How to watch ‘The Name of the Rose’ for free

Murder. Palace intrigue. Feudalism. No, this isn’t another secret season of Game of Thrones, but it might fill the Westeros-sized hole in your heart and television schedule. The Name of the Rose is the miniseries adaptation of the classic 1980 Umberto Eco novel of the same name. The story is a historical murder mystery set in 1327 Italy.

Franciscan Friar William of Baskerville is tasked with solving a chain of unusual deaths in an isolated Benedictine abbey. William must solve the case with his faithful apprentice while dodging the aims of a particularly wrathful inquisitor. The series is a study in semiotics, medieval studies, and biblical analysis. 

The Name of the Rose has been adapted before, but SundanceTV is fleshing out the novel into eight episodes, so no detail, character, or subtlety is left out of the incredibly lofty novel’s adaptation, and it features John Turturro in the starring role no less.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch The Name of the Rose online for free.

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The Name of the Rose cast

  • John Turturro as William of Baskerville
  • Rupert Everett as Bernard Gui
  • Damian Hardung as Adso of Melk
  • Fabrizio Bentivoglio as Remigio of Varagine
  • Greta Scarano as Margherita/Anna
  • Richard Sammel as Malachia of Hildesheim
  • Stefano Fresi as Salvatore
  • Roberto Herlitzka as Alinardo of Grottaferrata
  • Fausto Maria Sciarappa as Nicola of Morimondo
  • Maurizio Lombardi as Berengar
  • Antonia Fotaras as the Occitan Girl
  • Guglielmo Favilla as Venance
  • Piotr Adamczyk as Severinus of Sant’Emmerano
  • Tchéky Karyo as Pope John XXII
  • Benjamin Stender as Bence of Uppsala
  • Claudio Bigagli as Jerome of Jaffa
  • Corrado Invernizzi as Michael of Cesena
  • Max Malatesta as Aymaro
  • Alessio Boni as Dolcino
  • Sebastian Koch as the Baron of Neuenberg
  • James Cosmo as Jorge of Burgos
  • Michael Emerson as the Abbot
  • Rinat Khismatouline as Cardinal du Pouget
  • Camilla Diana as Bianca
  • David Brandon as Hugh of Newcastle

What channel is The Name of the Rose on?

The Name of the Rose is a CBC production that will air on SundanceTV in the U.S.

When does The Name of the Rose air?

The Name of the Rose premieres Thursday, May 23 at 10pm ET. New episodes will air weekly on Thursdays at the same time. 

How to watch The Name of the Rose online for free

SundanceTV may be a deep cable cut, but you can also watch it through all of the streaming services featured below. It may not be available in basic packages, but each listing will let you know exactly how to add SundanceTV to your channel package. No matter which service you choose, you’ll start with a one-week trial, letting you watch The Name of the Rose online for free.

1) Sling TV

For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, both of which cost $25 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. To gain access to SundanceTV, you’ll need to opt in at $5 a month for the Hollywood Extra package, which also includes Reelz, Fandor Festival, TCM, Cinemoi, the Film Detective, and HDNet Movies. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.


2) PlayStation Vue

If you have a PS4 and are into the idea of having your gaming and streaming needs met in the same place, PlayStation Vue is made for you. Still, you don’t need a PS4 to enjoy this service. You can also use a Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and even Kodi. Plus, you’ll get awesome channels like AMC, BBC America, and Bravo in PlayStation Vue’s entry-level package. One subscription works with up to five devices, all with unlimited cloud DVR storage, which makes it one of the most binge-friendly solutions. SundanceTV is not available in the basic package, you’ll need to upgrade to “Core” to gain access. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)


3) Philo

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 SundanceTV at only $16 a month. You will also find the best deal on popular channels like Animal Planet, IFC, AMC, Lifetime, and even deep cuts like ID. You also get free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.


4) FuboTV

FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, and even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are present too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC. Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list and our comprehensive FuboTV review.)


5) YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts. Each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels. Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)


Other ways to watch The Name of the Rose online free

1) Amazon Video

  • Cost: $19.99/season
  • Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii

If you’re not up to subscribe to a live streaming service, you can buy the entire miniseries on Amazon for $19.99 and watch the episodes as they air.


2) Sundance Now

  • Cost: $4.99 per month (after 7-day free trial)
  • Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, iOS, Apple TV, iPad

Sundance Now is the on-demand streaming service for SundanceTV fans. Once you subscribe, you’ll gain access to all the prestige TV drama, true crime miniseries, and great documentaries the channel is known for. And because it’s Sundance, there are countless films to watch including Django Unchained, Amour, and Big Fan.


3) SundanceTV

Behind-the-scenes extras for The Name of the Rose are available on the official SundanceTV website.


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Jaime Carrillo

Jaime Carrillo

Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.