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From Guy Fieri to ‘Iron Chef America,’ here’s what you need to know.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re on a tight budget—and you don’t mind missing out on sports or news channels—Philo is absolutely the way to go. For just $16 a month ($20 if you take up their one add-on package), you’ll get your Food Network live stream, plus channels like Discovery, Comedy Central, the DIY Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, and plenty more. (Here’s a complete guide to Philo channels.)
It’s not the cheapest, and it’s not the widest channel selection, but PlayStation Vue is pretty alright all things considered. The entry level “Access” package gets you 46 channels for $44.99 (a dollar per channel, essentially), including your Food Network live stream, plus the DIY Network, HGTV, and entertainment options like FX and BBC America. Sports fans might want to go up one package for more options, considering “Access” only gets you Fox Sports, ESPN, and NBC Sports. (Here’s a complete guide to PlayStation Vue channels.)
It’s exactly what it sounds like: Hulu’s on-demand library plus live TV. Besides the Food Network live stream, you’ll also get HGTV, Lifetime, and the Travel Channel (but no Hallmark, Comedy Central, or MTV). It’s also worth keeping in mind that Hulu’s $4 “skip ads” feature doesn’t work on live broadcasts. Still, it’s hard to discount Hulu’s large library of movies and shows. If Hulu’s library isn’t your thing, we’ve got a guide to the best food shows on Netflix. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
4) Sling TV
Sling TV is one of the cheaper ways to get television—once you understand how it’s split up. Sling TV has two packages: Sling Blue and Sling Orange. You’ll find a Food Network live stream on both of them, meaning you can have your cooking shows for as little as $25 a month. Sling Orange is smaller but also features three ESPN channels, AMC, Comedy Central, and Disney Channel. Sling Blue is more friendly to sports fans with the NFL Network, Fox Sports, NBCSN, TNT, and TBS, plus a fair share of entertainment channels. If money isn’t an issue, you can combine Sling Blue and Sling Orange for $40 a month. Sling TV also carries more add-on options than other streaming services, so if you’re willing to shell out a few extra dollars for additional sports, reality TV, or premium channels like HBO, go nuts. (Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.)
Cost: $39.99 for your first month and $44.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
FuboTV is a heck of a package if you’re a sports fan, with 85 channels overall in the basic package. Besides your Food Network live stream, there’s the Big Ten Network, Fox Sports 1 and 2, Fox Sports, NBCSN, NBA TV, the NFL Network, and more. And there are more sports add-on packages that include international sports, national, cycling, and outdoors-themed channels. By way of entertainment, HGTV, Lifetime, AMC, BBC, and others are available. However, Fubo TV doesn’t offer premium drama channels aside from Showtime. (Here’s the complete guide to FuboTV channels.)
5) DirecTV Now
Cost: $40 to $75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
For the cost, DirecTV Now is one of the best streaming services out there. You’ll get a whopping 65 channels for $40 through the “Live a Little” package, including your Food Network live stream. You might also appreciate Discovery, Hallmark, Lifetime, HGTV, and plenty others. Fox Sports and NBC Sports round things out, but huge sports fans might want to go up to the “Go Big” package. (Here’s a complete guide to DirecTV Now channels.)
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.
New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, AMC, FX, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Golf Channel, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, A&E, TLC, the Weather Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.
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Joseph Knoop is a gaming writer for Daily Dot, a native Chicagoan, and a slave to all things Overwatch. He co-founded the college geek culture outlet ByteBSU, then interned at Game Informer, and now writes for a bunch websites his parents have never heard of.