How To Watch The Food Network Live Without Cable: Your Best Options

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Like most cable networks, you can live stream the Food Network online without cable. All you need is an internet connection, a supported device and a subscription to a streaming service like TVision Vibe, Philo, Sling Blue and Vidgo English.

However, if you are a first-time cord-cutter, you might find the congested streets of the live streaming services very confusing. There are many and each one offers different networks and features.

Before committing to a plan, keep reading to find out how to get the Food Network alongside some of the best channels at a lower price than cable TV.

Does TVision Vibe have the Food Network?

  • $10 per month
  • 30+ Channels
  • No Free Trial

TVision Vibe is a budget-friendly option for those looking to get the Food Network with other Discovery-owned networks. In addition to Viacom-owned networks like Nickelodeon and MTV, the service also offers plenty of Hallmark channels. 

However, despite brokering deals with Viacom, CBS is notably absent from the service’s lineup. In fact, TVision Vibe does not have any local networks.

To combat this shortcoming, consider getting a quality antenna. Doing so will give you access to networks available in your area. For more information on local channels from HD antennas, see our article, Do Indoor TV Antennas Really Work, here.

T-Mobile’s other plan, TVision Live, has ABC, NBC and Fox local channels for $40 per month. But it does not permanently carry the Food Network. At $10 a month, TVision Vibe is relatively inexpensive for some customers to couple it with TVision Live in order to get more channels.  

You can also watch on-demand shows and movies like Black Panther or Easy A while waiting for the next episode of your favorite cooking show. You will have the choice of playing the show on-demand or recording a future broadcast through TVision’s 100-hour Cloud DVR.

Unfortunately, while the DVR is included in TVision Live, the Vibe plan requires you to pay an extra $5 a month. The recordings will disappear after nine months, and the first recorded movie or show will get automatically deleted once the storage reaches its limit.  

If you want more entertainment networks, you can purchase premium networks for an additional cost:

  1. EPIX – $5.99/mo
  2. SHOWTIME – $10.99/mo
  3. STARZ – $8.99/mo

Even though TVision Vibe is inexpensive, the service is unavailable to non-T-Mobile or non-legacy Sprint postpaid customers. T-Mobile promises to make the service accessible to all, as the service grows.

TVision Vibe allows you to stream on up to two devices at the same time.

Sadly, the service is incompatible with Roku, Samsung TV and web browsers. Since the service is still in its infancy, we expect this to change in the future. However, at the moment, devices like Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google TV and T-Mobile’s own TVision Hub, support the service.

You can get TVision Hub for a one-time purchase of $50. It is an Android-powered HDMI device that plugs into your TV and includes a remote control. From the TVision app to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, the device supports over 8,000 applications. Even if you’re not getting a TVision subscription, you can use TVision Hub as a standalone device.

You can cancel the service any time since there are no additional fees or contracts. However, since the service has no free trials, you will have to sign-up to check out its content.

Does Philo have the Food Network?

  • $20 per month
  • 60+ Channels
  • 7-Day Free Trial

Philo has more than 60 channels, including some of the most popular networks available, unlimited DVR and on-demand content for only $20 a month. Networks include History, Discovery, Tastemade, Cooking Channel and the Food Network.

To help keep the price low, Philo left out expensive sports, entertainment and local channels. The only sports network you can get is MotorTrend.

Unfortunately, aside from EPIX($6/mo) and STARZ($9/mo), Philo does not offer much when it comes to channel add-ons.  But like TVision Vibe, Philo’s low price leaves customers enough room to augment the service with another subscription or an HDTV antenna.

In terms of DVR, Philo has an unlimited storage space, which allows you to store as many shows or movies as you want for up to 30 days. The service will keep on recording every episode, even reruns, until prompted not to.

You can access your recordings on most streaming devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, mobile devices and more.

Even if a show or channel is unavailable for DVR, Philo lets you catch up on missed episodes through its 72-hour playback feature.

Additionally, the service allows you to browse through older episodes on demand. You can also rent movies for an extra fee. If a show is available for on-demand viewing, its profile will have a “VOD” tag on it. Advertisements air before and during shows.

Philo allows you to create up to ten profiles per account and stream up to three devices at a time.

You can try Philo with the 7-day free trial. If you do cancel the service, there are no additional fees.

Does Sling Blue have the Food Network?

  • $35 per month ($10 for your first month)
  • 45+ Channels
  • 3-Day Free Trial

If you are looking for a more customizable live streaming service, then you will love Sling TV.

