We can’t scroll through our Facebook feeds without seeing everyone talking about Scandal. This TV phenomenon is taking the airwaves by storm. Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, hit it out of the ballpark with this political thriller loosely based on a real-life presidential press aide. Scandal returns on Thursday, February 11 at 9 P.M. ET on ABC. Want to watch Scandal online?
The show takes place in Washington DC and follows Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington. Pope worked closely with the president before she left her political career to start a private crisis management firm. She has a complicated relationship the leader of the free world and those closest to him, including his wife. And drama ensues. While the show has received a number of awards and accolades, it is still full of soapy TV tropes that make it so much fun to watch.
Access to network TV is a main cause of cable cutting anxiety, but watching ABC is not as difficult without a costly cable subscription as you might think. If you want to watch Scandal online, here are our suggestions.
Watch Scandal Online with Hulu
Many cable cutters swear by Hulu, and there’s a reason for that. The service makes watching your favorite shows on-demand seamless and inexpensive. Not only can you watch Scandal, but other ABC favorites like Once Upon a Time and The Muppets. And, not only can you watch ABC but lots of shows from NBC, FOX, and much more. Read more in our Hulu review.
With a Hulu subscription you can watch the shows the day after they air, but the service only keeps the latest episodes up for a limited period of time. Otherwise, if you don’t wat to spring for Hulu Plus, you can catch the latest 5 episodes with the last episode added 8 days after it airs on TV.
Hulu can be streamed using pretty much any device including Roku, Chromecast, Amazon TV, and your computer or mobile phones.
Check out the pricing!
- $7.99 per month for the basic Hulu service.
- $11.99 per month for commercial free viewing!
- Add services like Showtime for extra drama at only $8.99 per month.
And if you’re not ready to commit to the service yet, check it out free for 7 days (a great way to watch Scandal online free for a week)! Learn more about it here!
Sling TV Offers ABC Live Stream in Select Markets
Want to watch a Scandal live stream right as it airs? Sling TV, a popular streaming service that acts as an alternative to cable TV, now carries ABC in select markets across the country. Subscribers to the Broadcast Extra package (just $5 a month extra on top of the $20 monthly Best of Live TV package) in the TV markets for Chicago, Fresno-Visalia, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco can get ABC and other local channels live streaming through Sling TV.
You can stream Sling TV (review) to just about any device, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast streaming players; iOS and Android phones and tablets; Xbox gaming consoles; and your computer. Service starts at $20 a month with no contract, so you can cancel any time. And here’s an even sweeter deal. If you’re a T-Mobile customer, you can get Sling TV’s Best of Live TV package for 30% off its regular price. That’s just $14 a month for up to one full year (you’d still need to add the Broadcast Extra package for ABC and other locals). Click here to learn more about the T-Mobile offer.
Watch Scandal Full Episodes on Netflix
While Netflix doesn’t give you new episodes on-demand, you can watch the expansive collection of previous seasons. This is great if you need to binge watch Scandal online to catch up or if you’re willing to wait a year for the next season to start.
Netflix is currently the most popular streaming service in the US. It has gone way beyond a movie rental company and is now producing some amazing programming of its own. If you like Scandal, you may want to check out Orange is the New Black. Or, if quirky comedies also make you smile, watch The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for a show that is both hilarious and endearing. And, if you like these strong female characters, you might love Marvel’s Jessica Jones.
Netflix is based on a month to munch subscription and gives you plenty of viewing options from their vast, incomprehensible library. You can also access the streaming service through just about any device including Roku and Chromecast. There are 3 tiers of subscription which you can learn more about here and watch Scandal online free with the cost of the service.
Watch Scandal Live Streaming with an Antenna
All right, in the most technical sense of the word you can’t exactly watch Scandal live streaming, but the closest you might get is with a digital antenna and DVR combination.
If you can get good antenna reception in your house, you can watch any local affiliate stations over-the-air for free. Just like the old rooftop antennas of the distant past, the shows just magically beam to your TV with a little help from the latest technology.
Then, as an added bonus, you can use a digital DVR to record the shows and watch them at your leisure. But wait, there’s more! You can also use the DVR to stream live TV to your computer when you’re not at home!
Buy Individual Scandal Episodes Online
Finally, if none of these options sound appealing to you the next best bet is to buy each individual Scandal episode through services like Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, or iTunes the day after they air. With this method, you can watch Scandal online on your own schedule, but it will cost you.
The catch with this option is it can get expensive quickly. Each episode will cost around $2 to $3, and you may be able to get a discounted season pass, but you’ll be shelling out much more money than with one of the previous options.
So, let’s recap. Here are you options for watching Scandal full episodes online or over the air:
- Hulu – our top recommendation
- Amazon, Vudu, iTunes, etc.
Which works best for you?
Now that you have all the information we can share, find out how to watch your other favorite TV shows in our guide!
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