CBS is a legendary network that’s brought March Madness, the Super Bowl, 60 Minutes, and The Big Bang Theory to homes across America. With streaming an increasingly enticing option for those who haven’t already made the leap, CBS fans have options for getting their favorite shows from the network from a range of streaming services.
If it’s the CBS lineup of shows you’re looking to keep, you might consider CBS All Access as part of your mix. But if you’re also looking to keep your local CBS affiliate while cutting the cord, you’ll want to research your options. As you’ll see in the following guide, you’ve got a few of them.
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These streaming services all carry CBS as part of their packages but check the individual options to make sure your local CBS affiliate is included, as availability can vary among streaming services and markets. (While Sling doesn’t carry CBS, the AirTV option we discuss below allows you to grab local channels in addition to what Sling delivers.)
CBS on Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream CBS because you also gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geographic and Syfy.
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CBS on FuboTV
FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind, making it a popular pick for those looking to watch CBS. There are different channel packages available, whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. In addition to the niche entertainment options, all the great cable channels you need are there too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC.
CBS on Sling TV
Sling offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $15 per month. To be clear, CBS is not normally available on Sling, but through the magic of AirTV, you can get all your local channels in a system that plays nice with Sling. A complete AirTV set up will allow you to get all your local channels and free you up to choose Sling—if a lack of CBS is what’s holding you back.
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How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of the Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge your CBS affiliate and other local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—gives Sling users the ability to access all local channels to add to whichever Sling package is the best fit for them.
CBS on AT&T TV Now
There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, so using the company to stream CBS seems like an obvious choice. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
CBS on YouTube TV
YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: In addition to CBS, there are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels. Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) entertained for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
Best Shows on CBS
- Young Sheldon
- Big Brother
- Love Island
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