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How to Watch the Weather Channel

The best options for watching all the weather

Best Streaming Providers for The Weather Channel

1

Package

fubo

The cheapest way to watch the Weather Channel (with solid picture quality to boot)
$44.99/mo
Free Trial
2

Package

Just Right

A robust channel selection makes DIRECTV NOW great for cord-cutters who want the Weather Channel
$55/mo.
Free Trial
3

Package

America's Top 120

Best choice if cord-cutting isn’t an option, since it’s cheaper than DIRECTV in the long run
$59.99/mo.**
See Plans

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If you’ve ever left the house in a T-shirt when there’s a cold snap in the forecast, you know firsthand that weather is snow laughing matter (get it?). Here are the best ways to watch the Weather Channel and avoid weather-related wardrobe faux pas.

Top ways to watch the Weather Channel

1

Package

fubo

The cheapest way to watch the Weather Channel (with solid picture quality to boot)
$44.99/mo
Free Trial
2

Package

Just Right

A robust channel selection makes DIRECTV NOW great for cord-cutters who want the Weather Channel
$55/mo.
Free Trial
3

Package

America's Top 120

Best choice if cord-cutting isn’t an option, since it’s cheaper than DIRECTV in the long run
$59.99/mo.**
See Plans
Data effective 11/9/18. Offers subject to change.
*For 24 months with a 2-year contract and eAutoPay.

#1 fuboTV: The cheapest way to watch the Weather Channel

fubo

Channels
80+ Channels
Price
$44.99/mo

This service is available on these devices

Free Trial

What we like: Low-cost option for watching the Weather Channel

Drawbacks: Missing some popular networks

Who it’s perfect for: Cord-cutters who don’t need ABC or ESPN

Thinking about fuboTV? Forecast calls for savings.

fuboTV isn’t the cheapest streaming service out there, but it is the cheapest way to watch the Weather Channel.

The downside is fuboTV doesn’t have a few popular channels, like ABC and ESPN. So if watching Monday Night Football or Grey’s Anatomy is non-negotiable, that may be a deal breaker. You’ve been warned.

How much does fuboTV cost?

Good news: fuboTV offers the Weather Channel as part of its introductory package. So you don’t have to upgrade to a more expensive plan to watch Epic Conditions.

fuboTV’s base package (fubo) costs $44.99 per month, so it’s a bit more than other streaming services. But most other streaming services don’t offer the Weather Channel, so . . .

Watching the Weather Channel on fuboTV

If you absolutely need to watch storm fronts move across weather maps in full HD, we have two things to tell you. First, that’s an oddly specific must-have. And second, fuboTV can totally hook you up.

With fuboTV, your Weather Channel livestream is delivered via your internet connection. fuboTV offers 1080p resolution, and it’s reliable, so your picture quality stays pretty consistent, even when you’re using a slower internet connection.

fuboTV isn’t perfect, though. You may still have to deal with occasional glitching and buffering issues during peak usage hours. It also doesn’t let you fast-forward or rewind when you watch the Weather Channel live, and you can’t record any Weather Channel shows for later. So fuboTV may not be the best choice if you absolutely can’t stand Pledge ads.

fuboTV’s cloud DVR

fuboTV’s DVR is kind of a mixed bag. Both of its packages include 30 hours of DVR storage at no extra cost. That’s pretty low, especially compared to YouTube TV (which offers free, unlimited DVR storage).

This cloud does have a silver lining, though. While fubo’s included DVR isn’t much to write home about, its Cloud DVR Plus add-on ($9.99 per month) gets you a whopping 500 hours of storage. That makes it comparable to DISH’s ultra-powerful Hopper 3 DVR—not too shabby.

Of course, that still won’t help if you plan on recording the Weather Channel. It’s one of only a few fuboTV channels that you can’t record for some reason. But it’s great for binge-watching entire seasons of your favorite non-Weather-Channel shows.

Compatible devices

If you plan on getting fuboTV, you’ll need a compatible streaming device.

#2 DIRECTV NOW: A more well-rounded cord-cutting option

Just Right

Channels
80+ Channels
Price
$55/mo.
Free Trial

What we like: Great channel count and low-cost premium channels

Drawbacks: Limited DVR offerings

Who it’s perfect for: Cord-cutters who want the Weather Channel and lots of other programming

DIRECTV NOW packages include more channels than any other streaming service, so you get pretty good bang for your buck. It also functions in a similar way to cable, so it’s easy to use and find the shows you need.

Just be prepared to pay a little bit more with DIRECTV NOW than you would with fuboTV.

How much does DIRECTV NOW cost?

DIRECTV NOW packages start at $40 per month, but to get the Weather Channel, you’ll need to upgrade to the Just Right package. It’s $55 per month, so it’s almost as expensive as a satellite or cable package—but not quite.

Watching the Weather Channel on DIRECTV NOW

DIRECTV NOW is a solid choice when it comes to reliability and picture quality. Like fuboTV, it’s delivered via your internet connection, so it works come rain or shine (literally, since internet connections aren’t affected as much by bad weather).

Also like fubo, DIRECTV NOW is reliable, so you don’t have to take a rain check on watching the big game just because everyone else in your neighborhood is online.

DIRECTV NOW’s cloud DVR

Here’s the bad news: DIRECTV NOW’s DVR is a real dark cloud hanging over all the other perks the service has to offer.

DIRECTV NOW packages include 20 hours of DVR storage. The service is working on adding more DVR storage, but for now that’s it. Yeah—disappointing, right?

One perk, though, is how DIRECTV NOW actually lets you record the Weather Channel (unlike fuboTV). So if you really want to catch every episode of Weather Gone Viral, DIRECTV NOW might be a better bet even with the limited recording space.

Compatible Devices

DIRECTV NOW is compatible with most major streaming devices except Android TV. But the service does work on Android phones and tablets.

Wild card: DISH

America's Top 120

Channels
190 channels
Price
$59.99/mo.**
*For 24 months with a 2-year contract and eAutoPay
See Plans

What we like: Reliability and better prices than other satellite services

Drawbacks: Contracts (blech)

Who it’s perfect for: Weather Channel fans who can’t cut the cord

Cord-cutting isn’t for everyone. So if you live in an area with poor internet connections or antenna reception, you may want to consider DISH.

DISH makes you sign a two-year contract (we’re not fans of that), and at first glance, it seems more expensive than DIRECTV. But unlike DIRECTV, DISH doesn’t raise your price during the second year of your deal. So in the long run, DISH is actually a better deal.

DISH is also ultra-reliable and offers a lot of local channels that DIRECTV NOW and fuboTV can’t deliver. And there’s something to be said for a service that’s familiar and doesn’t take a lot of time and effort to learn.

Keep in mind, though, that DISH (and other satellite providers) can be a real fair-weather friend. And we mean that literally.

While satellite TV isn’t dependent on your internet connection, it can be thrown off in bad weather. That may not be great for you, especially if your whole reason for watching the Weather Channel is to monitor bad weather in your area.

Our conclusion

We don’t know about you, but we like saving money. fuboTV gets our top pick for Weather Channel devotees simply because it’s the cheapest way to watch that network.

But if you’re interested in a more well-rounded cord-cutting option (that also includes the Weather Channel), you may prefer DIRECTV NOW.

If all else fails, satellite TV provider DISH is a reliable choice that provides good value over time.

Want to learn more about any of these services? Check out our reviews to get the scoop on the pros and cons of fuboTV, DIRECTV NOW, and DISH.

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