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Are you a fan of "Saturday Night Live," but can't watch it on TV because you don't have cable? There are ways you can still watch the iconic show online — or by buying an antenna for less than $30. And with so many streaming services offering movies, shows, and documentaries, who really needs cable?
The show airs on NBC every Saturday at 11:30 p.m. EST. You can watch it — all 48 seasons of it — in several ways that avoid traditional cable and getting locked into a plan.
How to stream "SNL" online:
- Watch on fuboTV
You can sign up for a seven-day free fuboTV trial to stream "SNL" and other TV shows. After the trial expires, the streaming platform's lowest-priced plan is $65 monthly. With this package, you get access to 110 channels and 250 hours of cloud DVR storage, so you can watch SNL live or on-demand in case you miss it when it airs live. You can watch fuboTV on up to three devices at once.
- Watch on Peacock Premium
With Peacock Premium, watching "SNL" live each weekend is $5 monthly, and signing up with the service owned by Comcast subsidiary NBCUniversal lets you add as many scheduled shows as you like to a watchlist to see on-demand whenever you want. Another incentive to sign up: All 960 episodes of the show are available, offering one-stop-shopping for all "SNL" streaming needs.
- Watch on Sling TV
A cable alternative with access to channels such as NBC, Comedy Central, BET, Syfy, MTV, and TNT, Sling TV has been picking up steam for its relatively cheap pricing options and because it doesn't rope you into a contract. Plans start at $40 monthly (with the first month half-off) and offer perks such as DVR storage and streaming on multiple devices. You can also watch live sports and news on Sling TV.
- YouTube TV
YouTube TV offers more than 100 channels of live and local TV channels with an option to add extra networks for entertainment news, live sports, and more. Plans start at $55 (with 30% off on the first three months), and offer unlimited DVR space, multiple streaming on six devices, and content in English and Spanish.
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Other ways to watch SNL:
- If you still prefer to watch shows on TV, a top-rated HD TV antenna that's less than $30 on Amazon should do the trick. With a 250-mile range, you should be able to watch stations such as NBC after installation. That means access to "SNL" and other shows in real time.
- You can also watch free clips of "SNL" on YouTube, though full episodes won't be available.