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How to watch Shark Week 2018 live without cable

Discovery is one of the more difficult cable channels to find on streaming platforms. Here are a few that offer it.

How to watch Shark Week 2018 live without cable
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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the living room, Shark Week is back. I’ll admit I really didn’t know what that was until recently. Is it a spin-off of the Sharknado franchise? Is Steven Spielberg somehow involved?

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Apparently, no.

Shark Week is a themed block of shark-related TV programming that airs every year on the Discovery channel. This year, the event is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and to mark the occasion Discovery has a diverse—dare I say toothy—lineup of shark content at the ready. It begins tonight (Sunday, July 22) at 7 p.m. ET with Alien Sharks: Greatest Hits, followed by Bear vs. Shark at 8 p.m., and Shaq Does Shark Week at 9 p.m. You can find the full schedule here.

Because I often write about cord-cutting, some PR folks had pitched me a few Shark Week ideas aimed at people without cable. Frustratingly, Discovery is one of the more difficult cable channels to find on stand-alone streaming platforms (it’s missing from Sling TV and YouTube TV, for instance), so I decided to write this handy guide, even though, again, I didn’t really know what Shark Week was.

If you go to the Shark Week page, you’ll find a link for how to watch it live online, but that’s only going to help you if you have login credentials from a cable or satellite TV provider. If you’re true cord-cutter without access to a cable login, I’ve rounded up a few services that offer live streaming of the Discovery channel below.

  • PlayStation Vue: Sony’s streaming service offers Discovery as part of its core package. It’s also running a five-day free trial. Find it here.
  • DirecTV Now: The AT&T-owned service offers Discovery as part of its “live a little” package. Find it here.
  • Philo: This low-cost service is still relatively unknown, but that’s changing. Lo and behold, Discovery is among the 40 channels it offers. Find it here.
  • Free Content From Discovery: If you don’t feel like signing up for a streaming service, Discovery is offering some Shark Week content for free online. Find it here.

Finally, if you’re a Roku user, the folks there have published their own “How to watch Shark Week” guide. Check it out the full post here. Happy shark hunting!

About the author

Christopher Zara is a senior staff news editor for Fast Company and obsessed with media, technology, business, culture, and theater. Before coming to FastCo News, he was a deputy editor at International Business Times, a theater critic for Newsweek, and managing editor of Show Business magazine

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