Watch TLC Without Cable: How to Stream the Best Educational Content Legally for Less

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TLC’s shows are often polarizing, but one thing is undeniable: viewers can’t get enough of them. Fortunately, you don’t need a cable subscription to catch up on what’s been going on with the channel’s various quirky characters. You can find all the details you need to watch TLC without cable below.

In a hurry? If you don’t want to dive into the details and just want to know how you can watch TLC without cable, these services should make you happy:

  • FuboTV: Offering over 100 channels including local and sports, it offers a complete cable replacement. Try it free for 7 days!
  • Philo: Although lacking local and sports channels, it provides 60+ channels for just $25 per month. Use Philo’s free 7-day trial!
  • Vidgo: Features 95+ channel including some local and sports for a low price. Get the first month for just $10!

How to Watch TLC Live Without Cable

TLC is only available through a TV provider, never over-the-air. It is widely known for its reality-based programming, centering around odd families, unusual medical issues, unconventional relationships, and personal stories of human interest. It’s part of the Discovery group of pay channels.

Your best bet for watching TLC live is with a commercial streaming service. These are delivered to you via the internet and displayed on streaming devices — everything from your smartphone all the way up to your giant-screen TV.

Among TV streaming services, TLC is typically included in the base package. That means you don’t have to shell out top dollar to stay on top of the drama on You, Me & My Ex.

Streaming Services with TLC

Unlike your local cable provider, you have many TV streaming services to choose from. All of them generally follow the same model: you pay a monthly fee and you get access to a set of channels.

Different services have different channels in their packages, and different options for add-ons, so you can choose which one best fits your viewing habits at a price within your budget.

Philo: Cheapest Way To Stream TLC

philo logo
Available ChannelsDiscovery, Discovery Family, Discovery Life,
Food Network, HGTV, TLC
Total Channels60+
Cloud DVRUnlimited*
Simultaneous Screens3
Free Trial
Philo Price$25.00/mo
* Recordings are deleted after one year.

Philo focuses on entertainment, lifestyle, and knowledge channels. One downside is that, unlike some other TV streaming services such as Hulu + Live TV, Philo does not offer any network affiliates (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox). In most areas, however, this can be remedied with a simple antenna.

Philo, at $25 per month, is the lowest-priced service on this list. Along with TLC, Philo’s 60+ channels include other favorites like Discovery Channel, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, HGTV, Food Network, and many more. Its cloud DVR allows unlimited TV shows and movies to be saved for up to a full year.

Subscribers get a free seven-day trial and can stream on up to three different devices simultaneously. For more information, see the following:

FuboTV: Stream TLC With a Side of Sports

fubotv logo
Available ChannelsDiscovery, Food Network, HGTV, TLC
Total Channels100+
Cloud DVR250 hours
Simultaneous Screens3
Free Trial
FuboTV Price$64.99/mo

FuboTV is best-known as a sports fan’s dream come true. Of its 100+ channels, 35+ are sports-oriented. But don’t worry, they have TLC, plus plenty of other non-sports channels too, such as Food Network, Bravo, E!, HGTV, and FX.

FuboTV also provides a good selection of add-ons for additional general channels. For example, the Fubo Extra add-on gives you 45 additional channels for just $7.99/mo. You can also get premium channels like EPIX, Starz, and Showtime.

With the basic plan, you can stream on up to three screens at once. You also get 250 hours of cloud DVR storage. These can be upgraded to 10 screens and 1,000 hours of DVR storage.

FuboTV is available starting at $64.99/month for the basic Starter plan. Or you can pay a little more for the Pro or Elite plans. With any plan, you get a seven-day free trial. For more information, see the following:


vidgo logo
Available ChannelsDiscovery, Discovery Family, Discovery Life,
Food Network, HGTV, TLC
Total Channels95+
Cloud DVR
Simultaneous Screens3
Free Trial
Vidgo Price*$55.00/mo
* Vidgo offers the first month for $10.

Second only to FuboTV’s 100+ channel Starter pack, Vidgo offers the most with 95+ in its current line-up. It has limited local stations only offering ABC and Fox affiliates. But otherwise, it offers a full complement of popular pay channels.

You can watch on up to three devices at the same time. But Vidgo has no DVR capability. But you can use an external DVR system if you don’t mind setting it up.

Regularly $55 per month, Vidgo is $10 for the first month for new subscribers. For more information, see the following:

TLC on Vidgo
TLC in Vidgo’s live guide, streaming Darcey & Stacey.

Hulu + Live TV: Stream TLC Live Plus So. Much. On-Demand.

hulu logo
Relevant ChannelsDiscovery, Food Network, HGTV, TLC
Total Channels85+
Cloud DVR50 hours
Simultaneous Screens2
Free Trial
Hulu Price$64.99/mo

Hulu is practically synonymous with its encyclopedic on-demand offerings, but with Hulu + Live TV, they add 85+ live TV channels. You get both the on-demand and live content for $64.99 a month.

