Instead of paying $100 every month or more for cable channels you never watch, new streaming video services let you stream Investigation Discovery and other channels you actually like. Best of all: these new services cost half as much as a typical cable plan, and often even less.

Continue reading to find out how to watch Investigation Discovery without cable.

The Top 3 Cable Replacers That Have Investigation Discovery

Traditional cable subscription prices are on the rise. Comcast plans to raise its cable TV rates by 2.2 percent this year.

That may change, however, if internet-powered “skinny bundle” TV services keep acquiring new subscribers at the same pace they are now. Traditional cable could soon go the way of dodo birds and dinosaurs.

Skinny bundles offer the same channels as traditional cable providers at half the cost or less. In addition, typical skinny bundle services are equipped with HD streams, on-demand content, cloud DVRs (Digital Video Recorders) and other attractive features.

Some skinny bundles are even compatible with TV Everywhere. TV Everywhere lets you unlock premium content on various websites and apps. When TV Everywhere first came out, you had to have a cable subscription to log in — but not anymore.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the major skinny bundle services that have Investigation Discovery.


Source: Philo
  • Philo’s $16 subscription includes 2 Discovery channels: Discovery and Investigation Discovery.
  • Sports and broadcast networks are not on the menu.
  • Philo is the cheapest TV replacer on the market.
  • Competitive DVR.
  • Philo credentials does not unlock the Investigation Discovery app.
 Package 1Package 2
Simultaneous Streams33
Fire TV SupportNoNo
Roku SupportYesYes

Philo made headlines in 2017 when it announced that its basic subscription would only cost $16. No other skinny bundle service is that cheap.

The reason why Philo costs less is because the major broadcast networks (NBC, CBS, etc.) and sports channels like ESPN are not on the menu.

You might expect that a low-cost skinny bundle like Philo might not have the best DVR, but actually, Philo’s DVR is surprisingly competitive. With Philo, you can record as much as you want and keep your recordings for 30 days.

Aside from its lack of sports channels and local broadcast networks, Philo’s main downside is that it doesn’t have an Amazon Fire TV app.

An interesting new social network from Philo is in the works. Details on that are vague, though.

“Coming soon, Philo will integrate a social platform that connects you with your friends and family to discover new content, effortlessly share your favorite shows, and watch shows together.” – Philo press release

Plans, deals and pricing

  • Philo with 40+ channels: $16
  • Philo with 50+ channels: $20


  • Living room devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: None.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: iOS (Android on Chrome browser only).
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari.

The bottom line

Philo is a comprehensive cable replacement service for the many TV watchers for whom sports are not particularly important. If you’re willing to sacrifice sports channels and you use a TV antenna to watch thelocal  broadcast networks like FOX, NBC, and ABC, it may be worth a look.

PlayStation Vue

  • You don’t need a PlayStation to use it.
  • The basic plan ($44.99) has 2 Discovery channels: Discovery and Investigation Discovery.
  • Expensive compared to DirecTV Now, not as many channels.
  • Excellent features.
  • PlayStation Vue unlocks the Investigation Discovery app.
Investigation discovery without cable
Investigation Discovery and Discovery are both on Vue’s basic subscription (Access, $40), but you’ll have to upgrade to a pricer plan (Elite, $55) if you want Discovery Family and Discovery Life. Source: PlayStation

Though PlayStation Vue is slightly pricier than DirecTV Now, Vue’s subscription packages don’t have as many channels.

However, when it comes to extra features, PlayStation Vue outshines the competition. PlayStation Vue has a very solid DVR feature that lets you record as much content as you want and keep your recordings for up to 28 days. In addition, 5 devices can stream video simultaneously from 1 Vue account. If you have a large family, Vue’s flexibility may convince you to get it instead of DirecTV Now.

Another cool thing about Vue is that it’s the only skinny bundle service that can unlock extra Investigation Discovery web and app content via TV Everywhere. Investigation Discovery has an app called ID Go. The app features a live feed of Investigation Discovery, plus on-demand content from popular ID shows like Homicide Hunter, See No Evil, Who Killed Jane Doe? and others.

Plans, deals and pricing

  • Access: $44.99 per month, 40+ channels.
  • Core:  $49.99 per month, 60+ channels.
  • Elite: $59.99 per month, 90+ channels.
  • Core: $79.99 per month, 90+ channels, HBO/Showtime.


  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: None (not even Sony’s).
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, Amazon Fire Tablets and iOS.
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge.

The bottom line

Though Vue is pricy, its DVR and 5 device simultaneous stream limit make it an attractive option for some demographics. If you have a large family of TV heads, PlayStation Vue is a good choice. Also, PlayStation Vue is the only skinny bundle that unlocks the Investigation Discovery app.

DirecTV Now

  • With DirecTV Now’s basic $40 plan, you get 4 Discovery channels: Discovery, Discovery Family Channel, Discovery Life and Investigation Discovery
  • The basic DirecTV Now plan is $10 with AT&T Unlimited Choice.
  • DVR and 4K will come out soon.
  • DirecTV Now credentials do not unlock the Investigation Discovery app.
Directvnow ID without cable
Source: DirecTV Now

Because DirecTV Now offers the most generous number of channels with its subscription packages, it’s one of the best skinny bundles to subscribe to if you’re looking for a comprehensive cable replacement solution.

The basic DirecTV Now subscription package (Live a Little, $40) has Investigation Discovery and 60+ other cable TV channels. If you want even more channels you can get the premium plan (Gotta Have It, $75), which has a whopping 120+ channels. No other skinny bundle subscription we’ve seen has that many cable channels.

