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How to Watch National Geographic Without Cable (Cheap as Possible)

The National Geographic channel is available to watch live through a number of streaming services, although some are cheaper than others.

The cheapest way to watch the National Geographic channel live without cable is Sling TV. However, most of the popular live TV streaming services do include National Geographic in their channel lineups, resulting in a wide choice for those interested in watching Nat Geo videos. In addition, Some National Geographic shows and content can also be watched through Disney+ as well.

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Live TV streaming services are a great way to watch popular channels without having to commit to any long-term contracts. While there are now a number of services to choose from, they do vary in their channel lineups. This can occasionally mean that some services are better than others when it comes to watching specific channels.

National Geographic is a popular option for anyone interested in nature, history and science-based documentaries and shows. In fact, National Geographic is constantly expanding the variety of topics it covers, making it a good option for many individuals and households. While most of the major live TV streaming services do include Nat Geo, they do also vary in price.

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Cheapest way to watch National Geographic

Sling TV is the cheapest way to watch National Geographic live without cable. Sling TV offers two main plans and both cost $35 per month. However, those specifically interested in accessing the National Geographic network channel will want to go with the $35 Sling Blue plan.

Besides National Geographic, Sling Blue subscribers also get access to CNN, Fox News, HGTV, ID, NFL Network, TNT and more. In fact, Sling Blue provides access to more than forty live TV channels overall. In addition to access to live TV, Sling Blue subscribers are also provided with 50 hours of cloud DVR, the ability to watch on multiple devices at the same time, and the option to watch a selection of content on demand, including National Geographic videos.

One or the benefits of Sling TV is that, if the Sling Blue channel lineup is not enough, it is a highly customizable service. In other words, consumers can choose from a selection of add-ons and channel packs to increase the number of channels available. Although adding any of these will also increase the monthly subscription cost as well.

Other ways to watch National Geographic

While Sling TV is the cheapest overall, it is not the only option and the next cheapest service is Vidgo. Priced at $55 per month, Vidgo provides access to a much wider selection of channels overall. However, there is no option to record shows and movies through Vidgo. While the service does provide access to shows shown during the previous twenty-four hours, the emphasis is on watching live.

Alternatively, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV all also carry National Geographic. At $64.99 per month, all three live TV services are considerably more expensive than Sling Blue. Then again, they all do come with some additional selling points that may make the additional cost worth it for certain individuals and households.

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Lastly, AT&T TV is another option for watching National Geographic live without cable. While AT&T TV offers a number of different plans that increase in price, the cheapest Entertainment package does include National Geographic. However, at $69.99 per month, it is one of the more expensive options for watching National Geographic live without cable.

Watching National Geographic directly

Another option for watching National Geographic content is directly through National Geographic. Similar to many other networks and channels, the National Geographic website and app allow users to log in and watch live, as well as stream on demand shows and movies over the internet.

For reference, watching National Geographic content directly through the app or website still does require a paid live TV subscription. Essentially, live TV subscribers have the option to log in using their live TV credentials and gain access to even more on demand content. This is made possible through TV Everywhere support.

While TV Everywhere support is not always available for every channel and through all live TV streaming services, that’s not an issue with National Geographic. All of the live TV services that currently include the Nat Geo network in their channel lineup also offer the option to sign in to the National Geographic website and watch. As this also includes Sling TV, this is not an area that’s sacrificed if choosing to go with the cheapest option for watching National Geographic.

Watch National Geographic through Disney+

National Geographic is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society. As a result, some content is actually available to watch without cable through the Disney+ streaming service.

Similar to other streaming services, the selection of Nat Geo content available through Disney+ can vary throughout the year. However, there still is a wide selection of originals, series, movies and specials to stream at any given time.

A Disney+ subscription currently costs $7.99 per month and subscribers can save even more if they already subscribe to basic Hulu and ESPN+ and opt to bundle the three services together. Likewise, there’s also the option to bundle the three services with Hulu Live TV which would provide access to even more National Geographic content, albeit at a significantly higher monthly rate.

Watching National Geographic without cable summary

Watching National Geographic without cable is fairly easy to do, with most of the popular live TV streaming services including Nat Geo in their channel lineups. However, Sling’s Blue plan is the cheapest at $35 per month. In spite of being the cheapest option, Sling Blue subscribers can also record National Geographic shows and movies, watch on demand, and on multiple devices at the same time. This is all in addition to watching directly through the National Geographic website by logging in with their Sling TV username and password.

Outside of Sling TV, National Geographic can also be streamed live through AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Vidgo and YouTube TV, with the price varying between $55 and $70 per month. If Sling TV is too expensive, then it might be worth considering Disney+. While Disney’s streaming service does not provide access to the live channel, subscribers can watch a selection of National Geographic shows and movies for just $7.99 per month.

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By John Finn

John started Streaming Clarity to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been writing about technology and TV-related services and devices since 2014 and believes the best streaming approach is to bounce between services as needed. Contact John via email at john@streamingclarity.com or on Twitter

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