BET has a long and important history in cable television. It was launched in 1980 as a 2-hour block of programming on the already popular Nickelodeon. At the time, it primarily showed music videos and reruns of popular sitcoms. It wasn’t until 1983 that the network moved to its own channel and began to grow into the premier place for African American content. The network continued to break records and, in 1991, became the first African American run company on the New York Stock Exchange.
Today, BET is still at the top of the list for popular cable networks and airs a variety of shows from news to music to sitcoms. Some current favorites include Bobby Jones Gospel (which has been with the network since 1980), reality shows like Sunday Best, scripted originals like Zoe Ever After, special events like the BET Awards, and a whole host of acquired nostalgic programming. Do you still crave watching the sitcom, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Here’s your chance. So, how do you watch BET online without cable? Here are your best bets.
Use DIRECTV NOW to Stream Your Favorite BET Shows
DIRECTV NOW is a streaming service that allows you to live stream your favorite local and cable channels without paying a lofty cable bill. As this is a streaming service, you’ll have the ability to watch DIRECTV NOW from the location of your choosing. You can watch on your TV or with a mobile device. It’s up to you! Choose from one of three packages with up to 120 channels including locals (in select markets), AMC, BET, Food Network, and many others.
Sign up for your free trial, today! While introductory pricing lasts you’ll get the Go Big package at just $35 a month. If you remain a member, you’ll keep this price even after the special is over! You’ll also have the chance to get a free Amazon Fire TV stick or Apple TV, based on the amount of time you prepay for your membership. Our full review has additional details. Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for your free weeklong trial!
Access the BET Live Stream with Sling TV
Sling TV provides easy access to BET live streaming, as well as access to some of TV’s other best networks! BET is included in Sling Blue, a $25-a-month service that offers an impressive 40+ channels. There are tons of other add-on channel packs, as well, so the selection is nearly endless.
You can watch BET on Apple TV, Roku, computers, mobile devices, smart TVs, Chromecast, and many more devices. In fact, you can score exclusive discounts on certain devices, through Sling TV’s special sign up bonus deals. These deals are subject to change, but right now, here’s what they’re offering: Sign up for 3 months of Sling TV, and get a FREE Roku 2, or an exclusive discount of $60 off an Apple TV (which gives you an easy and affordable way to watch BET on Apple TV!)
You can see the full Sling TV review on our site to learn more. Or, try the service out for yourself for FREE with a 7-day free trial!
Get Hulu to Watch BET Online
One of the most popular services for cable cutters who want access to mostly on-demand content is Hulu (review here). It has a gigantic catalog of current and past TV shows and movies, all of which can be streamed directly to your computer or your TV if you have a streaming device like Chromecast or a Roku. While you can’t watch a BET live stream this way, Hulu does offer a number of hit BET shows including The West Brooks and Let’s Stay Together. With Hulu, you can typically watch new shows the day after they air on BET. There are also a number of other favorites available on Hulu such as:
- Little Big Shots
- NBC’s The Wiz Live
Hulu Plus is only $7.99 for the version with limited commercials. Or, you can pay $11.99 per month and watch TV completely ad-free. If you want to see if Hulu is right for you, check out the free 7-day trial and you can watch BET online free.
Can I Get BET on PlayStation Vue?
It used to be that you could get BET with Sony’s streaming service, but it is unfortunately no longer an option. All Viacom channels were removed from the service on November 8, 2016.
If you are a Vue subscriber and you are worried about missing your favorite BET programs all together, there are a few more options available to you! If you do not want to sign up for another streaming service like the ones mentioned above, you can buy individual episodes or seasons of your favorite shows digitally from retailers like Amazon. Visit one of the show pages (such as the links below) for more information.
What BET Shows Can You Watch Without Cable?
Using the services above, you can watch EVERY show that airs on BET! You can watch hit shows like Sunday Best, Zoe Ever After, and American Gangster. Every other show that BET offers, new and old, is available!
Do you feel confident that you can watch BET online without an expensive cable contract? If you still have any questions, ask away in the comment section and we’ll be sure to help. Otherwise, check out the other shows that you can’t miss with our simple search tool.