How to Watch CBS During The Dish Blackout




This morning after a long battle with CBS Dish dropped CBS-owned CBS locals, CBS Sports Network, Pop, and the Smithsonian Channel. Both sides are blaming the other but the story is one we have all heard before.

Sadly this happens just as the Thanksgiving holiday is coming up full of football and and other holiday shows. The good news though is Dish subscribers have options to watch CBS.

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.


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. Including CBS Sports.


If you are an AT&T Unlimited customer, you can get DIRECTV NOW for as little as $20 a month. (Typically $35 a month.) With DIRECTV NOW you can get access CBS and CBS Sports. DIRECTV NOW even offers a seven-day free trial so you can test it out before you pay.


If you already have Hulu you can add Hulu’s live TV streaming service to your subscription for $32 a month. In the majority of areas Hulu offers CBS live along with a long list of other channels including CBS Sports.

PlayStation Vue

Starting at $39 a month in many areas PlayStation Vue offers CBS.

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.

Want to find other channels? Check out our full guide HERE.

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