How to watch Investigation Discovery online for free

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Getting a cheap live stream shouldn’t be a mystery.

The last few years have seen an explosion of interest in true crime thrillers and investigative documentaries. Serial, S-Town, Making a Murdererand more grip audiences with cold-blooded narratives. Thankfully, for those who prefer true crime with visual flair, there’s Investigation Discovery. Even better, there’s a wealth of streaming services to pick from that are far cheaper and more accessible than your standard cable fare. Here’s everything you need to know to watch an Investigation Discovery live stream.

What is Investigation Discovery?

Investigation Discovery is a true crime channel that features documentaries about some of the darkest mysteries. Popular shows include Disappeared, Homicide Hunter, Evil Lives Here, Deadly Women, Body Cam, American Nightmare, and People Investigates.

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Investigation Discovery live stream: How to watch ID online for free

1) Philo

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

Philo is the absolute cheapest way to watch Investigation Discovery—and not a bad entertainment package to boot. For just $16 a month, you’ll get your Investigation Discovery live stream, plus channels like AMC, BBC America, Discovery Channel, Hallmark, Lifetime, and plenty more. For an extra $4 a month, you can get an add-on package that gets you three separate Discovery channels plus BET, the Cooking Channel, and the American Heroes Channel. (Here’s the complete guide to Philo channels)


2) Hulu with Live TV

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Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices

Just like it sounds, it’s Hulu’s on-demand library plus live streams of more than 50 channels. No Comedy Central or MTV, but you’ll certainly get your Investigation Discovery live stream, plus others like History Channel, HLN (great for true mystery fans), TruTV, and a decent selection of sports, including four ESPN channels. If you run out of true crime stuff to watch, there’s always the best documentaries, movies, and thrillers on Hulu. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)

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3) Sling TV

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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 is is split up between two basic packages: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. Thankfully, you’ll get an Investigation Discovery live stream on both, so you can get away with just paying $25 a month. Your choice will mostly depend on how you feel about ESPN versus other sports options. If money is no issue, you can get both packages for $40 or add an extra package. Sports fans can get an add-on with NBA League/Team Pass, NBA TV, NHL Network, NFL RedZone, and more. The Sling Orange “Lifestyle Extra” package will get you Hallmark Mysteries and others. (Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)


4) DirecTV Now

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Cost: $40 to $75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
DirecTV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick

DirecTV Now is one of the best deals on the market. For the entry-level “Live a Little” package ($40), you’ll get access to Investigation Discovery live stream shows. It includes other essentials like AMC, Comedy Central, BBC, Discovery, FX, plenty of news, and some sports. (Diehard sports fans may want to upgrade one or two packages.) 72 channels in total and almost no filler. If you want premium channels like HBO and Showtime, DirecTV Now offers one of the cheapest ways to get them at just $5 a month. (Here’s the complete guide to DirecTV Now channels.)


5) PlayStation Vue

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Cost: $44.99 to $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

An Investigation Discovery live stream is available on PlayStation Vue’s $45 entry-level tier. The package also includes AMC, Bravo, FX, National Geographic, and more. (Here’s a complete list of PlayStation Vue channels.)


Other ways to watch Investigation Discovery online

1) InvestigationDiscovery.com

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Like a lot of other channels, you can watch a live stream of Investigation Discovery shows on the channel’s site. Go to InvestigationDiscovery.com, click the “Sign In” button in the top right, and provide your login information from one of the streaming services listed above (Sling TV is not compatible). Then, sit back and enjoy a live stream from any laptop or desktop.


2) Investigation Discovery GO app

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Available on: Android and iOS, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV

To get access to an Investigation Discovery live stream on the go, simply download the app from your preferred platform and sign in with an applicable streaming provider.

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Joseph Knoop

Joseph Knoop

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.