If you’re a fan of FYI Network’s unusual combination of survivalist home improvement content, we have good news: you don’t need cable to enjoy it. Read on to learn your options.
In a hurry? FYI isn’t as widely available as some channels but there are a number of choices. These are the best:
- Hulu + Live TV: This 85+ live channel streaming services also includes Disney+ and ESPN+.
- Sling TV: This low-cost streaming service allows you to construct just the channel lineup you want. Save 50% on your first month of Sling TV.
- DIRECTV STREAM: If you aren’t sure about leaving cable, this is the way to go. A 5-day free trial is now available for DIRECTV STREAM.
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Ostensibly offering “enthusiast lifestyle genres,” FYI is a hodge-podge of home improvement and design, cars, outdoor recreation, and survival content.
If you want to cut the cord on your cable company but still stay on top of what’s happening in HOME.MADE.NATION, read on.
What Is FYI
FYI started life in 1998 as The Biography Channel, a spin-off of A&E. It was a place to reliably catch documentaries, including old episodes of A&E’s award-winning, then-flagship series Biography. When A&E started shifting toward more reality programming, The Biography Channel took over Biography and other edutainment shows from its parent.
In 2007, the network was rebranded as simply “Bio,” and programming correspondingly shifted to “true stories about fascinating people” and away from traditional biographies. In 2014, under the leadership of Jana Bennett (the person behind TLC’s successful metamorphosis into a reality channel), the network was rebranded again as “FYI,” a lifestyle channel.
FYI currently features content for home fixer-upper fans, automotive enthusiasts, and reality junkies. The network is owned by A+E Networks, which is also the parent company of A&E, Lifetime, History, Crime + Investigation, and Vice, and is in turn owned by Hearst Communications and Disney.
Other channels with a home improvement focus are HGTV and Magnolia Network (formerly DIY). Channels that feature relationship-themed reality TV shows are TLC and WE tv, and other car-enthusiast channels are MotorTrend and Choppertown.
Today, the FYI channel is a series of marathons of some of A&E’s top shows of the past. These include Duck Dynasty, Wife Swap, Storage Wars, and Ice Road Truckers. It does have at least a few original shows currently airing:
- Barrett-Jackson Revved Up: The auction company behind the #1 event for car lovers shares highlights from its annual auctions.
- Sell This House!: Tanya Memme helps problem homes get sold.
- Tiny House World: This continuation of Tiny House Hunting and Tiny House Nation follows would-be tiny house-owners from around the globe.
- Man vs Child: Chef Showdown: Professional adult master chefs compete against culinary prodigies.
DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) is everything you have come to expect from a telecom mega-company — except the long-term commitment. Get 75 to 140+ channels, depending on how much you want to pay. And you can switch plans (or cancel altogether) anytime you want.
Unlimited cloud DVR and devices on your home network plus all your local TV channels are included. To get FYI, you’ll have to get the Ultimate Package, which is $104.99/mo. It also has Magnolia Network, A&E, HGTV, MotorTrend, TLC, and WE tv. (DIRECTV STREAM review)
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV builds on the long-time success of Hulu’s on-demand library by adding over 85 linear channels of basic cable goodness. It starts on the pricey side — $69.99/mo — but Disney+ and ESPN+ are included in that subscription price.
It comes with unlimited cloud DVR with 9 months of storage, which can be upgraded. The good news — great news! — is that FYI is also included in the base package, along with A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, MotorTrend, and TLC. You should be aware that AMC Networks channels and services (AMC, Sundance TV, IFC, WEtv, Shudder) are not included. (Hulu + Live TV review)
Smart TV shoppers will love Philo, which provides over 60 channels for $25/mo, plus streaming on up to 3 devices and unlimited DVR storage. What you might not love is that it’s missing a lot of major, popular channels, like Bravo, USA, Disney, local network stations, and pretty much any sports or news channels.
If that didn’t make you blink, then you should know you do get FYI, A&E, Crime + Investigation, HGTV, History, Lifetime, Magnolia Network, MotorTrend, TLC, and WE tv. (Philo review)
Sling TV makes you work a little harder at set-up, but it pays off in providing choice. Choose either the Orange or Blue package for $35/mo (or $50/mo for both). FYI Network comes with the Lifestyle Extra, a $6/mo add-on that includes FYI plus LMN, Magnolia Network, WE tv, all the Hallmark channels, and more.
Both base packages contain A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and Vice, but you’ll have to choose between Sling Blue with TLC or Sling Orange with MotorTrend. Both plans come with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. (Sling TV review)
Vidgo is for people who like the idea of Philo but really want their news and sports. For $59.95/mo, you can get over 100 channels, including FYI, A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, Magnolia Network, MotorTrend, and TLC. True motorheads can check out Choppertown on the Premium Plan to see if it’s worth the $79.99/mo. (Vidgo review)
Other Ways to Stream FYI
- FrndlyTV: A true skinny bundle, 30+ channels for $6.99/mo, and that includes all the A+E channels, including FYI. Other networks run to documentaries and information (like The Weather Channel), family programming, and outdoor recreation.
- PlutoTV: A free streaming service provided by Paramount Global through a website and app, Pluto has a lot of episodes of a lot of FYI shows, totally free.
Other viewing options depend on your favorite parts of FYI.
- HGTV: More home renovation, design, and selling. Popular shows include Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Home Town, Celebrity IOU, and My Lottery Dream Home.
- Magnolia Network: Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper explore more home improvement, restoration, and food.
- TLC: If you like Married at First Sight, you’ll love 90 Day Fiance and its many spin-offs, Love After Lockup, and Unexpected.
- WE tv: Looking for relationship reality on the next level? Check out Marriage Boot Camp, Braxton Family Values, and the hot mess that is Mama June.
- Bravo: Home of Real Housewives, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and Below Deck, this is the destination for the ultimate in trash-TV guilty pleasures.
TVs and Mobile Devices to Live Stream FYI
All the most popular devices in use today are supported by the live TV streaming services we’ve highlighted:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android mobile devices
- Android TV
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- iOS devices (iPhone, iPad)
- Samsung Smart TVs
- Web browsers
There are some exceptions. DIRECTV STREAM does not support Apple TV and Xbox. It does, however, offer its own device that you can purchase directly. Philo and Vidgo do not support Samsung smart TVs and Xbox gaming systems.
See the streaming reviews we linked to above for complete lists. Some services support other devices. For example, Hulu supports the PlayStation.
So whether you came for the matchmaker drama and stayed for the house flipping or vice versa, you don’t need your cable company to keep up with what’s going on with Rachel Ray’s Italian Dream Home.
Sign up for one of the streaming services listed above, and prepare to demolish that cable bill. A good choice is Philo for just $25/mo (free 7-day trial).
What happened to the Canadian FYI?
FYI in Canada was distributed by Corus Entertainment. In 2019, Canadian service providers started notifying customers that three specialty TV channels would be removed from service: IFC Canada, CosmoTV, and FYI. It is widely speculated that Corus was simply weeding out niche channels with lower viewership.
Why doesn’t YouTube TV have FYI?
Because you don’t want to pay $100+ a month for your TV, or you may as well just go back to cable, streaming services pick and choice what channels they offer. Media companies — NBCUniversal, Paramount Global, Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, etc — charge TV providers to carry their channels. Typically, carriage fees are on a per-channel, per-subscriber basis. And more valuable channels command higher fees.
In order to keep subscription rates down, YouTube TV — and FuboTV as well — decided to pass on A+E channels. It’s the same reason why Hulu + Live TV doesn’t carry AMC, Fubo doesn’t carry Warner channels, and Philo doesn’t have anything more expensive than Discovery.