How to watch TBS online

TBS is quietly becoming must-see TV.

May 20, 2020, 12:11 pm*


Austin Powell 

Austin Powell

You never know when you’ll need a TBS live stream. Maybe you’re scrambling to watch the MLB playoffs or catch Snoop Dogg’s new series, The Joker’s Wild.

TBS is one of those cable channels that’s easy to take for granted. It’s always included, no matter who your provider is, and the same holds true for the new live TV streaming services that allow you to watch TBS online. But over the past few years, TBS has invested heavily in its original programming, starting with Conan and continuing with Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, a much-needed political voice in the late-night space. TBS has also picked up American Dad and earned praise for Tracy Morgan’s The Last O.G. 

There’s also something deeply comforting about TBS. Where else can you find Friends, Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, The King of Queens, and Seinfeld all in one place? Regardless of what you’re trying to watch, here’s everything you need to know to find a TBS live stream.

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TBS live stream: 8 ways to watch online

All six of the major live TV streaming services offer TBS streaming, so figuring out which option is best for you will likely come down to why you’re trying to watch TBS online to begin with. Are you looking for reruns of TV shows? MLB playoffs? News commentary? Whatever the case, here’s what you need to know.

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Hulu with Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geo Wild and Syfy.

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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.

Currently, Sling is also run-in a promotion that allows folks who want to dip their toes in the world of online Live TV streaming to try its service during primetime with its Happy Hour Across America promotion. From the hours of 5pm to midnight, Sling will be totally free. For more information, check out the full offer details.

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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, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC.

4) AT&T Now

  • Cost: $65-$135 per month
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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.

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YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while 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.)

6) TBS website

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Cost: Depends on your cable provider

If you have a cable subscription, you can watch a live stream of TBS directly from its website. You’ll find the Live TV option listed under the site’s main menu, signified by three horizontal bars. From there, you’ll select TBS East or West and punch in your credentials. Note: You have to have a traditional cable service for this method. The live TV streaming services listed above won’t work, with the possible exception of DirecTV Now.

Watch TBS app

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Cost: Free to download

Devices: iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV

Watch TBS looks like a great app. You can watch shows and even movies like The Girl With the Dragon TattooThe Fifth Estate, Pacific Rim, and The Dark Knight Rises on demand, in addition to the TBS live stream. But as with the desktop version of the site, you’ll need a traditional cable provider in order to unlock access. Womp, womp.

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*First Published: Oct 1, 2018, 5:30 am