At one time, traveling vicariously through travel shows was only possible with PBS shows. But, as cable media expanded, so did our opportunities. Enter the Travel Channel. Like many of its basic cable counterparts, such as Food Network and HGTV, the Travel Channel showcased “how-to” programming. Ideas for how to spend less at popular destinations or what to eat in exotic locales spurred many an imagination. The network also took armchair travelers to countries and cities around the world without even having to book a ticket.
Watching the Travel Channel live stream is still important for many would-be globetrotters. So what happens if you cut the cord? Good news! You can still watch the Travel Channel without cable and here’s how.
Watch the Travel Channel Live Stream with Sling TV
You can stream Travel Channel programming live as it airs on Sling TV. This service, by Dish Network, is currently one of the most popular live streaming options on the market. All you need to access the Travel Channel streaming with Sling TV is a high speed internet connection and device on which to watch.
The network has been home to personalities like Anthony Bourdain for over 10 years. And don’t miss these shows:
- Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
- Ghost Adventures
- Expedition Unknown
- Hotel Impossible
The basic Orange package that includes the Travel Channel live stream is only $20 per month. There are no contracts to sign, so you can cancel at any time. It also works with a huge assortment of streaming players. From your computer to your smart phone, you can watch anywhere, any time. You can also use a streaming player like Chromecast, Roku, or Apple TV. Sling TV often has specials on players, like a free Roku 2 or discounted Apple TV, if you sign up for the services. Check out their website for more details.
Other Travel Programming and More on Sling TV
The Travel Channel isn’t the only place you can live vicariously, and Sling TV has more programming that will send you to far-off places. The Food Network, for instance, blends a lot of travel with their exploration of food culture all over the world. HGTV offers vacation homes and extreme homes all over the world.
Other networks on Sling TV include:
- BBC America
Explore the world from wherever you are. Sling TV is easy to use and has no restrictions on location, unlike the competition which we’ll talk about below.
Another Option For a Travel Channel Live Stream is DIRECTV NOW
If you would like another choice for getting the Travel Channel, DIRECTV NOW is a strong contender. This is a streaming service brought to you by AT&T. You will get live channels and some on-demand features, without needing to sign up for a certain period of time or install any equipment (That’s right, no dish!).
We’re sure you have heard of DIRECTV, but they have changed quite a bit recently. DIRECTV NOW (review) is still getting started, but here is a breakdown of the service as it stands now. The first channel tier starts at $35/month and includes over 60 channels. You can stream your favorite shows over the internet to your devices, including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and computers. There aren’t any mobile restrictions now, so technically, you could watch Travel Channel while you travel!
If you have AT&T as your cell phone provider, any streaming you do from the DIRECTV NOW app will not count against your monthly data quota! Find out more here.
There are often special deals or pricing available to new customers, including one promotion to receive a discount off a new streaming player in exchange for pre-paying a few months. That is still without contract, of course. Check their website for the most up to date information.
If you would like to try it out, you can get a free trial here and see for yourself.
Stream Travel Channel Live with PlayStation Vue
That streaming TV competition we mentioned is Sony’s PlayStation Vue. This service can turn your gaming console into a complete cable replacement tool so you can watch Travel Channel online without cable.
Overall, the service is very similar with just a few key differences. It is more expensive, starting at $30 to $40 per month. It works with your PS3 and PS4 consoles as well as a small handful of other devices, but not as many as Sling TV. Vue also has restrictions on mobile content. Even though they provide an iOS app, streaming TV is connected to your home location so streaming while on the go is limited.
Is the Travel Channel Streaming On Demand?
Like many cable networks, you can watch Travel Channel online and on demand in some cases. Most of the time, it is individual shows that appear on streaming services like Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Netflix. To find your favorites, you may have to search. But they also have some other travel based shows. For example, Hulu also has Rick Steves’ PBS series so you can tour Europe right from your couch and learn tips and tricks for easier travel.
We hope we’ve answered your questions about how to watch the Travel Channel without cable. If there is anything else you want to know, ask in the comments below!
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