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Google's Chromecast devices are powerful tools for streaming fans. The Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra are small HDMI dongles that transform your TV into a remote screen for a wide range of Chromecast-enabled devices and streaming apps. There are a lot of things to watch on a Chromecast — including live TV. That's why we're here to show you how to watch live TV on Chromecast devices.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream live TV on Chromecast:

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Below, we'll explain how it's possible to watch live TV using a streaming service instead of cable or satellite. With that out of the way, we'll go ahead and list a bunch of options for Chromecast owners. We'll even link to free trials of live TV streaming services so that you can quickly sign up and start streaming. Ready? Let's go.

How to Watch live TV on Chromecast Online Without Cable

Alright, so you want to watch live TV on Chromecast. What can you do? Simple: you just turn to a live TV streaming service, also called a “skinny bundle.”

Skinny bundles get their name because they tend to slim down the bulky bundles that you're used to from cable and satellite: you'll get just the channels you'll actually watch, and less of the stuff you'd rather not pay for. But that's not the most important difference between skinny bundles and cable. The real big deal here is that skinny bundles are, of course, streaming services — and that means that you can watch them on all sorts of streaming devices and use all sorts of streaming technologies with them, including Chromecast devices.

There are a ton of great skinny bundles that work well with Chromecast devices. Below, we'll list a few we recommend. Once we're through with the skinny bundles, we'll keep going with out list: we'll touch on channel-specific services, solutions that make use of free over-the-air TV, and league streaming services, among other options.

Are you ready? Here's how to watch live TV on Chromecast.

Stream live TV on Chromecast for free with Hulu

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Hulu is no stranger to the streaming world, of course. The service has long been a favorite of on-demand streamers thanks to its nice selection of TV shows and movies. But Hulu + Live TV adds live streaming television to the mix. With this service, you'll get a solid selection of live network channels, plus you'll still have access to all of Hulu's on-demand stuff. You can add on some premium channels as extras. To check out Hulu + Live TV for free and at no risk, just click on the link in this section. If you want more information before you decide, our Hulu review is a great place to start.

Stream live TV on Chromecast for free with fuboTV

Free Trial

fuboTV offers offers a lot to subscribers. Its solid channel selection makes it a great option for watching live TV on Chromecast. fuboTV is a particularly great choice for fans of foreign soccer leagues, because its channel selection makes catching soccer matches easy and because fuboTV has some features designed to help you find what soccer games (and other live sports) are on. Read our fuboTV review here to learn more, or check out fuboTV's free trial offer by clicking the link in this section.

Stream live TV on Chromecast with Sling TV

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Sling TV‘s claim to fame is its clever pricing structure, which makes it easier to get exactly the channels that you want in your skinny bundle. Sling TV has two base packages, but they're not the only bundles on offer. It's the “Extras” — small add-on bundles that offer premium channels, groups of similar channels, or both — that really make Sling TV special. The Extras are (usually) only available with a base package. Whatever sort of channel bundle you want to build, you can get started by clicking on the link above. For more on Sling TV on Chromecast and other devices, check out our Sling TV review.

AT&T TV Now

AT&T's skinny bundle service, AT&T TV Now, is a strong option for streamers. AT&T TV Now's free trial offer, which will give you live TV for free for a week before you have to commit, makes things even sweeter. Check out our review of AT&T TV Now for more information, or test things out for yourself by clicking on the link in this section and signing up for the service's free trial offer.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is Google's skinny bundle. You should certainly check this service out, because YouTube TV offers a strong selection of channels, a great and convenient app, and some of the best content-discovery features around. You can try the service for free by taking advantage of YouTube TV's free trial offer. Read our review of YouTube TV to learn more about this service.

CBS All Access

If you like CBS, you should definitely give a close look to CBS All Access, the channel's standalone streaming service. CBS All Access gives subscribers access to on-demand CBS shows, but that's not all. We're here to talk about live TV, so let's talk about it: CBS All Access also gives live feeds of local CBS stations to subscribers in select markets. You can find out if you're one of the lucky ones by signing up for CBS All Access' free trial offer. For more on CBS All Access, check out our CBS All Access review.

MLB.TV

Your local MLB team plays on a regional sports network that you might be able to access using a skinny bundle. But what about the other teams? Well, you can watch their local broadcasts by snagging MLB.TV, a streaming service that will hook you up with live feeds of every game not being televised in your area. We gave MLB.TV good marks in our review.

NBA League Pass

NBA League Pass works a lot like MLB.TV: if the game isn't on pay TV stations in your area, then you'll be able to watch it on NBA League Pass. That makes NBA League Pass a great way to watch live NBA basketball games on your Chromecast device.

NHL.TV

NHL.TV is the last of the three big league streaming services we'll talk about here. It works very much like MLB.TV and NBA League Pass do: a subscription will give you access to live coverage of every NHL game besides those that are airing on pay TV channels in your region.

Stream live TV on Chromecast with ESPN+

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ESPN+ is a relatively new service from — who else? — ESPN. There is some great on-demand content available here, but there's also some live sports, which is why we're including it in this article. Among other notable events, you'll catch a lot of live Major League Soccer: MLS' league streaming service, MLS Live, has been rolled into ESPN+.

2 thoughts on “How to Watch Live TV on Chromecast

  1. Avatar Terry Hagedorn says:

    Switched from cable to DirecTV Now. The deciding factor was the number of channels and at the time they gave me an $180 Apple TV box for free if I paid for three months upfront ($105 then). No lose deal. Even if I canceled it meant I only paid $105 for a latest generation Apple TV box. I compared PlayStation Vue and Sling TV to DirecTV Now and it was closest to having the networks I watched when I had cable, and the cheapest for the number of channels.

  2. Avatar Mark Matthews says:

    What wasn’t referenced here is that there are also a number of TV brands with Chromecast already built into their devices – like Sony, Vizio, and Toshiba. That was one of the deciding factors why I bought a Sony television, as I liked the built in Chromecast. Very handy.

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