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The much-loved Golden Globe awards return on Sunday, January 6th. The entire event will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 8 PM EST. Access to NBC usually requires cable TV service, but if you want to watch the 76th Golden Globes without cable this year, we’ve got you covered.
Below, we’ll explore nearly a dozen different options to watch the 76th Golden Globes without having to sign up for a costly cable TV subscription.
Low-Cost Options to Watch the 76th Golden Globes Without Cable
In the past, it was only possible to get NBC one of two ways: either through an over-the-air (OTA) antenna or by signing up for a pricey cable TV subscription. You can still use an OTA antenna for a low price, but you can also now get dozens of TV channels live without cable.
If you want to watch the 76th Golden Globes this year, you can do so by signing up to any one of the following cord-cutting “skinny bundle” TV services.
All you need to get any of these services to work is an internet connection and a streaming device (including your Windows or MacOS computer, iOS or Android devices, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, smart TVs, or gaming devices like the Xbox One, PlayStation 3 or 4, and even the Nintendo Switch, depending on the service you choose).
There is one major caveat, however: NBC availability through these services may vary, depending on your location. Each service offers a useful tool to check on your channel options before you sign up.
But every cord-cutting internet TV service offers a free trial period as well. The 76th Golden Globes provides the perfect chance to cut the cord for the first time and try out a new service or to switch services if you’re not happy with your current option.
Below, we’ll explore each of these cord-cutting services in more detail. We’ll also finish off with a few additional ways to get NBC without cable that might be worth exploring.
Although it started as a sports-streaming service with an emphasis on international soccer, fuboTV is now far bigger than just sports. You can get the 76th Golden Globes without cable if you opt for fuboTV, as well as a large selection of entertainment channels (and, of course, dozens of sports networks).
Channels and pricing
To determine if fuboTV offers NBC in your area, you’ll just need to head over to the service’s homepage. Just make sure that you have location services turned on, and that you’re not connected to any location anonymization tools. Then, the list of channels should be those that you’ll be offered in your location.
If you see a local NBC affiliate on the list of channels, you’re good to go! The next step will be to choose between one of the two main channel packages:
Fubo: 80+ channels for $45/month
Fubo Extra: 100+ channels for $50/month
Both packages come with a $5 discount off of your first month of service. You’ll also get popular TV networks like SYFY, Discovery, HGTV, Fox Sports, USA, History, and more. fuboTV’s biggest limitation is its lack of ESPN and other Disney-owned networks.
fuboTV has fairly impressive features that help justify the somewhat higher price over the competition.
First, you’ll be able to stream on up to 2 devices at a time. This is a fairly standard number across the industry, and you can stream on 3 devices with a $6/month Family Share add-on. You’ll also be able to record up to 30 hours using the Cloud DVR feature. That, too, can be expanded with the Cloud DVR Plus add-on that will increase your storage limit to a rather beefy 500 hours, at the cost of $10/month.
fuboTV provides support for a large number of devices. You can stream on a Windows or Mac computer, or through popular streaming devices, including the Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.
Sling TV is both the most inexpensive way to get the 76th Golden Globes without cable and the oldest internet TV “skinny bundle” in the industry.
Channels and pricing
The first step you’ll need to take with Sling TV is to check its local channel lookup tool here. If Sling TV offers NBC in your area, it’ll be part of the Sling Blue channel package. If not, Sling TV will suggest that you use an OTA antenna alongside its service, and provide some useful information regarding how to get started with OTA setups.
Sling TV provides 3 channel packages to choose from, two of which will carry NBC:
Sling Orange + Blue
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* You get one stream with Sling Orange and up to 3 simultaneous streams with Sling Blue.
As stated, only Sling Blue only carries NBC, so you won’t want Sling Orange. However, you can also subscribe to Sling Orange + Blue, which combines the services’ two main packages into one.
Sling Blue offers 45+ channels, including Fox and other Fox properties like FX and Fox Sports, as well a handful of other popular cable TV networks.
Sling TV’s low cost translates into somewhat limited features. You won’t get a lot of extra benefits out of this service for the price.
With Sling Blue, you’ll get 3 simultaneous streams, which is one above the industry standard of just two. However, you’ll don’t get an included cloud DVR at all. You have the option to add one for an extra $5/month. Sling TV also offers a large number of additional channel packages that you can add for an extra cost.
In December 2018, Sling TV also become the first online streaming TV service to offer an app for the Oculus Rift. That means you can now watch live TV using the well-known virtual reality headset. Beyond that, there are also apps for Windows and Mac computers, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, LG smart TVs, and the Xbox One.
You can give Sling TV a try using its 7-day free trial.
Hulu might seem an unlikely option on this list, but the service now offers a live TV option that has been quickly gaining steam among cord-cutters. Not only can you use it to watch NBC’s live broadcast of the 76th Golden Globes, but you’ll also be able to get a huge discount on Hulu’s regular on-demand service through this option, which is perfect for big TV fans.
Channels and pricing
To check whether Hulu with Live TV provides NBC in your area, you’ll need to click on the link that says “View Channels In Your Area”. This is located partway down on the Live TV homepage. Just enter your ZIP code. Hulu will display the list of channels you’ll get based on your location, starting with your local broadcast networks.
If you do get NBC, Hulu may be a good option to consider. You’ll get 50+ channels for just $39.99 per month. That cost includes all of Hulu’s on-demand library, which normally comes at a cost of at least $7.99 per month. The channel line-up includes NBC (if available) as well as popular sports networks like ESPN, and must-have entertainment networks like HGTV, Discovery, History, and more.
Hulu is one of the most feature-rich options on our list for the price, although you will need to pay extra to really reap the true benefits of the service.