Sling TV offers two plans: Sling Blue and Sling Orange. Even though both offer the Food Network, Sling Blue carries more lifestyle channels within its basic lineup. Some notable networks include HGTV, Lifetime, Bravo, E!, NBC and Fox local channels. You do not get any regional networks with Sling Orange.

However, NBC and Fox-affiliated networks are the only local channels you will get. If you already have an HD antenna at home, you can use it instead for your local TV viewing.

At the time of writing, you can get Sling Blue at a decreased price of $10 for your first month, which is $25 less than the original cost. This incentivizes people to check Sling TV out for at least a month. However, you get more pre-paying for two months.

Currently, when you pre-pay for two months of service, Sling TV includes a free HD antenna to your subscription. This is a good deal since it provides channels from other local stations at no extra cost.

Additionally, Sling will also give you an AirTV Mini for free. Like TVision Hub, this streaming dongle allows you to access Sling and thousands of other apps.

As mentioned, Sling TV is customizable. You can purchase add-ons to expand the service’s channel offerings. Check them out below:

Sling Blue ExtrasPriceChannels Offered
Sports Extra$11/MonthNFL Redzone, Big Ten Network, NBA TV, MLB Network, etc
Comedy Extra$6/MonthMTV, Paramount Network, FETV, MTV 2, etc
KIds Extra$6/MonthNickToons, TeenNick, Boomerang, Baby TV, etc
News Extra$6/MonthFox Business Network, CNBC, BBC World News, Law & Crime, etc
Lifestyle Extra$6/MonthVH1, Oxygen, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, etc
Hollywood Extra$6/MonthFXX, FX Movies, REELZ, Heroes & Icons, etc
Heartland Extra$6/MonthNat Geo Wild, World Fishing Network, Pursuit, Sportsman Channel, etc
Sling Blue Extra

If you want to get the Lifestyle Extra and other add-ons for a reduced price, you can purchase the 4 Extras Deal instead. It includes the Kids Extra, Comedy Extra, News Extra and Lifestyle Extra.

Likewise, the Total TV Deal offers all seven extras for an additional $21 a month plus Sling TV’s new Cloud DVR Plus.

There are also premium and international add-ons available for purchase, ensuring everyone enjoys Sling TV’s content.

The 50-hour DVR storage pales in comparison to the competitors discussed. However, for $5 a month, you can upgrade to 200 hours. This add-on allows you to protect your recordings from being deleted once you reach the storage limit by selecting the “Protect” option.

However, like most DVRs, there are shows and networks unavailable for recording.

While lockdown separates loved ones from each other, Sling TV does the opposite. With the Watch Party feature, three to four participants can video chat while simultaneously watching a show or movie.

Anyone can join your Watch Parties. Even non-Sling customers can join up to three times.

However, there are a few limitations to take note of.

First, although streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV are compatible with Sling, the Watch Party feature is restricted to Chrome and Safari desktop browsers.

Secondly, Watch Parties are currently only available for most live, on-demand and lookback content. DVR recordings, premium channels, rentals and local channels are not included.

Nevertheless, the feature’s pros outweigh its cons. Plus, since Sling TV allows you to simultaneously stream on three devices, other members of the household can watch their favorite shows while you host a Watch Party.

Sling TV’s 3-day free trial lets you test drive the service before committing to its regular $35 a month. Since there are no contracts involved, canceling at any time does not lead to hidden fees.

Does Vidgo English have the Food Network?

  • $55 per month ($10 for the first two months)
  • 85+ Channels
  • No Free Trials

Rather than offer free trials to would-be subscribers, Vidgo instead charges $10 for the first two months. However, at the time of writing, you won’t get anything for pre-paying—unlike Sling TV.

What you do get are 85+ channels, ranging from Disney and Discovery cable networks to local broadcasts. You will be missing out on CBS and PBS without an HD antenna, but NBC and Fox’s inclusion is still noteworthy.

If you are a sports fan, the service includes BTN, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL RedZone and PAC 12.

Moreover, cooking enthusiasts will be delighted to know they will gain access to the Cooking Channel, Travel Channel, HGTV and the Food Network.

But Vidgo English isn’t without drawbacks. Currently, the only content you can stream on the service is live TV and Video On Demand. No cloud DVR nor offline-viewing options. There is a 24-hour playback feature for most channels, but this might not be enough for some viewers. Vidgo promises to expand these features over time.

Social TV, Vidgo’s Watch Party feature, also has limitations. It is only available on mobile devices despite iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and web browsers being compatible with Vidgo.

