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From the ‘Vikings’ to ‘American Pickers,’ here’s everything you need to know.
The History Channel trades in ancient history, myth, and old junk you find in the garage, but it’s managed to keep up with the times when it comes to how we watch TV. Live streaming services get the job done better and cheaper than cable. If you’d like to keep watching the History Channel but aren’t sure what service to get, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know to watch a History Channel live stream.
What is the History Channel?
Originally founded in 1995, the History Channel is one of the best places on television to get a dose of, well, history. The channel is known for airing World War II documentaries (although much of its wartime content moved to the Military History channel) and other educational material about historical time periods. In recent years, the channel has received some criticism and mockery for airing pseudoarchaeology content like Ancient Aliens and UFO Hunters, plus reality TV content like American Pickers or Pawn Stars. More recently, History Channel has started producing historical fiction content like Vikings and Knightfall.
History Channel live stream: 6 ways to watch History Channel online for free
With the major exception of YouTube TV, the History Channel is available on nearly every live TV streaming service, and each comes with at least a free seven-day trial.
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV is split into two packages: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. We’ve got a guide to help you figure out which is better for you. The good news is that a History Channel live stream is on both, so you can get away with picking one for just $25 a month. Or, if you want, you can combine both packages for $40 a month. Orange’s big draw is four ESPN channels, but Blue has nearly every other sports channel. History Channel fans will enjoy BBC, two National Geographic channels, and Travel Channel. Sling also has some of the most add-ons of any streaming service, including content for people interested in the outdoors, lifestyle programming, additional news programming, and reality television. (Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.)
- Cost: $16 per month (after 7-day free trial)
- Philo devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
Philo is the cheapest streaming service out there that will get you cable channels, and it’s a great deal if you’re looking to watch a History Channel live stream. You’ll also get Discovery, Animal Planet, and Travel Channel, plus other entertainment options like Comedy Central, BBC, and HGTV. Philo’s one add-on package is pretty nice for nonfiction lovers, as it gets you the American Heroes Channel, Destination America, two more Discovery channels, and more. (Here’s the complete guide to Philo channels)
- Cost: $40 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV gets you 58 channels (including a History Channel live stream), plus Hulu’s on-demand library. Hulu has plenty of documentaries, ensuring you’ll have something on hand when you tire of American Pickers reruns. When you’re done picking through the on-demand stuff, you can always return to National Geographic, the Smithsonian Channel, Travel Channel, or the sports channel lineup that includes ESPN, Fox Sports, and CBS. (Here’s the complete guide to Hulu Live TV channels.)
- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is often regarded as a sports-friendly option, but you can still get a History Channel live stream through its basic package, plus plenty of other entertainment channels. You also get National Geographic, NatGeo Wild, the Smithsonian Channel, Travel Channel, and BBC, to name just a few. Sports fans won’t go wanting, so long as they can live without ESPN. They’ll get Fox Sports 1 and 2, the Big Ten Network, CBS Sports, NBA TV, and the NFL Network among others. You also have the option of four sports add-on packages, with everything from NFL RedZone to cycling content. FuboTV is also one of the more accommodating channels for Spanish-speaking viewers. (Here’s the complete guide to FuboTV channels.)
5) DirecTV Now
- Cost: $40-$75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- DirecTV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check local availability)
Even at the low end (relatively modest at $40 for the “Live a Little” package), DirecTV Now offers a whopping 72 channels. You’ll get your History Channel live stream, plus Animal Planet, BBC, HGTV, and National Geographic—although no Smithsonian Channel. Dedicated sports fans might want to go one or two packages up, but general interest viewers should get by just fine. DirecTV Now is also the cheapest way to add on HBO (and other premium channels), for as little as $5 a month. (Here’s the complete guide to DirecTV Now channels.)
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 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)
PlayStation Vue’s first-tier “Access” package for $44.99 gets you 46 channels, including a History Channel live stream, plus National Geographic, Animal Planet, ESPN, Fox Sports 1 and 2, HGTV, and plenty more. The $49.99 “Core” package is great for dedicated sports fans who want consistent and varied coverage. There’s also a heap of extra sports channels available for another $10 a month, plus HBO and Spanish options. (Here’s the complete guide to PlayStation Vue channels.)
Other ways to watch History Channel online
History Channel website
You can watch on-demand content from History Channel via its official website, history.com (unfortunately, the website doesn’t air programs live). Simply go to history.com, find the show and episode you want to watch, and provide your login information from a streaming service provider. With the exception of Sling TV, every service listed above should work.
History Channel app
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