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How to watch The Weather Channel live online

The Weather Channel logo on a TV screen
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The Weather Channel has proven that if you build a network dedicated to telling people about their daily and upcoming forecasts, they will watch. Of course The Weather Channel does a bit more than that, providing both live reporting from major storms, live radars and even original shows.

The cable network has been on TV since 1982, but how can you watch The Weather Channel if you have decided to cut the cord and go without a traditional TV subscription service? 

The good news is that there are options, which we break down right here.

The Weather Channel TV App

Though there were originally plans for The Weather Channel to launch its own streaming service in 2021, things changed and The Weather Channel Plus did not launch. Though different what was originally promised, The Weather Channel TV App is what spun off from that first attempt.

The Weather Channel TV App provides 24/7 weather alerts, updates, local forecasts, climate news, on-demand shows, radar, maps and more for a monthly subscription cost of $2.99 or an annual cost of $29.99; a seven-day free trial is available with both subscription plans.

While only available on TVs, not computers or mobile devices, The Weather Channel TV App works with a number of different smart TV models and devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung and Xfinity Flex.

More information is available on streamwtc.com (opens in new tab).

How to watch The Weather Channel live

A number of live TV streaming service also carry The Weather Channel as part of their lineup. This includes FuboTV, DirecTV Stream, frndly TV and, as of April 2022, YouTube TV.

How to watch The Weather Channel from anywhere

If you've found yourself away from home and unable to check The Weather Channel through your typical means that we've already mentioned because of geographical limitations, a good VPN may well be what you need.

A virtual private network routes all of your internet traffic through a specific set of servers through specific countries. So you can make it look as if you computer is in the United States even if it's not quite in your usual home location.

The catch? You need a VPN you can trust, because all of your network traffic — encrypted and unencrypted alike — will be running through it. For that, we have been big fans of ExpressVPN.

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ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is one of the easiest and affordable ways to watch what you want from anywhere you want to watch it. Plus it'll help keep your network traffic away from any prying eyes on public networks.

It's also a great way to keep up with The Weather Channel, no matter where you are.

Watch The Weather Channel with Chromecast or AirPlay

You can stream a live feed of The Weather Channel's website in a desktop browser and then use Apple's AirPlay or Google's Chromecast to send that tab over to a TV.

Oh, and a catch — you'll need to have a cable login (from anyone other than Comcast) to sign in first. Maybe you tripped and landed on one and lo and behold, it works. Whatever. We're not going to judge too much.

Streaming alternatives to The Weather Channel

Yeah, it's ridiculous that The Weather Channel isn't everywhere, because it really should be. But that doesn't mean there aren't alternatives.

One such option is Local Now. (For which TWC is a weather provider.) It's not as slick as TWC proper, but it does have the same sort of "Locals on the 8s" thing.

Where to get Local Now? Sling TV has it in both its Orange and Blue plans . There's also an app for Amazon Fire TV (opens in new tab). And there's also a Local Now channel on Roku (opens in new tab) , it's available on Fubo, and also available on YouTube TV. And there are apps for Android and for iOS (opens in new tab).

Or if you want an even more-affordable option, you can get AccuWeather on Philo for just $20 a month.