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You can watch NBC live without cable with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV. In this article, we’ll help you decide which option is best for you. Let’s get started!

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Watch NBC on fuboTV

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fuboTV is a sports-centered streaming service that has expanded into a full-fledged internet TV “cable replacer.” Here’s what you need to know about the service and its features.

fuboTV Pricing and Packages

fuboTV, offers the “fubo Standard” plan costing $54.99/month, which comes with NBC. It also has some channel add-ons that offer additional channels and features. You can learn more about each one here.

Standard
7-day free trial
$54.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

30 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Family
7-day free trial
$59.99+/ month

92 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

SIGN UP
Entertainment
7-day free trial
$69.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

SIGN UP
Ultra
7-day free trial
$79.99/ month

113 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME included

Sports Plus add-on

SIGN UP
*Note that in order to see the Family, Entertainment, and Ultra plans, you need to first press "Start Free Trial." After you create an account, you'll see all of these plans.

fuboTV Channels

For the price of entry, you get about 70 total channels, though this may vary based on your location. You will be able to get NBC, CBS, and Fox affiliate stations in most areas. However, fuboTV has no contracts with any ABC stations, so you won’t get any local ABC affiliates.

You’ll also get some news and entertainment channels like Food Network, A&E, CNBC, and CBS News. However, the bulk of channels, such as Eleven Sports, NBA TV, BeIN Sports 1-10, and the Big Ten Network are focused on sports. Learn more here.

fuboTV Supported Devices

fuboTV is available on iOS and Android, as well as web browsers and all major streaming platforms like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast, so you have plenty of options for watching your favorite shows. Learn more here.

fuboTV Simultaneous Streams

You also can stream on 2 devices simultaneously with fuboTV, and you can add a third stream for a $6/month fee. Learn more here.

fuboTV DVR

fuboTV comes with a free DVR, which includes 30 hours of cloud storage. You can upgrade this to 500 hours of storage for a $10/month additional fee. Learn more here.

fuboTV On-Demand Library

fuboTV has a selection of on-demand content which it gets from most of the channels it carries. This includes some recently-aired shows, a few past seasons from select networks, and a lineup of top movies. Get more information here.

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Watch NBC on Hulu With Live TV

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Hulu With Live TV is a relatively new Internet TV service, and offers upgradeable features, a good list of channels, and full access to the Hulu on-demand library.

Hulu With Live TV Pricing and Packages

Hulu With Live TV simplifies things, offering only a single subscription package. Depending on where you are in the country, you’ll get somewhere between 40-70 channels for $44.99/month, which is reasonable. Learn more here.

Hulu + Live TV
7-Day Free Trial
$44.99/ month

67 Channels

2 simultaneous streams

ESPN and Disney

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Hulu With Live TV Channels

With Hulu With Live TV, you get local NBC stations, as well as CBS, Fox, and ABC stations in all areas where affiliates have inked agreements with Hulu With Live TV.  You also get plenty of sports, reality, news, and entertainment channels like ESPN, TruTV, Viceland, CNN and Fox News, and FX. Learn more here.

Hulu With Live TV Supported Devices

Hulu With Live TV supports most modern streaming devices. You can use your web browser to watch on your computer, iOS and Android to watch on-the-go, and you can watch on streaming platforms such as Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, the Xbox One/360, and some Samsung Smart TVs. Recently, Hulu With Live TV even added support for the Nintendo Switch. Learn more here.

Hulu With Live TV Simultaneous Streams

By default, you can stream on 2 devices simultaneously with Hulu. However, the $10/month “Unlimited Screens” package lets you stream on unlimited devices on your home Wi-Fi network, and on up to 3 devices outside your home network. Learn more here.

Hulu With Live TV DVR

Hulu With Live TV comes with a 50-hour DVR at no additional cost. You can upgrade this to 200 hours with the $9.99/month “Enhanced DVR” package. Learn more here.

Hulu With Live TV On-Demand Library

Another great feature of Hulu With Live TV is that you get a base-tier Hulu subscription included in your subscription for no extra fee. This means you have full access to the entire library of Hulu on-demand content. Learn more here.

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Watch NBC on Sling TV

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Sling TV is the most inexpensive choice on our list, so it’s a good choice for cord-cutters looking to save some money on cable. Here’s what you need to know about this “a la carte” streaming service.