DirecTV Now also has better picture quality compared to the competition. Several DirecTV Now’s sports channels are broadcast in 1080p at 60 frames per second — and some channels will be upgraded to 4K later this year.

“we’re bringing our streamers even more exciting features next year: A DVR in the cloud to record your shows and access virtually anywhere, 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) quality video, Capacity for more than 35,000 titles on demand, Individual profiles, Adding an additional concurrent stream and More.” – DirecTV Now

Another nice thing about DirecTV Now is that if you miss your favorite Investigation Discovery show, you can catch up later via on-demand video. DirecTV Now already has a big on-demand library, but that will expand when DirecTV Now adds more videos over the coming months.

DirecTV Now’s main downside is that its DVR option is very limited. Most other skinny bundles had a DVR ready to go at launch, but DirecTV Now did not. When DirecTV Now finally did launch its DVR in 2018, it only offered 20 hours of storage — the lowest amount of any service on the market. There’s also a 30-day expiration date on videos.

Another issue with DirecTV Now is that it doesn’t unlock extra content on the Investigation Discovery website. However, DirecTV Now does unlock content from Nickelodeon, ESPN and most other TV Everywhere apps and sites.

Related: DirecTV Now Channel List – What Channels are on DirecTV Now?

Plans, deals and pricing

DirecTV Now is currently offering half off on your first two months of service. After your two months are up, you’ll have to pay the normal price for service.

Here’s a summary of all of DirecTV Now’s plans:

  • Live a Little: $40 per month, 60+ channels.
  • Just Right: $55 per month, 80+ channels.
  • Go Big: $65 per month, 100+ channels.
  • Gotta Have It: $75 per month, 120+ channels.

DirecTV Now’s free trial period lasts 7 days, and their subscription plans start at $35. If you have AT&T Unlimited Choice, however, you tack on DirecTV Now for just $20/month.


  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: None.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari.

The bottom line

DirecTV Now is the best choice if you have AT&T Unlimited Choice or you want lots of extra channels in addition to Investigation Discovery. If you’re curious about DirecTV Now, check it out free for 7 days and see what you think.

Watch ID Shows On-Demand

Netflix used to have Investigation Discovery shows, but those were pulled years ago. Hulu and Amazon Prime Video still have ID titles, though.


Hulu investigation discovery without cable
Source: Hulu
  • Lieutenant Joe Kenda: Homicide Hunter
  • Deadly Women
  • Who the Bleep Did I Marry?
  • Nightmare Next Door
  • A Crime to Remember
  • Disappeared
  • Unusual Suspects
  • Your Worst Nightmare
  • Obsession: Dark Desires
  • Scorned: Love Kills
  • Barbara Walters Presents: American Scandals
  • Wives With Knives

Prime Video

  • Dark Temptations
  • Dates From Hell
  • Murder Calls
  • Deadly Women
  • Imposters

Free Episodes of Investigation Discovery Shows

If you don’t watch much cable except for Investigation Discovery shows, you may be able to get your ID fix for free via YouTube. Check out the links below to watch full episodes of ID shows without paying a dime.

Deadly Women

Source: YouTube

Deadly Women debuted on the Discovery Channel back in 2005. The show went off the air the next year, but was brought back to life on Investigation Discovery in 2008.

Like its name suggests, Deadly Women shines a spotlight on the most notorious female serial killers. Episodes feature dramatic reenactments of real life events.

Over 20 full episodes from seasons 4 through 8 are available for free via the official Deadly Women YouTube channel.

Facing Evil With Candice DeLong

Source: YouTube

Facing Evil’s host is former FBI profiler, Candice DeLong. The show follows DeLong as she interviews various convicted killers serving time in various American prisons. Her probing questions tries to get at the truth — and the result often makes for compelling TV.

Eight full episodes of Facing Evil are currently available on YouTube via its official channel.

Dark Minds

Source: YouTube

Dark Minds seems similar to Facing Evil, in that both shows revisit old cases. However, Dark Minds takes a second look at the actual evidence of the original crime. 

This show’s twist is that the real life investigative work on various crimes is informed by clues derived from an anonymous source called “13.”

Fourteen full episodes of Dark Minds are available via the show’s official YouTube channel.

Behind Mansion Walls

Source: YouTube

What causes a person who seems to have it all risk everything for murder? If you’ve ever been curious about the answer, you may want to check out Behind Mansion Walls — a show about violent crimes perpetrated by wealthy individuals. Interviews with experts and witnesses give insights into various famous cases involving high society killers.

Over 30 full episodes of Behind Mansion Walls and several other similar shows are available on the official Behind Mansion Walls YouTube channel.

Our Verdict: The Best Way to Watch the Investigation Discovery Without Cable

If you want to get Investigation Discovery without a traditional cable subscription, you have plenty of options. Here’s a quick breakdown of your best available choices.

The overall best skinny bundle for Investigation Discovery

Even though DirecTV Now has a limited DVR, it’s still the cable replacer with the most channels. DirecTV Now subscription packages offer a much better bang for the buck compared to the other skinny bundle providers. DirecTV Now’s basic $40 subscription package comes with 60+ channels, including 4 Discovery channels: Discovery, Discovery Family Channel, Discovery Life and Investigation Discovery.

That said, Philo is the best low-cost option on the market right now, and for entertainment TV fans, it’s almost a no-brainer.

The cheapest way to watch Investigation Discovery without cable

As mentioned above, hundreds of ID show episodes are available for free on YouTube. However, if you want a live feed of ID, your cheapest option is Philo. Though Philo won’t replace 100% of the channels you used to watch via cable, it will let you get Investigation Discovery, Discovery and 36 other channels.