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True classics—mid-century modern furniture, Akira Kurosawa films, Prince—never go out of a style, a fact Boomerang understands well. Launched in 2000 as an ad-free spin-off of Cartoon Network, Boomerang originally served as a sort of Turner Classic Movies of animation, mining Turner Broadcasting’s enormous archives, with a focus on classic cartoons ranging from The Flinstones to Looney Tunes. But in the last few years, in pursuit of a more rounded, family-friendly approach, the network has diversified. Sure, Tom and Jerry still occupy more than a few timeslots, but they share space with shows from Cartoon Network’s ’90s golden age, like Dexter’s Laboratory, and more modern programming like Ben 10 and a rebooted Bunnicula. But despite its more contemporary offerings, Boomerang maintains an old-school feel.
Fortunately, if you’ve got a jonesing for classic cartoons, you don’t need a cable subscription to access Boomerang. The channel’s relative obscurity means it’s not available on a wide array of live TV streaming services. But you do have a few excellent options.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch Boomerang online.
How to watch Boomerang for free
There are only a couple of options for watching Boomerang online. Which one is right for you? Well, that depends on your budget, whether you want other channels or just Boomerang, and what device (or devices) you plan on streaming with. We cover all of those essential issues below. But don’t worry: No matter which option you select, you’ll be able to start with a one-week trial, allowing you to watch Boomerang for free.
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Dish Network’s foray into over-the-internet live TV is the most popular such service in the U.S. That’s no surprise, given the low barrier to entry it offers for many of the most popular cable networks. For only $25 a month, you can sign up for a tier of Sling TV that will handily compete with any basic cable package. Sling TV offers a slightly dizzying array of options: two distinct packages (Sling Orange and Sling Blue) that you can sign up for separately or together (Sling Orange + Blue, which costs just $40 per month), and add-on packages ranging from premium channels like Starz to cloud DVR storage. For Boomerang fans, you’ll need to spring for one of those add-on packages—Boomerang does not come standard in any Sling package. But it is available as part of the Kids Extra package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue. That add-on package will run you $5 a month. And you can sign up for up to four extra packages (Kids Extra, Lifestyle Extra, Comedy Extra, and News Extra) for only $10 a month. Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
2) DirecTV Now Plus
- Cost: $50-$70 per month
- Devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, Android and iOS devices
In March 2019, DirecTV Now launched two new streaming options, DirecTV Now ($50 per month) and DirecTV Now Plus ($70 per month). Both come with Boomerang, ESPN and ESPN2, Cartoon Network, MTV, and more. Both packages are on the high end for live TV, but at least they come with multiple HBO channels.
- Cost: $3.33-$4.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Boomerang devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Amazon Fire Stick, Amazon Kindle devices, Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, and iOS and Android devices
If you don’t want an entire live TV subscription service, and you’re truly interested in Boomerang and Boomerang alone, the channel does offer its very own standalone streaming service. You can stream the channel’s entire library of movies and episodes whenever you like, and even download your favorite shows for offline viewing. The service is $4.99 per month—although signing up for the annual plan drops the rate to a mere $3.33 per month. That’s a small price to pay for all the Richie Rich you could ever want.
New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2019 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for premium services, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, and Starz online. Want a specific channel? Here’s how to stream A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC, Bravo, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, Comedy Central, the CW, Discovery, Disney Channel, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Food Network, Fox News, Freeform, FS1 and FS2, FX, Golf Channel, Hallmark, HGTV, History Channel, HLN, Lifetime, MSNBC, MTV, National Geographic, NBA TV, Nickelodeon, PBS, Sundance TV, Syfy, TBS, Tennis Channel, TLC, TNT, the Weather Channel, Willow, VH1, 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.
Patrick Caldwell is a streaming entertainment reporter. He previously served as a staff music critic at the Austin American-Statesman.