How to stream National Geographic

Explore history and nature's wonders without the hassle of cable.

Jun 24, 2020, 1:43 pm*


Joseph Knoop 

Joseph Knoop

In a sea of channels that have transitioned to reality television, National Geographic is an oasis for those still wanting panoramic shots of the world’s most epic vistas and intimate corners. That said, cable companies are keeping you tied down to your modest patch of dirt—and doing it at an expensive rate. If you’re ready to cut the cord and ditch your cable company for a cheaper streaming service, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know to watch a National Geographic live stream.

The world-class magazine has existed since 1888, but the National Geographic channel was launched back in 2001. On the NatGeo channel, you’ll find factual documentaries focusing on nature, science, history, and culture, plus some pseudo-scientific offerings. The channel’s sister network, Nat Geo Wild, offers a ton of animal-themed content. Popular National Geographic shows include StarTalk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Inside North Korea, the Genius series, and the Mars series.

Best Shows on National Geographic

  • Genius
  • Mars
  • The Story of Us
  • Wicked Tuna
  • Brain Games

What is National Geographic?

National Geographic is an educational publication in circulation since 1888. The channel launched in 2001 as a joint venture of National Geographic Television and Film and Fox Cable Networks. It now falls under the umbrella of Disney, and many of its content can be found on Disney+.

  • Launched: January 2001
  • Slogan: “Further”
  • Genre: Documentary/Science/Educational
  • Formally called: National Geographic Channel (2001–2016)
  • Parent Company: National Geographic Partners

How to stream National Geographic

National Geographic 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. 

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.)

National Geographic live stream: Other ways to watch

National Geographic website & app

You can watch a National Geographic live stream or on-demand content from the comfort of a desktop PC, laptop, or the Nat Geo TV app, which is available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire. Simply go to, and click “Live TV & Schedule.” Hover over the free preview timer, and you’ll see a prompt to sign in. Then find your streaming service provider, and log in using the credentials from that subscription. If you’re subscribed to one of the streaming services listed above, you’re all set.

It’s the same trick for the app, and you’ll find the app recommends content suited to your tastes over time.

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*First Published: Dec 18, 2018, 7:30 am