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American Idol, Imma let you finish, but The Voice is the best singing competition of all time. Not only do aspiring musicians lobby for the approval of the audience, but each contestant studies under the tutelage of modern hit musicians. Kelly Clarkson teaches singers how to belt out powerful and insanely catchy melodies. Blake Shelton serves as the country music sensei, schooling his students on the fundamentals of classic American sound. Adam Levine shows budding rockers how to “move like Jagger.”
Former judge Jennifer Hudson exited last season, making way for the EGOT-winning artist John Legend to join season 16. With a dais of superstars across nearly all popular music genres (sorry, no Soundcloud Rapper coach… yet). Tune in, watch singers’ progression, and then vote with your wallet on iTunes the next day. The Voice season 16 premiere, however, will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting episodes: It’s when the judges choose to spin their chairs around to get their first look at the singers they hope to coach.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch The Voice online for free.
The Voice season 16 judges
- Blake Shelton
- Adam Levine
- Kelly Clarkson
- John Legend
When does The Voice season 16 air?
Season 16 of The Voice premieres Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at 8pm ET/PT. The first results show will air Tuesday, Feb 26. at 8pm ET/PT. New episodes will air the following Mondays and Tuesdays at the same time on NBC.
How to watch The Voice online for free
While there are variations in their coverage areas and other local channels, all of the major live TV streaming service offer NBC. Even better, you can try any of them with a one-week free trial, allowing you to get started with no upfront cost. For a more detailed breakdown, click on each service or check out our list of Sling TV alternatives.
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV offers two cable packages based on your particular needs (Sling Orange and Sling Blue). Each Sling TV package runs $25 a month. Among Sling Blue’s channels are two Fox Sports channels, NBCSN, FXX, and the NFL Network. Sling Orange has three ESPN channels, Freeform, and entertainment destinations like Epix and BBC America. If you nab both packages together (Sling Orange + Blue, which costs $40 per month), you’ll save 20 percent. Sling Blue offers NBC in select markets, so you’ll be able to catch The Voice (Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.)
2) Hulu and Hulu with Live TV
- Cost: $5.99- $11.99 for Hulu |$44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial) for Hulu with Live TV
- 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)
Hulu with Live TV not only gives you access to on-demand content, but you’ll also be able to stream live TV, including local networks. If you miss The Voice when it airs, it will be available on demand along with countless movies, classic programs, and of course, original series available exclusively on Hulu. In fact, Hulu also lets you stream almost all of the seasons of The Voice you’ve missed, including the entire first run of the series. You’ll also get access to almost 60 channels, including Lifetime, ESPN, USA, and plenty more. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
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- 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
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you love The Voice and are (or live with) a sports fanatic, FuboTV is a streaming service built just for your household. There are packages tailor-made for fans of basketball, international soccer, golf, and even rock climbing. For the rest of the family, there’s a suite of great channels including Food Network, IFC, TBS, Cartoon Network, and more. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- 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)
While you don’t need a PlayStation console to use Sony’s PlayStation Vue streaming service, it certainly wouldn’t hurt. It looks fantastic on a PS4 and lets you jump from gaming to streaming on one device. One subscription lets you stream on up to five devices, all with unlimited cloud DVR storage, and you get awesome channels like Syfy, HGTV, ESPN, and AMC. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)
5) YouTube TV
- 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)
YouTube TV offers a streaming suite of more than 60 popular cable networks, including local channels. Among them are sports channels including ESPN and FS1, entertainment destinations like FXX and TBS, and even a handful of Spanish language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. One YouTube TV subscription lets you add up to six accounts, each with unlimited cloud DVR. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
6) DirecTV Now
- Cost: $40-$75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- DirecTV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check local availability)
DirecTV Now is DirecTV’s answer to online streaming. If you simply must have the most channels, DirecTV Now offers upwards of 125 channels in its most expensive package. Of course, its basic $40-a-month Live a Little plan will get you access to NBC, where you can catch The Voice and other great shows. (You can find the full list of DirecTV Now channels here.)
How to catch up on The Voice episodes for free
You can watch select episodes and clips of The Voice on the NBC website. You don’t even have to use credentials from a cable or live TV streaming service to watch.
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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.