For a channel that once featured puppets making prank phone calls, Comedy Central still stands as a pillar of modern entertainment television. Less than a decade ago, Jon Stewart defined what it meant to be a political humorist, and Key & Peele continued the Chapelle Show’s legacy of biting racial humor and commentary. If you’re sick of expensive cable plans and are looking for a cheaper, more convenient streaming service, look no further. Here’s everything you need to know to watch a Comedy Central live stream.
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What is Comedy Central?
Founded in 1989, Comedy Central is one of the biggest purveyors of—go figure—comedy programming. Countless stand-up specials, cartoons, sitcoms, and variety or talk shows have all rotated through its lineup at one point or another. The list of famous Comedy Central shows is long but includes South Park, Reno 911, Workaholics, Futurama, Bojack Horseman, Tosh.O, and Broad City, to name just a few. Comedy Central is also well-known for showing reruns of popular comedies like King of the Hill.
- Launched: April 1991, after the merge with The Comedy Channel and Ha!
- Slogan: “Everything is funny.”
- Genre: Comedy
- Formally called: CTV, The Comedy Channel (1989-1991)
- Parent Company: ViacomCBS
Comedy Central live stream: 3 ways to watch Comedy Central online for free
Though only a few live TV streaming services offer a Comedy Central live stream, those that do come with at least a free seven-day trial. The channel is missing from Hulu, FuboTV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue.
Philo is the least expensive streaming service, but it has some limitations. You won’t find the sports channels that dominate other packages or local channels. However, it’s the cheapest way to gain access to 60 great entertainment channels for only $20 a month. You’ll get popular channels like Animal Planet, MTV, Discovery, IFC, AMC, Lifetime, Nick Jr, and the Paramount Network, as well as deep cuts like ID and Game Show Network. You also get free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.
FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC.
For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It 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 $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.
Sling’s now offering a 14-day free trial though July 6.
Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the Disney family of channels, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickelodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.
College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks.
There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. 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.
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: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy 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.)
Other ways to watch Comedy Central online
To use the Comedy Central app, you’ll need to log in with your information from a streaming service. The app is compatible with Philo and DirecTV but not with Sling TV.
You can watch a Comedy Central live stream (as well as some on-demand content) on CC.com, but you’ll have to provide a login from a valid streaming service. If you use Philo or DirecTV Now, you should be good to go. Unfortunately, Sling doesn’t make the cut.
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