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How to stream Animal Planet online for free

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Joseph Knoop 

Joseph Knoop

Just because animals live in the wild doesn’t mean you need to. Instead of paying laughable prices and dealing with the hassle of installing cable, check out the streaming services that make it easy to watch your favorite wildlife channels and shows. Here’s everything you need to know to watch an Animal Planet live stream online for free.

What is Animal Planet?

Originally a joint venture with BBC World founded in 1996, Animal Planet has spent over two decades educating and entertaining viewers with nature documentaries, docuseries, and reality television programs based on captivating critters. As of 2016, approximately 91 million families receive Animal Planet on their television service of choice. Some popular Animal Planet shows include River Monsters, Too Cute, Crikey! with the children of late crocodile tamer Steve Irwin, and Pit Bulls & Parolees, to name a few.

  • Launched: October 1996
  • Slogan: “Wilder is better.”
  • Genre: Animal-focused documentaries and programs
  • Parent Company: Discovery Inc.

Best Shows on Animal Planet


Animal Planet live stream: How to stream Animal Planet

Animal Planet is available on a few of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming. 

Animal Planet on Philo

Philo is a budget-minded streaming service, and depending on what channels you want, it might be right for you. The 59 Philo channels lean decidedly toward entertainment; the Philo channel list includes AMC, Discovery, IFC, Lifetime, and the Paramount Network, all for $20 a month. If you’re a fan of Animal Planet, you’re in luck: You can find it on Philo. Philo also comes with free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.


Monthly$20

Animal Planet on Hulu with Live TV

Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.

Hulu Live TV sets you up with local channels and has a broad spectrum of entertainment and sports channels to review, including the full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, HGTV, and even deep cuts like National Geographic and Syfy, and of course, Animal Planet where you can stream Pit Bulls and Parolees and Crikey! It’s the Irwins.


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Hulu Live TV $54.99
Hulu Live TV
(no ads on
Hulu content)
$60.99

Animal Planet on FuboTV

FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it’s evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 181 FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo’s most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel coming on board in 2020, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.

To watch Animal Planet, you’ll want to dock in at the Fubo Standard level.


fubo tv
Standard$54.99
Family$59.99
Ultra$84.99

Animal Planet on Vidgo

Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package. Vidgo channels include ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), and it’s one of the few streaming services that carries BeIN Sports. But it’s like Fubo in that, even though it started out for streaming sports, it carries a lot more now. You might be surprised to know that Vidgo’s an option to stream Animal Planet—and then you chat about it online via Vidgo’s Social TV platform.


Vidgo
Core$40
Plus$45
Latino$15
Latino Mas$25

Animal Planet AT&T TV Now

If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. If you’re looking for Animal Planet, get in at the Entertainment tier to stream it.


at&t TV Now
Plus$65
Max$80
Entertainment$93
Choice$110
Xtra$124
Ultimate$135
Optimo Mas$86


Animal Planet on YouTube TV

The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels, sports options including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBA TV, and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.

If you’re looking for Animal Planet, know that you can stream it on YouTube TV.


Youtube TV
1 Month$64.99

Other ways to watch Animal Planet Online

Animal Planet website

Animal Planet will let you watch a live stream of its channel from the comfort of your computer screen, so long as you subscribe to an applicable provider. Simply go to animalplanet.com, click the “watch live” button near the top left, and provide your login info. If you subscribe to Philo, DirecTV Now, or PlayStation Vue, you’re good to go.

Animal Planet Go app

You can watch a live stream of Animal Planet content (or on-demand content) from the Animal Planet Go app by logging in with your provider information. The app is available for free on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV.

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*First Published: Dec 12, 2018, 6:00 am