Broadway’s biggest night is this Sunday at 8 PM EST, the Tony Awards, broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York on CBS. That’s all well and good if you’ve got a cable subscription or at least a TV antenna, but if you’ve been on the lookout for an online streaming option, we’ve got a rundown of services available to you.
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CBS has its own streaming service which gives subscribers access to 8,500 on demand episodes of CBS shows, subscriber-only exclusive original shows, and most importantly for Tony Awards fans, a 24/7 live stream of your local CBS station. Apps are available for Apple TV, Android, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, iPad/iPhone, PS4, Roku, Windows 10, and Xbox. You can also watch in-browser from your computer. The service costs $5.99/month with limited commercials or $9.99/month with no commercials, but you can grab a free week-long trial if you’ve never subscribed before. For more information or to sign up for a free trial, visit cbs.com/all-access/.
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu has been around for a while as a streaming on-demand library of current and past TV and movies, but they also recently launched a streaming cable service. Users can access live streams of more than 50 channels including CBS, though if you’re signing up specifically to watch the Tony Awards, you might want to check your local channel lineup to confirm that CBS is available first. Unfortunately you can’t watch Hulu Live TV on a computer with just a web browser, but there are apps available for iPhone and iPad, Android Devices, Xbox One, Apple TV (4th generation), and Google Chromecast. The service also includes a cloud DVR service in case you need to start the broadcast a little late. The service starts at $39.99/month, but if you’re a new subscriber you can get a free week-long trial at hulu.com/live-tv.
YouTube TV is a lot like Hulu’s Live TV service, but the channel lineup is slightly different and it’s $5 a month cheaper at $35/month. The only catch is it’s only available in certain U.S. cities. You’ll have to head to their website to see if it’s available in your area, but if it is, you can get a free month-long trial to start out with. Visit tv.youtube.com.
PlayStation’s entry into the streaming cable world is also pretty similar, except they offer a variety of channel “tiers,” which range from $40 to $75/month. CBS is included in major markets, but again it’s best to check before subscribing if you’re specifically wanting to watch the Tonys. You can watch the service from a web browser, or through apps on iPhone and iPad, Android devices, Apple TV (4th generation), Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Google Chromecast. New users can start out with a week-long free trial. Visit playstation.com/en-us/network/vue/.
For more information, visit TonyAwards.com.