It’s finally time to dust off that hat you’ve been keeping in storage since William and Kate got married. You know what hat we’re talking about—the one with the vibrant color and unique design—the kind you would wear only for a certain kind of wedding. It’s time to watch the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Everything you need to watch the royal wedding online
When: May 19 at 7 a.m. eastern time
Where: St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle (in case you were planning to attend in person)
- CBS and CBSN: Kicking off at 4 a.m. eastern time, you can watch the royal wedding live with Gayle King and Kevin Frazier. You can also watch the royal wedding for free on CBSN’s livestream. Later that night at 8 p.m. eastern time, CBS will air a two-hour special, Royal Romance: The Marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
- NBC: Hosts from The Today Show—Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Megyn Kelly, and Kathie Lee Gifford—will walk you through the royal wedding experience beginning at 4:30 a.m. eastern time.
- ABC: Good Morning America starts special coverage of the royal wedding live at 5 a.m. eastern time with hosts Robin Roberts and David Muir. You can also watch all the magic online at ABCNews.com, GoodMorningAmerica.com, and their respective mobile apps.
- HBO: Ever want to watch a royal wedding with Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon? The comedic duo will reprise their comedic personas from the Rose Bowl Parade and provide delightful commentary on Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s special day. The special goes live at 7:30 a.m. eastern time and airs again at 9:45 p.m. eastern time later that night.
- PBS: Catch the royal wedding livestream at 4 a.m. eastern time on PBS. Plus, a special series called Royal Wedding Watch will air from May 14–18 leading up to the big day.
- BBC America: It makes sense that the most British channels we have would air the royal wedding. You can watch the royal wedding live on BBC America starting at 4 a.m eastern time.
Best options on how to watch the royal wedding
#1 Sling TV: The cheapest way to stream the royal wedding
What we like about it: One of the least expensive streaming packages out there
Drawbacks: Access to only BBC America
Who it’s perfect for: Those looking for the cheapest solution
If you love the wonderful British vibe you get from BBC America, then you’ll really enjoy watching the royal wedding with Sling TV. You can check out Sling TV and watch the royal wedding for free with a 7-day trial.
Watch the royal wedding on BBC America
There’s a reason why Sling TV costs only $20 a month—you get around only 30 channels . Thankfully, BBC America is one of those channels. But we’ll let you in on a streaming strategy so wise that Winston Churchill himself would feel jealous. If you pair your Sling TV subscription with an antenna, you can get the best of both worlds—cable channels and local channels for a smashing price. You’ll just have to live with watching the royal wedding without Good Morning America or The Today Show crew if you go exclusively with Sling TV.
If you can’t manage the 4 a.m. start time, you can upgrade your Sling TV package to include 50 hours of cloud DVR storage for an extra $5 a month.
Sling TV device compatibility
You can watch the royal wedding on Sling TV with Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and plenty other devices.
#2 PlayStation Vue: Stream the royal wedding for free (at least for two weeks)
What we like about it: Long free trial period
Drawbacks: More expensive option if you stay subscribed
Who it’s perfect for: Those who are nervous about commitment
PlayStation Vue recently upped its free trial period to be a whopping 14-day trial period. That gives you plenty of time to watch the royal wedding for free and see if you like the service.
Watching the royal wedding for free with PlayStation Vue
Besides having an extremely generous free trial period, PlayStation Vue also happens to be a pretty excellent streaming service. You get over 45 channels with the Access package, including BBC America and local channels with plenty of local coverage. Much like Pippa Middleton choosing a hat, you’ll have plenty of options for watching the royal wedding.
After your free trial period, you pay $39.99 a month going forward. Compared to Sling TV, PlayStation Vue’s monthly price sounds like a lot, but factor in all the channels, smooth streaming quality, and unlimited cloud DVR, and it’s actually a pretty great deal.
PlayStation Vue carries over 120 local CBS affiliates, making it our best bet for streaming the royal wedding with Gayle King and Kevin Frazier.
PlayStation Vue device compatibility
As you might have guessed, PlayStation Vue streams on PlayStation consoles, but you can also watch the royal wedding on Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and other streaming devices.
#3 DIRECTV NOW: Enjoy Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon hosting the royal wedding
What we like about it: HBO for only $5/mo.
Drawbacks: No cloud DVR
Who it’s perfect for: Those looking for a comedic twist to the royal wedding
DIRECTV NOW offers an HBO add-on for half the price of other streaming services. You can watch the royal wedding for free with a 7-day trial—just know that HBO doesn’t come for free as well.
The royal wedding, but much funnier
Once you sign up for your DIRECTV NOW free trial, you can add HBO for an additional $5 a month with whatever streaming package you choose. We recommend going with the Live a Little package, which costs $35 a month and comes with BBC America, decent coverage of your local channels, and over 60 other channels . If you’re a serial channel flipper, DIRECTV NOW offers the most channels for the cheapest price in its basic package.
Hopefully you’re an early riser because you can’t rely on cloud DVR to record the royal wedding and save it for later. DIRECTV NOW should roll out its cloud DVR service soon, but it likely won’t be until after the royal wedding.
DIRECTV NOW device compatibility
You can stream the royal wedding on Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and other streaming devices.
#4 Wildcard: Antenna
If all else fails, the tried and true antenna can really make the difference for watching the royal wedding. Because there’s no guarantee a streaming service will carry your local networks, antennas are the safest bet for watching local channels. Who really wants to take risks with an event as important as this anyway?
Our favorite antenna is the Mohu Leaf 50—it’s got a strong signal range and happens to be made of recycled materials (which is a good omen for Harry and Meghan). You can find it on Amazon if you want to check it out.
Enjoy the majesty of the royal wedding
Whatever method you choose to livestream the royal wedding, what matters is that you participate in the event of the year. Enjoy admiring the dresses, the scenery, and everything else.
Feel free to leave comments on any thoughts you have about the royal wedding or any who-wore-it-best opinions.