The 93rd Academy Awards will honor the best films of the year – here’s how to watch live to see all the winners

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  • The Academy Awards, or the Oscars, honors the best movies of the year.
  • The 2021 Oscars will be broadcast tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
  • You can watch the Oscars live on ABC via cable, or streaming services like Hulu + Live TV and Fubo TV.

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The 93rd Academy Awards will honor some of the best films from 2020 and early 2021. The ceremony will be broadcast tonight at 8 p.m. ET. You can watch the show live on ABC through cable or any streaming service with access to the channel.

This year’s event has already made history with its nominations. “Minari” actor Steven Yeun is the first Asian-American ever nominated for a best actor Oscar. “Nomadland” director Chloé Zhao is the first woman of color to receive an Oscar nomination for best director. Zhao joins “Promising Young Woman” director Emerald Fennell in the category, making this the first year two women are nominated for the award.

The 2021 Academy Awards will be the third Oscars in a row to be conducted without a host. The show will still feature a number of celebrity presenters, however, including Rita Moreno, Zendaya, Brad Pitt, and Bryan Cranston.

Unlike previous awards shows during the pandemic, most nominees will be attending the Oscars in person rather than virtually, but venues will be set up in London and Paris for nominees outside the US.

How to watch the 2021 Oscars

The 2021 Oscars will be held on April 25 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The show is expected to wrap up around 11 p.m. ET. A pre-show will start at 6:30 p.m. ET.

You can watch the Oscars on ABC via cable, satellite, antenna, or any live streaming service with access to the channel. The show will also be streamed via ABC.com and the ABC app. That said, ABC’s site and app both require you to sign in with an authenticated pay-TV provider.

How to watch the 2021 Oscars on ABC without cable

To watch the 2021 Oscars without cable, you can use one of several live TV streaming services with access to ABC, including Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and Fubo TV.

Can I watch the Oscars on Hulu?

You can watch the Oscars on Hulu with a Hulu + Live TV plan for $65 a month. The service offers around 65 channels, including ABC in select markets. You can check to see if ABC is available in your area through Hulu’s website.

Subscribers also get access to all of Hulu’s on-demand movies and shows.

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Can I watch the Oscars on YouTube TV?

You can watch the Oscars on YouTube TV through the live ABC channel. YouTube TV costs $65 a month and features access to around 85 channels, including ABC in select areas. New members can get their first three months for a discounted rate of $55 a month.

You can check YouTube’s website to confirm if ABC is offered in your city.

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Can I watch the Oscars on Fubo TV?

You can stream the Oscars on ABC with a Fubo TV subscription. Fubo TV’s Starter plan includes around 120 channels, and ABC is offered in select areas. The Starter plan costs $65 a month, but you can upgrade to more expensive packages with additional channels.

You can check the FuboTV website to see if ABC is included in your market.

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Can I watch the Oscars on Locast?

Another way to stream the Oscars on ABC is with Locast, a non-profit app that offers free local channels in 31 markets.

Although the streaming service will let you watch the Oscars for free, you’ll have to register for an account and donate at least $5 a month for uninterrupted viewing. Otherwise, a donation request will interrupt your streams every few minutes.

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What movies and performers are nominated for 2021 Oscars?

Eight movies are up for best picture this year, with Netflix’s “Mank” receiving the most nominations (10) of any film at the show.

You can find a full list of 2021 Oscar nominations here, and we’ve compiled all the nominees in the four main categories below:

Best picture

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Frances McDormand could win her third Oscar for “Nomadland.”

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Carey Mulligan as Cassie in “Promising Young Woman.”

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The 93rd Academy Awards will honor the best films of the year – here’s how to watch live this Sunday to see all the winners

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An Oscar statue appears at the 91st Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California

  • The Academy Awards, or the Oscars, honors the best movies of the year.
  • The 2021 Oscars will be broadcast on April 25 at 8 p.m. ET.
  • You can watch the Oscars live on ABC via cable, or streaming services like Hulu + Live TV and Fubo TV.

