How to live stream MTV Video Music Awards without cable

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Live Stream MTV Video Music Awards without cable

Want to watch what’s known as the biggest spectacle of awards season?

Here’s a quick primer to show you how to live stream the MTV Video Music Awards on popular streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, an iPhone or Amazon Fire TV.

If you’re using any of the four devices that I just mentioned to watch the VMAs live, then your best bet is using Philo, a new live TV streaming service that carries MTV. It has a free 7-day trial and costs only $16 per month.

Want to try something else to live stream the MTV Video Music Awards? No sweat. I’ve got one more pick below.

When does the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards start?

Date: August 20
Channel: MTV
Awards show starts at: 9 P.M. ET
Location: Radio City Music Hall, New York
Best way to live stream: Philo with a 7-day free trial

MTV Live Stream: Who will win at the MTV Video Music Awards?

Cardi B just won best female hip hop artist at the 2018 BET Awards. So she’s a favorite for her solo project “Bartier Cardier” and collaborations “Dinero” with Jennifer Lopez and DJ Ksaled. Don’t forget “Finesse” with Bruno Mars, either.

She’ll be competing for Video of the Year with the Carters, who are nominated for the video “APESH-T” Childish Gambino, whose “This is America” video stirred some conversation about violence and race in the country, is sure to nab an award.



Can I live stream MTV Video Music Awards on the MTV app?

Yes. But you will need a cable subscription in order to sign in. MTV will also need to be part of your channel lineup in your cable subscription. So that might not be too helpful if you’re trying to watch the awards show without cable or a satellite TV subscription. Philo is one exception. You can use your Philo subscription to log into the MTV app. 

Can I live stream MTV Video Music Awards on Sling TV?

You can, but you will have to sign up for a Sling TV Orange subscription which costs $25 per month. And then you’ll have to subscribe to the Comedy Extra channel bundle. Comedy Extra costs an extra $5 per month.

You can’t do an add-on during a free trial. So it’s not a route to a free MTV live stream.

Sling Orange costs $25 per month for 30+ live channels, but doesn’t include MTV in the standalone lineup. Sling Orange gives you a channel lineup that includes AMC, Comedy Central, Food Network, History Channel and ESPN.

The Comedy Extra bundle has 9 more channels, including MTV, MTV2, TruTV, Spike and El Rey Network. If you are going to actually plunk down money to watch the awards show, here are a couple of promotions that I want to give you a heads up on.

You can get a free Roku Streaming Stick if you prepay for two months of a subscription. Prepay for three months and you can get 50 percent off a Roku Premiere+ or a AirTV Player bundle.

What’s the best way to live stream 2018 MTV Video Music Awards?

You’re best option without cable is by using a free trial of Philo. The entry-level channel lineup gives you 40 channels to live stream, including MTV and MTV2, A&E, BBC America, Animal Planet, HGTV and Investigation Discovery.  You can sign up in under a minute using your mobile number. 

You can use major streaming devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV to live stream Philo through its app. Philo also has a dedicated app for iPhone/iOS. Surf through live TV and a vast collection of on-demand movies that come with a subscription.

Using this method for watching a particular show can also give you a free peek at premium channels like Viceland for about a week.

You can also sign up for a subscription to Sling TV’s Orange plan, and then add on the Comedy Extra bundle for another $5 per month. How are you going to live stream the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards? Tell fellow readers in the comments below. For more tips and how-to guides, check out the main page of The Cord Cutting Report

Note: This page was originally published Aug. 27, 2017 and re-published to update new time, and streaming services. 



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