Sling TV Pricing and Packages

You can pick between the Sling Orange ($25/month) and Sling Blue ($25/month) plans when signing up for Sling TV. You can also combine Sling Orange + Blue for $40/month. However, only the Sling Blue package has local broadcast stations like NBC, so we’ll focus on this plan. Learn more here.

Sling Orange
Free Roku Deal
$25.00/ month

34 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

1 simultaneous stream.

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Sling Blue
Free Roku Deal$25.00/ month

49 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

3 simultaneous streams

SIGN UP
Sling Orange + Blue
Free Roku Deal
$40.00/ month

56 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

4* simultaneous streams

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* You get 1 stream for Sling Orange channels and up to 3 simultaneous streams for Sling Blue channels.

Sling TV Channels

Along with NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox, you’ll get top networks like AMC, FX, CNN, HGTV, Comedy Central, NBCSN, and more. It’s a pretty good package of channels for $25/month, although some channels like ESPN are missing, and only available in Sling Orange. You’ll get about 40 channels in total with Sling Blue. Learn more here.

Sling TV Supported Devices

Sling TV can be used on mobile devices with iOS and Android support, or on your laptop with a supported web browser. It also has support from most streaming platforms, such as Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku. Sling TV also supports most LG and Samsung Smart TVs, as well as the Xbox One console. Learn more here.

Sling TV Simultaneous Streams

You can stream content on up to 3 devices simultaneously with Sling Blue, which is better than some other internet TV services such as fuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and Hulu With Live TV (without the “Unlimited Screens” upgrade). Learn more here.

Sling TV DVR

Sling TV has pretty good features. You can get a DVR for an extra $5/month fee. The DVR comes with 50 hours of storage, which is better than AT&T TV Now and fubo TV. Learn more here.

Sling TV On-Demand Library

Sling TV claims to have more than 70,000 titles, but that’s only if you subscribe to every channel available on the service. In reality, you’ll have fewer titles to choose from, but that’s okay, given that you’ll get a good lineup of recent episodes, past seasons of select TV shows, and top movies from the channels carried on Sling TV. Learn more here.

Free 7-day Trial

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Watch NBC on AT&T TV Now

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AT&T TV Now is the new name of DirecTV Now. This service was introduced by AT&T and DirecTV in order to reclaim customers who were canceling their pay TV subscriptions, but a recent price hike and channel reshuffling has made it a less-than-perfect choice for watching NBC without cable.

AT&T TV Now Pricing and Packages

AT&T TV Now offers a total of seven different packages, as follows:

  • Plus: 40+ channels / $50 per month. Includes HBO
  • Max: 50+ channels / $70 per month. Includes HBO, Cinemax
  • Entertainment: 65+ channels / $93 per month
  • Choice: 85+ channels / $110 per month
  • Xtra: 105+ channels /  $124 per month
  • Ultimate: 125+ channels / $135 per month

To get NBC, you’ll only need the cheapest Plus package, which will cost you $50/month. Learn more here.

Plus
7-day free trial
$50.00/ month

45+ channels

2 simultaneous streams

20 hours of DVR space

HBO
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Max
7-day free trial
$70.00/ month

60+ channels

2 simultaneous streams

20 hours of DVR space

HBO + Cinemax
SIGN UP
*Note that AT&T TV Now offers several other plans that are hidden until you click to sign up.

AT&T TV Now Channels

The cheapest AT&T TV Now Plus package comes with NBC, ABC, FOX and CBS, as well as HBO, as well as some other top channels like ESPN, Disney Channel, FX and Fox Sports. See the full channel lineup here.

AT&T TV Now Supported Devices

AT&T TV Now has a large selection of apps for iOS and Android, and support for Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, and web browsers, so you have plenty of options for watching your favorite NBC shows. Learn more here.

AT&T TV Now Simultaneous Streams

You can only stream on 2 devices at once, which is quite restrictive for larger families, but you can upgrade this to 3 devices for a $5/month fee. Learn more here.

AT&T TV Now DVR

The AT&T TV Now cloud DVR is very restrictive. You only get 20 hours of storage, which is the lowest on this list. You also can only store your recordings for 30 days, which is also not a good thing. Learn more here.