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The 93rd Academy Awards will honor some of the best films from 2020 and early 2021. The ceremony will be broadcast this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. You can watch the show live on ABC through cable or any streaming service with access to the channel.

This year’s event has already made history with its nominations. “Minari” actor Steven Yeun is the first Asian-American ever nominated for a best actor Oscar. “Nomadland” director Chloé Zhao is the first woman of color to receive an Oscar nomination for best director. Zhao joins “Promising Young Woman” director Emerald Fennell in the category, making this the first year two women are nominated for the award.

The 2021 Academy Awards will be the third Oscars in a row to be conducted without a host. The show will still feature a number of celebrity presenters, however, including Rita Moreno, Zendaya, Brad Pitt, and Bryan Cranston.

Unlike previous awards shows during the pandemic, most nominees will be attending the Oscars in person rather than virtually, but venues will be set up in London and Paris for nominees outside the US.

How to watch the 2021 Oscars

The 2021 Oscars will be held on April 25 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The show is expected to wrap up around 11 p.m. ET. A pre-show will start at 6:30 p.m. ET.

You can watch the Oscars on ABC via cable, satellite, antenna, or any live streaming service with access to the channel. The show will also be streamed via ABC.com and the ABC app. That said, ABC’s site and app both require you to sign in with an authenticated pay-TV provider.

How to watch the Oscars on ABC without cable

To watch the 2021 Oscars without cable, you can use one of several live TV streaming services with access to ABC, including Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and Fubo TV.

All three services offer plans that start at $65 a month and include ABC in select markets. Hulu’s website, FuboTV’s website, and YouTube’s website all let you check to see what channels are available in your area.

Hulu + Live TV offers a total of around 65 channels, along with access to all of Hulu’s on-demand movies and shows. YouTube TV features around 85 channels, and Fubo TV’s base plan includes around 120 channels.

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Another way to stream ABC is with Locast, a non-profit app that offers free local channels in 31 markets. Although the streaming service will let you watch the Oscars for free, you’ll have to register for an account and donate at least $5 a month for uninterrupted viewing. Otherwise, a donation request will interrupt your streams every few minutes.

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What movies and performers are nominated for 2021 Oscars?

Eight movies are up for best picture this year, with Netflix’s “Mank” receiving the most nominations (10) of any film at the show.

You can find a full list of 2021 Oscar nominations here, and we’ve compiled all the nominees in the four main categories below:

Best picture

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Frances McDormand could win her third Oscar for “Nomadland.”

Directing

minari A24

Actress in a leading role

Promising Young Woman movie still Carey Mulligan Cassie Focus Features 8
Carey Mulligan as Cassie in “Promising Young Woman.”

Actor in a leading role

Ma Raineys Black Bottom David Lee Netflix
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How to watch every ‘Harry Potter’ movie

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Owls are a key part of “Harry Potter.”

  • The “Harry Potter” movies are now available to stream through the SyFy channel’s on-demand library.
  • To access SyFy on-demand you can use a live streaming service like Sling or Hulu + Live TV.
  • You can also rent “Harry Potter” movies without a subscription through VOD retailers like Amazon.

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For fans of the “Harry Potter” movie franchise, subscription streaming options are surprisingly hard to track down.

As recently as August 2020, the series was streaming on HBO Max. The franchise then made an appearance on NBC’s Peacock in October 2020, but has since left the service. For the time being, you can watch the movies on-demand via the SyFy channel on live streaming platforms like Sling or Hulu + Live TV. That said, it’s not clear how long the movies will remain on the network.

The popular fantasy films take place in the Harry Potter Universe, where wizards and people without magical abilities (muggles) coexist. Throughout the series, viewers follow the protagonist, Harry, and his two friends, Hermione and Ron, as they progress through their formative years at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Along the way, Harry meets allies and enemies, hones his magic, and unlocks his destiny.

