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How to watch tonight’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ online

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Austin Powell


Posted on Sep 29, 2018   Updated on Jan 27, 2021, 11:07 am CST

SNL will be returning from its pandemic hiatus April 11 with episode 16 of its 45th season. The episode will feature sketches from the cast members homes and a new weekend update.

Watching Saturday Night Live online without cable isn’t as easy as you might think. While all of the major live TV streaming services offer local channels at this point, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to an SNL live stream. The availability of NBC varies depending on the service and your location.

Season 46 premiers this Saturday, and couldn’t have arrived at a better time. This election season, Jim Carrey and Maya Rudolph will be playing the top and bottom of the Democratic presidential ticket, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, respectively. Chris Rock will serve as the host as the season kicks off, live from 30 Rock since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here’s everything you need to know to stream SNL.

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What is Saturday Night Live?

  • Airtime: Season 46 premiers Saturday, October 3 at 11:30pm.
  • Launched: October 11, 1975
  • Channel: NBC
  • Genre: Comedy/Music
  • Starring: Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor 
  • Seasons: 46

Who is hosting Saturday Night Live this week?

The season 46 premier will be hosted by comedian and actor Chris Rock, with musical guest Megan Thee Stalion.

Saturday Night Live Reviews

What the critics are saying:

  • “What’s clear about the current version of SNL is that the show has, to a large extent, sacrificed brilliance for consistency — you don’t get extreme highs and lows, but you can watch comfortably, knowing that Hartman and company are giving you what David Letterman calls “solid, professional comedy.” –Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
  • “The show, in short, is once again delivering laughs. So why, for a veteran fan, does the new Saturday Night Live still seem like a pale imitation of its old self? For one thing, the most popular bits — Carvey’s Church Lady, the body-building brothers Hans and Franz — are the weakest parts of the show, crowd-pleasers that depend on makeup gimmicks rather than nimble gags.” –Richard Zoglin, Time

SNL live stream: 9 ways to stream Saturday Night Live online

Every major live streaming service offers NBC in some capacity, but you’ll need to check if there’s a local affiliate available in your area. We’ve provided the links to do so below. Regardless, a subscription to one of the following services will allow you to live stream SNL NBC app.

SNL 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, NBC where you can stream SNL.

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SNL 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 SNL, 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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SNL 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 SNL, you’ll want to dock in at the FuboTV Standard level.

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

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SNL 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 SNL, know that you can stream it on YouTube TV.

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*First Published: Sep 29, 2018, 4:00 pm CDT