Why do cable-cutters love Roku? Some simple reasons include the fact that you save hundreds of dollars a year on cable bills, you can easily navigate through all your streaming service subscriptions at once, and you can watch NBC live on Roku, as well as just about every other major broadcast network and cable channel… for free!
If you’re looking for ways to watch NBC live on Roku devices, we’ve got you covered. In this guide, we’ll go through how you can watch NBC live on Roku using an over-the-air antenna, Sling TV, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV.
Is NBC available in your area?
NBC is a broadcast network, meaning that, unlike cable channels, most local NBC channels are independently owned and operated. With broadcast networks, each streaming service must negotiate with each affiliate owner independently for their channels to appear on the service lineup.
Why does this matter to you? You may find that NBC is available in your area on one streaming service, but not another. NBC may even be unavailable.
If you want to find out if you can get NBC in your area, you have a couple of options. You can either contact your local affiliate, or you can sign up for free trials of Sling TV, Fubo, or YouTube TV, and try it out firsthand before paying a dime.
How to watch NBC Live on Roku using an OTA antenna.
Got a digital antenna? Then you may be able to watch NBC for free. All you need to do is have an antenna, set it up, plug it directly into your Roku, and watch all of your favorite local channels right from your Roku device.
If you want to learn more, read this article from Roku.
How to watch NBC Live on Roku using Sling TV.
Sling TV, also known as the ‘a-la-carte’ option in the streaming service world, is a great option for viewers who enjoy customizability when it comes to their content. Sling TV offers viewers 3 different plans to choose from, with the option to add channel bundles or individual channels to their plan for small additional fees.
To watch NBC using Sling TV, you’ll either need Sling Blue or Sling Blue + Orange. Sling Blue comes with FOX and NBC in select markets, Bravo, Discovery, E!, and more. If you get Sling Blue + Orange, you get a handful of other channels including Disney and ESPN.
If you want to make sure you can access NBC in your area using Sling TV, use this handy tool from Sling.
Sling is available for Roku, and you can download it directly from the Channel Store here. When it comes to simultaneous streaming, you’ll be able to watch on up to 3 devices at once with Sling Blue, and up to 4 devices at once with Sling Blue + Orange.
Want to see if Sling TV is the right fit for you? Take advantage of their free trial and try the service for yourself!
How to watch NBC Live on Roku using Fubo.
Initially a sports-centric streaming service, Fubo has grown to include a ton of news, entertainment, and family programming to appeal to viewers of all tastes. To get NBC on Fubo, all you need is the cheapest Fubo package. With the basic plan, you’ll also get CBS, ABC, and Fox, as well as over 100 other channels including CNN, CNBC, Disney, ESPN, and more.
As far as simultaneous streaming goes, you can watch Fubo on up to 3 devices at once with the Starter package. If you’d like to watch NBC live on Roku with Fubo, you’re in luck: currently, you can try it for free for 7 days before taking the full plunge.
How to watch NBC Live on Roku using Hulu + Live TV.
Hulu + Live TV is an excellent option for watching NBC live on Roku. With great features like unlimited DVR, tons of live sports, and access to its repertoire of award-winning TV shows, it makes a perfect cable replacement.
The only downfall is that you can only watch on a maximum of 2 screens at once, so if you were planning to share your membership with more than one person, you could end up playing screen wars.
Hulu + Live TV only offers one plan, which comes with over 75 channels, including NBC, CBS, ABC, BTN, FOX, FS1, CBS, and ESPN. To see if NBC is offered in your area, check out the Hulu + Live TV website, scroll down, and click on “View channels in your area”.
How to watch NBC Live on Roku using YouTube TV.
YouTube TV carries tons of broadcast networks and regional sports networks, depending on your area. From ABC to CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, and other popular cable networks, YouTube TV has it all.
The streaming service offers two different plans: an English plan and a Spanish one. With the English plan, you get over 100+ channels (depending on your area), the ability to create up to 6 different user profiles, and 3 simultaneous streams.
To find out if you can get NBC in your area, head on over to the YouTube TV website, and enter your ZIP code when prompted. This will provide you with a complete overview of all the channels available to you, including local and regional sports networks (RSNs).
Tara Khudairi • Author
Tara Khudairi is a freelance content writer and copywriter based in Toronto. Since 2014, she has contributed to brands and blogs alike to tackle popular topics relating to technology, personal finance, entertainment, travel and lifestyle. Whether it’s the latest streaming service or cryptocurrency, she’s passionate about making the complex simple. When she’s not busy typing away, you’ll find Tara watching Netflix’s latest true crime doc or a classic 90’s horror flick.
Lisa Holden • Editor
Lisa Holden is an editor and creative based in Houston, TX. Lisa holds a BA in African-American Studies from Temple University and has spent her career working in news publications and magazines, even founding a magazine herself. When she’s not editing or working on one of her many creative endeavors (whenever that is), she enjoys traveling to new places and biking on sunny days.