When you stream NBC, you’re tapping into a time-tested TV network that’s done a good job keeping up with the modern era.
Saturday Night Live‘s well into its fifth decade but still making people laugh, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is an institution remade by one of the most likable hosts on any network, and Sunday Night Football is where NFL fans congregate to close out the weekend.
But if you’re looking to move from cable to streaming, it can be puzzling to sort out who carries what. Here’s a guide to find the service that matches your needs and still brings you an essential network.
How to stream NBC: Which streaming services carry NBC?
The following streaming services carry NBC, though you’ll want to check to see if the streaming service of your choice carries NBC in your area.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream NBC because you also gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geographic and Syfy.
FuboTV was built with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But you also gain access to great cable channels too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC. Sports and entertainment? That makes FuboTV a great choice for streaming NBC.
For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. NBC is available in some but not all markets, though with AirTV (see below), you’ll be able to access all your local channels.
With Sling, you’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of the Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge your CBS affiliate and other local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—gives Sling users the ability to access all local channels to add to whichever Sling package is the best fit for them.
AT&T TV Now
There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5. You can stream NBC on all the English-language tiers.
YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. You can stream NBC and your other local channels. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
Best Shows on NBC
- This is Us
- Saturday Night Live
- Council of Dads
- America’s Got Talent
- Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
Broadcast TV Streaming Guides
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*First Published: Sep 8, 2020, 6:19 pm
Phil West is a veteran professional writer and editor, and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in MLSSoccer.com, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.