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How to stream Saturday Night Live, both live and on demand
Saturday Night Live has truly become a TV institution. With the premiere of its first season in 1975 on NBC, the sketch comedy show has given us memorable characters, from the Blues Brothers to Wayne and Garth to Stefon and many others. It has launched the careers of many of its performers, some of which became huge box office and television stars in their own right. Now in its 48th season, SNL remains as funny and as topical as ever. So, where in this streaming TV era can you watch Saturday Night Live?
We will give you the info on where you can stream the show live, and also where you can watch episodes and sketches on demand.
How to watch new Saturday Night Live episodes live
If you want to stream the show live on your smart TV, or via your smartphone or tablet, you have a few options. The easiest way is to sign up for Peacock Premium, which is NBCUniversal’s streaming service. It lets you watch SNL live via your local NBC station affiliate. It costs $4.99 a month with ads for its on-demand content or $9.99 a month without ads. You can sign up for Peacock at the link below.
You can also watch new episodes as they go live if you sign up for one of the internet live TV services that offer local NBC stations as part of their packages. Your best bet is to use Hulu Plus Live TV or YouTube TV, both of which offer NBC in nearly all of the network’s markets. Other live TV streaming services like Sling TV and Fubo TV also offer NBC, but not in all markets. Make sure you check with all of them to see if your local station is available.
How to watch Saturday Night Live episodes on demand
If you want to find out how to watch Saturday Night Live the day after it’s broadcast on NBC, your best bet yet again is to sign up for Peacock Premium. Not only will it have the latest episodes, but you can go through all of the hundreds of episodes of the past 47 seasons to see the massive history of this comedy show.
If you are just interested in the past week’s episode, you also have the option of going to the show’s official YouTube channel. It posts each episode’s sketches, the host’s opening monologue, the musical guest’s performances, and Weekend Update segments just a few hours after the episode airs on NBC. It also occasionally posts additional videos, including sketches that were filmed for the episode but got cut for time or other reasons.