If you’re an existing fan or just someone who wants to watch the movies for the first time, we’ve detailed all the “Harry Potter” streaming options below.

How to watch every ‘Harry Potter’ movie

The “Harry Potter” movies are now available to stream through any service with access to the SyFy channel’s on-demand catalog. That said, the films tend to jump from networks like SyFy to platforms like Peacock and HBO Max on a regular basis. As such, it’s not clear how long you’ll be able watch the movies on SyFy.

Live TV streaming services with access to SyFy include Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, and YouTube TV.

The cheapest of the bunch is Sling TV’s Sling Blue plan at $35 a month. The live TV streaming service offers a total of 44 channels. On-demand titles from select networks are available as well, including the “Harry Potter” movies via SyFy’s on-demand selection.

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Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, and YouTube TV also offer the “Harry Potter” movies via SyFy’s on-demand library, but they’re more expensive than Sling TV. Plans for each service start at $65 a month, though they all offer more live channels than Sling.

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Are the ‘Harry Potter’ movies on Peacock or HBO Max?

The “Harry Potter” films have previously been available on services like HBO Max and Peacock, but the movies are not currently streaming on either of those platforms.

Due to existing streaming deals, Vulture suggests that the “Harry Potter” movies may alternate between Peacock and HBO Max regularly through 2025. As of April 2021, it’s unclear when the movies will be back on either service.

How to rent ‘Harry Potter’ movies

In addition to live TV streaming services, fans can also rent or buy every “Harry Potter” film on a per-movie-basis through digital rental services. Some of these services include Amazon, RedBox, FandangoNow, Vudu, Google Play, and iTunes.

Pricing for the series varies by service, but most of the movies start at $4 to rent or $15 to buy.

For those unfamiliar with digital rental services, check out our guide on how to rent movies online.

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‘The Voice’ is now airing its 20th season – here’s how to watch the singing competition on NBC and Peacock

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Blake Shelton on the set of NBC’s “The Voice.”

  • “The Voice” is a singing competition with an all-star panel of coaches.
  • The show’s 20th season airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • You can watch “The Voice” on cable or through streaming services, like Peacock and Sling Blue.

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“The Voice” has been a staple of the NBC lineup for nearly 10 years. Now, in its 20th season, the singing competition is back with a new roster of contestants.

The new season kicked off on March 1, and features Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, and John Legend as coaches. Like past seasons, the competition begins with the coaches choosing singers for their teams based on blind auditions.

After that, the show will head to the Battles round, which allows coaches to choose two of their singers to face off. If one of the singers wins, they advance to the Knockouts round. Further rounds lead up to a live performance where the final contestants are narrowed down to a winner by a popular vote by viewers.

Here’s how you can follow along with the competition on cable or through live TV streaming services.

How to watch ‘The Voice’

The latest season of “The Voice” premiered on March 1 on NBC. New episodes air Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET. You can watch the show live through cable, over-the-air TV, or streaming services with access to NBC. You can also stream the show through the NBC website or NBC app if you have an authenticated pay-TV account.

Outside of live TV options, on-demand episodes of “The Voice” are available on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service. New episodes are available the day after they air on TV if you have Peacock Premium ($5/month) or Peacock Premium Plus ($10/month). Select episodes are available for free as well.

New members can currently get four months of Peacock Premium for 50% off.

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If you miss any performances, you can also download “The Voice” app to catch up with videos. And, during the live performances portion of the season, you can use the app to vote for your favorite singers.

Live streaming services with NBC

If you want to watch “The Voice” live on NBC without cable, you have a few different options.

One of the cheapest services with NBC is Sling Blue. This option costs $35 a month, and includes access to your local NBC channel. If you sign up today, you can get $10 off your first month.

You can also watch shows on three different devices with Sling Blue. So if someone wants to watch “The Voice” on one device while other people in your house stream a different channel, it’s totally possible.

