How to watch TBS online


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.

1) Hulu with Live TV

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  • Cost: $54.99 per month (after 7 day free trial)
  • Hulu devices:Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, Samsung, and iOS and Android devices
  • Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)

If you’re primarily interested in streaming TBS’ original series or reruns, Hulu with Live TV is going to be your best bet. That’s because the service includes complimentary access to Hulu’s on-demand library of TV shows, which includes SeinfeldAmerican Dad, and plenty more. Hulu with Live TV offers roughly 60 channels, including a block of ESPN channels, NBC’s Golf Channel, Syfy, and plenty more. (You can find the full list of Hulu Live TV channels and add-ons here.) 

Game-changing feature: Every subscription comes with free access to Hulu’s on-demand library, meaning you can catch up on all of your favorite shows. (Here are our picks for the best movies on Hulu, Hulu documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals.)


2) Sling TV

Sling TV is your cheapest option for TBS streaming. The channel is included in both of its introductory packages, Sling Blue and Sling Orange, either of which costs $30 per month, as well as Sling Orange + Blue, which costs $45 per month and combines the two packages, as seen below. You’ll want to take a closer look at the three packages to see which one is right for you. (You can find a full list of Sling TV channels here.)

Game-changing feature: Price. Sling TV offers the most news for the least amount of money.


3) FuboTV 

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FuboTV offers a better sports package than YouTube TV or Hulu with Live TV, just not when it comes to baseball. You won’t get ESPN or MLB Network, but you have a ton of other options. FuboTV started as a streaming service for international soccer, and you can still see that emphasis in its channel listings, but you’ll also get cable essentials like TBS, CNN, and Food Network. Here’s a comprehensive rundown of the FuboTV channel lineup and available add-ons. 

Game-changing feature: Three-day replay for games and 500 hours of cloud DVR.


4) AT&T Now


  • Cost: $65-$135 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
  • Hulu devices:Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Samsung TV, Safari, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

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.


5) YouTube TV

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  • Cost: $49.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
  • YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
  • If you’re looking to lock down everything you need for the 2018 MLB playoffs, YouTube TV is your best bet. In addition to Fox and TBS, you’ll also get MLB Network, which is carrying some of the playoff games. There’s a lot more to love too: NBA TV, Big Ten Network, AMC, and FX. It’s a comprehensive package only limited by its add-on options and compatible devices. (Here’s a breakdown of the full YouTube TV channel lineup.)

Game-changing feature: You can add up to six accounts per household, and each one of those accounts get unlimited cloud DVR. Even better: You can fast-forward through ads in recorded programs.


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.

7) 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.

New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, Sundance TV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Willow, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TNT, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, HLN, A&E, Animal Planet, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, 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.

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Austin Powell

Austin Powell

Austin Powell is the former managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.