BET has a long and important history in cable television. It was launched in 1980 as a 2-hour block of programming on the already popular Nickelodeon. At the time, it primarily showed music videos and reruns of popular sitcoms. It wasn’t until 1983 that the network moved to its own channel and began to grow into the premier place for African American content. The network continued to break records and, in 1991, became the first African American run company on the New York Stock Exchange.
Today, BET is still at the top of the list for popular cable networks and airs a variety of shows from news to music to sitcoms. Some current favorites include Bobby Jones Gospel (which has been with the network since 1980), reality shows like Sunday Best, scripted originals like Zoe Ever After, special events like the BET Awards, and a whole host of acquired nostalgic programming. Do you still crave watching the sitcom, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Here’s your chance. So, how do you watch BET online without cable? Here are your best bets.
Access the BET Live Stream with Sling TV
Sling TV provides easy access to BET live streaming, as well as access to some of TV’s other best networks! BET is included in Sling Blue, a $25-a-month service that offers an impressive 40+ channels. There are tons of other add-on channel packs, as well, so the selection is nearly endless.
You can watch BET on Apple TV, Roku, computers, mobile devices, smart TVs, Chromecast, and many more devices. In fact, you can score exclusive discounts on certain devices, through Sling TV’s special sign up bonus deals. These deals are subject to change, but right now, here’s what they’re offering: Sign up for 3 months of Sling TV, and get a FREE Roku 2, or an exclusive discount of $60 off an Apple TV (which gives you an easy and affordable way to watch BET on Apple TV!)
Watch BET Online with PlayStation Vue
There’s another way to watch a BET live stream and that is Sony’s PlayStation Vue service (review here). Vue is a great cable replacement that gives you a number of networks previously only available with cable or satellite contracts. The BET live stream can be found in the Access Slim package, which is just $29.99 per month.
PlayStation Vue recently expanded nationwide to offer its Slim multi-channel plans nationwide, a big upgrade from the previous seven markets it was previously serving. Once you have the service, you can watch BET on Roku, PS3 or PS4 console, iPad, Amazon Fire TV, or Chromecast.
Get Hulu to Watch BET Online
One of the most popular services for cable cutters who want access to mostly on-demand content is Hulu (review here). It has a gigantic catalog of current and past TV shows and movies, all of which can be streamed directly to your computer or your TV if you have a streaming device like Chromecast or a Roku. While you can’t watch a BET live stream this way, Hulu does offer a number of hit BET shows including The West Brooks and Let’s Stay Together. With Hulu, you can typically watch new shows the day after they air on BET. There are also a number of other favorites available on Hulu such as:
- Little Big Shots
- NBC’s The Wiz Live
Hulu Plus is only $7.99 for the version with limited commercials. Or, you can pay $11.99 per month and watch TV completely ad-free. If you want to see if Hulu is right for you, check out the free 7-day trial and you can watch BET online free.
What BET Shows Can You Watch Without Cable?
Using the services above, you can watch EVERY show that airs on BET! Some favorites hit shows like Sunday Best, Zoe Ever After, American Gangster, Reed Between the Lines, and every other show that BET offers, new and old!
Do you feel confident that you can watch BET online without an expensive cable contract? If you still have any questions, ask away in the comment section and we’ll be sure to help. Otherwise, check out the other shows that you can’t miss with our simple search tool.
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