Be aware, however, that NBC on Sling Blue is only available in select areas. You can check to see if NBC is available in your area via Sling’s website.

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Locast is another option to stream NBC. The app is a non-profit streaming service with local channels like NBC, Fox, ABC, and CBS in 29 markets across the country. Though the service is actually free to use, free streams are interrupted by periodic donation requests unless you pay the $5 a month donation fee.

Unlike the other services on this list, however, Locast only includes local stations and there are no DVR features.

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If you’re looking for more channels alongside NBC and you don’t mind paying more, then YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, and AT&T TV are all solid options as well. Prices range from $65 to $70 a month.

Though these services are a lot more expensive than Sling or Peacock, they each feature at least 65 live channels, making them a better choice for people who want a true cable alternative.

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How to watch Oprah’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for free online

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey.

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from their royal duties in 2020.
  • The couple revealed more about their exit in a CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7.
  • You can watch the special right now on CBS.com or the CBS app.

Roughly one year after they left their royal duties behind, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle discussed what led to their big exit during a CBS interview on March 7.

The interview, conducted by Oprah Winfrey, was a two-hour primetime special that touched on some of the reasons for their departure. The program featured a number of revelations from the two, including that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, made Markle cry. The two also discussed unnamed members of the royal family who had “concerns and conversations” about their son Archie’s skin tone.

CBS filmed the interview before bullying accusations were made against Markle from a number of staff members at Buckingham Palace. On March 3, Buckingham Palace announced it would investigate the accusations.

If you want to catch up on Oprah Winfrey’s CBS interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, here’s how you can watch the full special online.

How to watch ‘Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special’

Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special” aired March 7 on CBS. You can now watch the full interview on-demand through CBS.com and the CBS app.

The interview is available for free without the need to sign in with a cable subscription, but there are commercials during the program. You can access CBS.com through web and mobile browsers. The CBS app is available on most media devices, including Roku, Fire TV, Android TV, and Apple TV.

Is Oprah’s interview with Meghan and Harry available on Paramount Plus?

As of March 8 at 9 a.m. ET, “Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special” is not yet available on Paramount Plus. It’s possible that the program could be added to the service at a later date.

Paramount Plus typically airs news specials and programs from CBS shortly after they are broadcast on the network. The subscription service costs $6 a month for the ad-supported plan, or $10 a month for the commercial-free plan. 

Both plans currently include access to your local CBS network in most markets. You can see a full list of supported areas here. Subscribers also get access to a huge library of on-demand shows and movies. You can find more information about the service in our full Paramount Plus guide. If you want to try Paramount Plus, you can sign up for a one-month free trial. 

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How to watch Oprah’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tonight on CBS

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey.

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from their royal duties in 2020.
  • The couple will reveal more about their exit in a CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
  • You can watch the special on cable or through streaming services with CBS, like Paramount Plus.

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Roughly one year after they left their royal duties behind, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will discuss their big exit during a new interview tonight on CBS. 

The interview, conducted by Oprah Winfrey, is a two-hour primetime special that will touch on some of the reasons for their departure. In clips from the program, Markle discusses the royal family’s role in spreading misinformation about her. Markle also tells Winfrey about feeling pressured to decline interviews with her while she was a member of the royal family. The program will run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

CBS filmed the interview before bullying accusations were made against Markle from a number of staff members at Buckingham Palace. On March 3, Buckingham Palace announced it would investigate the accusations.

If you want to catch Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, here’s how you can watch it tonight on CBS through cable and streaming services.

How to watch ‘Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special’

“Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special” will air on March 7 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. You can watch the program on cable, over-the-air TV, or streaming services with CBS.

You can also stream the interview on CBS.com if you have an authenticated cable plan.

Streaming services with CBS

For easy streaming access to CBS, we recommend Paramount Plus (formerly CBS All Access). The subscription service costs $6 a month for the ad-supported plan, or $10 a month for the commercial-free plan. With that said, the ad-free option still has commercials during live TV. 

