The DIY Network has been a favorite channel for people for so long, and for good reason too. The shows featured are good for both people trying to learn new skills or improve their home and yard, as well as for people just looking to relax after a long day at work.
With the rise of streaming services today, and it can sometimes feel like an endless sea of options at times, many people are looking to kick cable and its bloated prices to the curb in order to try out some of the new services and exclusive content available. Even still most people don’t want to lose all their favorite shows and channels, so here’s a list of choices on how to watch the DIY network without needing to have cable.
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu has been a consistent fixture in streaming for quite some time, and is considered a very reliable choice by many. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative than cable without losing a bunch of channels in the switch then Hulu is probably the choice for you.
Hulu’s base television package clocks in at $64.99 for more than 65 channels, but unfortunately the DIY channel is not included in that package. To get the DIY network you will have to purchase the Entertainment add-on package, but on top of the DIY Network you will also receive:
- CNBC World
- Discovery Family
- American Heroes Channel
- Cooking Channel
- Destination America
The Entertainment add-on will cost about $7.99 per month extra for a grand total of about $72 a month, but you will also get 77 channels to show for it, plus Hulu’s excellent live sports features. Not sure Hulu is right for you? That’s okay there are more affordable options if you are just looking for the DIY network.
If you’re looking for a much more affordable option than cable, Philo TV’s package should sound appealing. For $20.00 a month you get a variety of channels like DIY network such as TLC, HGTV, Animal Planet and more.
Why is it so affordable?
Philo TV can offer such a low price because it chooses to focus on non-sport or news channels, making it a great choice for people who just want to watch basic cable television channels. Offering more than 59 channels, Philo TV is about as cost efficient as you can get.
Jumping to the other end of the extremes, Fubo TV began its life as a streaming service almost exclusively to follow sports, but has recently begun branching out and now includes channels like the DIY Network. Unlike Hulu’s live television package or Philo TV, Fubo offers three separate television packages.
- Family for $64.99 a month
- Family with Showtime for $74.99 a month
- Ultra for $84.99 a month
Each package offers something different, with the Family plan excluding Showtime and most sports channels, Family with Showtime offering just that, and Ultra including everything, there’s a plan there for everyone. Unfortunately, if you want to watch DIY Network you will have to add on an extra $6 monthly for what they call “Fubo Extra” which adds in a few extra channels. You will be spending around $70.99 at the least for the DIY Network, which is only slightly lower than Hulu’s impressive live TV package.
Sling TV has become a common name heard by those asking about affordable television, and fortunately for you DIY Network fans, they have a package that includes the channel. Sling also separates their plans, but unlike Fubo, their plans provide completely different experiences:
- Sling Blue: $35.00 a month
- Sling Orange: $35.00 a month
- Sling Blue+Orange: $50.00 a month
Sling Orange offers around 30 channels and ESPN, while Sling Blue offers around 45 stations and all major news stations as well. The most expensive option obviously combines the best of the two options. Whatever plan you go for, be prepared to add an extra $5 a month for DIY Network, since again it is only available via an add-on, this time being the Lifestyle Plus Extra package.
Of all the options on this list, AT&T’s television package is the most costly, but let’s see if it’s worth the money.
While AT&T offers packages beginning at $55 a month, there isn’t a cheap add-on to get DIY included. Unfortunately that means paying $94.99 monthly for what they call the Ultimate package to be able to watch the channel, which is much higher than any of the other options on the list.
Is AT&T’s package worth it?
Honestly it depends on what you want in a television package, but to AT&T’s credit, the amount of content available in the Ultimate package is significant. You will receive every top channel, all news stations, and almost every possible sports event with this package. If you’re switching away from cable because of the cost, this probably won’t appeal to you, but if you want to have almost every channel at your fingertips, this could be the one for you.
Which option is the best to Watch DIY Network without cable?
These kinds of questions are always hard to answer because it truly depends on what you’re looking for, but I will try to help out the best I can.
If you are looking for the best deal, I would say to look at Philo TV, especially if you don’t care at all about news or sports. Philo is going to give you all of the basic cable channels that often are lumped into expensive packages without all the fluff.
If you care about sports or news but still want a cheaper option, I think Sling’s Orange and Blue packages are pretty sweet, as long as you’re okay losing out on one or the other.
Best overall package goes to Hulu’s Live TV plan, which is adaptable to let you craft your own add-ons based on taste, and is way more affordable than AT&T’s similar plan.
At the end of the day, it’s never been a better time to ditch Cable and look at alternatives, and there are so many different options to watch DIY network that you really can’t go wrong.