When: Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. EST
What Channel: History
One of my friend’s favorite shows on television right now is that of Vikings on the History Channel. Literally every time that me and my friend cross paths, the first question that he asks is “have you seen the new episode of Vikings?”, and every time my answer is the same, “No”.
For me, I cut the cord on my cable company a long time ago and opened up a whole world to me of shows to binge watch, so I hadn’t been able to get around to this amazing television show yet. But after weeks upon weeks of being badgered about watching the program, I finally relented and decided to seek out a way to watch Vikings online.
These are my findings, which I’m sharing with fellow television viewers like myself who may wish to jump aboard this Vikings ship and see what all the fuss is about.
What is Vikings?
Vikings is a historical action/drama show about the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok, the Scandinavian Viking who became one of the biggest Norse heroes of his time for his conquest of France and England. Along the journey, viewers will become engrossed by the drama that unfolds with Ragnar’s crew as well as the action of the battles that take place.
Viking features an all-star cast, including the likes of Travis Fimmel in the lead role of Ragnar, in addition to Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, and many others.
Vikings airs Wednesdays at 9pm EST on the History Channel.
How to Watch Vikings Online
If you have a current cable subscription and are not quite ready to “cut the cord”, then you can catch up with Vikings on-demand at The History Channel website. The History Channel website features several episodes from the latest season of Vikings, giving you a way to catch up on any episodes you may have missed if you are already a regular viewer of the series.
To start using the on-demand streaming on the History Channel website, simply search for the video you are looking for and click on it to try and view it. Once you do, you will be prompted to enter the information of your cable company, which will then give you unlimited, free access to the history.com streaming services.
If you are looking for a more traditional cable service to allow you to watch Vikings live as it airs, then you may be more interested in something along the lines of Sling TV. Much like cable, Sling TV features various channels on its service that are available for live viewing, but at a fraction of the cost of traditional cable or satellite.
Sling TV also gives you many different package options for channels (many of which include the History Channel), allowing you to customize your channels how you wish. In addition to this, should you not be able to catch Vikings live, Sling TV gives viewers the option to record episodes via DVR, letting you view the program whenever you have the time.
You can try it out with their 7-Day Free Trial.
DirecTV Now is the fairly new on-demand service available which allows for viewing of live television on many devices. While this service is included with a normal DirecTV cable package, you are able to use the service on its own without cable.
DirecTV Now has many different channel options available for viewers, including the History Channel, which will allow you to view Vikings live as it airs on Wednesday nights. Seeing as you don’t need a DirecTV cable subscription to use the service, you will be able to watch Vikings on many different devices such as your computer or tablet, and won’t have the need for bulky, space-wasting cable boxes!
If you’d like to try out DirecTV Now, they offer a SEVEN DAY FREE TRIAL.
fuboTV is a service that was originally created for soccer fans who wanted to watch games that were normally unavailable to people in the U.S. Over time they’ve vastly expanded their channel to satisfy the viewing needs of everyone. Although the channel selection is more geared toward the sports fan, channels range from E!, to the Food Network, to Viceland, to History. Give it a try.
The “Premier” package contains over 70 channels for $39.99/month. The first 2 months are $19.99/month. They offer a 7-Day Free Trial if you want to see for your self.
Amazon Prime Video
If you are like me and need to catch up on Vikings from the beginning, then Amazon Prime Video is one of the best ways to go. Amazon Prime Video is an on-demand streaming service, not unlike Netflix and Hulu, which allows you to view various TV shows and movies, with the exception being that you do not need a subscription to use it.
The downside to using the service without a subscription is that you will actually have to pay for individual episodes or seasons if you want to view them. That is why it is advised that you sign up for the Amazon Prime service, which not only allows you to watch shows like Vikings on-demand at no extra charge, but also gives you great discounts and free shipping on Amazon purchases!
Perhaps the most popular method of viewing Vikings online, as well as one of the most accessible, is through the use of Hulu. If you don’t know, Hulu is a service that allows viewing of on-demand programming on a number of devices for as low as $7.99 a month, with new shows usually added the day after they air.
Hulu contains the first four seasons of Vikings on-demand, meaning that it is not exactly up-to-date with the latest episodes of the series. But if you need to catch up on earlier seasons of the show and don’t want to pay the higher prices of the other services on this list, then this is by far your best option.
Additionally, Hulu has a live TV service. It offers over 50 channels at $39.99/month PLUS subscribers get access to the full Hulu on-demand library. The History Channel is a part of the package so you can catch episodes as they air. It’s worth a look.
As of this writing, I am still not all caught up on Vikings. What can I say, I like to procrastinate sometimes. Thankfully, with the many viewing options available to me, I can take all the time that I need to catch up on all the historical action that Vikings has to offer.