Season 5 of Riverdale returns today, Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 8 pm on The CW. You don’t need cable to watch new episodes. There is more than one way to watch without have a cable TV subscription. A few options are even free. I’ll cover all the ways to watch new Episodes of Riverdale, along with ways to stream every episode of every season on-demand.
- When New Episodes of Riverdale Air: 8 pm ET on Wednesday
- TV Network: The CW
- Best Way to Stream Season 5 of Riverdale Live: Hulu (Free Trial), YouTube TV (Free Trial)
- Current Season On-Demand: New Episodes of the current season are available every Thursday on The CW App.
- Past Seasons On-Demand: Season 1-4 of Riverdale are available on Netflix.
Watching New Episodes Riverdale
Suppose you don’t have cable TV or can’t watch The CW using a TV antenna. Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV offer local CW stations in nearly all U.S. markets. They both offer a free trial and will let you watch new episodes of Riverdale as they air. All the ways you can stream Riverdale are listed below. All free trials auto-renew when they expire, but you will not be billed if you cancel before the trial ends.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu offers The CW in nearly all US markets along with cable TV and broadcast networks. Therefore, you can watch Riverdale every week as it airs on The CW. To see if The CW is available live in your area, you can use this tool: Hulu Live TV Channels by Zipcode.
Hulu + Live TV is supported on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iOS, Android, and more. You can read more about Hulu in our review of Hulu. There isn’t a month-to-month contract, so you can sign up to test the service without fear of a long-term commitment. You can sign up for Hulu Live TV using this link: Sign up for a free trial to Hulu + Live TV.
YouTube TV is another great option for watching Riverdale. YouTubeTV offers The CW live with its streaming service in nearly ALL markets in the US.
Youtube TV supports Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and more. The YouTube TV app isn’t available on Roku. However, users can use YouTube TV through the YouTube app on Roku devices. Be sure to check out our review of YouTube TV for more information. You can sign up for their free trial.
How Much: $64.99 per month.
FuboTV offers The CW in numerous US cities allowing you to watch Riverdale every week when it airs. You can check out a free trial to FuboTV here. Fubo TV supports the following streaming devices:
- Android smartphones
- Android tablets
- Apple TV (4th Generation only)
- Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
For more information on FuboTV features, please see our Fubo TV review.
How Much: FuboTV costs $64.99 per month.
DIRECTV Stream offers The CW live in many markets. Through its “Entertainment” package for $69.99 a month, The CW is available along with a ton of cable TV and other broadcast networks. DIRECTV Stream offers The CW in many TV markets in the US. Check this online offer to make sure The CW is offered in your area. For more information, check out our review of DIRECTV Stream.
How Much: $69.99 per month through its “Entertainment” package.
Watch Past Seasons of Riverdale
If you want to catch up on seasons 1 through 4 of Riverdale, you can find all the episodes from those seasons on Netflix. Netflix offers the following plan options.
- Premium – $17.99 per month – 4K HDR – allows four simultaneous viewings
- Standard – $13.99 per month – HD – allows two simultaneous viewings
- Premium – $8.99 per month – SD – allows one stream at a time
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