Cop shows are TV mainstays, and “Blue Bloods” is among the most popular. Tom Selleck stars in the show as an NYPD commissioner whose adult children also work in criminal justice. It regularly ranks in the top 10 most-viewed shows, which is even more impressive because it airs on Friday nights. But when the next Friday night rolls around, will you know how to stream “Blue Bloods” without cable? And what if you’re busy on Friday nights — is there a way to watch “Blue Bloods” without cable later on?
We’re here to talk about both of those things. Below, I’ll show you how you can enjoy “Blue Bloods” online (and without doing anything illegal to stream it — we don’t encourage illegal streams anyway, but especially not for shows that revolve around law enforcement officers and prosecutors!).
How to Watch ‘Blue Bloods’ Online and Over the Air Without Cable
Before you can really get started streaming or watching “Blue Bloods” without cable, you have to identify the channel it airs on. Diehard fans will already know that the answer is CBS. As a broadcast network, CBS is more widely available than cable channels. That’s because the majority of viewers can watch networks like CBS over the air, but we’ll get to that a bit later.
For now, let’s discuss live TV streaming services. There are several live TV streaming services to pick from. You may also hear them referred to as “skinny bundles.” Either way, it’s the same basic concept: You use the internet to stream TV.
As you may have guessed already, CBS is available via some of these skinny bundles. (If it weren’t, this article wouldn’t exist, or at least would be a lot shorter!) Your ability to get CBS on live TV streaming services depends in large part on where you live. Does your affiliate have a deal with your preferred streaming service? If so, then you’re good to start watching “Blue Bloods” without cable. If not, you’ll need to look at another option. That’s an issue for some people, but in most cases, you should be able to find a skinny bundle that carries CBS in your market. Local market availability is a lot better than it was two or three years ago. If you want to be sure, just click on the links below and see what the services offer in your specific market. Now, let’s get to the list!
Hulu’s live TV streaming service is called “Hulu + Live TV.” That's pretty straightforward, and so are Hulu + Live TV's offerings, which include a CBS livestream. You can read our review of Hulu + Live TV here, or you can just check it out for yourself by taking advantage of the weeklong free trial.
fuboTV got its start as a soccer-streaming service, but that’s ancient history: These days, the service has lots of popular channels. fuboTV’s current channel lineup includes CBS in many markets, which means you can watch “Blue Bloods” on fuboTV.
So what happened to CBS All Access? In early 2021, CBS All Access rebranded itself as Paramount Plus. It also expanded its programming lineup to include more content from more channels. But shows like “Blue Bloods” didn’t go anywhere, and you can still get a livestream of CBS in select markets.
YouTube TV came onto the scene a few years ago. Fast forward to now, and it’s now a well-known skinny bundle that lets you watch “Blue Bloods” without cable. Check out our review of YouTube TV for more.
Free Over-the-Air TV
Does watching “Blue Bloods” for free seem too good to be true? It’s not if you have the right antenna. Antennas pick up signals from broadcast towers, and then those broadcast towers beam networks like CBS right into your home. All you have to do is set up the antenna correctly.
If that sounds daunting, it doesn’t have to be. Our antenna guide can provide further assistance. If you follow the instructions, you’ll be watching “Blue Bloods” without cable in no time.
Can I Watch ‘Blue Bloods’ on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?
Depending on your age, you may remember sitting around the TV with your family and watching your favorite programs at a certain time every week. Family TV time can still exist, but you’ve got more choices on how that TV is delivered now. If you want to sit in the living room and watch “Blue Bloods” separately on your tablets or mobile phones, you can do that — but we’d recommend headphones! There’s no need to limit yourself to watching your favorite shows on just one device. The convenient chart below will tell you exactly which services work with some of the most popular devices.
|Roku||Fire TV||Apple TV||Android TV||Chromecast||iOS||Android||Web/
|Hulu + Live TV||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Paramount Plus is a little too new to make the chart, but it’s available on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, and web browsers.
We’ve Cracked the Case, ‘Blue Bloods’ Fans!
“Blue Bloods” has been around since 2010, and it’s got legions of devoted fans. There’s no shortage of episodes to watch, but what should you watch once you’re done watching it without cable?
If you want to explore another channel, NBC is worth a look. It’s got cop shows, sure, but it’s got much more than that as well. You can watch NBC without cable, so get out there and give it a shot!
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