History Channel’s popular TV show Vikings returns for a 5th season on November 28, 2018. Because History Channel is a cable TV network, you’ll need either a traditional cable TV package or a cord-cutting “skinny bundle” TV service to watch the show. We highly recommend you go for cord-cutting, so that you can watch Vikings live without cable – and save quite a bit of money.

This guide will walk you through the top 8 streaming services that currently carry History Channel and will give you access to Vikings live broadcasts, and on-demand episodes.

What Streaming Services Carry Vikings Live Without Cable?

From our research, we’ve found 8 cord-cutting streaming services that offer History Channel broadcasts live and on-demand:

  • Philo
  • fubotV
  • Sling TV
  • Hulu with Live TV
  • DirecTV Now
  • AT&T Watch TV
  • Red Stick TV (Red Stick Wireless)
  • HDHomeRun Premium TV

Each of these services is available across the US, regardless of your location. And unlike traditional cable, each service offers its channel packages without the need for a contract or any extra equipment beyond your computer, mobile devices, or TV streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, or Apple TV.

Let’s explore each of these services, and go over the features of each one now.

Best Option For Vikings: Philo

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Source: Philo

Philo is an extremely low-cost streaming service that carries a few dozen entertainment-based cable channels. Anyone hoping to watch Vikings without cable should make Philo a top consideration, based purely on the low cost and excellent features offered by this service.

Channels and packages

With Philo, you’ll find two channel packages available: a $16 per month option with 40+ channels, and a $20 channel package with 50+ channels.

 Package 1Package 2
Simultaneous Streams33
Fire TV SupportNoNo
Roku SupportYesYes

If you want the best bang for your buck, you can’t go wrong with the $16 channel package. Not only will you get History Channel, but you’ll also get a lot of other networks that are commonly popular among History Channel fans, such as HGTV, Discovery, Travel Channel, and many others.

And for an extra $4 per month, you can add a dozen more channels, including Destination America, MTV Live, and Discovery Life.

Thankfully, Philo’s channel packages are very simple. For those hoping to watch Vikings live, Philo’s low-cost option is somewhat of an obvious choice. However, given AT&T Watch TV is one dollar cheaper (more on that later), it’s really the additional features that make Philo a much better pick.

Features and extras

Philo has a solid set of features, especially for its low cost. Regardless of which package you choose, you’ll be able to use streaming Philo on three simultaneous devices. Considering many of the other options on our list have two streams or even just one for a higher cost (and sometimes less), this makes Philo a particularly valuable.

Philo’s cloud DVR is also quite good. You can record any show broadcast on Philo for 30 days, after which they are deleted automatically. Philo also saves and allows playback for most new TV episodes for up to 72 hours, even if you didn’t record them.

Perhaps Philo’s biggest limitation is its lack of device support. You can use Philo natively on web browsers, as well as through dedicated apps for iOS devices, Amazon Fire TV and TV Stick, Apple TV, and Roku. There’s currently no support for any gaming console, however, and Android users will have to resort to the battery-sucking web browser instead of a dedicated app.

All told, Philo offers the best cost to get Vikings without cable, while still providing a large number of features and reasonable device support.

Philo Shortcode



fubotv vikings live without cable
Source: fuboTV

Sometimes you want more than just entertainment channels. If that’s the case, fuboTV offers an extremely large package of sports channels, entertainment channels, and some movie channels if you want them. Not only does fuboTV carry History Channel streams, but it can also be your one-stop-shop for the NFL, soccer, and many other sports.

Channel and packages

fuboTV started as a soccer streaming service. It’s morphed into gigantic streaming service that’s still managed to keep its costs low while offering an ever-expanding channel package.

 FuboFubo ExtraFubo LatinoFubo Português
Simultaneous Streams2222
Fire TV SupportYesYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYesYes

Through fuboTV, you’ll have two main channel packages on offer. The base “fubo” channel package typically offers 75+ channels for $44.99 per month.

Meanwhile, the “fubo Extra” package typically offers 95+ channels for $49.99 per month. That said, your channel packages for fuboTV may vary. In some zip codes, you may get 50+ channels from the “fubo” package, and 70+ from the “fubo Extra” package.

No matter where you are, though, you’ll get History Channel from the “fubo” package, which also includes NBC Sports Network, CNN, USA, CBS Sports Network, beIN Sports, SYFY, AMC, and more.

Features and extras

With fuboTV, you’ll get a beefier cloud DVR option than with Philo. The service comes with a 30-hour, unlimited cloud DVR. Your recordings only expire once you hit the max storage. If you want to upgrade your storage, you can pay $9.99 per month for 500 total hours of storage.

fuboTV also offers two simultaneous streams, but you can upgrade that to three streams for an additional $5.99 per month.

Finally, fuboTV has excellent device support. There are dedicated apps for iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV and TV Stick, Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast. You can also stream on web browsers for both Windows and Mac devices.

FuboTV Shortcode


Sling TV

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Source: Sling TV

Sling TV is well-known in the cord-cutting market. It’s the oldest service currently in this category, and it’s easily still one of the best options to consider. You’ll find it offers a mix of good and bad, but it’s an option to which any Vikings fan should give serious attention.

Channels and packages

Sling TV has 3 channel packages on offer: Sling Orange ($25/month), Sling Blue ($25/month) and a combination of the two, Sling Orange + Blue ($40/month).

