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How to Watch CBS Without Paying for Cable TV (September 2017)

CBS has become one of our most asked about local channels. Its great lineup of shows and sports, including NFL games, makes it a must-have for many.

The good news is you have many options to watch CBS without agreeing to a two-year contract.

The following is our guide on how to watch CBS without paying for cable TV.

Streaming Options

CBS All Access

If all you want is CBS, check out its streaming service. CBS All Access now streams local CBS stations to your phone, tablet, streaming player, and more. You also get access to exclusive original content such as the new Star Trek series.

CBS All Access offers a free trial that allows you to test it out before you pay. You can test out CBS All Access HERE.

Other Streaming Options

There is a long list of other streaming services that offer CBS including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.

If cost is most important to you, check out DIRECTV NOW and fuboTV.


If you are an AT&T Unlimited customer, you can get DIRECTV NOW for as little as $10 a month. (Typically $35 a month.) DIRECTV NOW even offers a seven-day free trial so you can test it out before you pay.

DIRECTV NOW has just started to add CBS stations, but if you are an AT&T Unlimited customer it’s worth a try.


fuboTV has recently added CBS-owned and -operated stations and it has a special deal starting at $19.99 a month for the first two months—a great deal to test out its live TV streaming service.

Hulu & PlayStation Vue

If you didn’t find your local CBS channel on DIRECTV NOW or fuboTV, check out Hulu and PlayStation Vue. Both have been adding a ton of CBS stations to their lineups. It is likely one of them has your local CBS affiliate.

Watch CBS for Free With an Antenna

CBS airs for free in most parts of the United States. All you need is an antenna, and you can enjoy all that CBS has to offer.

To see if you can get CBS for free over the air, visit There you can find out if CBS is available over the air in your area.

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5 Responses to How to Watch CBS Without Paying for Cable TV (September 2017)

  1. risingtide September 17, 2017 at 9:59 am #

    In order of CBS availability,
    – Hulu and PS Vue have CBS in more than 100 markets each.
    – YouTube TV has about 50 CBS locals which cover the largest markets in the US.
    – Both DirecTV Now and fuboTV only have CBS in less than 7 markets each.

  2. craig2web September 18, 2017 at 7:45 am #

    It’s a shame Star Trek Discovery will only be available thru CBS All Access. They’re just charging too much for too little content, so I don’t see ST Discovery lasting very long.

    • Mike Thaler September 20, 2017 at 8:47 am #

      We are Trekkies. That said, won’t pay $6/mo. just to watch one program. Might wait until season is over and binge watch.
      It appears that the first episode (and maybe the second) will be on the “regular” CBS as well as their pay channel. The idea is to get people hooked enuf that they will pay to watch.

  3. RowMan September 19, 2017 at 4:38 am #

    Luke, You failed to mention that there is a CBS app for Android mobile devices (not CBS All Access) and the CBS website. Both contain the last five episodes of all of their current shows for free. The programming can be cast to your television from either the app or the website.

  4. Bob Loblaw September 20, 2017 at 11:19 am #

    I tried the CBS All Access free trial, but I wasn’t impressed.