How to watch Animal Planet online for free

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. 

1) PlayStation Vue

  • Cost: $49.99-84.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
  • PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

It comes at a higher price point, but PlayStation Vue comes with AMC, FX, Disney, ESPN, and more. With the $44.99 “Access” package, you’ll get the Animal Planet live stream, plus Discovery and National Geographic. PlayStation Vue is also one of the few services to let you create more than a couple accounts, so every family member can get hooked up with their favorite channel. (Here’s a complete guide to PlayStation Vue channels.)


2) Philo

  • Cost: $16 per month
  • Philo devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices

If you want to save money and can live without major news or sports channels, Philo is absolutely the way to go. For less than $20 a month, edutainment lovers will get the Animal Planet live stream, plus Discovery, BBC, AMC, HGTV, History, the Science Channel, and plenty more (National Geographic is not included). The $4 add-on package gets you two extra Discovery Channels and more. (Here’s the complete guide to Philo channels.)


3) DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now’s Live a Little Package

For the money, DirecTV Now is one of the best options to live stream anything. The base level Live a Little package gets you the Animal Planet live stream, plus National Geographic, BBC, Comedy Central, Discovery, History Channel, and more. Sports fans might want to go up one or two packages, but the Live a Little option still gets you Fox Sports, NBC Sports, and ESPN 1 and 2. If you want HBO, DirecTV Now offers it for just $5 a month, with similar prices for Showtime, Starz, and Cinemax. (Here’s a complete guide to DirecTV Now channels.)


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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Joseph Knoop

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