How to watch Animal Planet online for free

From slithery crocodiles to cuddly puppies, here's everything you need to know.

Dec 12, 2018, 6:00 am


Joseph Knoop 

Joseph Knoop


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Just because animals live in the wild doesn’t mean you need to. Instead of paying laughable prices and dealing with the hassle of installing cable, check out the streaming services that make it easy to watch your favorite wildlife channels and shows. Here’s everything you need to know to watch an Animal Planet live stream online for free.



What is Animal Planet?

Originally a joint venture with BBC World founded in 1996, Animal Planet has spent over two decades educating and entertaining viewers with nature documentaries, docuseries, and reality television programs based on captivating critters. As of 2016, approximately 91 million families receive Animal Planet on their television service of choice. Some popular Animal Planet shows include River Monsters, Too Cute, Crikey! with the children of late crocodile tamer Steve Irwin, and Pit Bulls & Parolees, to name a few.

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Animal Planet live stream: 3 ways to watch Animal Planet online for free

Animal Planet isn’t available on Hulu, Sling TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, but the three major streaming services that do offer the channel all come with at least a free seven-day trial. 

Monthly $20
7-Day Free Trial
Philo Guide
Philo Channels
Philo Devices

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.

Plus $65
Max $80
Ultimate $135
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 Animal Planet Online

Animal Planet website

Animal Planet will let you watch a live stream of its channel from the comfort of your computer screen, so long as you subscribe to an applicable provider. Simply go to, click the “watch live” button near the top left, and provide your login info. If you subscribe to Philo, DirecTV Now, or PlayStation Vue, you’re good to go.

Animal Planet Go app

You can watch a live stream of Animal Planet content (or on-demand content) from the Animal Planet Go app by logging in with your provider information. The app is available for free on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV.

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Last updated Apr 2, 2020, 1:28 pm