You might be reading this article while eating a bag of chips, and that’s OK. The Food Network isn’t here to judge. But there’s nothing like watching professional chefs concocting magical dishes to make you feel like reaching for loftier tastebud heights in your own home. You don’t have even to follow along with recipes in the kitchen while hooked up to an expensive, obsolete cable box. If you’re looking to cut the cord and jump on the streaming bandwagon but keep the Food Network, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch a Food Network live stream for free.
Best Shows on Food Network
- Good Eats
- The Kitchen
- Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
- Barefoot Contessa
What is the Food Network?
Founded back in 1993, the Food Network was originally called the TV Food Network. While the programming hasn’t changed much, the faces have. Food Network has lifted the profiles of already well-known chefs like Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, Paula Deen, Alton Brown, Guy Fieri, and many more. By day, Food Network runs instructional programs that teach viewers how to cook. By night, programming focuses entertainment and reality television programming, most notably Iron Chef America. Other popular shows include Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives; Cake Wars; and Barefoot Contessa, to name just a few.
- Launched: November 1993
- Slogan: “Dig in!”
- Genre: Cooking/Reality
- Formally called: TV Food Network (1993-1997)
- Parent Company: Discovery Inc.
Food Network live stream: 6 ways to watch Food Network online for free
With the exception of YouTube TV, the Food Network appears on nearly every major live TV streaming service. All of the options come with at least a free seven-day trial.
Philo is the least expensive streaming service, but it has some limitations. You won’t find the sports channels that dominate other packages or local channels. However, it’s the cheapest way to gain access to 60 great entertainment channels for only $20 a month. You’ll get popular channels like Animal Planet, MTV, Discovery, IFC, AMC, Lifetime, Nick Jr, and the Paramount Network, as well as deep cuts like ID and Game Show Network. You also get free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.
Hulu Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geographic and Syfy.
FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC.
For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.
Sling’s now offering a 14-day free trial though July 6.
There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the Disney family of channels, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickelodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.
College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks.
YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
Other ways to watch the Food Network
Food Network site & app
Like a lot of other cable channels, Food Network will let you watch live TV or on-demand content from either its official site or the official Food Network app. For the site, simply go to FoodNetwork.com, click the “On TV Now” button on the right, then click “watch live.” You’ll be brought to a new page, where you’ll want to click “Sign In” on the top right. You’ll then be prompted to provide your television provider login information. If you’re subscribed to DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, or Philo, you’re good to go. If you subscribe to Sling TV or Fubo, you’re not able to watch a Food Network live stream.
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