Grammys Live Stream: How to watch 60th Grammy Awards Online
The 60th Grammy Awards will air live on CBS, and if you don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, you’ll want to live stream the event.
This guide will quickly show you how to get a Grammys live stream to your iPhone, or TV by using a Roku Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV.
There will be performances by Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Kehsa, SZA. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, the duo behind “Despacito”, will be there too. There seems to be a new level of excitement this year about the Grammys. For the first time in 15 years, the event will be held in New York City instead of Los Angeles. Music’s biggest night will be hosted by Late Late Show host James Corden, king of Carpool Karaoke.
When are the Grammy Awards on?
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 28
- Time: Red Carpet begins 6:30 P.M. ET, Ceremony 7:30 P.M. ET
- Channel: CBS
- Live Stream: on DirecTV Now (free trial) or fuboTV (with free trial of Showtime included.)
Watch Grammys 2018 free with an antenna
Believe it or not, the best way to watch the Grammys in 2018 in HD is old school – and free. Get yourself a decent TV antenna to get channels like CBS, NBC and ABC for free. I’ve been using an Antop Smartpass lately because it has a built-in amplifier and LTE filter.
The picture will look better than what you see on cable because you’re getting an uncompressed, digital signal over the air. Type in your zip code into online tools, Antenna Web and TVFool, to find out if there’s a CBS broadcast tower near you.
Read my guide: How to Choose the Best TV antenna & DVR for free tips on how to get over-the-air (OTA) channels. If you don’t have time to buy an antenna, then keep reading. There’s plenty of other good ways to watch the Grammys on CBS for free.
Get a Grammys Live Stream on DirecTV Now
DirecTV Now will hook you up with a Grammys live stream so you can watch either on an iPhone or from your living room TV with a Roku or other streaming device. .
DirecTV Now has a great app for Roku, but the streaming platform also works well with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and from a PC or Mac. You can also cast the DirecTV Now app to a TV using Chromecast or NVIDIA Shield TV. About 70 percent of U.S. TV-watching households can watch local channels like CBS through DirecTV Now.
CBS is available across all four channel bundles offered by DirecTV Now. The least expensive bundle gives you 60+ live channels, including AMC, ESPN, History, HGTV, MTV and Viceland. Subscribers will have access to about 54 TV Everywhere apps, including CBS Sports, WatchESPN, FOX Now and Spike.
Try out DirecTV Now with a free 7-day trial. There’s no contract when you sign up. Just cancel online before the trial ends if you’re not interested in keeping the service so you don’t get billed.
If you’re thinking about keeping the service a little longer for the Super Bowl or Olympics, then consider subscribing a bit longer. DirecTV Now will give you a free Roku Streaming Stick if you prepay for just one month of service. You can also get a free Apple TV by prepaying for four months of a subscription. There’s no obligation to continue your subscription after that. Just cancel online.
Watch Grammys Live Stream Online on fuboTV
fuboTV struck a major deal with CBS Networks last year, bringing subscribers local CBS stations all over the U.S. You can look over all the markets where fuboTV offers a CBS live stream.
fuboTV is a sports-first platform offering channels like CBS Sports Network, NBA TV and NBCSN, but don’t be fooled. Your entertainment needs shall be fulfilled as well. You can catch up with some new episodes of Live PD on A&E. There’s History channel, Bravo, HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel included in the 75+ channel lineup. You’ll get 30 hours of Cloud DVR so you can record whatever you want.
fuboTV just got a brand new apps for Roku and Apple TV. There’s a fuboTV mobile app, and ones for Fire TV devices and Android TV. New subscribers get their first month for $19.99 before the normal rate of $39.99 per month kicks in. Read my review of fuboTV if you want more details about their service.
A fuboTV subscription also gets you access to TV Everywhere apps for more than 30 networks.
Grammys Live Stream on PlayStation Vue
The Access plan gives you 48+ live channels for $39.99 per month. Bravo, CNN and National Geographic are included in the Access bundle. PlayStation Vue works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV devices. You can also stream it on a PC. With PlayStation Vue, you will have to watch most of your programming within your home network.
Watch Grammys Online with YouTube TV
If you’re a Chromecast fan, then YouTube TV might be a good route for you to catch some live performances from Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino on Grammy night.
YouTube TV carries CBS in select markets across the U.S. as part of a 40+ channel bundle. Subscriptions costs $35 per month. YouTube TV has support for Chromecast, Apple TV via AirPlay and a number of Smart TVs that operate with Android TV software.
YouTube TV now has apps for a number of Smart TVs that operate on Android TV software. You can try out YouTube TV with a free 14-day trial.
CBS All Access offers a live stream and on-demand
CBS All Access offers a free trial to its $5.99 per month subscription service. You can get a live stream of CBS in 184 markets, and all of its shows on-demand the day after the live broadcast.
Subscribers can stream up two shows simultaneously on separate devices. So someone might want to watch Jay-Z on stage Sunday night at the Grammys while another member of the family catches up on Star Trek Discovery in the other room. CBS All Access streams in 720p, which is the same picture quality as most live TV platforms served over the Internet. But the online A/V magazine Audioholics found that “most of its programming displays at a soft 480p.” CBS All Access offers a free 7-day trial.
Are the Grammys on Sling TV?
No. CBS continues to be very selective about which streaming platforms the company partners with. During recent talks with Dish, the parent company of Sling TV, CBS declined to offer a live stream of their networks.
What’s the best way to get Grammys Live Stream for free in 2018?
If you’re not buying an antenna between now and Sunday night, get a free trial of DirecTV Now. You’ll be getting a solid live stream, and the most value for your money if you choose to keep the service.
For $35 per month, you get 60+ live channels including a CBS live stream that you use to watch the Grammys. And you can watch DirecTV Now anywhere you go with your smartphone.
As a subscriber, you’re also getting access to roughly 54 TV Everywhere apps and a massive on-demand movie selection. Sign up for a month and get a free Roku Streaming Stick. Prepay for four months and get a free Apple TV (32GB).
Sports fans, especially college basketball fans, might want to check out fuboTV free for 7 days. You can add Showtime for free as part of the weeklong trial. Just cancel online before the trial ends if you don’t want to keep the service.
What’s your favorite way to live stream the Grammys? Tell fellow readers in the comments below.
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