How to Watch Discovery While Cutting the Cord

Discovery, Inc. has grown into a massive multimedia conglomerate. Hitting their stride late in the first decade of the 2000s, Discovery, Inc. was struck by the cord-cutting industry. Unfortunately for Discovery, their content wasn’t the reason people were cutting the cord. The company (and their viewers) paid the price for high price tags that come with sports events. So, how do you watch Discovery without cable? Let’s take a look.

Who Are Discovery, Inc.?

Discovery, Inc. (f/k/a Discovery Communications) first debuted as the Discovery Channel back in 1985. They began a slow growth, acquiring the burgeoning The Learning Channel (TLC) in 1991. Since then, they have gone onto work out partnerships with Oprah Winfrey, buy out Scripps Networks, and gone to war with cable providers.

Under the Discovery umbrella are the following 19 channels:

  • American Heroes Channel
  • Animal Planet
  • Cooking Channel
  • Destination America
  • Discovery Channel
  • Discovery en Español
  • Discovery Familia
  • Discovery Family
  • Discovery Life
  • DIY
  • Food Network
  • Great American Country
  • HGTV
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Motor Trend
  • Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)
  • Science Channel
  • TLC
  • Travel Channel

As you can see, they have a diversified portfolio of niche programming. This type of programming isn’t the same demographic as many sporting enthusiasts. Therefore, they are paying a penalty (no pun intended) for not enjoying sports. Here is how you can watch Discovery, Inc. channels without a pricey cable package.

Discovery on Philo

This is probably the cheapest option to watch Discovery, Inc. channels without cable. Philo has a basic tier that has 40 channels for just $16. However, you can get even more Discovery content with 58 channels for just $20 per month.

Not only do you get Discovery networks, but you also gain access to:

  • Viacom (MTV, BET, Comedy Central)
  • A&E Network (History, A&E)
  • AMC Networks (AMC, Sundance)
  • Hallmark/Lifetime

Whichever you decide, Philo has a free 7–day trial for new subscribers.

Discovery on Sling TV

The next best bang for your buck is to join Sling TV. A great hook with Sling is that the first three months are just $15 for new subscribers. From there, the cost raises higher than Philo, at $25 per month.

With that being said, Discovery channels are broken up between two $25 buckets.

Discovery on Sling Blue and Sling Orange

The options here are very limited for Discovery enthusiasts. However, you can still gain access to the following Discovery, Inc. channels on both Sling Blue and Sling Orange:

  • Food Network
  • HGTV
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Motor Trend
  • Travel Channel

Which package to sign up for is a matter of preference. Sling Blue has a lot more options, especially for news and sports buffs. They’re the same price point, so Sling Blue seems like a better deal.

Discovery on Hulu + Live

You don’t have to go through much nickel and dimeing to get Discovery on Hulu + Live. They have all of their networks readily available, stocked with over 4,000 episodes.

While Hulu + Live TV will give you instant access to almost every Discovery entity, it is also a more expensive option. The service is $49.99. Not only will you be able to watch major networks live without cable, but you will get access to the service’s hefty on-demand vault. You are also alotted 50 hours of storage via their cloud-based DVR. It’s truly like having cable without the cost.

Discovery on DIRECTV Now

At $50 per month, this is a more expensive option than Hulu. You get over 45 channels and just 20 hours of cloud storage. If there are other reasons to choose DIRECTV Now, then Discovery Channels is an added perk. However, don’t get DIRECTV Now just to watch Discovery networks.

Discovery on YouTube TV

YouTube TV also comes in at $49.99 per month. While they are still rolling out across the map, they aren’t available in all networks yet. They’re also still working on creating their catalog. In fact, Discovery channels are new additions to the platform, and not all of the networks are supported. However, the major channels such as its namesake, HGTV, and Animal Planet are all there.

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