Childish Gambino, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar may be skipping the Grammys ceremony tonight, but there will still be plenty of reasons to watch live from home. Not only will you see performances from Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Lady Gaga, and Travis Scott, but there’s always the excitement of finding out which awards artists will win — especially if you have a flutter on any of the various prop bets bookmakers have given for the show.
Of course, it’s the cord-cutting era, which means you may not be watching on your TV via the traditional method when the big show airs. If you are looking to stream the event, but you don’t have any clue where to begin, don’t worry: Uproxx has your back. Here are the basics of what you need to get started.
CBS All Access
Fortunately, you don’t need to pay for any of the more expensive options on this list if you only want to view the Grammys on Sunday. All you have to do is sign up for CBS’ streaming service, which is available for Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku and costs just $6/month ($10 without commercials) and offers its first week free.
However, some of us like to skip around during commercials, so it’s nice to have options. DirecTV Now offers something like real cable TV service without the long-term contract of actually paying for cable. The $45/month package covers most basic cable channels, so if you want to quickly check in on Comedy Central or ESPN during the breaks, you can with minimal fuss.
FuboTV is another $45/month option that offers a bunch of cable channels alongside basic stations like CBS, with a focus on live sports. That means if you forget to cancel after the Grammys you can use it to catch the NBA All-Star Game or March Madness (although, weirdly, not ESPN).
Hulu Live TV
Hulu’s Live TV option is $40/month — slightly more expensive than its commercial-free streaming — and does have the same channels as the majority of the competitors listed, but comes with the added benefit of Hulu’s massive catalog of on-demand movies and shows. If you’re willing to keep an open mind, there are some gems to be mined on a slow day if you poke around a bit.
Youtube is already a giant in on-demand streaming for music, show clips, and platform-specific shows, but is expanding into the live TV space with an option that costs $40/month, provides an excellent lineup of channels — although some are missing — while also providing access to Youtube Premium original movies and shows. The best news is that the service covers most US households as of January 2019, so it could be your best bet for a service that continues after the Grammys.