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How to stream TBS

TBS is quietly becoming must-see TV.


Austin Powell


Posted on Oct 1, 2018   Updated on Apr 19, 2021, 11:00 am CDT

You never know when you’ll need a TBS live stream, or to watch TBS live. Maybe you’re scrambling to watch the MLB playoffs or catch Snoop Dogg’s new series, The Joker’s Wild.

TBS is one of those cable channels that’s easy to take for granted. It’s always included, no matter who your provider is, and the same holds true for the new live TV streaming services that allow you to watch TBS online. But over the past few years, TBS has invested heavily in its original programming, starting with Conan and continuing with Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, a much-needed political voice in the late-night space. TBS has also picked up American Dad and earned praise for Tracy Morgan’s The Last O.G. 

There’s also something deeply comforting about TBS. Where else can you find Friends, Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, The King of Queens, and Seinfeld all in one place? Regardless of what you’re trying to watch, here’s everything you need to know to find a TBS live stream.

What is TBS?

TBS is one of the oldest cable networks. The channel began as a UHF channel from Atlanta, Georgia when it was acquired by Turner Communications Corporation in July of 1969. It initially ran re-runs of popular shows like I Love Lucy and Japanese imports like Speed Racer. By 1995, the channel made a shift towards comedy with original series like Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Conan.

  • Launched: September 1967
  • Slogan: “We’re comedy”
  • Genre: Comedy/Drama
  • Formally called: WJRJ-TV (1967–1970), WTCG-TV (1970–1979), SuperStation WTBS (1979–1987), SuperStation TBS (1987–1989), TBS SuperStation (1989–1991), TBS (original use, 1991–1996), TBS Superstation (1996–2004)
  • Parent Company: WarnerMedia Entertainment

How to stream TBS

All six of the major live TV streaming services offer TBS streaming, so figuring out which option is best for you will likely come down to why you’re trying to watch TBS online to begin with. Are you looking for reruns of TV shows? MLB playoffs? News commentary? Whatever the case, here’s what you need to know.

TBS on Hulu with Live TV

Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.

Hulu Live TV sets you up with local channels and has a broad spectrum of entertainment and sports channels to review, including the full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, HGTV, and even deep cuts like National Geographic and Syfy, and of course, TBS, where you can stream The Last O.G. and Miracle Workers.

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TBS 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 TBS, you’ll either need Sling Blue, Sling Orange, 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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Orange + Blue$50

TBS 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 TBS get in at the AT&T TV Now Plus tier to stream it.

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TBS 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 to watch TBS live, know that you can stream it on YouTube TV.

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*First Published: Oct 1, 2018, 5:30 am CDT