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TBS is home to some of network television's best comedies, including “Miracle Workers” and “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.” It also plays host to Major League Baseball during pivotal playoff games (in 2021, TBS has the biggest games on the National League side of the bracket — including the NL Wild Card Game and the National League Championship Series). Are these good enough reasons to hold on to that old cable or satellite subscription? As TBS would say: very funny. The reality is that you can watch TBS without cable by firing up a TBS livestream on the streaming device of your choice, including major streaming platforms like Roku and Fire TV. It's no joke: here's how to watch TBS without cable.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream TBS:

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How to Watch TBS Online Without Cable

TBS's shows are available on demand through various streaming services, but we're not here to talk about on-demand content: we're here to show you how to watch TBS live without cable. And when we talk about watching live network television without cable or satellite, we're talking about live TV streaming services, also known as skinny bundles.

Skinny bundles get their name from the slimmed-down bundles of network television stations they offer. Most live TV streaming services offer bundles that are smaller than those provided by cable providers, so you can say goodbye to those bulky, overpriced packages and hello to something a bit more svelte.

Sold yet? Then scroll down and check out the skinny bundles that offer you a way to watch TBS without cable.

Stream TBS for free with Hulu

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You’ve doubtless heard of Hulu + Live TV, but you may not know how it got started. Many years ago, Hulu saw the potential in skinny bundles and waded into the market with an entry of their own. It’s now an established player in the streaming landscape. Hulu + Live TV includes TBS. You can read our review of Hulu + Live TV here.

Stream TBS with Sling TV

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Sling TV is the elder statesman of this group, having been widely available on a range of platforms for longer than any of the others. It also remains rather unique, thanks to its á la carte model. With Sling TV, subscribers choose one (or both) of two base packages. From there, subscribers are free to add as many (or as few) “extras” as they'd like. It's easy to get TBS and as many other channels as you want for your ultimate customized bundle.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is Google's take on the skinny bundle service, and it's an excellent choice for anyone looking for a TBS livestream. YouTube TV offers subscribers a host of great live network television channels, including TBS. You can test out YouTube TV for free by taking advantage of the service's seven-day risk-free trial offer.

Can I Watch TBS on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

Since these newer competitors stream their content over the internet, you have the ability to watch on any supported device! And trust us when we say there are a lot of supported devices. You can watch TBS without cable on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and more. The chart below will tell you exactly what you need to know.

Roku Fire TV Apple TV Android TV Chromecast iOS Android Web/
Hulu + Live TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sling TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Youtube TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

More to Watch for Fans of TBS

If you like to watch TBS, there are other networks you might like as well. We’ll talk about them in this section. As usual, you don’t need cable to watch any of the channels below.

TBS is known for its comedic content, but what if you feel like watching science fiction or action instead? Well, you can head on over to TNT, the sister station of TBS. The channel used to be known for its “We know drama” tagline, but it’s branched out a bit since those days. When you tune into TNT, you’ll find original shows like “Snowpiercer” and “Claws.” The latter is more of a dark comedy than a drama, for what it’s worth, but it still fits firmly within TNT’s brand. You can watch those originals, as well as blockbuster movies like “Captain Marvel” and “Justice League.” Go to our How to Watch TNT Without Cable page to find out more.

There’s one more channel commonly associated with both TNT and TBS, and that’s truTV. You’ll hear these channels discussed together during March Madness, for instance, as NCAA basketball tournament games air on all three networks. As you may have guessed based on its name, truTV has a special emphasis on reality TV programming. You’ll find everything from prank shows like “Impractical Jokers” to “Fast Foodies” there. The contestants in March Madness are vying for a championship trophy, while the people on “Fast Foodies” are trying to win the coveted “Chompionship Trophy.” You can learn how to watch all those shows and more by reading our guide to watching truTV without cable. And whether you choose TBS, TNT, truTV, or something else entirely, we think you’ll have no regrets about leaving cable in the rearview mirror. Not that TVs have rearview mirrors, but you get the idea.

14 thoughts on “How to Watch TBS Without Cable in 2023

  1. Rita Pruitt says:

    TBS and Roku you cannot watch with DirecTV Now.

    1. says:

      DirecTV Now offers TBS, so you should be able to watch TBS with your Roku. Have you contacted DirecTV Now’s customer support?

  2. Tracy Smith says:

    To pay any of these fees I might as well just pay for basic cable. What would be the advantages of paying that much and forgoing my cable subscription with Nulink? Thoughts.

    1. john r gordon says:


  3. Virginia says:

    So I have a Roku Tv. And I have Direct tv and At& t.. will I be charged extra for using the TBS App on my television? Or is it free?

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      You should be able to access the app’s content for free if you log in with your pay TV credentials!

  4. Lakinya Burton says:

    I have spectrum internet service,no cable. Can I watch the tbs app on my roku? I’ve downloaded the app and signed in but it won’t allow me access

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      Most apps like this put some or all of their videos behind a login requirement. They’ll want you to log in with pay TV credentials that prove you’re already getting TBS through cable or some other pay TV service. The good news is that you can access TBS with a “skinny bundle” service, and that you can also use the TBS app by logging in with credentials from one of those skinny bundle services. The bad news is that there’s no completely free option, other than whatever few episodes TBS and other channels choose to offer outside of the paywall.

  5. Penny says:

    Fubo is dropping TBS

  6. realist says:

    Why post ways to get app for free by paying for a service? Cordcutting are ways to go back to the days where entertainment was free.

    By the way, your solution is like – “get A/C for free”, just buy a car and turn on the a/c.

    1. catalyst7 says:

      Yep. They should change cord cutting to wallet cutting!

    2. OTA Only says:

      My thoughts exactly!! Great analogy!!

  7. Michael Everett says:


  8. Anonymous says:

    First buy a turkey, then make a salad. the end

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