Both plans currently include access to your local CBS network in most markets. You can see a full list of supported areas here. Subscribers also get access to a huge library of on-demand shows and movies. You can find more information about the service in our full Paramount Plus guide.

If you want to try Paramount Plus, you can sign up for a one-month free trial. However, if you want to continue watching live CBS through the service in the months to come, be aware that the $6/month ad-supported plan will drop to a new $5/month plan in June. The new ad-supported plan will not include live CBS.

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Outside of Paramount Plus, Locast is another streaming option with access to CBS. The non-profit service offers dozens of local streaming channels for free in 29 markets across the country.

On the downside, Locast interrupts its streams with donation requests unless you pay the $5 a month donation fee. Its app is also very limited and it only includes local stations. 

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You can also watch CBS on other live TV streaming services, such as Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV.

Those streaming services cost significantly more than Paramount Plus, however, with starting prices ranging between $65 and $70 a month. On the plus side, they all provide a larger selection of live channels, including other local stations and several cable networks.

If you’re looking for a true cable alternative, and not just a simple method to stream CBS, then it’s worth paying the extra money for one of these platforms.

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How to watch Oprah’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this Sunday on CBS

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey.

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from their royal duties in 2020.
  • The couple will reveal more about their exit in a CBS interview with Oprah on March 7 at 8 p.m. ET.
  • You can watch the special on cable or through streaming services with CBS, like Paramount Plus.

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Roughly one year after they left their royal duties behind, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will discuss their big exit during a CBS interview on March 7.

The interview, conducted by Oprah Winfrey, is a two-hour primetime special that will touch on some of the reasons for their departure. In clips from the program, Markle discusses the royal family’s role in spreading misinformation about her. Markle also tells Winfrey about feeling pressured to decline interviews with her while she was a member of the royal family.

CBS filmed the interview before bullying accusations were made against Markle from a number of staff members at Buckingham Palace. On March 3, Buckingham Palace announced it would investigate the accusations.

If you want to catch Oprah Winfrey’s CBS interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, here’s how you can watch it on March 7.

How to watch ‘Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special’

“Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special” will air on March 7 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. You can watch the program on cable, over-the-air TV, or streaming services with CBS.

You can also stream the interview on CBS.com if you have an authenticated cable plan.

Streaming services with CBS

For easy streaming access to CBS, we recommend Paramount Plus (formerly CBS All Access). The subscription service costs $6 a month for the ad-supported plan, or $10 a month for the commercial-free plan. With that said, the ad-free option still has commercials during live TV. 

Both plans currently include access to your local CBS network in most markets. You can see a full list of supported areas here. Subscribers also get access to a huge library of on-demand shows and movies. You can find more information about the service in our full Paramount Plus guide.

If you want to try Paramount Plus, you can sign up for a one-month free trial. However, if you want to continue watching live CBS through the service in the months to come, be aware that the $6/month ad-supported plan will drop to a new $5/month plan in June. The new ad-supported plan will not include live CBS.

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Outside of Paramount Plus, Locast is another streaming option with access to CBS. The non-profit service offers dozens of local streaming channels for free in 29 markets across the country.

On the downside, Locast interrupts its streams with donation requests unless you pay the $5 a month donation fee. Its app is also very limited and it only includes local stations. 

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You can also watch CBS on other live TV streaming services, such as Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV.

Those streaming services cost significantly more than Paramount Plus, however, with starting prices ranging between $65 and $70 a month. On the plus side, they all provide a larger selection of live channels, including other local stations and several cable networks.

If you’re looking for a true cable alternative, and not just a simple method to stream CBS, then it’s worth paying the extra money for one of these platforms.

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How to watch the 2021 NBA All-Star Game this Sunday on TNT

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  • The 2021 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET on March 7.
  • You can watch the event on TNT through cable or live streaming services.
  • At $35 a month, Sling is the cheapest streaming platform with access to the game.

