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

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Apr 10, 2020, 11:42 am*


Austin Powell 

Austin Powell


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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. Here’s everything you need to know to watch SNL online ahead of the season 45 return on Jan. 25. 

SNL season 45 schedule

Saturday Night Live doesn’t release its full schedule all at once. That would spoil too many surprises. Here’s what we’ve learned so far:

Sep. 28: Woody Harrelson, Billie Eilish
Oct. 5: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Taylor Swift
Oct. 12: David Harbour, Camila Cabello
Oct. 26: Chance the Rapper, Chance the Rapper
Nov. 2: Kristen Stewart, Coldplay
Nov. 16: Harry Styles, Harry Styles
Nov. 23: Will Ferrell, King Princess
Dec. 7: Jennifer Lopez, DaBaby
Dec. 14: Scarlett Johansson, Niall Horan
Dec. 21: Eddie Murphy, Lizzo
Jan. 25: Adam Driver, Halsey
Feb. 1:  J.J. Watt, Luke Combs

Feb. 8:  RuPaul, Justin Bieber

Feb. 29: John Mulaney, David Byrne

Mar. 7: Daniel Craign The Weeknd

Apr. 11: “SNL at Home” No Host or Musical Guest

What channel is SNL on?

Saturday Night Live airs on NBC at 11:30pm ET.

Can I live stream SNL on Hulu with Live TV?

Indeed! It’s one of nine ways to watch SNL, and one of seven routes to live stream everything from the opening monologue to the closing hugs. 

SNL live stream: 9 ways to watch 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.

1) Hulu with Live TV

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  • Cost: $54.99 per month or $60.99 (commercial free)
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, Samsung, LG TV, and iOS and Android devices
  • Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)

If you love Saturday Night Live, chances are you already love Hulu. The streaming service is the best way to catch up on your favorite TV shows, and its invested heavily in its original series, most notably The Handmaid’s Tail. Now you can watch live TV on Hulu, too, so you don’t have to wait till the next day to stream Saturday Night Live or the latest This Is Us episode. Hulu with Live TV offers roughly 60 channels that range from sports ESPN, FS1, Big Ten Network, NBC’s Golf Channel) to news (Fox News, MSNBC, CNN,) to entertainment (FX, Disney). Here’s a complete guide to Hulu Live TV channels.

Game-changing feature: Every subscription comes with free access to Hulu’s on-demand library, meaning you can catch up on all of your favorite shows. (Here are our picks for the best movies on Hulu, Hulu documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals.)

2) Sling TV

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Sling TV is the most well-known and popular live TV streaming service on the market right now. For some strange reason, local channels aren’t available as part of its basic Sling Orange package. That means you’ll either need Sling Blue ($30 per month) or, if it’s important that you also get ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3, Sling Orange + Blue (seen below), which costs $45 per month. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)

Game-changing feature: Price. Sling TV offers the cheapest way to stream Saturday Night Live.

3) FuboTV

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When you’re done streaming Saturday Night Live, if your first thought is to see what European soccer games might be on, FuboTV is the right streaming service for you. Its sports-centric package specializes in international sports, but you also get channels that are traditionally add-ons elsewhere (NBA TV, NFL Network, Pac-12 Network) in your basic package. Here’s a complete guide to FuboTV channels.

Game-changing feature: Three-day replay for games and 500 hours of cloud DVR.

4) AT&T Now

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  • Cost: $65-$135 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
  • AT&T Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Samsung TV, Safari, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

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 on 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.

5) YouTube TV

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YouTube TV is a solid choice for watching Saturday Night Live online. You get NBC, CNBC, and NBCSN, in addition to MLB Network, NBA TV, ESPN, AMC, and Syfy. Just don’t expect to skip ads on YouTube. For that, you’ll need YouTube Premium, a separate service. (Here’s a complete guide to YouTube TV channels.)

Game-changing feature: You can add up to six accounts per household, and each one of those accounts gets unlimited cloud DVR. Even better: You can fast-forward through ads in recorded programs.

6) The NBC app

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Cost: Free to download

Devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, Amazon Alexa Skill, Chromecast, Echo Show, Samsung TV, Visio TV, iOS and Android devices

With a cable subscription or any of the live TV options listed above, you can unlock all of your favorite shows on the NBC app and, in most U.S. cities, live viewing. Episodes of new shows are loaded the day after they air, which makes it a great way to watch SNL but also This Is Us, The Good Place, The Voice, and more, while classic shows like Friday Night LightsSaved by the Bell, and Battlestar Galactica are available in their entirety on-demand. Without a subscription, you still get three free episodes if you create an NBC profile.

7) The SNL Official App on NBC

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Cost: Free to download

Devices: iOS and Android devices

You won’t be able live stream SNL with this app, but it’s so ridiculously comprehensive that it’s worth mentioning. Also: It’s free. It’s far more comprehensive than what you’ll find on YouTube and much easier to use. For example, a quick search for Leslie Jones brought up 241 skits to watch. Plus, the app boasts of having an AI-enabled recommendation system that offers up suggestions tailored to how an what you watch.

That said, if you want to watch full episodes, the app will direct you to download the NBC app covered above

SNL on Amazon Prime Video

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Amazon Prime Video

Episodes from Season 45 are available the day after the original show airs for $2.99 an episode or $24.99 for the whole season. Amazon’s archive goes all the way back to the original season; select episodes are available for as low as $1.99.

SNL on YouTube

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Saturday Night Live doesn’t live stream on YouTube, but it’s the best way to catch all the highlights from the show. SNL uploads nearly every skit and musical performance to YouTube on Sundays. This way you can get a good night sleep, skip some commercials, and see everything you missed from the program.

In fact, you can spend hours going down a YouTube wormhole of SNL highlights. The channel smartly offers curated collections for key cast members (Alec Baldwin, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, etc.), as well as themed videos (“Back to School with SNL”), behind-the-scenes footage, and highlights from previous seasons.

New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, Sundance TV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Willow, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, HLN, A&E, Animal Planet, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.

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