How to watch BET online for free

From the Hip Hop Awards to 'Hustle in Brooklyn,' here's everything you need to know to watch BET.

Dec 31, 2018, 6:00 am


Joseph Knoop 

Joseph Knoop



BET is the No. 1 spot for television programming focused on hip-hop, reality television, and African-American entertainment news. Are you tired of subscribing to expensive cable services just to get BET? Are you ready to cut the cord and get your live television when and where you want it? Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch a BET live stream for free.



What is BET?

It’s all in the name: Black Entertainment Television. Originally just a programming block on USA, BET was established as a proper channel in 1983. Its early run consisted heavily of music videos and reruns of popular Black sitcoms, mimicking the MTV format for an African-American audience. In more recent years, BET has shifted toward more reality, pop culture, and drama programming. Popular shows include Scandal, Black-ish, 106 & Park, Being Mary Jane, and more. The channel also hosts the annual BET Hip Hop Awards show.

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BET live stream: 5 ways to watch BET online for free

BET is missing from Hulu, FuboTV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue, but you still have plenty of live TV streaming services to choose from. Each option comes with at least a free seven-day trial.

Sling Orange $30
Sling Blue $30
Sling Orange & Blue $45
14-Day Free Trial
Sling TV Guide
Sling TV Channels
Sling TV Devices

For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.

Monthly $20
7-Day Free Trial
Philo Guide
Philo Channels
Philo Devices

Philo is the least expensive streaming service, but it has some limitations. You won’t find the sports channels that dominate other packages or local channels. However, it’s the cheapest way to gain access to 60 great entertainment channels for only $20 a month. You’ll get popular channels like Animal Planet, MTV, Discovery, IFC, AMC, Lifetime, Nick Jr, and the Paramount Network, as well as deep cuts like ID and Game Show Network. You also get free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.

Plus $65
Max $80
Ultimate $135
7-Day Free Trial
AT&T TV Now Guide
AT&T TV Now Channels
AT&T TV Now Devices

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 in the 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.

Other ways to watch BET online

BET website

BET’s website lets you connect with your streaming service provider to watch a BET live stream and on-demand content. Simply go to, click “Live TV” in the upper right corner, and you’ll be prompted to choose your provider and log in with those credentials. DirecTV Now and Philo work, but unfortunately, Sling TV subscribers won’t have web streaming access.

Entertainment Channel Guides

A&E AMC Animal Planet
BBC America BET Bravo
Cartoon Network Comedy Central Discovery Channel
Disney Channel Disney XD E!
Food Network Freeform FX
FXX Hallmark Channel HGTV
History Channel IFC Lifetime
MTV National Geographic Nickelodeon
Nick Jr Paramount Network Science Channel
Sundance SYFY TBS
TLC Travel Channel TruTV
VH1 Willow The Weather Channel

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Last updated Apr 2, 2020, 1:31 pm