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How to watch the Science Channel online for free

Here's everything you need to know.


Patrick Caldwell


Posted on Aug 5, 2020   Updated on Jun 11, 2021, 3:04 pm CDT

The Science Channel straddles a curious line. On the one hand, it boasts the kind of shows you’d expect from… well, a science channel. It hosts Mythbusters Jr., the STEM-promoting spin-off of the beloved long-running Mythbusters. It’s a show that seeks to feed kids’ interest in science and math—with explosions. The venerable, oddly soothing How It’s Made calls the Science Channel home, as does Tomorrow’s World Today, the sustainability-focused docuseries spun off from the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World. You can catch shows about engineering disasters and skyscraper engineering. The long-running How the Universe Works is a fascinating exploration of the cosmos.

Then, there’s also NASA’s Unexplained Files, a program presumably very much not authorized by NASA, which dives into hard-hitting topics in episodes with titles like “Did Aliens Nuke Mars?” Truly, the Science Channel is a place of contrasts. But if you can overlook (or embrace) the network’s “I’m not saying it’s aliens, but…” shows, there are good things on offer.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Science Channel online.

What is Science Channel?

Originally launched as the Discovery Science Network, the channel is part of the Discovery, Inc. family of channels and primarily airs educational programming.

  • Launched: October 1996
  • Slogan: “Question everything”
  • Genre: Science/Educational
  • Formally called: Discovery Science Network (1996–1998), Discovery Science Channel (1998–2002), The Science Channel (2002–2007)
  • Parent Company: A&E Networks

How much does Science Channel cost?

The most affordable way of gaining access to Science Channel is Philo, which is available for only $20 a month. However, you may want to subscribe to another live streaming service depending on the channels you want access to.

Science Channel live stream: How to watch online

There are a number of live TV streaming services that offer the Science Channel. So, how do you decide which one is right for you? Well, that depends on your budget, what other channels you just can’t live without, and what device (or devices) you plan on streaming with. We cover all of those essential issues below. But don’t worry: No matter which service you select, you’ll be able to start with a one-week trial, allowing you to watch the Science Channel for free.

Science 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 want to watch the Science Channel, you can find it on Philo. The service also comes with free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.


Science Channel on Hulu Live TV

Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream Science Channel live—not just for the ease of real-time entertainment, but all the on-demand content bonuses as well. It comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of movies, shows, and 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, Science Channel, where you can stream How It’s Made and Battlebots.

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Science Channel on Sling TV

If you’re looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package that includes the Science Channel, we recommend 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 Science Channel, you’ll either need Sling Blue, Sling Orange, or Sling Orange + Blue along with the News Extra channel suite. Sling also has a number of add-ons, including robust international packages organized by languages all over the globe.

Orange + Blue$50

Science 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 Science Channel, you’ll want to dock in at the FuboTV Ultra level.


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

English Premium Package$66.33/ 3 months
English Plus Package$53/ 3 months
Spanish Mas Package$25/ 3 months

Science 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 Science Channel, get in at the AT&T TV Now Choice tier to stream it.


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*First Published: Aug 5, 2020, 5:30 am CDT