 Sling OrangeSling BlueSling Orange + Blue
Simultaneous Streams134*
Fire TV SupportYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYes
* You get one stream with Sling Orange and up to 3 simultaneous streams with Sling Blue.

The key difference between Sling Orange and Sling Blue are the channels offered in each package. Both packages have different channels, with Sling Blue favoring Fox-owned networks, while Sling Orange has Disney-owned networks. As such, Sling Blue will give you channels such as Fox Sports Network and FX, while Sling Orange will provide access to ESPN and Disney Channel.

However, both Orange and Blue include History Channel, so any of these packages will work. Which one you choose mostly comes down to what channels you’re hoping to get alongside History Channel, as well as what additional features you want.

Features and extras

None of Sling TV’s subscription options come with a free cloud DVR. However, you can purchase a 50-hour cloud DVR for an additional $5 per month.

As for streaming from multiple devices, Sling TV is a bit more complicated. With Sling Orange, you can stream on only one device at a time. However, if you sign up for Sling Blue (which, again, costs the same amount per month), you can stream on up to three devices at the same time.

If you opt for Sling Orange + Blue, your simultaneous streams follow which channel package each channel is originally available on. E.g., if it’s a Sling Orange channel, you can only stream it on one device, and if it’s a Sling Blue channel, you can stream it on up to three.

Sling TV can be used on a huge number of devices, including iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, several smart TVs, and even the Xbox One.


Hulu with Live TV

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Source: Hulu

Hulu’s on-demand TV service is not the only thing Hulu offers. The service now has a live TV option that provides a wide selection of sports and entertainment channels for a fair price.

Channels and packages

Thankfully, Hulu is simple with only one core package of channels. You can sign up for Hulu with Live TV for $39.99 per month. For that price, you’ll get 60+ channels, including History Channel. You can watch Vikings live without cable on Hulu, as well as sports, news, weather, and local TV.

Features and extras

For the cost, Hulu throws in its on-demand streaming service. We’ve been able to price this at a $1 dollar value versus the $7.99 you’ll usually pay because Hulu offers its Live TV service without the on-demand service for $38.99. If you’re already signed up to the Hulu on-demand service or were planning to sign up, this is a great, cost-saving deal.

Hulu also provides a 50 hour, unlimited cloud DVR with its streaming service, and 2 simultaneous streams per account. You can increase both the number of streams and the DVR by tacking on a few subscription upgrades.

Those who need good device coverage will find Hulu to be an excellent option. The service has apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV devices, several smart TVs, Xbox One, and even the Nintendo Switch.

DirecTV Now

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Source: DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now is currently one of the most popular cord-cutting services on the market. That said, it’s still a bit slim on the features. It’s not the necessarily the best option for anyone hoping to access Vikings live, but it’s still one to consider.

Channels and packages

DirecTV Now has a wide selection of channel packages. Through DirecTV Now, you’ll have four package options:

  • Live A Little: 65+ channels, $40/month
  • Just Right: 85+ channels, $55/month
  • Go Big: 105+ channels, $65/month

  • Gotta Have It: 125+ channels, $75/month

Those prices start approaching traditional cable on the high end, but you won’t need to go in that direction to get History Channel. DirecTV Now provides History Channel streams through its lower-cost “Live A Little” channel package. You’ll get access to Vikings, as well as a load of other channels like HGTV, MSNBC, National Geographic, NBC Sports Network, TNT, AMC and more.

Features and extras

DirecTV Now is not the best with features and extras, but it’s changing (slowly). Through this service, you’ll get two simultaneous streams for the price, regardless of which package you choose. You can add an extra stream for $5 per month.

You’ll also get a fairly limited 20-hour cloud DVR. The cloud DVR also has a 30-day expiration date on videos. This makes it among the worst for DVR options, even when compared to Sling TV which makes you pay $5 extra to get access to video recording. You cannot upgrade to more storage, either.

Thankfully, DirecTV Now has wide device support. iOS and Android apps are available, as well as Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV, as well as several smart TVs. You can also stream on any Mac or Windows-based web browser.

AT&T Watch TV

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Source: WatchTV

AT&T Watch TV is not the worst option on the list, but it’s not the best. Its price beats Philo by one dollar, but you’re also getting far less for the price. Still, it’s a viable option, especially if you’re signed up to AT&T Unlimited.

Channels and packages

For non-AT&T customers, you can get Watch TV for just $15 per month. That cost comes with around 30 channels, including History Channel. You’ll also get a mixture of must-haves, such as AMC, and a small selection of news channels (which Philo does not offer).

However, if you’re in the market for a new mobile service plan, AT&T provides Watch TV for free as part of your AT&T Unlimited service. That’s a $70 phone service that includes live TV, which is not a bad bundling option.

Features and extras

Here’s why we don’t recommend AT&T Watch TV over Philo. The service is simply far more limited in everything beyond its price.

First, AT&T watch TV offers far fewer channels than Philo. But that’s not the worst part. Watch TV also has no cloud DVR, not even for an extra fee, and only allows you to stream from one device per account.

Watch TV has better device support than Philo, however. You can use it on all of the same devices as Philo, but there’s also a native app for Android, which Philo lacks, and an app for Chromecast.

Additional Options to Consider

The cord-cutting market is getting packed, and new services rise all the time. We’re keeping an eye on a few of these new options. If you’re looking to get Vikings without cable, these two newer options also provide the channel alongside a few dozen other channels: