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Unfortunately, you can’t get your favorite cooking shows over the air with an antenna, but you can stream Chopped and your favorite episodes of Beat Bobby Flay. You can watch almost any channel without cable, including Food Network, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. Live and on-demand access are easy with skinny bundle streaming services and the network’s app. You can also enjoy the Food Network without cable on your computer or laptop's web browser. Here are a few different ways to stream the best cooking shows using skinny bundles.
Skinny bundles are a package of streaming channels and access to local network broadcasts designed to compete with traditional cable tiers. Unlike cable or satellite services, these are services that stream over the Internet and are less expensive, like Philo or fubo TV.
Like a lot of channels that started on cable, Food Network doesn’t allow access to the live stream or full library of on-demand content unless you have a username and password from a TV provider. Lucky for us, there are skinny bundle streaming services that give you legitimate TV provider credentials.
The channel is included with a subscription to Hulu with Live TV, Philo, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, or YouTube TV. Viewers can also access premium Food Network content with their login credentials.
Viewers can watch live and on-demand content on the Food Network app. The app is free to download, and the premium content is available to those with login credentials. Viewers can access a selection of episodes and a Food Network livestream after signing in with the username and password used for your streaming provider.
Hulu + Live TV includes access to Food Network, Animal Planet, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and more. You can watch hundreds of episodes of shows from Food Network including Cupcake Wars, Ace of Cakes, and the Great Food Truck Race. The service recently announced that celebrity Chrissy Teigen, known for her love of food, is heading up a slate of premium, original food-driven programming for Hulu.
Hulu + Live TV works with all of the most common streaming devices, like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV. Viewers can download shows and movies to watch without an internet connection. The service includes a cloud-based DVR with 50 hours of storage and unlimited access to Hulu’s extensive on-demand library for $49.99/month. The popular skinny bundle live TV service has more than 2 million U.S. subscribers.
Pro tip: Subscribers to Hulu’s regular on-demand service can watch previous seasons of some Food Network shows, but won’t have a livestream for new content. If you don’t mind giving up the livestream, you can watch a lot of Food Network past episodes for only $5.99/month.
Philo is the least expensive skinny bundle on the market for streaming live TV, coming in at a low $16/month after a one-week free trial. The service also includes an unlimited cloud DVR. Philo’s streaming service focuses on affordable entertainment with education and lifestyle programming.
Food Network joins more than 40 other channels in the service’s lineup including Discovery Channel, HGTV, and the DIY channel. Upgrading to the second tier $20/month package unlocks The Cooking Channel, too. Philo only works on iOS devices, your web browser, Roku devices, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV. Philo doesn’t support Chromecast or have a native Android app.
Sling TV offers a competitive three-month introductory rate of $15/month for either the Blue or Orange package. The rate settles into a comfortable $25/month without requiring a long-term commitment. Sling TV works with all of the most common streaming devices, and the Air TV player accommodates an external drive as a free DVR.
Food Network is included in the Sling Blue package along with fan favorites AMC, HGTV, Lifetime, and NFL Network. Viewers can choose the channel lineup they want most by selecting either the Orange or Blue package before adding on any Extras.
Subscribers of PlayStation Vue can watch Food Network live or recently aired shows on-demand along with 75+ other channels in the $50/month base level package. Add on premium channels like RedZone from NFL Network with a $10/month sports bundle, or other premium channels a la carte.
The service includes a high-capacity DVR that can save unlimited episodes on up to 500 programs for up to 28 days from the airing date.
Subscribers can view up to five simultaneous streams on their home console, and up to three concurrent mobile streams.
YouTube TV provides more than 70 channels of live sports, news, and shows as well as on-demand programming for the majority of U.S. television markets. The service costs $49.99 per month after a one-week free trial. Subscribers get six unique accounts for the household, with three simultaneous streams. The unlimited cloud DVR is personalized for each account, and the livestream provides notifications for your favorite shows.
YouTube TV just closed a deal this month with Food Network to add their lineup to the service along with Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and MotorTrend.
Food Network channels are a fan favorite. Cordcutting has completely transformed the way we watch TV, with a wide variety of options for watching traditional cable networks without a cable subscription. People can now watch shows that used to require an expensive cable subscription on reasonably priced streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DirectTV Now, and YouTube TV as well as on Hulu and the Food Network app.
Megan Southard is a writer, mom, technology enthusiast, and movie junkie. She dreads the day her kids have to explain gadgets to her and is old enough to say, "I was the remote for our TV growing up."
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