How to Watch HGTV Without Cable

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Want to know how to watch HGTV without cable? Here are 7 ways to watch your favorite shows without paying for cable and save big.

HGTV provides great entertainment and a welcome escape from the ordinary. Whether you want to dream of what’s possible with House Hunters International or see the latest flip from Christina on the Coast, we show you how to watch HGTV without cable in this review.

How to Watch HGTV Without Cable


You don’t need cable to catch the latest episodes of Renovation Island or Hometown. There are multiple ways to see Hilary’s latest interior designs on Love it or List It.

If you’ve been wondering, “how can I watch HGTV without cable?” here are the seven best streaming options.

1. Philo


At only $20 per month, Philo is the most affordable way to stream HGTV. The catch is that it does not show sports.

A digital antenna is an affordable way to solve that problem. Amazon sells many, including ours – the Mohu Leaf.

Learn more about how to get HGTV without a cable provider in our Philo review.

Philo TV at a Glance

Pricing & Packages$20
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous Streams3
On-demand libraryYes
Try Philo


2. Sling TV


Sling TV is another super affordable way to get HGTV. It offers its channels in two packages – Sling Orange and Sling Blue.

HGTV is included in both, so your choice here comes down to which sports channels you want. Orange includes ESPN, while Blue offers Fox Sports.

Like other streaming providers, Sling TV is easy to install and use. You can access it and watch content live or on demand from your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other streaming device.

We cover all the particulars in our Sling TV Review.

Sling TV at a Glance

Pricing & PackagesOrange - $30 / Blue - $30 / Orange + Blue - $45
ChannelsOrange - 30 (ESPN) / Blue - 30 / Orange + Blue - 45
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous StreamsOrange - 1 / Blue - 3 / Orange + Blue - 3
DVR10 hrs. - Free / 50 hrs. - $5/mo.
On-demand libraryYes
Try Sling


3. Hulu Live


Hulu Live is an excellent way to watch HGTV shows when they air, unlike legacy Hulu, which only includes on-demand content. It also includes ESPN, CNN, and a good variety of the most popular cable channels.

If you want a close-to-cable experience without the hefty price, take a look at this streaming service.

Read more in our Hulu with Live TV review.

Hulu Live at a Glance

Pricing & Packages$54.99
Channels50 - 70 + locals
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous Streams2 - Free / unlimited - $9.99
DVR50 hrs. - Free / 200 hrs. - $9.99
On-demand libraryYes
Try Hulu


4. Vidgo TV


Vidgo is a newer way to stream your favorite shows. The platform provides a social viewing experience through social sharing features and chat rooms you can join while watching a show or game.

It offers channels in two plans. The “Core” package costs $39.99 per month for 60 channels. If you want more channels, the “Plus” package gives you access to 80 and costs $49.99 per month.

Both packages offer HGTV along with ESPN and Fox Sports and a full suite of lifestyle and entertainment networks. Vidgo has two key drawbacks though – it’s light on news networks and does not currently offer a cloud DVR.

Read our Vidgo review to learn more about the service.

Vidgo at a Glance

Pricing & PackagesCore - $39.99 / Plus - $49.99
ChannelsCore - 60+ / Plus - 80+
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous Streams3
DVRNot yet
On-demand libraryNot yet
Try Vidgo


5. FuboTV


If you like sports, fuboTV may be right for you. Along with the network we’re discussing, it offers many popular cable networks including AMC, Hallmark Channel, and Weather Channel, which can be harder to find.

Platform support and streaming quality are good. However, it is one of the more expensive streaming services. Still, if you love live sports like soccer, it could be great for you.

Read our fuboTV review to learn more about this cable alternative.

FuboTV at a Glance

Pricing & PackagesStandard - $59.99 / Family - $64.99 / Ultra - $84.99
Channels95 - 165+
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous StreamsStandard - 2 / Family & Ultra - 3
DVRStandard - 30 hrs. / Family + Ultra plans - 500 hours
On-demand libraryYes
Try fubo


6. AT&T TV Now


AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now), isn’t the cheapest way to stream TV, but it is less expensive than cable.

We’ve tested the AT&T TV Now platform and find it an easy and enjoyable way to watch our favorite TV shows.

Learn more in our AT&T TV Now review.

AT&T TV Now at a Glance

Pricing & Packages6 packages. Plus - $55 / Ultimate - $135
Channels45 to 125+
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous Streams3
DVR500 hours
On-demand libraryYes
Try AT&T TV Now


7. YouTube TV


A YouTube TV subscription costs $65 per month and comes with 80+ channels including HGTV.

Like all the other cord-cutting solutions here, it comes with no contract and no cancellation fees.

Read our YouTube TV review to learn more about the service.

Try YouTube TV’s free trial and see if this streaming service works for you.

YouTube TV at a Glance

Pricing & Packages$64.99
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous Streams3
DVRNo limit
On-demand libraryYes


How to Watch HGTV for Free


You can watch certain shows for free on HGTV’s website. However, the number of shows are limited. Still, if you’re traveling or aren’t interested in signing up for a streaming service, this might work for you.

There’s one more ‘free’ way to watch shows online. That’s if you currently have a cable subscription.

If you do, you can use your cable’s online app to watch content. However, without a monthly cable subscription, you’ll get a black screen.

Watch Shows Online: Buy Full Episodes


Don’t need regular access to your favorite programs online? Another way to stream without paying for cable is by purchasing full seasons of HGTV shows on Amazon.

The latest seasons of popular shows like My Lottery Dream Home and Rehab Addict are available for purchase on Amazon for $25 each.

If you only watch one or two shows, this is one of the cheapest ways to get your content.

If you don’t mind watching older content, you can catch up on older seasons of popular shows on Hulu and Netflix for free.

The bottom line is that you can watch HGTV without cable or satellite but if you want to watch it for free, you are limited in what you can access.


Can You Watch HGTV on Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, or Roku?


Yes. It is available on all of the major streaming platforms including Roku, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Amazon devices.

You can also easily watch it online on your computer or mobile device with just an internet connection.



If you want to get HGTV without cable, there are various ways to do it. Now is a great time to pick one and try it free. When you’re done with that free trial, move on to another and enjoy free TV for a month or more.


Which of the streaming services have you tried? What’s one channel you can’t live without?

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  • Joe Goss says:

    Can we get HGTV on You Tube TV ?

  • Karla says:

    I am new to this and don’t understand the difference between services like Hulu Live/Sling TV/DirectTV Now and services like Fire stick, Roku, etc. Why are they different and do I need one of each to cut cable and just use streaming? I’m very confused.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Good questions Karla and it’s pretty straightforward. Services like Hulu Live are streaming providers – essentially what you get with cable, but no contract and significantly less money. Fire Stick and Roku are small dongles you plug into your TV to be able to stream content. I’m not tech savvy at all, but it’s very simple to do. 🙂

  • Anne Raso says:

    Can you watch HGTV on ROKU without a cable provider?

    • John Schmoll says:

      There’s a section where we cover that exact question, as well as if you can watch HGTV for free. 🙂

  • Chris r says:

    I get all those are much cheaper than cable but that’s still not free. Don’t post that it’s free when it really isn’t.

    • John Schmoll says:

      It’d also be helpful to read the entire article. 🙂 We give a complete disclaimer and warn of the limited options. We don’t communicate at all that you can watch HGTV for free.

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