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How to Watch CBS Without Paying for Cable TV

CBS is the most popular local channel we get requests for. While it is on some live TV streaming services, you will find many of the big ones such as Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, and others do not have CBS.

So let’s take a look at how you can get CBS without paying a cable company for access.


The best way for most Americans to access CBS is to get an antenna. Somewhere between 80% and 90% of Americans will get CBS for free with an antenna. An antenna really is a must-have for every cord cutter to at least look into. Not only will you get ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC in many markets, but you will also find many more channels for free. Channels such as the CW, iON, Me TV, and many others are all free over the air for many Americans.

If you want to see if you can get CBS or other locals where you live for free visit AntennaRecommendations.com. Just enter your address, and it will show you what you can get for free.

Sadly though many Americans live in an area that cannot get CBS. While the new over-the-air 3.0 standard is said to offer better reception for over-the-air TV, we are still a few years away from 3.0. The good news is you do have other options.

Streaming Options

CBS All Access

If all you want is CBS and you already have DIRECTV NOW or Sling TV, you should check out CBS All Access. It has a huge list of CBS locals streamed live (some of them not on any other streaming services). CBS All Access will also give you on-demand content.

CBS All Access offers a limited commercial options and a commercial free option. (Live streams will include commercials.)

Hulu and PlayStation Vue

You can also look into Hulu and PlayStation Vue. Both have done a great job at adding CBS markets. Although there is not 100% coverage, between the two of them you will find CBS in many areas.


One more option is fuboTV. Although CBS is not live, fuboTV will be adding CBS channels and locals in many markets soon. Starting in July 2017 you will start to see CBS locals showing up on the fuboTV live TV streaming service.

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  • Richard smith

    How about just going to their website or app and watch on demand free

  • BigO

    We use the antenna to watch live, but use PlayOn to record as our DVR.