TBS Live Stream: How to Watch TBS free or cheap online
Getting a TBS live stream on your Roku or iPhone without a cable subscription is pretty easy.
There are about six options in 2018 to watch TBS without cable or satellite TV. And they’re all very good. But which one is the best?
Watch TBS Live Free for a Week
Hulu with Live TV has the best overall channel lineup and most features at $40 per month. It gives you 60+ live channels, 50 hours of Cloud DVR and unlimited access to its on-demand library, including Hulu Originals. That’s the same Hulu subscription that people usually pay $7.99 per month for.
So you’re getting two streaming services in one. Hulu’s Live TV service carries more local NBC, CBS and FOX stations across the U.S. than any other streaming service. And it works on most streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. There’s a free 7-day trial for Hulu’s live TV service, so you can check it out with no strings attached.
For a cheap way to live stream TBS, Sling TV is your best option at $25 per month for 30 channels. There’s a free trial that lasts a week that you can use to test out their service. If you’re a cord cutter using an antenna, you can add local networks like NBC, CBS and FOX for free.
Aside from Hulu and Sling TV, there are a few more options worth considering that might be a better fit for you. This quick guide will detail how to live stream TBS on a Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Firestick, NVIDIA Shield TV and an iPhone or Android smartphone.
You might want TBS for Conan, or American Dad might be a big favorite (and reasonably so). Maybe you need a TBS live stream for MLB Sunday games. That’s all fine and good. No matter what you choose, streaming services have no contracts or hidden fees. And you cancel online at any time. That means you can do a free week-long trial and cancel before you’re billed, so you can essentially watch TBS free for a week.
Watch TBS Live Stream on fuboTV
fuboTV is a sports-first platform that recently announced a major expansion that added TBS, and 7 other Turner-owned networks.
So now you can get TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM and HLN. Fubo has 70+ channels, including a huge number of regional sports channels from FOX and NBC Sports. The company has also heavily invested in getting widespread coverage of local NBC, CBS and FOX stations. Right now, they rank in about second place behind Hulu with live, local channels.
You’ll also get FS1, FS2, NFL Network, PAC-12 Networks, and soccer-focused channels like beIN Sports and Eleven Sports.
For entertainment networks, there’s AMC, A&E, IFC, BBC America, two Hallmark channels and FX.
Subscribers get 30 hours of Cloud DVR, but there’s another backup option too for games that you miss. fuboTV has a “lookback” feature that works like on-demand for any sports games that aired in the last 72 hours. There are add-on channel bundles for networks like NFL RedZone and international soccer games.
You can live stream all your channels on the fuboTV app. It’s available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV devices. The mobile apps for iPhone and Android are solid. You’ll also have the option of watching a TBS live stream on a PC (like at work.) Not that you watch TV at work…
Live Stream TBS on DirecTV Now
With DirecTV Now, you can get a TBS live stream on your iPhone, Roku, Apple TV and Fire TV. The entry-level “Live a Little” bundle gets you 65+ channels, including ESPN, AMC and Discovery Channel for $40 per month.
DirecTV Now includes 20 hours of Cloud DVR. There’s no Android TV app. You can check out a free trial for a week.
TBS Live Stream on PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue has TBS in its entry-level channel bundle priced at $45 per month. You’ll get TBS as part of a 48 channel package which includes CNN, Disney Channel, ESPN and sports networks FS1 and FS2.
There’s unlimited Cloud DVR and you can stream on up to five devices at once.
PlayStation Vue works on Roku, Android TV, Apple TV and Fire TV devices. There’s a 5-day free trial.
Watch TBS Live Stream on YouTube TV
YouTube TV is a great service that includes locals like NBC and FOX alongside sports networks, including ESPN, FS1, FS2 and RSNs. There’s a 50+ channel lineup you can get for $40 per month. That includes unlimited Cloud DVR.
YouTube has apps for Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Android TV. Just don’t expect to use it on Fire TV because of its ongoing spat with Amazon. YouTube has a free 7-day trial.
Is the TBS app free?
There are select episodes unlocked under the TBS Spotlight section. Otherwise, you need a cable TV, or satellite TV provider to unlock all episodes within the TBS app.
What’s the best way to watch TBS without cable?
Now that you have an overview of all your options, here is rundown of what I think are the best ones out there in terms of overall value.
Hulu with Live TV is the best option for most people because you get a lot more to watch for about the same price as competitors. Subscribers get 60+ live networks including TBS. For sports, you’ll have four ESPN channels, Big Ten Network, FS1, FS2 and a couple notable others. Hulu carries more local NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX stations than any other live streaming competitor. There’s 50 hours of Cloud DVR included. You can use your subscription to log into 35 apps including FOX Sports Go on a Roku or other device. You’ll get unlimited access to Hulu’s on-demand library including Hulu Originals like “Castle Rock” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”. There’s apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and even smartphones and Nintendo Switch. Hulu with Live TV is $40 per month. Look over the channel lineup in your area by typing in your zip code. You can try it free for a week.
fuboTV is my runner-up pick because you’re getting 70+ channels for $44.99 per month. That’s 22 more channels than PlayStation Vue’s $45 plan. You’re getting key sports networks, including FS1, FS2, Big Ten Network and NFL Network. The downside is that there’s no ESPN. But fubo comes in a close second behind Hulu with having the most local CBS, NBC and FOX stations. There are entertainment networks like AMC, HGTV and Viceland. You can also use your credentials to sign into 40 apps on your streaming device or smartphone. There’s fuboTV apps for Roku, Fire TV, Android TV devices and Apple TV. And there are apps for iPhone and Android so you can watch a TBS live stream while you’re away from home. Look over fubo’s channel lineup to see what local channels are in your area. fuboTV has a free 7-day trial.
Sling TV is a solid budget option at $25 per month. You’ll need the Sling Orange plan to get TBS as part of a 30 channel bundle. A&E, BBC America, ESPN, HGTV and TNT are part of the Orange plan. The Sling Blue plan is a better one for sports networks like FS1, FS2 and regional sports channels for FOX and NBC. You can subscribe to both the Sling Orange and Sling Blue for $40 per month. Cloud DVR is another $5 per month for 40 hours. Sling TV offers a free 7-day trial. If you are going to sign up for two or three months, then you should take advantage of offers to get a free Roku Express or a discounted Air TV 4K streaming player.
So how are you going to get a TBS live stream on your iPhone or Roku? Have you used any of these services before? Share with fellow readers what you think in the comments below. For more tips on streaming and product reviews, check out the main page of The Cord Cutting Report.