Vikings is a popular historical drama series produced by the History Channel and distributed by MGM Television.
Though historical drama series tend to cater to niche viewers, Vikings is a show that attracts a lot of interest from viewers who fall outside of the usual target demographic.
It’s inspired by the epic story of the viking legend Ragnar Lothbrok, and presents plenty of gore, sex and history. Thus the broad appeal. Think of it as a more historical version of Game of Thrones, set during the Viking Age.
Vikings first premiered on March 3, 2013 with over 6 million viewers according to Nielsen.
Currently, the show is in its fifth season, with a sixth season ordered and likely to premiere at the end of 2019.
How to Stream Vikings Online (Paid & Free)
As popular as Vikings may be, streaming options are limited. One of the main reasons for this is licensing and distribution rights – the only reason why all the shows aren’t available on Netflix, or why you can’t watch certain shows on Netflix.
Here are all the ways to watch Vikings online – official channels and unofficial ways to stream Vikings online.
Official Streaming Services That Offer Vikings
1. Watch Vikings on History – Official Producer of Vikings
History is the official producer of Vikings. Of course, being an international media company with a wide distribution platform over cable subscriptions, they offer streaming options – as long as you have subscribed to their channel.
You can also catch new episodes on Wednesdays at 9/8 Central Time Zone in the U.S.
2. Watch Vikings on Hulu
You’ve probably heard of Hulu before – they’re somewhat of a competitor to Netflix. The subscriptions start at $5.99 per month which is a few bucks cheaper than the basic plan under Netflix.
You will be able to watch all 5 seasons (59 episodes) on Hulu. There’s a free trial available for those who just want to dip their toes in.
(Hulu is currently only available to U.S. residents. If you have an account but reside abroad, a VPN may be your best option. Skip below to find out how to use a VPN to access Hulu.)
3. Watch Vikings on Netflix
We can’t leave out the king of the streaming platform, Netflix. If you’re one of the few people who still doesn’t have a Netflix subscription, the plans start from just $7.99 per month.
You can even get a free month if you sign up now – so you can essentially watch Vikings for free! All five seasons of Vikings is currently available on Netflix in select regions, including most of Europe and Latin America, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.
(Already have Netflix but geo-locked out? Try checking our list of the best VPNs for Netflix!)
4. Watch Vikings on Amazon
Speaking of mighty streaming platforms, let’s not leave out Amazon. Amazon is a behemoth of a company that not only offers streaming options through Amazon Prime, but pretty much most shows on the air on a per-episode or per-season basis.
Each episode of Vikings in HD is $2.99 or $19.99 for the whole season. If you watch it in SD, it’ll save you $1 per episode. You can also buy the DVD for $12.99.
The most cost-effective option is to get an Amazon Prime subscription for $119 a year; if you want to pay on a monthly basis, you’ll pay $12.99 a month. It’s more expensive than a yearly subscription but still cheaper than buying the season for $19.99.
(Students can get prime for $59 a year, or $6.49 per month.)
You can also try Amazon Prime free for 30 days if you sign up now.
Unofficial Streaming Services That May Offer Vikings
We get it. You’re not made out of money. So you either don’t have a subscription to any of the services listed above or can’t afford to buy physical copies. Of course, you don’t have any friends to split the costs either.
It’s ok. We’ll be your friends.
Here are some “unofficial” ways of watching Vikings. Of course, these methods aren’t guaranteed to work; your experience may vary.
1. Watch Vikings on YouTube
YouTube is the original stream king. They boast having over 1 billion users, and a statistic from 2015 reveals that over 24,000 days worth of videos are uploaded daily.
There’s simply no way for YouTube to filter out all the videos, so some slip by the system.
YouTube being YouTube, they do catch most episodes, though. Don’t expect to find all episodes here. Try it if you’re feeling lucky.
2. Watch Vikings on Dailymotion
Dailymotion is a lot like YouTube with less censorship and moderation. It gets the job done for the most part, but we’ve noticed there are numerous episode gaps.
Expect some missing puzzle pieces here, folks.
3. Other Unofficial Streaming Sites
It’s quite simple to find these sites – you just have to do a bit of digging around on Google. Search for “watch Vikings online free” and you might find some links.
A lot of them tend to be broken though, so this method requires a lot of patience. Also, beware of ads; these unofficial sites come with a bunch. We recommend that you use AdBlocker whenever possible. (Did you know some VPNs come with AdBlockers?)
We’re not really a fan of this method, as you need some time investment to test out different links, block out the ads, and still not find a working link with decent streaming quality. It’s more of a last resort.
Torrenting copyrighted shows is illegal – we do not condone piracy or breaking laws.
If you own the show already, it may be completely legal to download the show through the means – but remember, P2P means you are sharing the files and uploading even a bit is illegal.
If you’re caught, you can face heavy fines including jail time. To avoid any trouble, we suggest using a VPN – you can find the best VPNs for torrenting here.
How to Watch Vikings If You Are Geo-Locked
Ok, you want to do things the right way. You have a subscription to one of the streaming services, but due to licensing rights, Vikings isn’t available in your country.
This is an unfortunate scenario in which everybody loses. The producers and actors don’t receive compensation and you don’t get to watch Vikings.
Here’s a little tip: get yourself a VPN.
If you live outside of the U.S., Vikings may not be available on Netflix or other streaming platforms that you’re paying for.
If you get a (premium) VPN, it will route your traffic through a U.S. server and unlock Vikings.
This method is great because the producers and actors will receive compensation, and you get to watch shows on the streaming platform you’re paying for.
We can suggest two premium VPNs that have guaranteed streaming options like Netflix, Hulu and BBC iPlayer.
ExpressVPN is highly favored, especially among media consumers.
With 24/7 support and 100% guaranteed Netflix access, it’s hard to turn ExpressVPN down if you want to watch Vikings on Netflix.
Prices are quite OK if you sign up for a longer subscription – at $8.32 per month on average. ExpressVPN has been around as a business for several years without any hiccups, so it’s a safe bet.
Not only that, the 24/7 live chat support will help you find a streaming server if any of them fail to work for you. Now that’s great service.
And if you want to torrent, ExpressVPN also allows it while giving you protection from prying eyes.
NordVPN is the cheaper, little brother to ExpressVPN.
The cheapest subscription averages out to $2.99 per month which is less than half the price of ExpressVPN.
With a beautiful VPN client interface, NordVPN has been catching up to ExpressVPN’s quality over the past few years. The customer support isn’t there yet but it’s definitely a secure VPN option.
As a premium VPN service, NordVPN also allows torrenting.
Why Premium VPNs Are Worth It
The two premium VPNs (as well as a few others on our top 10 list) listed above are 100% worth it for various reasons:
You’re paying for a streaming service – logically speaking, you should have full access to their entire catalog wherever you are.
You can torrent without having people snoop you. VPNs provide a level of security and anonymity so you will be protected by anyone attempting to find out who is torrenting.
They are extremely affordable. If you can pay for a Netflix subscription, you can definitely afford a VPN subscription – and the latter should come first for your safety and privacy.
You want to use a free VPN because you can’t afford a VPN subscription?
Think about it this way.
99% of free VPNs are viruses. They will mine your data and sell them to the highest bidder. Not only that, they sometimes mine cryptocurrencies from your computer and phones without your consent.
Imagine all the trouble you’ll go through in your futile attempt to remove these viruses.
Put your mind at ease and just get a premium VPN. It’s a no-brainer.
All in all, watching Vikings online is as easy as finding a streaming service. If you can afford a streaming service, you can afford a VPN service.
Worst case scenario, you can probably find a few episodes of Vikings on YouTube or something.