CBS is arguably the most popular channel in the country. From popular TV shows, like NCIS to The Big Bang Theory, live sporting events like NFL, college football (including many bowl games), March Madness, and The Masters, and in-depth news coverage, CBS has it all. For those looking to stream CBS without cable, we have the best options listed below. But with a growing number of people deciding to ditch expensive cable TV, many people are wondering if you can watch CBS online without cable? The good news is there are several ways you can enjoy a CBS live stream or over the air without cable TV.
Watch CBS Online with CBS All Access
Unlike some of their network competitors, CBS has decided to make their programming available online with a digital subscription service. Without cable, you can have access to CBS streaming programming, live and on-demand, with CBS All Access.
CBS All Access is a standalone service that will give you access to nearly all of the network’s regularly scheduled programming, online and streaming to your device, at any time. You’ll also get access to exclusive programming only available on the streaming service, The Good Fight. It offers a free 7 day trial. Like services such as Hulu, CBS will add their shows after they air live so you can watch them on your own schedule but not be afraid to miss out. Currently, you can watch 8,500+ episodes of hit CBS shows on-demand using the service. This is the best way to watch CBS on demand, but it can also be a way to stream CBS live in some areas.
Looking for a CBS live stream? Currently, CBS All Access makes a CBS live stream available in over 80% of all markets across the country. And this number is growing all the time. If you live in a market that All Access provides a CBS live stream, you’ll be able to watch Saturday college football games and March Madness NCAA games live as they air plus all of CBS’ hit programming. And now, All Access lets you stream CBS and watch NFL games airing locally live every Sunday. See our CBS All Access review for more information.
CBS All Access is one of the cheapest online streaming options coming in at $5.99 a month. Try it now with a free trial and enjoy CBS streaming to all your devices.
Watch CBS Live Stream Over the Air with Antenna and DVR
Of course, CBS is also a broadcast network, so live within the range of your local TV station, programming should be accessible with a digital antenna. See our guide to the best digital antennas for more info.
If watching TV on a schedule doesn’t thrill you, digital DVRs are available that allow you to record programming over the air and watch it back later. Learn more about cord cutter DVRs here.
PlayStation Vue Offers CBS Live Stream in Select Markets
PlayStation Vue also offers the option to watch CBS streaming live right through your gaming console, specifically PS3 or PS4, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, or iPhone/iPad devices. While Vue is available nationwide, CBS is only available in roughly 50% of markets nationwide.
In markets with a CBS live stream and other local channels, Vue starts at $39.99 a month. In all other markets, Vue starts at $29.99 a month but doesn’t come with CBS streaming or some other live locals. So it’s a fairly expensive way to stream CBS.
PlayStation Vue also allows you to stream other cable TV stations without a contract. If this offer is available to you, you can sign up for the service starts $29.99 per month. For more information, check out our PlayStation Vue review. Vue also offers a free trial, so you can potentially get the CBS live stream free for a week.
Watch CBS Online On-Demand with Amazon, iTunes, and Similar Services
Some CBS programming is available on Amazon but you may have to purchase new seasons based on their popularity. Big Bang Theory, for instance, will cost you $34.99 for standard definition but you can watch it anytime, anywhere. Or, you can buy single episodes starting at $1.99. iTunes and Google Play also carry some of the CBS streaming catalog in a similar way that you can pay for on-demand.
Watch CBS Online with the CBS Website (Programming is Limited)
Like most broadcast networks, CBS does make some of their programming available for free on their site. And the best part is, there’s no cable login required to stream CBS shows this way. However, content is limited, but it’s a good way to catch up on missed episodes here and there.
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