Okay, we’ll level with you. Watching the broadcast networks without cable is difficult, so it is one of the reasons many people avoid cutting the cord. Which sounds strange on paper, because broadcast channels should be available to everyone, everywhere for free. In fact, it was nearly a decade ago where it was mandated that all over-the-air networks had to provide a digital signal so the feed would be more accessible. Broadcast networks are still subject to the ability to stream them or get a signal, so many people are still hooked on the reliability of cable.
It doesn’t have to be that way. You can watch NBC without cable, as well as all of your favorites, by considering a few options. Here are our suggestions.
Stream NBC with Sling TV
Sling TV is, for the most part, an all-in-one solution for cord cutters. It offers one of the largest libraries of live TV channels as well as several add-on packages that give users an option to customize the product.
One of those packages offers NBC to households in select U.S. cities. These metro areas include:
And a few more, so check the site to see if you’re in an area that gets broadcast streaming. With this option, you can watch live, local television on the NBC stream right to your devices.
You’ll be able to watch new, hit shows like This Is Us and Timeless. Don’t miss out on returning favorites like The Blacklist and Blindspot. And don’t forget sporting events, like the NHL Playoffs streaming live on NBC.
But NBC isn’t all you’ll get with Sling TV. It is one of the most popular streaming services for a reason. You’ll be able to watch favorites from across the dial, even on otherwise hard to find networks previously only available with cable subscription. Are you afraid to miss out on The Walking Dead? You don’t have to with Sling TV.
The Sling Blue package that includes NBC streaming is only $25 per month. It can be streamed on almost any device (it’s a great way to watch live TV on Roku), including your computer or smart phone. They also often have deals on Roku or Apple TV players, so check those out to learn more.
Watch NBC Live with the DIRECTV NOW Streaming Service
Do you want another option for getting NBC live? Well, now you have one. DIRECTV NOW is a new streaming service, brought to you courtesy of AT&T. If you sign up, you won’t need a cable box, dish, or even a contract to get live television. This makes it an excellent way to watch the NBC live stream.
Here are the main things you’ll want to know:
- Pricing begins at $35 per month, with NBC included in the channel bundle.
- For the base package, you will receive over 60 channels and some limited on-demand options. That feature may be expanded in the near future as the service evolves.
- This service is extremely easy to set up and start using. You just have to plug in a streaming player or other internet-connected device, download the app, and you are ready to watch!
- If you have tried other streaming services, but couldn’t get used to how different it was from cable, DIRECTV NOW might be the solution. Their grid guide is a lot like the cable navigation you are already used to, so it should be no problem to adjust.
- You can get your shows on some streaming devices (like Apple TV) and most mobile devices, including your PC or Mac. Don’t worry about mobile restrictions because there aren’t any at this time. (Here’s a bonus: if you use AT&T for your cell phone provider, you can watch on the DIRECTV NOW app, and it will not count against your data usage.)
Don’t have an Amazon or Apple streaming player? No problem. Once you use up your free trial, if you decide you want to continue with the service, DIRECTV NOW will send you one. Just pre-pay one month for an Amazon Fire Stick, or up to three months for an Apple TV – no obligation or extra cost.
Have a question that wasn’t answered here? Take a look at our DIRECTV NOW review for more.
Is NBC Available On Demand?
If live TV, and the local news, isn’t your priority then you might want to consider other ways to watch NBC online.
Another popular option today is Hulu. This on-demand streaming service offers tons of programming from network and pay TV for a low monthly price.
NBC is one of the networks that partners with Hulu so you can watch their current season of programming usually a day or two after it airs live on the network. The site generally keeps several weeks’ worth of episodes online, so you can catch up pretty easily. Check out their site to learn more.
Other options may include Netflix or Amazon Prime for older seasons of your favorite shows, so check for availability.
Are There Other Ways to Watch the NBC Live Stream?
PlayStation Vue, a product of Sony, also has several cities that qualify for live, local networks. Subscribers in these areas can watch the NBC live stream as a part of their basic package, which will cost around $40 to start.
PlayStation Vue isn’t as accessible as Sling TV. It is compatible with fewer players and there are mobile restrictions for streaming content.
Watch NBC Without Cable Using an Antenna
Another option for cord cutters is to kick it old school and use a new digital antenna to pick up live broadcast networks over the air. If you get good reception, you can watch NBC without cable for just the initial cost of the antenna itself, which turns out to be a pretty great deal.
Do you have any more questions about how to watch NBC online? Ask below!
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