Sadly, unlike Sling TV, non-Vidgo customers can’t try the feature without first, subscribing.

Even so, Social TV is a notable feature, most streaming services lack. You can either host or join chat rooms. The service allows you to react with GIFs, memes or photos while watching simultaneously with like-minded fans.

Compared to what Vidgo does right, these obstacles are minor in comparison.

You can enjoy the service on up to three screens with friends and family.

Vidgo currently does not offer free trials, but its significantly reduced price for the first two months allows you to see if it’s the best service for your household.

What is Food Network GO?

The Food Network GO app allows you to access live TV and 10,000+ on-demand content. You can watch new episodes of ongoing series at the same time they premiere on TV.

1) Is The Food Network Go Free?

The best thing about the Food Network Go app is, it is free. However, unlocking its contents is not. There are select unlocked episodes from their network, including Diner’s, Drive-Ins and Dives, Barefoot Contessa, Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay and Restaurant: Impossible. However, they are simply there to entice you into subscribing to a cable service. You need log-in credentials from a supported TV service provider to watch full episodes of Chopped, The Pioneer Woman, Beat Bobby Flay.

How can I Watch Food Network GO?

Food Network GO is available on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Samsung Smart TVs. Simply go to your device’s app or channel store and download the app.

Even if your favorite streaming device is currently not on the list, the network promises to add new devices and platforms in the future.

Does Netflix Have The Food Network?

Food Network’s top shows like Chopped, Food Network Star and Good Eats were on Netflix. However, back in 2016, Scripps Network Interactive decided not to renew its partnership with the service. Nonetheless, Netflix has numerous cooking/food shows you can watch.

Netflix doesn’t offer any free trials, but its cheapest plan costs $8.99 a month.

Is The Food Network on Amazon Prime Video?

Amazon Prime offers Food Network shows like Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and Chopped in its Video on Demand service.

However, most of these shows’ episodes are locked behind another paywall. For instance, season 14 of Food Network Star is $1.99 per episode. The whole season is $19.99. Likewise, Worst Cooks in America’s 21st season is $11.94. If you want to watch these shows in HD, you will have to pay even more.

Aside from premium networks, Amazon Prime Video is purely an on-demand streaming service with regularly produced original content.

The service costs $12.99 a month or $119 a year. But if you are a student or a customer with an EBT or Medicaid card, you can get Amazon Prime Video at a reduced price—$6.49 and $5.99 a month, respectively. You can also opt for Amazon Video for $8.99 a month, if you want to forgo Prime benefits.

The service offers a 30-day free trial and three simultaneous streams.

Is Food Network Free On Roku?

Like other compatible streaming devices, Roku offers Food Network GO for free. Just input “Food Network” on Roku’s channel store and select the Food Network app from the suggestion list. Once you open the app, you will receive an activation code you can enter on Food Network’s website. You have to verify a valid subscription to one of the cable or streaming providers, at which point, you can unlock the content. Participating providers include DirecTV, Dish, Xfinity, Hulu and YouTube TV.

The app will provide a live stream of the network and any on demand content from previous episodes. If you can’t finish a video, you can also pick-up where you left off, at a future date.

TVision VibePhiloSling BlueVidgo EnglishAmazon Prime Video
Live Channels30+60+45+85+Premium Networks Only
On-DemandYesYesYesYesYes
Streams23333
DVR100 Hrs $5/mthUnlimited50 Hrs (200 hrs wth Cloud DVR+)NoOffline Viewing
Trial PeriodNo7 Days3 DaysNo30 Days
Standard Price$10$20$35/mth$55/mth$12.99/mth or $119/yr (Prime) $8.99/mth (video)
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Conclusion

The Food Network is also included in other streaming services not mentioned above—we simply listed the least expensive options.

If you are already a T-Mobile or Sprint customer, TVision Vibe is the cheapest service offering live Food Network shows. Otherwise, Philo comes close at $20 a month.

Sling TV’s advantage over the other services mentioned, is its flexibility. However, do take note of the channels you add since they cost extra.

Vidgo English costs as much as Philo and Sling Blue combined, but its wide selection of channels ensures everyone in the household is happy.

The Food Network GO app is free as long as you verify your TV service log-in credentials.

You can also try Amazon Prime Video for on-demand Food Network shows, but most episodes and seasons come with a price.

Satisfying your Food-Network cravings require only a streaming service, a compatible device, an internet connection and a hungry appetite. But you don’t need cable TV.

Lloyd Rano Opalec

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