If you have decided to cancel your cable subscription, you’re not alone. More Americans than ever are choosing to cut the cord on cable. With the cost of a monthly cable subscription now nearing $100, it’s no surprise that cord-cutters are leaving cable companies in droves.

But you may be wondering how to watch Travel Channel and other top entertainment channels without a cable subscription. Even just 10 years ago, there would have been no way to watch Travel Channel without cable.

But today, new services called internet TV “skinny bundles” offer a viable alternative to cable for cord-cutters. In this guide, we’ll show you how to watch Travel Channel without cable. Let’s get started.

Understanding Internet TV “Skinny Bundles”

The only way to legally watch Travel Channel without a cable subscription is through what’s called a “skinny bundle” internet TV service.

These internet TV services, such as DirecTV Now and Sling TV, offer a pared-down list of common cable networks and channels for a low monthly fee. Unlike cable, you can get most of these services for a price between $20-$50 per month.

There are a number of other benefits, too. You don’t need a satellite dish or a cable installation to use them. You just stream them directly over your home Wi-Fi network.

Internet TV services also do not require long-term contracts, and there are no hidden fees if you decide to cancel or change your service.

Because of these advantages, many cord-cutters have decided to replace their dedicated cable or satellite TV subscription with one of these “skinny bundles”. If you want to watch Travel Channel without cable, internet TV is the best way to do it.

Now that we’ve discussed the basics about skinny bundles and internet TV, let’s talk about each streaming service that offers Travel Channel.


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Source: Philo

Philo is one of the newest streaming services. It focuses exclusively on entertainment channels, excluding sports and local coverage to offer a low price for its streamlined channel lineup.

Plans, deals, and pricing

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Simultaneous Streams33
Fire TV SupportNoNo
Roku SupportYesYes

Philo has two primary plans—the $16/month plan which comes with 37 channels, and the $20/month package which adds 9 more channels including MTV Live, Cooking Channel, Nicktoons, and Destination America.

You can get Travel Channel in the $16/month plan, making this the most inexpensive choice for watching Travel Channel without cable, by far.


Beyond its solid lineup of entertainment channels, Philo has surprisingly great features for such a low-cost service.

First, you can stream on up to 3 devices at once, which is better than fuboTV, DirecTV Now, and Hulu With Live TV’s default streaming plans.

You also get a fantastic DVR. You can save as many episodes of your favorite shows as you want for up to 30 days, with no other limits or restrictions.

One area where Philo falls short, though, is device support. Right now, you can only stream on web browsers, iOS, and Roku. You can stream on Android through your Chrome web browser, but that’s far from ideal. More support for other devices is incoming, though. If you can hold out until the summer, Philo plans to add Amazon Fire TV devices and Apple TV to list of supported devices.

If you want to try Philo, you can sign up for a free 7-day trial now at their website.

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fuboTV is a sports-centric streaming service that has recently expanded into a fully-fledged cable alternative. Here’s what you need to know.

Plans, deals, and pricing

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Simultaneous Streams222
Fire TV SupportYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYes

fubo Premier is the only package which includes Travel Channel. It costs $45/month for a subscription, which was recently increased from $40/month. Along with Travel Channel, you get about 70 total channels, depending on your geographic location.

These include other entertainment channels like Fuse, Viceland, and Food Network, sports coverage from Fox Sports and NBCSN, and cable news channels including Fox News and CNBC.


fuboTV has some pretty good features. You do get a free cloud-based DVR, which gives you 30 hours of DVR storage. You can upgrade this to 500 hours for a $10/month fee. By default, you can only stream on 2 devices at once, but you can pay $6/month more to add a third stream, if desired.

Like most other streaming services, fuboTV has good device support. You can stream on your web browser, iOS and Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.

The service offers a free 7-day trial at their website, and if you like it, you can get your first month of service for just $20/month.

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Sling TV

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Sling TV is the oldest internet TV service and has more than 2.2 million subscribers. With reasonable features and a good package of channels, the main thing that holds back Sling is its confusing subscription packages.

Plans, deals, and pricing

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

Sling TV offers two basic packages. Sling Orange gives you about 30 channels for $20/month, while Sling Blue includes about 45 channels for $25/month. You can also combine both Orange + Blue to get 50+ channels for $40/month.

Travel Channel is available on both Sling Blue and Sling Orange, so you will just need to decide which package is right for you. Other channels available include HGTV, Food Network, BBC America, and quite a few others.


Sling has a good set of features. However, you will have to pay an extra $5/month for a cloud DVR—DVR service is not included in your default subscription. Your extra 5 bucks will get you 50 hours of DVR storage.

You can only watch on one device at a time using Sling Orange, but Sling Blue will let you stream Travel Channel on up to 3 devices at once. And because Travel Channel is included in both Orange and Blue, you can stream it on 4 devices if you subscribe to the Sling Orange + Blue package.

Sling TV also has good device support. On the go, you can stream on all modern iOS and Android phones and tablets, as well as your laptop’s web browser. All other modern streaming platforms are supported too, including Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, the Xbox One, and some supported Samsung Smart TVs.

