How to Watch TBS without Cable: 3 Best Options

Comparison Chart for Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV & YouTube TV

After an exhausting day, you make it a habit to tune in to TBS, because it has some of the best late night-night shows and comedies. However, due to the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic, coupled with high monthly cable prices, you want to look for other alternatives.  

Before cutting the cord, you do your research by going to the Internet. It’s your first time learning the pros and cons of streaming and it’s very confusing.

The question becomes, how do you watch TBS without a cable subscription? We answer this question in this blog post with what we think are your 3 best options.

TBS On Sling TV

Sling TV with the Blue package offers one of the best ways to watch TBS without a cable subscription.

If you are on a budget, Sling TV Blue can be accessed for $30/month. The Blue package gives you access to 50+ channels, including NBC, SyFy, AMC in addition to TBS.

Sling TV focuses mostly on news and entertainment. If you wish to couple TBS with other channels not provided in the package, Sling TV offers add-on channel packages, to personalize your viewing experience.

You can customize your service by adding extra channels. These packages range from $5 to $10 a month. Some of the additional channels they offer are as follows:

Sling Blue ExtrasPrice Channels Offered
Sports Extra$10/MonthNFL Redzone, NBA TV, FOX Sports 2, MLB Network, etc
Comedy Extra$5/MonthMTV, Paramount Network, FETV, MTV 2, etc
Kids Extra$5/MonthNickToons, TeenNick, Boomerang, Baby TV, etc
News Extra$5/MonthFox Business Network, CNBC, BBC World News, Law & Crime, etc
Lifestyle Extra$5/MonthVH1, Oxygen, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, etc
Hollywood Extra$5/MonthFXX, FX Movies, REELZ, HDNet Movies, etc
Heartland Extra$5/MonthNat Geo Wild, World Fishing Network, Pursuit, Sportsman Channel, etc
Sling TV Extras

Sling TV can be simultaneously streamed on up to three devices including but not limited to mobile, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV and Chromecast. This option allows you to watch your favorite shows, while other family members can watch theirs.

Additionally, Sling TV allows you to record and watch up to 10 hours of shows for free with its Cloud DVR function.  Sling TV lets you keep your recorded shows without the hassle of feeling rushed or anxiously waiting for the next episode.

If you need more than 10 hours to record shows or movies, for an additional $5 a month, you can upgrade to Cloud DVR Plus. This feature allows you to record up to 50 hours. Sling TV even lets you keep your recordings for 30 days after pausing your subscription.

With no hidden fees or contracts, Sling Blue offers a great deal.  It has a sizable number of channels, is customizable depending on your viewing preferences and most importantly, affordable.

If you want to try the service, they currently offer a 3-day free trial.

TBS on YouTube TV

Although YouTube TV costs more than Sling TV, it doesn’t shy away from providing its subscribers with great features to justify the price.

For a monthly cost of $64.99, you get access to more than 85 networks—including ESPN, Disney Channel, Fox and of course, TBS. In addition, to the offered channel lineup of some of the most popular cable networks, local channels are also available.

If you want a full selection of free network channels, we always recommend purchasing an antenna.  Depending where you live, a good antenna could add an additional 30+ channels.  My antenna provides 74 channels. This very good 150-mile long-range antenna can be found here.

YouTube TV makes sure the whole family is satisfied. By creating a family group, you can add five other accounts to one YouTube TV subscription. Through this, each family member can personalize their viewing experience.

YouTube TV allows three simultaneous streams. Each account can record their favorite shows and movies for future viewing. YouTube TV is the only streaming service to boast unlimited cloud DVR storage space. There is a generous 9-month availability of recordings providing plenty of time to catch up on favorites.

Like Sling TV, YouTube TV works on various devices like Apple TV, Roku TV, and even game consoles through the YouTube TV app. YouTube TV is owned by Google and sometimes a free Chromecast is offered to new customers.

