The Paramount Network is an odd duck. You could construct a conspiracy movie-style cork-board-with-pictures-connected-by-strings charting the channel’s evolution—from the Nashville Network to the National Network to Spike TV. (Notably, the Paramount Network is not descended from the United Paramount Network, or UPN, which later became the CW. Go figure.)
As befits a channel with such a windy history, the Paramount Network, which launched in 2018, has something of an identity crisis. There are reruns of Two and a Half Men and Friends, sure, but there’s also a wide array of original reality series—a rebooted Wife Swap, the return of Spike TV’s popular Bar Rescue, and the ingeniously viral-by-design Lip Sync Battle—not to mention MMA fights from Bellator. And the network is aiming to match AMC and FX with prestige dramas—from the Emmy-nominated miniseries Waco to the Kevin Costner-starring Yellowstone, one TV’s best-looking shows.
Curious? You can check out Paramount Network even without a cable subscription. Here’s everything you need to know to watch Paramount Network online.
What is Paramount Network?
The Paramount Network used to be Spike, the men’s answer to Lifetime. Before that, it was TNN and The Nashville Network, which was primarily focused on country music programming. Now, the channel primarily focuses on scripted drama and unscripted reality as well as one of the destinations for Bellator MMA.
- Launched: March 1983
- Genre: Reality/Drama
- Formally called: The Nashville Network (1983–2000), The National Network (2000–2001), The New TNN (2001–2003), Spike TV (2003–2006), Spike (2006–2018)
- Parent Company: ViacomCBS
Best Shows on Paramount Network
- Ink Master
- Bar Rescue
- Wife Swap
- Lip Sync Battle
Paramount Network live stream: How to watch Paramount Network
There are a couple of live TV streaming services that offer the Paramount Network. 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 the Paramount Network for free.
Paramount Network 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 Paramount Network, 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.
Paramount Network 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 Paramount Network, you’ll either need Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue. Sling also has a number of add-ons, including robust international packages organized by languages all over the globe.
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Paramount Network 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 181 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 coming on board in 2020, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.
To watch Paramount Network, you’ll want to dock in at the FuboTV Standard level.
Paramount Network on Vidgo
Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package. Vidgo channels include ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), and it’s one of the few streaming services that carries BeIN Sports. But it’s like Fubo in that, even though it started out for streaming sports, it carries a lot more now. You might be surprised to know that Vidgo’s an option to stream Paramount Network—and then you chat about it online via Vidgo’s Social TV platform.
Paramount Network 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 Paramount Network, get in at the AT&T TV Now Max tier to stream it.
Paramount Network 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 Paramount Network, know that you can stream it on YouTube TV.
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