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the time-honored tradition of annual sporting events helps to assuage the pain of quarantine, even if most of us will have to curtail plans for our usual in-person gatherings. The NBA All-Star Game, showing off the skills of basketball’s best and brightest each year, is set to proceed on schedule this Sunday despite some protestations from notable players. 

Traditionally, the All-Star Game is part of NBA All-Star Weekend, which features a series of competitions over a three-day period. This year, the events will all take place in one night, with the game itself, a Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, and Slam Dunk Contest all scheduled for March 7.

Last season, the league shook up the All-Star Game format by allowing leading vote-getters to act as captains for team selection, and implemented the Elam Ending to make the final minutes more exciting. That draft format will continue this year with LeBron James and Kevin Durant making selections on March 4 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

Joining them in the starting lineup are Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal, and Kyrie Irving in the East, with Jayson Tatum tabbed as Durant’s fill-in. The West starters include Stephen Curry, Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, and Luka Doncic. This writer is still a little salty about the exclusion of Damian Lillard, but that’s neither here nor there.

Fans who want to watch the All-Star Game live have several platforms to choose from, including cable and live streaming services. Check out a full rundown of viewing options below.

How to watch the NBA All-Star Game

If you have a cable TV subscription, you can watch the NBA All-Star Game on TNT. The event starts at 6:30 p.m ET on March 7, and the game itself will begin at 8 p.m. ET.  You can also watch the event live using the TNT app on all your favorite platforms, but you need an authenticated pay-TV provider to sign in. 

Before the games starts, fans can watch the Skills Challenge and Three-Point Contest at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Slam Dunk Contest will then take place during halftime.

If you don’t have a cable subscription, read on for a breakdown of all the ways you can stream the NBA All-Star Game this weekend.

Streaming services with TNT

For the last decade or so, cable alternatives have become commonplace, offering a slightly more targeted option to those who don’t want to shell out for a hefty cable bill. 

They aren’t all that much cheaper than cable anymore – cost creep is real – but many offer free trials and they should all be available on most media devices, whether you use a laptop, a streaming stick, a smart TV, or a game console. For those wondering, neither FuboTV nor PhiloTV currently offer TNT in their streaming packages.

Sling TV

Sling TV is, by now, the elder statesman of the cord-cutting family. Most have heard of Sling and are at least somewhat familiar with how it works. Still, its two-package offering isn’t necessarily self-explanatory. 

If getting TNT is your goal, you can opt for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue. The two have different channel packages but both include the Turner flagship network. Each plan costs $35 a month, or you can drop $50 for both combined (this should be called Sling Brown, but it’s not). 

Sling Blue allows three simultaneous streams, whereas Orange limits you to one, so keep that in mind if you’ve got friends or family who are also interested. A three-day free trial will get you free access to the All-Star Game if you time it right and remember to cancel.

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Youtube TV

Youtube TV may be the most comprehensive offering of any popular live streaming platform, with more than 85 channels, but it’s also one of the priciest, clocking in at $65 a month with no opportunity to pick and choose more svelte packages for less money. 

TNT is, of course, included. Currently, the service is offering a two-week free trial, though availability and length does vary, so we can’t currently guarantee that will still be on the table come game time. Youtube TV allows three simultaneous streams.

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Hulu + Live TV

If you’re an NBA fan, you probably know Hulu has live sports. I mean, if you haven’t heard it from Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard, and Joel Embiid already, are you even a fan? (Just kidding. No gatekeeping here.) 

Hulu actually offers less channels than Youtube TV for the same $65 price tag, but it does include access to Hulu’s entire library of on-demand shows and movies. There’s also a nifty $72 monthly bundle that adds access to ESPN+ and Disney Plus, so if you’re a huge sports fan or a parent that’s a viable route. 

With Hulu + Live TV, you’ll be able to watch on two devices at once. A seven-day free trial awaits, should you choose to provide your credit card number.