If you are still not satisfied with the variety of channels readily available within the service, you can pay an extra fee for single-channel add-ons. They are as follows:

YouTube TV Add-OnsPrice
Acorn$6/Month
AMC Premiere$5/Month
Cinemax$9.99/Month
Curiosity Stream$5/Month
Epix$6/Month
HBO$14.99/Month
HBO Max$14.99/Month
Showtime$7/Month
Shudder$5/Month
Starz$9/Month
Sundance Now$7/Month
Urban Movie Channel$5/Month
YouTube TV Entertainment Add-Ons

If you wish to enjoy the YouTube TV Sports Plus add-on, an additional $10.99 will be charged per month. Included in the said add-on are as follows:

YouTube TV Sports Plus
$10.99/Month
NFL RedZone
Fox Soccer Plus
MAVTV
Stadium
Fox College Sports
TVG
GOLTV
YouTube TV Sports Plus

YouTube TV offers plenty of features to make the overall cost of the service worth it. If you are somehow dissatisfied with the service after signing up, YouTube TV allows you to cancel your subscription anytime with no hidden fees since there are no annual contracts.

Additionally, YouTube TV’s free trial usually lasts for 7 days. However, sometimes they offer extended free trials for up to 14 days.

TBS on Hulu + Live TV

Finally, Hulu + Live TV at $54.99 per month, is the “middle ground” of the three options when it comes to pricing and content offered.

Once you sign up for the service, you get to watch 65+ live channels and the entire Hulu streaming library.

In addition to watching your favorite TV shows on TBS, you also get to stream all Hulu original series like The Handmaid’s Tale, Castle Rock, Casual, and more. This option is perfect for those who love both live and on-demand TV.

Like YouTube TV, six people can create profiles and share one subscription.

They can stream on Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku TV, mobile devices, and many more. However, only two devices can simultaneously stream at a time.

You can purchase the Unlimited Screens add-on to stream simultaneously on any number of devices for an extra $9.99 a month. But this only applies to your home network. If you are away on a trip or a long commute, the add-on limits you and your family members to only three devices at a time.

Hulu + Live TV also provides you with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage, which can be upgraded to 200 hours for an additional $9.99 with the Enhanced DVR add-on. However, only the upgraded DVR gets the ability to fast-forward commercials.

If you want to bundle the Unlimited Screens and Enhanced DVR add-ons, you can, for $14.99/month.

Like its competitors, Hulu + Live TV also has premium network add-ons to further solidify its long list of available networks. They are:

Hulu + Live TV Add-OnsPrice
Cinemax$9.99/Month
HBO Max$14.99/Month
Showtime$10.99/Month
Starz$8.99/Month
Hulu + Live TV Add-Ons

For those who want even more, you can get Hulu + Live TV, Disney + and ESPN + bundle—which consists of some of the best on-demand streaming services for only $61.99 a month.

The assortment of upgrades can be overwhelming, but if you know what you want from your streaming experience, these upgrades can help you save more of your hard-earned money.

If you are still on the fence about signing up for Hulu + Live TV, you can always test drive the service with its 7-day free trial. There are no hidden fees or annual contracts and you can always cancel anytime.

Conclusion

With rising cable prices, cutting the cord is becoming prevalent.  We all want to sit back and relax to our favorite shows, but our enjoyment does not have to come at the expense of our financial well-being. 

There are plenty of ways to stream TBS; we simply limited the choice to what we think are three of the best options.   

You may want to go for Sling TV Blue for its low price or you may like the channels and features on YouTube TV.  Alternatively, you may want the customizable streaming experience Hulu + Live TV offers.

All the streaming options discussed have features or add-ons superior to their competitors. 

We just hope this post will make it easier for you to decide which option is best for you.

How do you watch TBS? Are you still using traditional cable TV? Do you like the price you are paying? Would you consider streaming TBS on one of the streaming services we covered? Let us know in the comments below.

Lloyd Opalec

Additional Resources

Read our previous blog called What is the Cheapest Way to Watch Fox News here

Read the 4 Things Cable Companies Don’t Want You To Know About TV Antennas here.

Learn the 3 important things you need to know about AT&T streaming service here

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