV. Apple’s app store has them all, so try them out for yourself and compare.

History Vault

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Source: History Vault

If you were disappointed when History Channel look a turn for the weird a few years back, you’ll definitely want to check out History’s new streaming service: History Vault.

History has gradually shifted away from hardcore history programming to make room for more paranormal docs and reality shows.

A History Vault subscription ($5-per-month / $50-per-year) gives you ad-free access to a wealth of serious, UFO-free (for the most part) documentaries about historical events.

History Vault’s content consists of various “collections,” like Ancient Discoveries, Ancient Greece, WWII: The World in Crisis, Secrets of the Dark Ages, Inside the Presidency, American Civil War: Brother vs. Brother and so on.

You won’t find any reality shows on History Vault’s menu of content.

History Vault works with iOS, Apple TV, Android, Roku and Google Chromecast – but not Amazon Fire TV devices.

Here’s what one reviewer had to say about History Vault for Android:

“Great content. I love the narration voices throughout the shows. The app has a nice GUI that is easy to navigate. The small subscription price is worth it not only for the content, but to NOT have annoying commercials is a big plus. 👍 I only wished I had more time to watch.”

History Go

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Source: History

Though the History Go app has content that you can’t unlock unless you have a cable TV subscription, it does have some free full episodes that you can watch without a TV Anywhere account.

If you like shows like Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Swamp People and other popular History shows, you may want to check it out.

In 2014, History Go won a Webby Award.

Our Verdict: The Best Way to Watch the History Channel Without Cable

There are several paths you can take if you want to see History content without a cable subscription. Here’s a quick recap of your best available choices.

The best skinny bundle for History Channel fans: Hulu With Live TV

Though it’s pricey compared to the competition, Hulu With Live TV has the all-around best skinny bundle features right now – and it’ll likely get even better as time goes on.

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Like Hulu With Live TV, Philo is also improving by leaps and bounds. Soon, Philo will have new social sharing features. Until that feature comes out, however, Hulu With Live TV remains the best overall skinny bundle option.

The cheapest way to watch History Channel without cable: Philo

Philo’s $16 basic plan is the least expensive way to catch History content without a cable subscription. History Vault is only $5 per month, but it doesn’t have the popular History shows that most people like.

Alex Munkachy is a freelance writer, game developer and hobby robotics enthusiast. You can find his blog about robotics news and reviews at robotfanatics.com.