Hunter Franklin and his wife Victoria aren’t just an interracial power-hungry couple. They also happen to be the just elected President and First Lady. To the world, the couple and their children are a perfect example of the culmination of the American dream. But behind closed doors, the reality of the situation is far more scandalous.
From creator Tyler Perry comes a new soap opera not only focuses on the power dynamics between those that occupy the White House. The first couple complete with their volatile children are featured, but even bottom-rung staff members who work in the White House aren’t safe from the drama. It’s a little like Upstairs, Downstairs if you turbocharged the sex, depravity, greed, scandal, and betrayal.
Here’s everything you need to know to stream The Oval.
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What is The Oval?
The Oval was created, written, directed, and executive produced by media mogul Tyler Perry.
- Channel: BET
- Genre: Soap opera
- Starring: Ed Quinn as Hunter Franklin, Kron Moore as Victoria Franklin, Paige Hurd as Gayle Franklin, Daniel Croix Henderson as Jason Franklin, Javon Johnson as Richard Hallsen, Ptosha Storey as Nancy Hallsen
- Seasons: 1
- Status: Renewed for a second season in April 2020
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- “Hey, maybe you’re the kind of person who simply enjoys watching a woman cheat on her husband with a stranger in an airport bathroom. Whatever you’re into, The Oval serves at your pleasure.” –Andy Swift, TV Line
How to stream The Oval
BET is available on a few of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming.
The Oval 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. so if you want to stream The Oval 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.
The Oval 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 The Oval, 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.
|Orange + Blue||$50|
The Oval 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 BET, you’ll want to dock in at the FuboTV Standard level.
|Family with Showtime||$74.99 ($69.99 for first 3 mos.)|
The Oval 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 BET—and then you chat about it online via Vidgo’s Social TV platform.
The Oval 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 BET, get in at the AT&T TV Now Plus tier to stream it.
The Oval 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.