Here’s How to Watch ‘SNL’ This Weekend Without Cable

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Quick Answer: Watch Saturday Night Live without cable with DirecTV Stream and fuboTV free trials.

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Live from New York … it’s finally time for another episode of Saturday Night Live. SNL is back to Studio 8H for its latest season as usual, with guest stars ranging from Bad Bunny to Timothée Chalamet, Adam Driver to Kate McKinnon.

Following the last few months of episodes with Ramy Youssef, Jacob Elordi, Dakota Johnson, and Golden Globe- and Emmy-winner Ayo Edebiri, Saturday Night Live alum and Palm Royale star Kristen Wiig will host SNL for the April 6 episode of the show. The episode marks Wiig’s fifth time hosting the show. This weekend’s musical guest? Raye will grace the SNL stage, weeks after making history and taking home six trophies at the Brit Awards.

Don’t want to miss the musical performances and hilarious sketches? Here’s your guide to watching SNL for free — from streaming SNL online on DirecTV Stream or Hulu, to catching it live on TV on NBC.

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How to Watch Saturday Night Live Without Cable

If you have a cable package or access to local TV stations like NBC, you should be able to watch Saturday Night Live right when it airs on TV this weekend and throughout the rest of the season.

Haven’t signed up for cable, and don’t want to be locked into a plan? You can purchase an antenna to hook up to your TV to get local stations. A top-rated TV antenna like the affordable option below will do the trick. It has over a 250-mile range, and you should be able to watch stations like NBC, which will let you watch SNL on TV. Other channels like FOX, CBS, and ABC are also available through the antenna once you connect it to your TV set.

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How to Watch SNL Online

You don’t have to have traditional cable to watch Saturday Night Live each weekend. Below, we found some of the best streaming services to watch the new season of SNL, along with all the previous seasons online.

Watch SNL Free on DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream offers streaming access to local channels, including NBC, starting at $79.99 a month for its DirecTV Stream Entertainment package. You can also get a five-day free trial to watch SNL for free without cable, plus you’ll get access to over 75 channels.

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Watch SNL on Hulu + Live TV

One of the best live streaming options for watching Saturday Night Live online is Hulu + Live TV. You can stream SNL on Hulu + Live TV. The plan costs just $76.99 a month for live TV channels including NBC, so you can watch SNL live online. If you don’t mind waiting until Sunday, you can stream SNL for free with a regular Hulu subscription, which lets you watch Saturday Night Live online the day after it airs. Hulu offers a 30-day free trial for its on-demand package. The price goes up to $7.99 a month after your free month of streaming is up.

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Watch SNL Free on fuboTV

NBC isn’t the only places to watch Saturday Night Live. You can sign up for a free fuboTV trial to stream SNL. The service’s Pro plan costs $79.99 a month. With the fuboTV Pro package, you also get to watch up to 172 channels with your subscription, and it comes with 1,000 hours of DVR storage, so you can watch SNL both live and on-demand, in case you miss it when it airs. Plus, you can watch fuboTV on up to 10 devices at once.

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Watch SNL on Peacock Premium

With a Peacock Premium subscription, you can watch SNL each weekend the day after it airs for just $5.99 each month. Once you sign up for an account, you can simply add all of the available scheduled shows to your watchlist and watch them on-demand whenever you’re ready to stream. Another great reason to sign up for Peacock: All the past seasons of the show are streaming there, giving you a one-stop-shop for all your SNL streaming needs.

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Who’s Hosting SNL This Weekend?

Wiig hosts SNL on April 6, 2024, with Raye performing two tracks as the musical guest — possibly even records from the critically acclaimed 21st Century Blues. Ahead of her hosting gig, Wiig appeared in a teaser sketch, below, in which she visits her old dressing room at Rockefeller Center only to discover things weren’t quite left as promised.

So far in 2024, Saltburn actor Jacob Elordi has hosted with musical guest Reneé Rapp in January. The Euphoria actor appeared in several SNL teasers ahead of the episode. One included a clip where Rapp and cast member Bowen Yang danced through the studio, Saltburn-style, to — what else? — Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s “Murder on the Dancefloor,” (a.k.a., the song no one can get out of their heads right now). In another teaser, Yang joked: “Reneé, you were so right, he is so babygirl.” The Mean Girls star replied: “He’s so baby girl.”

Johnson, meantime, hosted the Jan. 27 episode, with Timberlake performing his new single “Selfish,” in addition to the unreleased track “Sanctified” alongside Tobe Nwigwe.

Pete Davidson previously kicked off SNL‘s season premiere in October, with Bad Bunny, Nate Bargatze, Timothée Chalamet, Adam Driver, and Emma Stone also hosting previous episodes for Season 49. Grammy nominee Olivia Rodrigo, Foo Fighters, Ice Spice, boygenius, and Bad Bunny also performed as musical guests this season.

How to Watch Every Season of SNL

Catching up on previous SNL sketches and episodes is actually pretty easy if you have a Peacock Premium account. You can stream past episodes of SNL on-demand, including the first season’s episodes from 1975. If you only want to watch specific sketches but aren’t sure where to begin, we put together the ultimate guide on the 50 Best SNL Sketches of All Time.

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