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If you have a preschooler, you’ll need Nick Jr.
Like Batman, most children’s networks lead dual lives. Sure, they obviously angle to entertain children. But they often work just as hard to appeal to adolescents and adults—witness the proud lineage of ostensible kids shows as beloved by parents as they are by children, from Animaniacs to Adventure Time.
Nick Jr. aims to please the very young—primarily preschoolers aged 2 to 6. There’s not a lot for parents here, but there is a lot of quality programming that’s safe and frequently educational for young kids to enjoy. Classic Nick Jr. series like Blue’s Clues, Dora the Explorer and its spinoff Go Diego Go! live here. There’s also the STEM-encouraging Blaze and the Monster Machines, the internationally beloved Peppa Pig and the inescapable Paw Patrol. In other words: It’s a much safer place for a child than YouTube.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch Nick Jr. online.
How to watch Nick Jr. for free
There are a number of live TV streaming services that offer Nick Jr. So, how do you decide which one is right for you? Well, that depends on your budget, what other channels you just can’t live without, 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 service you select, you’ll be able to start with a one-week trial, allowing you to watch Nick Jr. 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-ons ranging from premium channels like Starz to cloud DVR storage. In the case of Nick Jr., you’ll want to opt for Sling Blue. Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $16 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Philo devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
- Philo local channels
Philo began in a Harvard dorm room as a makeshift attempt to circumnavigate the Ivy League university’s lack of cable. It’s since grown into just about the best deal in live streaming television—at $16, you won’t find a lower barrier to entry anywhere. Sure, at that bargain price you’re getting a more limited channel selection, with no sports and none of the major news networks. But there are some real heavy-hitters among its over 40 networks, including AMC, BET, MTV, HGTV, Comedy Central, and, of course, Nick Jr. Philo also has a generous DVR policy, so your favorite shows fit on your schedule. You can read more about Philo’s DVR strengths and limitations here. You can check out a complete list of Philo’s channels right here.
- Cost: $44.99 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is known primarily as a sports streaming service, and it’s undoubtedly the best option out there for international soccer, but it’s so much more than that. Thanks to a recent deal with Viacom, it’s also one of the best places to live stream Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, VH1, and Nick Jr. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list and our comprehensive FuboTV review.)
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Patrick Caldwell is a streaming entertainment reporter. He previously served as a staff music critic at the Austin American-Statesman.