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AT&T TV 

AT&T TV is the streaming arm of the telecom giant’s TV division. With the different package tiers, you’re essentially getting the same thing you would get with their cable packages, just boxed up in some different wrapping paper. 

The “base” tier, called Entertainment, costs $70 and includes more than 65 channels (like TNT) with a ton of on-demand content to boot. Jump up to the $85 Choice package and you’ll get a “complimentary” subscription to HBO Max and NBA League Pass, plus an extra 25-30 channels. You can watch three simultaneous streams with an AT&T TV account. 

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How to watch the NBA without a cable subscription

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LeBron James and Anthony Davis won the NBA Finals in their first season as teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • The 2020-21 NBA season tipped off on December 22, less than 75 days after the conclusion of last year’s NBA Finals.
  • Team schedules are shortened from 82 to 72 games for the regular season, and the league’s calendar is condensed.
  • Regular season games will air on ESPN, TNT, ABC, NBA TV, and local team affiliate stations.
  • You can find one or more of those channels on live TV streaming like AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and more.

The 2020-21 NBA season is now underway, with all 30 teams scheduled to play 72 games on a condensed calendar due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The start of the season comes less than 75 days after the conclusion of the last NBA season, which saw the Los Angeles Lakers prevail over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

The championship duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis make the Lakers the favorites to win the finals again this year, but teams like the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers enter the season with overhauled rosters and their own championship aspirations.

Earlier this year, the NBA was able to finish the regular season and playoffs with 22 teams at a quarantined site in Orlando, but teams will be traveling for games during the 2020-21 season. Fans won’t be allowed at games to start the season, and the NBA has installed a detailed protocol to prepare teams for potential coronavirus outbreaks.

The NBA season usually starts in October, but the pandemic pushed the start back to December 22. So far, the NBA has only released the first half of the season schedule in order to account for potential conflicts and other issues that may crop up during the winter. The NBA Playoffs typically begin in April, with the finals ending in June.

Updated on 12/23/2020 by Kevin Webb: This article has been revised with details for the 2020-21 NBA season.

How to watch the 2020-21 NBA regular season

The NBA season began on December 22; games are broadcast on ESPN, TNT, ABC, NBA TV and local team affiliates. You can stream games via the ESPN app, NBA.com, TNT.com, ABC.com, or ABC app if you have an authenticated pay-TV provider with access to those channels. 

Live TV streaming services also offer select NBA games, including platforms like Sling TV, AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, and YouTube TV.

AT&T TV is one of the most comprehensive options for streaming the NBA season. The service includes ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV under its Choice plan for $65 a month. As part of a limited-time offer, AT&T TV is even including NBA League Pass Premium when you sign up for its Choice plan or above. NBA League Pass Premium offers access to live, out-of-market regular season games.

YouTubeTV also offers ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV for $65 a month, providing full access to all of the major broadcast networks that show NBA games.

Meanwhile, Sling TV includes ESPN and TNT as part of its Orange plan for $30 a month. Subscribers can add NBA TV via the Sling Sports Extra package for an additional $10 a month. Alternatively, you can add NBA League Pass to an Orange membership for an extra $29 a month. On the downside, Sling does not include ABC. 

Hulu + Live TV features access to ESPN, TNT, and ABC for $65 a month. However, NBA TV is not offered.

FuboTV includes ESPN, ABC, and NBA TV for $80 a month under its Elite plan, but TNT is not currently available.

You can also sign up to stream the NBA TV channel directly for $7 per month or $60 per year.

What is NBA League Pass?

NBA League Pass is also available as a subscription service on its own. League Pass gives you access to hundreds of NBA games, including ones that are outside of your local TV market. With that said, local blackouts apply, and League Pass does not include games that are nationally televised.

You can pay $120 to watch one team’s games all year, or $200 to access every team. The commercial free League Pass Premium costs $250 for the season. League Pass also allows monthly payments starting at $18, but you’ll end up paying almost twice as much as the annual cost if you pay monthly all season.

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