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How to Watch Tony Awards 2019 Online Without Cable: Live Stream Show Anywhere

Written by Gabriela Vatu
Last updated May 29, 2019

The award season for the entertainment industry has many events throughout the year, but the Tony Awards are some of the most impressive because they recognize achievements in Broadway productions. So, if you're looking to find out which were the year's best plays and searching for ways to watch the 2019 Tony Awards online, we have you covered.

The Tony Award was first organized in 1947, so there have been quite a few editions ever since. The full name of the ceremony is the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theater, but no one actually uses the full name.

The Annual Tony Awards will take place on June 9, 2019, and it honors Broadway productions from the 2018 - 2019 season. The event will start at 8/7 Central and will last for about three hours. The ceremony will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. James Corden will be back to host the 2019 Tony Awards. This will be his second time hosting, after the 2016 event.

The channel with broadcasting rights is, like it has been in the past few years, CBS. Thankfully, this is a channel that's easy to watch online, whether through its own website or via streaming services that feature it.

How to Watch Tony Awards Online?

What better way to watch TV nowadays than online, right? Well, that's what we think too because there's so much freedom of movement in this. The thing is, this freedom is not complete. Due to licensing deals these companies have in place, they can't stream content abroad, which means that if you happen to be traveling when the Tony Awards air, you'll need to get creative to be able to access everything. Live TV platforms know where you are much like any other website does - by reading your IP address. Thankfully, IPs are super easy to change, but you'll need to look into subscribing to a VPN service. We'll guide you through the whole process.

Note: Since the show is on CBS, which is only available in select markets, you may find out that you can't watch the show because of your location in the US. In that case, VPNs will save the day too since you can simply pick a server that's located in a different US city where CBS is an option, such as New York City or Chicago.

How to Watch Tony Awards Without Cable?

Over the years, we've started to use the Internet for pretty much anything - from watching movies and shows on Netflix to socializing on Facebook, laughing at memes, reading the news, and so on. So, watching TV is the logical next step and it's something that many companies have thought of, especially in the United States where cable contracts are pretty pricey. Plus, with a streaming service, you get a lot of freedom. Since all you need is an active Internet connection and a compatible device, you can watch from anywhere you want - at home, at work, on vacation, on the bus, and everywhere in between. That being said, there are quite a few options for those who want to watch CBS online so they can enjoy the Tony Awards this year. Let's see what your options are.

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 comes with a single bundle named fubo ($54.99/mo). You can, however, add loads of channel packs and premium networks if you need more content. You'll find CBS in the fubo bundle, so you don't have to look too far for the channel you need for the Tony Awards.

If you want to record the Tony Awards (or anything else, really), you can do that quite easily as the service provides all subscribers with enough cloud DVR space to fit 30-hours of recordings. There's an option to upgrade if you want to. That will cost you $9.99 per month and it will raise the cloud DVR cap to 500 hours. On fuboTV you can watch content on two devices at once, but a third can be added for $5.99 per month if your family is large enough to need it. Check out TechNadu's fuboTV review to get all the details you need.

2. CBS All Access

Plans $5.99/Mo (Limited commercials), $9.99/Mo (Commercial Free)
Multi-screen streaming 5 devices
Device support Apple TV, Android TV, Google Chromecast, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Roku, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, PS4, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows 10
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit CBS All Access

Another option you have is to subscribe directly to CBS All Access. This is a platform that will give you access to live streams from CBS, as well as the full movie and series database with on-demand access. Plus, the latest episodes get added quite fast so you can watch them like that if you didn't catch them live. So, if you're going to subscribe to CBS All Access, you should be able to watch the Tony Awards this year quite easily.

The platform works on a wide range of devices, and you can actually watch on five devices at once, so all your family members can enjoy the content they like most. Read our CBS All Access review so you'll know all about it.

3. Hulu

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

Next up, we have Hulu, a service that's been around for years and is primarily known for the video on demand plans it offers. For a while now, they've also offered live TV, with the plan including access to dozens of channels, a couple of extra channel packs, premium networks, and the full VOD library. When subscribing to Hulu, you'll find that CBS is present in the main bundle, so you won't have to pay extra to watch it.

Folks that choose to go with the Hulu live TV plan can make sure they won't miss the Tony Awards or anything else because the platform offers each and every one of them 50 hours of cloud DVR space. For $14.99 per month, users can upgrade to 200 hours. Also, Hulu with live TV permits two simultaneous streams as default. The "Unlimited Screens" add-on, however, completely lifts the cap on the number of devices you can watch simultaneously on, as long as those devices are connected to the Home network. When you're out and about the number of simultaneous streams settles at three. Getting "Unlimited Screens" costs $14.99, but if you get this one and the DVR extra feature, you can pay $20 for both. Read our Hulu review for a more comprehensive look into the service.

4. YouTube TV

YouTube TV
Bundles A single bundle - $49.99 per month ($54.99 if billed through Apple)
Customization Premium channels - AMC Premiere ($5/mo), CuriosityStream ($3/mo), Fox Soccer Plus ($15/mo), Showtime ($7/mo), Starz ($9/mo), Shudder ($5/mo), Sundance Now ($7/mo), NBA League Pass ($40/mo or $124/year), EPIX ($6/mo)
Device support Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, Samsung and LG Smart TVs, iOS, Android
DVR Unlimited storage space, recordings saved for 9 months
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit YouTube TV

YouTube TV is another great live TV streaming platform that tries to oversimplify everything, offering a single bundle of channels and a bunch of premium networks as the only way to customize the experience. Thus, when subscribing to YouTube TV, it's pretty easy to find CBS.

Given who the parent company of YouTube TV is, the service comes with some nifty perks. For instance, the cloud DVR feature includes access to unlimited storage. That's right - you can have the platform record as many shows as you want. Plus, the recordings expire after nine months, so you have plenty of time to actually watch them all. Similarly, YouTube TV offers users three simultaneous streams at no additional cost, so make sure to enjoy them all. TechNadu's YouTube TV review offers a lot more details.

5. DirecTV 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

We also have DirecTV Now on the list, which is a versatile platform that features seven bundles nowadays. Two of them were added recently, namely Plus and Max, while the other five - Entertainment, Choice, Xtra, Ultimate, and Optimo Mas - have been around for a long time, but they were renamed and given a new, larger, price earlier this year. You can add channel packs and premium networks if you want more content, so you have loads of options. CBS is one of the channels that are actually part of all seven bundles, so your choice will ultimately be based on which channels they feature beyond CBS, and their price.

Those who are looking forward to recording a lot of content to watch later will be slightly disappointed with DirecTV Now because the cloud DVR feature only has 20 hours of space. Unfortunately, there's no way to upgrade. DirecTV Now also enables users to watch content on two different screens at the same time, with a third becoming available for those who agree to pay an extra $5 per month. TechNadu's DirecTV Now review features a lot more details on this topic and others.

6. PlayStation Vue

Playstation Vue
Bundles Access ($49.99/mo), Core ($54.99/mo), Elite ($64.99/mo), Ultra ($84.99/mo)
Customization Channel bundles - Sports Pack ($10/mo), Espanol Pack ($4.99/mo, $3.99/mo with PlayStation Plus) Premium channels - HBO ($15/mo, or included in Ultra), Showtime ($10.99/mo, $8.99/mo with PlayStation Plus, or included in Ultra), FX+ ($5.99/mo), Epix ($3.99/mo, $2.99/mo with PlayStation Plus), Cinemax ($15/mo), Fox Soccer Plus ($14.99/mo or $12.99 with PlayStation Plus), Hi-YAH! ($2.99/mo or $1.99/mo with PlayStation Plus) Bundles - HBO + Cinemax ($21.99/mo or $19.99/mo with PlayStation Plus), Epix Hits + Showtime ($13.99/mo or $11.49/mo with PlayStation Plus)
Device support Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, Roku, PS3, PS4, browser
DVR Up to 500 programs, 28 days limit
Free trial Yes, 5 days
Visit PlayStation Vue

Another great platform that, in fact, managed to get the highest score among all live TV platforms when we reviewed them is PlayStation Vue. With four starter bundles, a couple of channel packs and several premium networks there are plenty of customizations to be done. As you'll find out when you subscribe to PlayStation Vue, CBS is present in all the four bundles, but we suggest you go either for Elite or Ultra, with the mention that the latter is more expensive because it already includes HBO and Showtime.

The perks PlayStation Vue offers users are the ones that also pushed us to give it some great scores. For instance, the cloud DVR feature has enough room for 500 programs. The small downside to this is that you have to watch them all within a month or they automatically get deleted to make room for more. Then, the service supports five simultaneous streams per account, at no additional cost, which is wonderful. PlayStation Vue also has a feature that we encountered nowhere else - Split Screen. As the name suggests, you can watch three different programs on the same screen, at the same time. That being said, make sure to read TechNadu's PlayStation Vue review to find out all the facts.

How to Watch the Tony Awards With a TV Antenna?

One of the cool things about CBS is that it's a channel you can also watch with the help of a TV antenna because it broadcasts over the air. TV antennas have been popular among cord cutters because the devices are relatively cheap and you get to watch TV for free afterward. The only downside we see is that you only get to watch about a dozen or two of channels, instead of the hundreds you get with cable or live TV platforms.

Before you make a decision, we suggest you visit a site like NoCable because you need to figure out if this move is worth it for you, and the site will tell you which channels broadcast over the air in your location. Plus, you also get to find out how strong their signal is, so you can figure out what range you need on your antenna. We've already made a suggestion - an antenna that is well-received by users - but you can do your own research.


What Are the Eligible Plays for the 2019 Tony Awards?

The official eligibility cut-off date for Broadway productions this season is April 25, 2019. So far, a bunch of plays have made the list and could end up on the list of nominees - American Son, Bernhardt/Hamlet, The Ferryman, The Lifespan of a Fact, The Nap, Network, The New One, Straight White Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Cher Show, Gettin' the Band Back Together, Head Over Heels, Pretty Woman: The Musical, The Prom, King Kong, Hadestown, The Boys in the Band, Torch Song, and The Waverly Gallery.

When Are the 2019 Tony Awards Nominations Announced?

According to the schedule announced back in October of 2018, the list of nominees for this year's Tony Awards will be announced on April 30, 2019.

Who Is Hosting the Tony Awards?

As of yet, there have been no names given for the hosting gig this year, but it is expected we'll know more as we get closer to the event day. The 2018 event was hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban.

Can I Watch the Tony Awards in the UK or Elsewhere?

The list of international broadcasters for the 2019 Tony Awards hasn't been released yet, but it is expected that this should be possible, especially since they boast that the event will broadcast on four continents. Live coverage will also be offered via TonyAwards.com and on Facebook, but details have not been released yet.

We know you're excited about the Tonys because so are we - it's always a great night of fun, fabulous performances, and honors brought to Broadway artists. Let us know which platform you chose to watch the Tonys this year by leaving a note in the comments section below. Please share the article online if you can and follow TechNadu on Facebook or Twitter for more tech news and guides.

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