AT&T TV Now On-Demand Library

You’ll get a good on-demand library when you subscribe to AT&T TV Now, with the total amount of on-demand content varying based on the packages and channels you’ve subscribed to. You’ll be able to watch recently-aired episodes, past seasons of some shows, and a selection of top movies. Learn more here.

Free 7-day Trial

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Watch NBC on PlayStation Vue

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Despite the name, you don’t actually need a PlayStation to use PlayStation Vue. This internet TV from Sony offers a reasonable selection of channels, alongside one of the best sets of features for larger families and households. Here’s what you need to know.

PlayStation Vue Pricing and Packages

Similarly to AT&T TV Now, you can choose between 4 different packages of channels with PlayStation Vue, depending on how many channels you want, starting with the $49.99/month Access plan. You can learn more here.

Access
5-Day Free Trial
$44.99/ month

50 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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Core
5-Day Free Trial
$49.99/ month

75 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

SIGN UP
Elite
5-Day Free Trial
$59.99/ month

96 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

SIGN UP
Ultra
5-Day Free Trial
$79.99/ month

98 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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* You get 3 streams to use in-home or out-of-home streams and 2 extra streams to use in-home.

PlayStation Vue Channels

Local broadcast networks are included in every plan, including the cheapest $49.99/month “Access” plan. You can get NBC, ABC, Fox, and CBS affiliates in most areas of the U.S., though you will want to make sure your local affiliate is available before subscribing.

You’ll also get a number of other highly sought-after cable channels like ESPN and ESPN2, Fox Sports 1 and 2, AMC, FX, Bravo, USA, TNT, TBS, and CNN. You can upgrade to the Core and Elite packages to get even more channels, like IFC, Fusion, and The Cooking Channel. Learn more here.

PlayStation Vue Supported Devices

PlayStation Vue has support for all modern streaming platforms. When you’re on-the-go, you can stream it on your laptop through your web browser, or on your iOS/Android phones and tablets. And when you’re at home, you can use streaming platforms such as Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, and Playstation 3/4 consoles to enjoy PlayStation Vue content. Learn more here.

PlayStation Vue Simultaneous Streams

With PlayStation Vue, you can stream on up to 5 devices at once on your home network. That’s more devices than any service except Hulu With Live TV. And the Hulu “Unlimited Screens” package costs an extra $10/month fee, while 5-device streaming is free with PlayStation Vue. Learn more here.

PlayStation Vue DVR

You also get a really good DVR with PlayStation Vue. You can save unlimited episodes of up to 500 different shows for 28 days, so you don’t have to worry about running out of space, no matter how many people are using the service. Learn more here.

PlayStation Vue On-Demand Library

You’ll get a pretty good selection of on-demand content from the various channels included in your PlayStation Vue plan, including top movies, recently-aired episodes, and past seasons of some shows. Get a more detailed breakdown here.

Free 5-day Trial

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Watch NBC on YouTube TV

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Source: YouTube TV

YouTube TV officially launched in 2018, and it has already become a favorite for cord-cutters due to its great features, clean user interface, and good lineup of channels.

YouTube TV Pricing and Packages

Like Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV offers only a single subscription package. For $49.99/month you get 70+ channels, though this will vary somewhat based on your location. Learn more here.

YouTube TV Channels

YouTube TV has made an effort to form partnerships with most NBC, ABC and  Fox, stations, though you will want to make sure you get your local NBC station before signing up.

You also get a ton of other great channels like ESPN, Fox News, AMC, BBC America, NBA TV, IFC, and dozens of others. Learn more here.

YouTube TV Supported Devices

Device support is pretty good for YouTube TV. It was limited at first, but now you can use YouTube TV on Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast, Android TV, Samsung and LG Smart TVs, your web browser, and iOS/Android devices. In late 2019, it will also be getting Amazon Fire TV support. Learn more here.

YouTube TV Simultaneous Streams

You get 3 simultaneous streams by default with YouTube TV, which makes it great if you plan on sharing your account with housemates or family members. Learn more here.

YouTube TV DVR

YouTube TV has the best DVR of any internet TV service—without exception. You can store as many hours of content as you want, for up to 9 months. There are no other restrictions or limitations. In addition, you can set up 6 different user accounts, and each user gets their own personal DVR. Learn more here.