You can try this service out for yourself with a 7-day trial and see if it’s right for you.



DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now, which is owned by DirecTV and its parent company AT&T, was designed specifically to reclaim cord-cutters who ditched their pay-TV service, and it offers a great selection of channels—though its features leave something to be desired.

Plans, deals, and pricing

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Simultaneous Streams2222
Fire TV SupportYesYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYesYes

DirecTV Now has a total of four different subscription plans, so you can choose the best one for you based on the channels that you need and your budget.

Travel Channel is available starting in the $50/month “Just Right” package. You can’t get it in the basic, $35/month “Live A Little” package.

DirecTV Now also has quite a few other entertainment channels in the “Just Right” package, such as TruTV, The National Geographic Channel, and HGTV, as well as the Food Network.

Overall, DirecTV offers a really good set of channels for a reasonable price, but since you have to pay $50/month for Travel Channel, it may be a bit too costly for some cord-cutters.


DirecTV Now has good channels, but lacks any advanced features such as a cloud-based DVR. A cloud DVR is supposed to be released to subscribers sometime this spring, but a solid release date has not yet been announced, and it will only provide 20 hours of DVR space—the lowest of any internet TV provider.

In addition, you can only stream on 2 devices at once, which makes sharing your subscription difficult.

DirecTV Now is supported by most modern mobile devices and streaming platforms. You can use it on iOS and Android, as well as on web browsers, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Apple TV.

If you’re interested in the service, you can try it for yourself with a free 7-day trial and see what you think. You can also check out some other DirecTV Now deals at this link!

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Hulu With Live TV

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Hulu With Live TV is still technically in beta, and was only released last year, but it offers a variety of great features as well as a solid channel lineup.

Plans, deals, and pricing

Hulu With Live TV only offers a single subscription plan. You get about 40-70 channels for $40/month, depending on your location in the country.

You get Travel Channel in this package, as well as other top cable networks like Fox News, Fox Sports, Lifetime, TNT, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNews, CNN, and the Smithsonian Channel.


By default, Hulu With Live TV comes with a free 50-hour DVR. If you need more space, you can pay $15/month for the Enhanced DVR package, which gives you 200 hours of storage.

You can only stream on 2 devices at once, but if you pay $15/month, you can stream on unlimited screens at home, and on 3 devices outside your network with the aptly named “Unlimited Screens” package. You can combine Unlimited Screens and Enhanced DVR for a $20/month fee, which will save you a bit of money.

You also get a free Hulu VOD subscription—an $8/month value—for free with your Hulu With Live TV subscription, so you will have access to Hulu’s entire library of on-demand content.

Hulu With Live TV also has good device support. You can watch on the web, on iOS and Android, and on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One/360 consoles and supported Samsung Smart TVs.

If you want to learn more about Hulu WIth Live TV, you can try it for a week for free, at Hulu’s website.

PlayStation Vue

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Source: PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue doesn’t require a PlayStation console if you want to try it out. With a good channel lineup and great features, it’s a solid choice, especially for cord-cutters with larger families or a few close friends.

Plans, deals, and pricing

PlayStation Vue offers four channel packages, similarly to DirecTV Now. They are as follows:

  • Access – 45 channels, $40/month
  • Core – 60 channels, $45/month
  • Elite – 84 channels,  $55/month
  • Ultra – All Elite channels plus HBO/Showtime, $75/month

Travel Channel comes in all of these packages, so you can get it even in the lowest-cost Access package. If you choose Access, you’ll also get some other great cable channels like HLN, TruTV, and National Geographic, as well as TLC and TBS.

If you upgrade to Core or Elite, you can get even more channels like DIY Network and Science Channel.


PlayStation Vue has great features, particularly if you want to share your account. First things first, you can stream on up to 5 devices, depending on the streaming devices that you use. This is the most simultaneous streams of any internet TV service, excluding Hulu With Live TV + the Unlimited Screens add-on. (Which costs $15/month).

You also get a 28-day unlimited DVR. You can record episodes from up to 500 different shows, and keep them for 28 days with no other restrictions.

The service also supports all modern streaming options. You can stream on iOS and Android and your web browser, as well as on PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and Android TV.

You can try the service yourself with a short, 5-day free trial at the PlayStation Vue website.

Travelchannel.com and Apps

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Source: The Travel Channel

If you subscribe to any of the above internet TV services, you’ll also be able to log into quite a few cable network websites with your login credentials, just like you would if you have a cable subscription—with one exception. For some reason, Sling TV is not available as a “cable provider” on the Travel Channel website, or in the Travel Channel apps.

This means that you can watch Travel Channel online, or on their app for Android, iOS, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku. On both the app and website, you can watch full on-demand Travel Channel episodes, as well as a live stream of Travel Channel’s content.

The primary advantage to doing so is that it does not count towards your simultaneous streaming limit. For example, if you were using DirecTV Now on two other devices, you could still log into the Travel Channel app and watch both live and on-demand content. This is very useful for anyone sharing an account.