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Streaming your favorite tearjerker online is easier than you think.
For one of the most wildly popular, Emmy award-winning network TV shows, it’s harder than you think to watch This Is Us online without cable. The availability of NBC varies depending on the service and your location. However, there are a ton of streaming services that will let you watch a This Is Us live stream without much hassle at all. Don’t forget to keep a surplus of tissues on hand.
How to watch This Is Us online
This Is Us is set to continue airing its third season on NBC every Tuesday. Here’s what we know so far:
Sept. 25: “Nine Bucks”
Oct. 2: “A Philadelphia Story”
Oct. 9: “Katie Girls”
Oct. 16: “Born Lucky”
Oct. 23: “Toby”
Oct. 30: “Gold Star”
Nov. 13: “Sometimes”
Nov. 20: “Six Thanksgivings”
Nov. 27: “The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning”
Jan. 15: “The Last Seven Weeks”
Jan. 22: “Songbird Road: Part One”
What channel is This Is Us on?
This Is Us airs on NBC at 9pm ET, 8pm CT. After a shocking midseason finale, the show returns Jan. 15 with an episode titled “The Last Seven Weeks.” Here’s a recap of what’s happened thus far:
This Is Us live stream: How to watch This Is Us online for free
Every major live streaming service offers NBC in some capacity, but you’ll need to check if there’s a local affiliate available in your area. We’ve provided the links to do so below. Regardless, you’ll be able to stream This Is Us via the services we’ve listed and linked below.
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 one of the fastest-growing TV streaming services right now, and if you haven’t looked into a Sling TV package yet, the start of a new This Is Us season might be the motivation you need. Unfortunately, you can’t get local channels in the basic Sling Orange package. That means you’ll either need Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue, which costs $40 per month. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)
Game-changing feature: Price. Sling TV offers the cheapest option for a This Is Us live stream.
- 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 a true This Is Us stan, you probably already know that you can stream the series on Hulu if you miss watching it live. Not only is Hulu a great place to catch up on Jack and Rebecca’s tear-jerking love story—signing up for Hulu also gives you access to other renowned favorites like The Handmaid’s Tale and Saturday Night Live. Hulu with Live TV offers 40 channels that range from sports essentials (ESPN, FS1, Big Ten Network, NBC’s Golf Channel) to cable news (Fox News, MSNBC, CNN,) to entertainment favorites like FX and Disney. Here’s a complete guide to Hulu Live TV channels.
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.)
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- 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)
This streaming service certainly seems like a thing you use with your PlayStation gaming console. But you’ll be happy to know that it works with a wide range of devices, including Kodi, the Amazon Fire Stick, and Apple TV, to name just a few. PS Vue’s basic TV package is a little more expensive than other services, but it makes up for it with unlimited cloud storage for recording your favorites, like This Is Us. (Here’s a complete guide to PlayStation Vue channels.)
Game-changing feature: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s unlimited cloud DVR.
4) 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 is still YouTube, so you’ll still run into the ads you’d see if you were watching any other video. Still, it’s an easy way to watch This Is Us online for a low monthly cost. For $40, you can access NBC, CNBC, NBCSN, MLB Network, NBA TV, ESPN, AMC, and Syfy. If you want to upgrade, look into a YouTube Premium subscription, which comes with its own set of perks. (Here’s a complete guide to YouTube TV channels.)
Game-changing feature: You can add up to six accounts per household, and each one of those accounts gets unlimited cloud DVR. Even better: You can fast-forward through ads in recorded programs.
- 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)
You’d never know it, but sports-centric streaming service FuboTV is actually great if you want to watch This Is Us and other NBC network favorites. Looking to dry your eyes and flip to some major sports? FuboTV has got your back. Subscribers also get access to supplementary channels like NBA TV, NFL Network, Pac-12 Network included with a basic package. Here’s a complete guide to FuboTV channels.
Game-changing feature: Three-day replay for games and 30 hours of cloud DVR.
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6) The NBC app
Cost: Free to download
Devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, Amazon Alexa Skill, iOS and Android devices
With a cable subscription or any of the live TV options listed above, you can unlock all of your favorite shows on the NBC app and, in most U.S. cities, live viewing. Episodes of new shows are loaded the day after they air, which makes it a great way to watch a This Is Us live stream. But that’s not all! You can watch Saturday Night Live, The Good Place, The Voice, and more while classic shows like Friday Night Lights, Saved by the Bell, and Battlestar Galactica are available in their entirety on-demand. You can watch three free episodes if you create an NBC profile, even without a subscription.
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, TBS, 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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