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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 24, 2020, 2:45 pm*

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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

Best Shows on History Channel

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


How to stream History channel

Comedy Central 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. 

Streaming Services with History Channel

History Channel 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 History Channel, 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

History Channel 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, History Channel, where you can stream Pawn Stars and Vikings.

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

History Channel 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 History Channel, you’ll want to dock in at the FuboTV Standard level.

fubo tv
Standard$54.99
Family$59.99
Ultra$84.99

History Channel on Sling TV

If you’re looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There’s also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. You’ll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like FS1 and NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package. To gain access to History channel, you’ll either need Sling Orange, Sling Blue, or Sling Orange + Blue. Sling also has a number of add-ons, including robust international packages organized by languages all over the globe.

Sling TV
Orange$30
Blue$30
Orange + Blue$45

History Channel 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 History Channel—and then you chat about it online via Vidgo’s Social TV platform.

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

History Channel on 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 History Channel, get in at the AT&T TV Now Entertainment tier to stream it.

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


Other ways to watch History Channel online 

History Channel website

how to watch history channel live stream online for free
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