The 72nd annual Tony Awards are creeping up fast, and everyone who’s favorite album of all time is the Hamilton soundtrack is scrambling to figure out how to watch it without cable.
Free trials, guys and dolls. Free trials.
Even if you haven’t been super amped about the Tony Awards in the past, some of this year’s competition is way too interesting to not tune in. Need we mention the Spongebob Musical (which Aerosmith wrote songs for) and which could beat out Frozen for best musical and best original score? We live in a simulation. (To see a full rundown of all categories and nominees, go here.)
Hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, the 2018 Tony Awards will air on June 10 at 8pm EST on CBS. You just need to find a streaming service where CBS is one of the channels offered and snag a free trial. Cord cutting is our middle name at this point.
Here are the free trials to take advantage of:
CBS is the channel the awards are airing on, so CBS All Access is an obvious choice. If you sign up for a CBS All-Access free one-week trial anytime between June 4 and June 10 (so the show falls in the seven day grace period), you’ll be able to watch the live stream. Then, just cancel your account before the trial period is up, so you don’t get charged $5.99 or $9.99 (depending on whether you chose the ads or no ads option). CBS All Access is a pretty good gig, though — you’ll be able to stream 10,000+ episodes and watch live TV 24/7, so you’ll never have to deal with spoilers again.
Another note: Amazon Prime members automatically get access to CBS All-Access. You’ll also get free two-day shipping, access to Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Video, as well as CBS All Access. It’s a two-birds-with-one-stone kinda thing.
DirecTV NOW is DirecTV’s no-dish-required streaming service, which basically means you get everything that DirecTV offers without the hassle of the satellite. The cheapest subscription to DirecTV NOW offers a ton of channels, including CBS (aka the Tony Awards channel), ABC, BBC, Oxygen, Adult Swim, ESPN, and more. DirecTV also offers more expensive packages with up to 120 channels, including premium channels like HBO, STARZ, and SHOWTIME for an extra fee.
You can get a free one-week trial of the 60+ live channel package, which will cost $35/month after the week is up. Plus, when you prepay $35 for your first month, DirecTV will throw in a free Roku streaming stick on them.
If you’re trying to watch the Tony Awards and also follow sports (hey, those people do exist), then fuboTV is a streaming bundle gaining major traction from sports addicts in recent months. Get 85 channels with live sports, shows, and movies (did we mention sports?), including CBSN for the Tony Awards. Sign up for a one-week free trial (again, between June 4 and June 9) to try out the selection and watch the awards, and if you like it, just pay $19.99 for your first month (and $44.99/month after that).
So this one isn’t a free trial — it’s better. If you don’t want to worry about remembering to cancel a subscription, you can just get an HDTV antenna. All you have to do is pay $21 once, and you’ll get free access to over-the-air channels in HD like CBS, ABC, NBC, PBC, Fox, and others. Hook up the cord to the cable jack on the back of your TV and stick the antenna to the window and bam: Instantly watch the local news, your favorite TV show, or basically any award show whenever it airs. (I have one and they’re legit.)