They provide local affiliates (eg, ABC, CBS) in most areas as well as pay channels like TLC. You can also get premium add-ons (eg, HBO, Showtime) or bundle Hulu Live’s service with Disney+ or ESPN+.

In addition to streaming all your favorite channels, Hulu also produces highly-rated, award-winning, exclusive original programming of its own, such as The Handmaiden’s Tale.

The base package supports up to six user profiles streaming on up to two screens at a time and 50 hours of cloud DVR. These are optionally upgradeable to 200 DVR hours and unlimited screens at home or 3 on the go. See the following for more information:

Sling TV: TLC With Flexible Channel Packages

Sling TV Logo
Relevant ChannelsDiscovery, Food Network, HGTV, TLC
Total Channels40+
Cloud DVR50 hours
Simultaneous Screens3
Free Trial
Sling TV Price*$35.00/mo
*Sling TV offers the first month for $10.

Sling TV was the first streaming service to have app-based live-streaming channels (instead of just on-demand listings) when it launched in 2015. It is one of the most affordable streaming services, and the cheapest to offer network channels (but only Fox and NBC).

They have two basic plans: Orange and Blue, which are both $35 per month. Sling Blue includes 40+ channels with 3 simultaneous screens to stream on. Sling Orange only offers 30+ channels but includes ESPN. Both plans provide 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage. You can get them together for a total of 50+ channels for $50.

TLC is only available on Sling Blue, along with Discovery Channel, E!, Bravo, National Geographic, and others. Sling TV does not have a free trial, but the first month is just $10 for new subscribers. For more information, see the following:

TLC on Sling TV
TLC’s schedule and program guide on SlingTV.

DirecTV Stream: TLC Along With Lots of Local Networks

DirecTV Stream
Relevant ChannelsDiscovery, Food Network, HGTV, TLC
Total Channels65+
Cloud DVR20 hours
Simultaneous Screens20
Free Trial*
DirecTV Stream Price$69.99/mo
* DirecTV Stream has no free trial but does provide a 14-day money-back guarantee.

DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV) is the highest-priced option on this list. But it has advantages. TLC comes with its basic (Entertainment) plan, which includes over 65+ live channels and local stations for $69.99 per month. You also get access to 40,000 on-demand titles.

DirecTV Stream only provides 20 hours of cloud DVR. But this is upgradable to unlimited for $10 additional a month.

One of the best things about DirecTV Stream is that it allows you to stream on up to 20 screens at once. This is great if you have a large household. It also allows you to stream on up to three devices at once when you are away from home.

DirecTV Stream has no free trial but they do provide a 14-day money-back guarantee. They also make it easy to move from cable by providing their own streaming device if you wish to use it.

See our DirecTV Stream review for details.

Other Ways to Stream TLC

TLC is also available via a few other ways:

  • Using your streaming service, you can watch TLC live and on-demand via their website.
  • TLC GO: This is the same as but its an app that runs on most devices and smart TVs.
  • YouTube TV: a live TV streaming service with over 85 channels including TLC.

Watch TLC With Most Streaming Devices

TLC on FuboTV
Android phone with TLC on FuboTV

If you have a reasonably new smart TV or another streaming device, you should be set to use any of the streaming services we’ve discussed.

Pretty much all modern TVs can be cast to. You can use any service to cast its video stream to your TV. This is an increasingly popular way to watch.

Most of the services directly support some smart TVs — particularly Samsung. FuboTV, Hulu, and Sling support LG smart TVs. Only FuboTV offers support for Hisense TVs.

TVs that support Android TV can be used with any of the services except for DirecTV Stream. And all of them support standard devices like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.

They also all support mobile devices running Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad).

FuboTV, Hulu, and Sling also support the Xbox One. Hulu also supports the PlayStation.

There are other supported devices. If you haven’t seen yours listed here, contact the streaming service. But generally speaking, almost all the major devices are supported.

Wrapping Up

TLC shows have some of the most loyal fans around, but just because you’re hooked on 90 Day Fiance doesn’t mean you have to be hooked to your cable provider.

The repeat viewership TLC shows generate makes it a valuable property for any streaming service to carry — and they do.

So go for it! Ditch that cable subscription and Doubling Down With the Derricos for less!


Can I watch TLC for free?

Unfortunately, TLC is a pay channel. This used to mean you could only get it through a cable or satellite service provider, but increasingly it simply means that it requires a paid subscription which, more and more often, takes the form of an online streaming service.

Is TLC available on Amazon Prime?

There is no live TLC stream or even a TLC channel on Amazon Prime. You can, however, find some TLC shows available on demand. These include My 600-lb Life, Dr Pimple Popper, and 90 Day Fiancé. And you can get broader access to TLC by signing up for the Discovery+ channel, which costs $4.99/mo.

How do I stream other entertainment channels?

The following guides will show you how to stream other popular channels:

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