For the cost, you’ll get 2 simultaneous streams. You’ll also get access to a nicely-sized 50-hour cloud DVR.
If you have a home with a lot of users, you can increase both the DVR storage and the number of simultaneous streams. You can get Unlimited Screens, which lets you stream on as many devices as you want under the same WiFi, and up to 3 from anywhere else, for $14.99/month extra. You can also tack on the Enhanced Cloud DVR for $14.99/month which gives you access to 200 hours of cloud storage. If you happen to want or need both of those add-ons, you can join them for $20/month and save money.
Hulu with Live TV has wide device coverage, with all of the expected devices available with dedicated streaming apps. It’s also the only internet TV streaming service option available for the popular Nintendo Switch.
Hulu comes with a 7-day free trial.
Google’s YouTube now shares its name with another service called YouTube TV. You’ll find YouTube TV is one of the best options to watch the 76th Golden Globes without cable, especially if you have a larger family or household.
Channels and pricing
YouTube TV keeps things rather simple with a low-cost, $40/month service. You can check to see what channels are available to you by entering your ZIP code on YouTube TV’s homepage. You’ll either find one of three results when you do this:
YouTube TV offers an NBC affiliate in your area
YouTube TV doesn’t offer an NBC affiliate in your area
YouTube TV isn’t available in your area at all
That third result may be the most disappointing, but unfortunately, YouTube TV is the only service on our list that is not available nationwide. Though it’s available in most major metropolitan regions, it’s still unavailable in some rural areas of the country.
If you can get YouTube TV and NBC through it, you’ll also have access to 60+ channels, including ESPN, Fox Sports, CNN, MLB Network, NBA TV, Disney, TruTV and more.
YouTube TV was designed for sharing, and its features make it one of the best options for just that.
Through YouTube TV, you’ll be able to make 6 individual user profiles. Each user profile gets its own settings, preferences, and cloud DVR. YouTube TV generously offers an unlimited DVR with a 9-month expiration date on videos, which is better than any other competitor by a long shot.
You’ll also be able to stream on 3 devices at the same time through this service. That’s more than most other services without paying extra.
YouTube TV has wide device coverage, with some limitations. There are dedicated apps for most popular streaming TV devices, Android and iOS, and you can stream directly from the web on Windows and Mac computers. However, an ongoing dispute with Amazon has resulted in no native device support for Amazon Fire TV devices.
Don’t let the name fool you. You can use this service even without owning a PlayStation. And although it’s among the pricier options, its features completely make up for the added cost.
Channels and pricing
When you hit the homepage for this service, you should be shown the channel packages based on your ZIP code. If not, you can head to the top right of the screen and enter your ZIP code. From there, check the “Access” channel package to determine if you get NBC. If so, feel free to proceed exploring the four possible channel package options:
Access: 45+ channels, $45/month
Core: 60+ channels, $50/month
Elite:80+ channels, $60/month
Ultra:All Elite channels plus HBO/Showtime, $80/month
PlayStation Vue includes local broadcast networks, including NBC, through all three packages, so your cheapest option to get the 76th Golden Globes is through the Access package. That package also includes ESPN, Disney, Fox Sports, HGTV, BBC America, CNN, SYFY and more.
PlayStation Vue is among the best options for sharing. In fact, it beats YouTube TV in a few key areas.
First, you’ll get 5 simultaneous streams per account. That’s more than every other service in the industry, even beating others that charge more for extra streams. You can also create 10 individual user profiles, all of which get their own cloud DVR, settings, and preferences.
DVR is a bit of a weakness for PlayStation Vue, however. You’ll get unlimited video recording, but videos expire after just 28 days.
PlayStation Vue is available as an app on the PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles (of course) but also has dedicated apps for popular streaming devices like the Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. You can also stream on apps for Android and iOS, among other options.
DirecTV Now has slowly been improving its service, but it’s fallen behind some of its competition when it comes to features. Still, it’s among the most-used cord-cutting options on the market, and for a good reason: its massive channel lineup.
Channels and pricing
Your first step with DirecTV Now will be to use its local channel lookup tool. If you find NBC is available, you can get it from one of four potential channel packages:
Live A Little: 65+ channels, $40/month
Just Right: 85+ channels, $55/month
Go Big: 105+ channels, $65/month
Gotta Have It: 125+ channels, $75/month
The cheapest option is, of course, to go with the “Live A Little” package, which will net you NBC’s live broadcasts (if available in your area), as well as several dozen popular sports, news, and entertainment channels.
DirecTV Now offers less-than-stellar features for the price. First, you’ll get 2 simultaneous streams, which is standard, and you can boost that to 3 streams per account for an extra $5 per month.
The service also offers a cloud DVR, but it’s extremely limited. You can record up to 20 hours of video, which is low, but there’s rather restrictive 30-day expiration date on DVR recordings as well.
DirecTV Now does have wide device support, however, so any device you may want to use will likely work. That includes Android and iOS devices, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, several smart TVs, Xbox One and several others.
Watch the 76th Golden Globes Without Cable with an OTA Antenna
If you’re not looking to sign up for an internet TV service, you may be able to get your local NBC affiliate over-the-air with a digital antenna. Depending on where you live, there may also be over a dozen other channels available through an OTA antenna, including Fox, CBS, ABC, The CW, and more.
At a minimum, you’ll need an OTA antenna, but you may also want to consider getting a DVR recording device that will let you keep your videos indefinitely, such as Tablo. Sling TV actually sells OTA devices and antennas at a steep discount when you sign up for its service.
For more information, and to set up your own OTA antenna, take a look at this guide from Flixed: