How to Watch MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) 2019 Online: Live Stream Without Cable

By Gabriela Vatu / August 26, 2019

The VMA is one of the most popular award shows, especially with the younger crowd. So, if you're looking for ways to watch the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards online, we know just where you can look.

The MTV VMAs first took place back in 1984, so it has a long tradition. The 2019 VMAs will take place on August 18th, and the location of the ceremony will, once more, be the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Over the years, the VMAs have become extremely popular, even being called the "Super Bowl for youth" because it pulls in a very young crowd. This is, of course, quite understandable, since the top artists gather to perform, as well as to win awards for their cool videos.

As per usual, the MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast on a bunch of Viacom channels - MTV, MTV2, VH1, MTV Classic, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo TV, Paramount Network, TV Land, and BET Her. That's a lot of channels, and a lot of ways to watch, so we're good to go. You can, of course, stream directly via the MTV website, but you're going to need credentials from a cable provider, or from a streaming service. If you already live outside the United States, you're going to have to watch on the local MTV channel, and quite likely a day after the show was live in the United States.

The VMAs will take place on August 26th, 2019, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. This is the first time that this venue will be used to host the VMAs. The show is scheduled to start at 9 PM ET/PT. The list of nominees has not been shared yet, but we do expect to see music behemoths in there. Plus, we're also pretty excited about the list of performers which is, traditionally, quite impressive. They are also promising to unveil a new interactive fan experience called the MTV VMA Stan Cam which will allow fans to decide which stars they'd like to watch, follow backstage, and more.

How to Watch MTV Video Music Awards Online?

It's great that we get to watch so much TV online these days, but there are some limitations even to this. Since there are licensing deals in place, people are prevented from watching content when abroad, which is quite annoying. Of course, there are ways around this geoblockade since they're completely tied to a person's IP address. More specifically, if you connect to a VPN service, you'll get to change your IP quite easily. This is what you need to do:

How to Watch MTV Video Music Awards 2019 Without Cable?

We've already mentioned this, but we're going to go into details. The MTV VMAs can be watched on a whole lot of channels, but the live streams from TV channels can't really be trusted to survive a large number of visitors, especially on live streams. So, the best alternative so you don't suffer through endless buffering and low-quality video is to pick a streaming service that features the right channels. Watching live TV online is the best thing you can do nowadays, since you already use the Internet for everything else, from watching cute videos to watching movies on Netflix or your favorite shows, from reading the news to communicating with your friends.

1. fuboTV

Bundles fubo ($54.99/mo) + Family ($59.99/mo), Family Deluxe ($64.99/mo), and Ultra ($79.99/mo) promo packs.
Customization Channel Bundles - fubo Cycling ($11.99/mo), International Sports Plus ($5.99/mo), Sports Plus ($8.99/mo), Adventure Plus ($4.99/mo), NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo), Portuguese Plus ($14.99/mo), Latino Plus ($7.99/mo), fubo Extra ($5.99/mo) Premium Networks - Showtime ($10.99/mo), AMC Premiere ($4.99/mo), FX Plus ($5.99/mo), RAI Italia ($7.99/mo)
Device support Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS, Android, Chromecast, web browser
DVR 30 hours, unlimited time storage, expandable to 500 hours via extra feature ($9.99/mo)
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit fuboTV

Topping our list, we have fuboTV, which is a great platform that features a single bundle of channels nowadays, namely fubo ($54.99 per month). The platform also comes with several customization options in the form of extra packs or premium networks. In the fubo bundle, you'll find MTV, Comedy Central, CMT, BET, Paramount Network, VH1, and TV Land, while the fubo Extra pack ($5.99 per month) comes with additional channels - MTV 2, Logo, MTV Live, BET Her. You can get a better price for the Extra pack via the plans they have pre-made for new subscribers.

fuboTV allows users to record up to 30 hours of video to the cloud, but you can upgrade at any point by paying $9.99 per month for 500 hours of storage space. You can also watch TV on up to two devices at once by default, but a third can be added for $5.99 per month. Make sure to read TechNadu's fuboTV review for more info.

2. Sling TV

Sling TV
Bundles Sling Orange ($25/mo), Sling Blue ($25/mo), Sling Orange + Blue ($40/mo)
Customization Channel bundles - Comedy ($5/mo), Espanol ($5/mo), Heartland ($5/mo), Hollywood ($5/mo), Lifestyle ($5/mo), News ($5/mo), Kids ($5/mo), Sports ($5/mo with Orange, $10/mo with Blue or Orange + Blue), Kids + Comedy + News + Lifestyle ($10/mo)
Premium Channels - Showtime ($10/mo), STARZ ($9/mo), EPIX ($5/mo), CuriosityStream ($3/mo), Here TV ($8/mo), Grokker ($7/mo), Stingray Karaoke ($7/mo), UP Faith & Family ($5/mo), Pantaya ($6/mo), CineFest ($5/mo), Hopster ($5/mo), Comedy Dynamics ($5/mo), Dove Channel ($5/mo), DogTV ($5/mo), CONtv ($5/mo), Docurama ($5/mo), Outside TV Features ($5/mo)
NBA- League Pass ($29/mo), Team Pass ($18/mo)
Device support Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android TV, AirTV Player, Xiaomi, LG Smart TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, Fire tablets, Xbox One, Chrome web browser
DVR Up to 50 hours, unlimited storage time. Expandable by another 50 hours with extra feature
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit Sling

At the top of the list, we have Sling TV, which is a fabulous platform that features loads of customization options. First, you pick one of three bundles, then you add channel packs grouped by interest, as well as premium networks. So, when you're subscribing to Sling TV, you have to make sure you make the right pick, so we recommend going for the Orange + Blue Bundle. You'll find that Comedy Central is present in all three bundles - Orange, Blue, and Orange + Blue, while BET is present in Blue and Orange + Blue. MTV, MTV2, TV Land, Paramount Network, and Logo are all present in the Comedy Extra($5/Mo), while VH1 is in Lifestyle Extra($5/Mo).

Sling TV also has an option for those who want to record the show to watch later (or any other content, really) by offering them Cloud DVR with 50-hours of space for $5 per month. When it comes to watching content on multiple devices, it all depends on which bundle you first pick. Orange subscribers only get one stream to watch, but Blue subscribers get three. With Orange + Blue, you can enjoy four simultaneous streams. Check out our Sling TV review for more details.

3. Philo

Bundles 58 channels ($20/mo)
Customization No extra channel packages or premium channels available
Device support Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, iOS, web browser, via Chome on Android. No dedicated Android app
DVR Unlimited storage space, recordings available for 30 days
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit Philo

We also have Philo on the list, which is a platform that only features one bundle of channels instinctively called 58 Channels and costs $20 per month. The pack features loads of channels you can watch the MTV VMAs on, such as MTV, MTV 2, TV Land, Logo, VH1, BET, BET Her, Comedy Central and more.

On Philo, users can enjoy unlimited cloud DVR space, but you should know that all recordings expire after a month, so you have to watch them fast. It's still great, however, that you have no cap, so that should be highly appreciated. Plus, if you want to watch content on multiple devices at once, you can do that quite easily because the platform supports three simultaneous streams. Make sure to check out TechNadu's Philo review to find out everything there is to know about the service.

4. AT&T TV Now

Bundles Plus ($50/mo) and Max ($70/mo) Other Packages - Entertainment ($93/mo), Choice ($110/mo), Xtra ($124/mo), Ultimate ($135/mo), and Optimo Mas ($86/mo)
Customization Channel packs - AT&T TV Now Deportes ($5/mo) and AT&T TV Now Espanol ($15/mo) Premium Networks - HBO (included with Plus and Max), Cinemax ($11/mo or included with Max), Showtime ($11/mo), STARZ ($11/mo) International Bundles - Vietnamese ($20/mo), Brazilian ($30/mo), Korean ($30/mo)
Device support Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, browsers
DVR Up to 20 hours, 30 days limit, no expansions
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit AT&T TV Now

Our list continues with AT&T TV Now, which is a platform that features seven bundles. Two of them are new, namely Plus and Max, while the other five have actually been around for a long time, but they were recently renamed and given a price double than what it used to be. You can also customize the plan by adding packs featuring Spanish or international channels, as well as premium networks. In the two new bundles, you'll find channels like MTV, Comedy Central, BET, and VH1, with CMT also making the list in the Max pack, alongside Paramount Network, and TV Land. MTV, VH1, and Paramount Network, also appear in all other five bundles, while MTV 2 makes it on Entertainment, Choice, Xtra, and Ultimate only, the same as BET and TV Land.

On AT&T TV Now, users have the possibility to record up to 20 hours of video to the cloud, but there's no way to expand the cloud DVR feature in any way. Hopefully, they'll fix this soon, but there's no sign of it so far. The platform supports up to two simultaneous streams, but a third can be added for those who are willing to pay $5 extra each month. Make sure to read TechNadu's AT&T TV Now review to find out more about this great service.


Are the MTV Video Music Awards Live?

Yes, the show is broadcast live across the United States. Generally, for those living abroad, the broadcast takes place the day after the big event as the show is edited with subtitles, foul language is smoothed over, and inappropriate scenes are taken out if any take place.

What Awards Are Handed Out at the VMAs?

There are numerous awards being handed out at the VMA, trying to cover all aspects of the industry. The night recognizes the Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Collaboration, Push Artist of the Year, Best Pop, Best Hip Hop, Best Latin, Best Dance, Best Rock, Video with a Message, Best Art Direction, Best Choreography, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Song of Summer, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and, of course, the Video of the Year.

Who Has the Most VMA Awards?

Beyonce does! Queen B managed to gather 24 awards over the years, followed by Madonna, who has 20. The third spot is split between Lady Gaga and Peter Gabriel.

Who Has the Most Wins in a Single Night?

The record for the most wins in a single night at the VMAs goes back thirty years and is assigned to Peter Gabriel. Back in 1987, his Sledgehammer video managed to get nine awards, while the artist also received the Video Vanguard Award, totaling ten wins for the night. A-Ha, Lady Gaga and Beyonce tie for the second spot with eight wins each - A-Ha in 1986, Lady Gaga in 2010, and Beyonce in 2016. The third place is a tie between The Smashing Pumpkins and Green Day, who each got seven - the former in 1996, and the latter in 2005.

The VMAs have become an iconic event that attracts millions of young people. It has been this way for years and it will continue to be one for future generations. It's a great way for celebrities to have some fun and for us to enjoy some incredible performances while they do. We hope we've been of help in providing you with a way to watch the MTV Video Music Awards online this year.

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