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How to watch the History Channel online for free

From the 'Vikings' to 'American Pickers,' here's everything you need to know.

Jul 10, 2020, 2:22 pm*


Joseph Knoop 

Joseph Knoop

The History Channel trades in ancient history, myth, and old junk you find in the garage, but it’s managed to keep up with the times when it comes to how we watch TV. Live streaming services get the job done better and cheaper than cable. If you’d like to keep watching the History Channel but aren’t sure what service to get, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know to watch a History Channel live stream.

Starting February 29, History takes a look at the paranormal with who else, but the most famous starship captain of all time: William Shatner. From the producers of Ancient Aliens and The Curse of Oak Island comes The UnExplained, an hour-long dive into history’s most fascinating and inexplicable mysteries. This dive into the paranormal starts Saturday, February 29 at 10pm ET/PT only on History.

What is the History channel?

Originally founded in 1995, the History Channel is one of the best places on television to get a dose of, well, history. The channel is known for airing World War II documentaries (although much of its wartime content moved to the Military History channel) and other educational material about historical time periods. In recent years, the channel has received some criticism and mockery for airing pseudoarchaeology content like Ancient Aliens and UFO Hunters, plus reality TV content like American Pickers or Pawn Stars. More recently, History Channel has started producing historical fiction content like Vikings and Knightfall.

  • Launched: January 1995
  • Slogan: “And the rest is history.”
  • Genre: Reality/Documentary
  • Formally called: The History Channel (1995–2008)
  • Parent Company: A&E Networks

How to stream History channel

With the major exception of YouTube TV, the History Channel is available on nearly every live TV streaming service, and each comes with at least a free seven-day trial.

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Best Shows on History Channel

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  • Vikings
  • Pawn Stars
  • American Pickers
  • Ancient Aliens
  • Forged in Fire

Streaming Services with History Channel

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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.

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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.

7-Day Free Trial
FuboTV Guide
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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.

Sling Orange$30
Sling Blue$30
Sling Orange & Blue$45
14-Day Free Trial
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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.

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Vidgo Guide
Vidgo Channels
Vidgo Devices

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.

7-Day Free Trial
AT&T TV Now Guide
AT&T TV Now Channels
AT&T TV Now Devices

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.

Other ways to watch History Channel online 

History Channel website

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History Channel

You can watch on-demand content from History Channel via its official website, history.com (unfortunately, the website doesn’t air programs live). Simply go to history.com, find the show and episode you want to watch, and provide your login information from a streaming service provider. With the exception of Sling TV, every service listed above should work.

History Channel app

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History Channel

Cost: Free, but requires login.
Available on: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Android TV

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*First Published: Dec 19, 2018, 6:00 am