YouTube TV On-Demand Library

YouTube TV has plenty of on-demand content. Though the available content will vary due to content expiration dates and syndication, you can usually find a good selection of movies, the most recently-aired episodes of most top shows, and some past TV show seasons. Learn more here.

How to Watch NBC on Amazon Fire TV

You can watch NBC on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now or PlayStation Vue. YouTube TV will be adding Amazon Fire TV support in late 2019, as well. To get started, all you need to do is download the app for the streaming service you’ve subscribed to from the Amazon App Store.

Alternatively, you can also choose to download the NBC app and sign in with your internet TV credentials, then watch on-demand and live content directly on the app.

How to Watch NBC on Roku

You can watch NBC on Roku with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV.Open up the Roku Channel Store, download the appropriate app, and you’ll be good to go.

You also can choose to download the NBC channel from the Roku Channel Store, which will allow you to sign in with your internet TV service, just like you would with a traditional cable subscription.

How to Watch NBC on Apple TV

You can watch NBC on Apple TV with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV.Download the app to which you’ve subscribed from the App Store, then install it and sign in, and start watching NBC on Apple TV right away.

Another way you can watch NBC on Apple TV is by downloading the NBC app. You can log in with your internet TV login information for one of the above services, and watch even more live and on-demand content.

Get NBC and Local Stations For Free With an OTA Antenna

Not interested in the cable stations offered by the above internet TV services, or looking for a free way to watch NBC and other local stations?

Good news! If you want to watch NBC and your other local stations for free, you can do so! All you need is an Over-The-Air (OTA) antenna, and a little bit of know-how!

NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, and the CW are all “broadcast television” stations. You can get these stations and quite a few more, and they are all freely available to you if you have the right antenna, just like a radio station!

Here’s how you can watch NBC and other local stations for free with an OTA antenna.

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Step 1: Check NBC station availability

First, you will want to see which stations you can get at your home. This is important because the closer you are to the broadcast station, the more likely it is that you can use an inexpensive indoor antenna. If you are farther away, however, you may need to use an outdoor antenna to pick up NBC.

AntennaWeb is a great resource for this. Just enter your ZIP code and you’ll get a full list of the broadcast stations available to you, along with their relative signal strength. You can even get some antenna recommendations.

Step 2: Get an OTA antenna that’s right for you

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Next, you’ll need to purchase an OTA antenna. If you live in the city, you can probably use an indoor antenna, such as this model from AmazonBasics. However, if you live in a more rural area, you may need an outdoor antenna, such as this model from RCA.

Essentially, all antennas will do the exact same thing, so don’t stress out about choosing the perfect antenna. Just find one that looks right for you, has good ratings, and that’s offered at a good price.

Step 3: Set it up and scan for channels

Most modern TVs have a built-in TV tuner, so all you’ll have to do is follow the antenna instructions to set it up, plug it directly into your TV, and scan for channels. Once you do, you’ll see your local NBC station on the proper channel, as well as any other channels that are within broadcast range of your OTA antenna.

Step 4: Start watching your favorite shows!

That’s it! You can watch your favorite shows live, and get news and sports coverage from your local NBC affiliate. If you want, you can even invest in a product like the HDHomeRun, which allows you to stream OTA content to smartphones, tablets, and more. It also has an optional DVR upgrade, which will let you record your shows for later viewing.

Method 3: NBC.com and the NBC App

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Source: NBC

If you have a subscription to a “skinny bundle” internet TV service, you also get access to NBC.com, and the NBC app for iOS and Android, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, and Android TV. Chromecast is also supported through iOS and Android Phones.

All 6 internet TV services on our list include support for the NBC website and app. Just log in with your NBC account, select the “Link Provider” option, and enter the internet TV service to which you subscribe.

After you do that, you’ll be able to watch live streams, on-demand episodes, and exclusive web content on NBC.com, and the NBC app.

Why is it worth doing this? The main reason is that it lets you get around some of the more restrictive simultaneous streaming policies of internet TV services. For example, even though AT&T TV Now only lets you stream on 2 devices, you can still watch NBC content on the NBC app if 2 people are already using your AT&T TV Now account.

Eric Liston is a freelance writer and tech enthusiast based in Ohio, specializing in internet security, cord-cutting, and more.