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TBS is quietly becoming must-see TV.
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.
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) 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)
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 $25 per month, as well as Sling Orange + Blue, which costs $40 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.
- Cost: $40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, 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 Seinfeld, American Dad, and plenty more. Hulu with Live TV offers roughly 40 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.)
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue doesn’t offer as much bang for your buck as the other options on this list, but it does offer a TBS and a strong selection of basic channels. And it’s obviously the best way to stream if you’re using a PlayStation 4. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here.
Game-changing feature: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s unlimited cloud DVR.
- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
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 30 hours of cloud DVR.
- 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
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.
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 Tattoo, The 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 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.