With the threat of cord-cutters looming and the ongoing shift to on-demand online viewing, many once-proud cable networks have suffered something of an identity crisis. In search of bigger, broader audiences, they’ve floated away from their core programming—which is how we got the WWE on Syfy. That makes CMT, Country Music Television, something of a pleasure.
Sure, CMT is not exactly the same Nashville-based channel laser-focused on country music that it once was. But it still plays an awful lot of country music. It still hosts the CMT Music Awards. It’s the network that helped rescue Nashville from the cancellation heap. Its original series, like the long-running Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team and the more recent Nashville-based reality series Music City, still remind you of the CMT of old. And even its reruns, like Reba, Last Man Standing, and the monument to Lone Star State asskickery that is Walker: Texas Ranger have a certain unifying blue-collar ethos. In a constantly shifting cable landscape, that makes CMT something of a rock. Like an old Brooks & Dunn tune, it’s comforting.
If you want to catch up on CMT, you can do it without a cable subscription—cop any of the live TV streaming services below and you can watch it anytime. That’ll also grant you access to the CMT app, available on iOS and Android devices, which will let you watch much of CMT’s programming on demand.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the CMT channel online.
What is CMT?
The CMT channel was launched as Country Music Television TV in 1983. Originally, the channel was known for playing country music videos and airing documentaries about country music stars. The show now airs many reality and lifestyle programs that are country music adjacent or tied to Southern American culture.
- Launched: March 1983
- Genre: Country music/Lifestyle/Reality
- Formally called: CMTV (1983)
- Parent Company: ViacomCBS
CMT live stream: How to watch CMT channel
There are a number of live TV streaming services that offer CMT. So, how do you decide which one is right for you? Well, that depends on your budget, what other channels you just can’t live without, and what device (or devices) you plan on streaming with. We cover all of those essential issues below. But don’t worry: No matter which service you select, you’ll be able to start with a one-week trial, allowing you to watch CMT for free.
CMT channel on Philo
Philo is a budget-minded streaming service, and depending on what channels you want, it might be right for you. The 59 Philo channels lean decidedly toward entertainment; the Philo channel list includes AMC, Discovery, IFC, Lifetime, and the Paramount Network, all for $20 a month. If you’re a fan of CMT, you’re in luck: You can find it on Philo. Philo also comes with free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.
CMT channel on Sling TV
If you’re looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There’s also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. You’ll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like FS1 and NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package. To gain access to CMT, you’ll either need Sling Blue, Sling Orange, or Sling Orange + Blue as well as the Comedy Extra channel suite. Sling also has a number of add-ons, including robust international packages organized by languages all over the globe.
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CMT channel on FuboTV
FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it’s evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 180+ FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo’s most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel now on board, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.
To watch CMT, you’ll want to dock in at the FuboTV Standard level.
CMT channel on AT&T TV Now
If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. If you’re looking for CMT, get in at the AT&T TV Now Maxtier to stream it.
CMT channel on YouTube TV
The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels, sports options including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBA TV, and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.
If you’re looking for YouTube TV, know that you can stream it on YouTube TV.
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