The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, September 19, at 8 p.m ET/7 p.m. CT. Are you caught up on the big hits of this past television season? Every season the show rotates among the four major networks. This year it lands on CBS, and there are several options to stream the event. Here is our guide to watching the 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards and a review of some of the top series vying for honors this year.
- When Do the Primetime Emmy Awards air: Sunday, September 19 at 8 p.m.
- What Network: CBS
- How You Can Watch The Primetime Emmy Awards Live: You can watch the Emmys through the Parmount+ Permium plan (Free Trial)
How To Watch the Emmy Awards for Free
Before we look at the pay services that carry CBS in their channel lineup, let’s look at three free options to watch the 73rd Primetime Emmys without cable.
One free option to watch the Primetime Emmys is through your local CBS affiliate using a TV antenna. You can pick up an inexpensive antenna like the GE Ultra Edge for around $20. This antenna has a money-back guarantee, so it’s no risk if it’s unable to pick up your local CBS station. Check out our guide on how to choose the best TV antenna for more information.
Free Trials to Pay Services
The following section covers the various streaming services that carry local CBS in their channel lineup, allowing you to watch the Primetime Emmys live through them. Each of these services offers a free trial period to try out the service. Keep in mind not all of these services carry CBS in every market in the country, so you may not be able to take advantage of each one, but if you only need it to watch the Emmys, you can take advantage of the following free trial offers:
- Paramount+ – Streams CBS in 99% of the country and offers a 7-day free trial.
- Hulu Live TV – Streams CBS in nearly every TV market in the U.S. and offers a 7-day free trial
- YouTube TV – Streams CBS in nearly every TV market in the U.S. and offers a 1-week free trial.
- FuboTV – Streams CBS in 95% of the U.S. and offers a 1-week free trial
Utilizing the free trials from each of these services can get you a whole month of CBS free. Read on to learn a little more about each of these streaming services.
How to Stream the Emmy Awards
Below are the streaming services that offer a live broadcast of CBS so you’ll be able to watch Primetime Emmy Awards in real-time. Be sure to check out a comparison of live TV streaming services for more information.
In addition to CBS streaming exclusive programming, Paramount+ provides live network streaming in most U.S. local markets, meaning you’ll get the local broadcast of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. To see if your local CBS channel is available on their service, you can check out their free trial. In addition, you can find a running tally of all the local markets offering live CBS on our review of Paramount+.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu not only offers its on-demand service but live streaming as well through Hulu Live TV. Therefore, you can watch the Primetime Emmy Awards live as it airs with a subscription to Hulu live TV. To see if live CBS is available in your area, you can use this tool: Hulu Live TV Channels by Zipcode.
You can read all about it 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 here.
How Much?: The Hulu + Live TV base package starts at $64.99 per month.
YouTube TV is another excellent option to watch the Primetime Emmy Awards live. The price of their service is $64.99. You can sign up for their free trial. Be sure to check out our review of YouTube TV for more information.
Locations CBS Offered: Live CBS is offered in every TV market in the US except Rochester-Mason City-Austin Market in Iowa and Minnesota.
How Much: $64.99 per month.
FuboTV is another excellent streaming service to watch the Primetime Emmy Awards. Their service costs $64.99 per month, and they offer a 1-week free trial. You can learn more about their service in our review of FuboTV.
You can also watch the Primetime Emmy Awards via DIRECTV Stream, which offers live CBS in their “Entertainment” package for $69.99 a month, along with a ton of cable TV and other broadcast networks. In addition, they offer a free trial to allow you to make sure CBS is available in your area. For more information, check out our review of DIRECTV Stream.
Locations CBS Offered: Neally everywhere in the US.
How Much: $69.99 per month through their “Entertainment” package.
2021 Primetime Emmy Preview
Who’s leading the race? Well, first off, it’s easily the man who has stolen everyone’s heart this last year, Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso. With 13 major nominations, plus seven creative arts nominations, I think everyone will be shocked if it doesn’t at least take home Best Comedy Series and an award for star Jason Sudeikis. (I’m pinning my heart on one for Juno Temple, AKA Keeley Jones). At the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony last week, it already took home three wins, including casting, unsurprising as nearly every starring actor was nominated. It’s the only Apple TV+ series on the multiple major nominations list, but it is top.
In those 13 (plus creative) nominations, in the drama category, Neck and neck is the ongoing Netflix juggernaut The Crown, which has 4 Creative Arts wins already. In addition, Netflix has several other series that are earning top attention, including last fall’s hot must-watch, The Queen’s Gambit.
Disney+ and Marvel should be pretty pleased with their odds as well, racking up 22 major nominations for WandaVision, The Mandalorian, and a tiny little streaming special, Hamilton. On top of those are dozens of Creative Arts awards for special effects, costumes, editing, and more. So, are we surprised WandaVision already took home the costume design award for Mayes C. Rubeo and her team? No, we are not.
Not to lose its usual Emmy momentum, HBO and HBO Max have eight shows with multiple nominations, coming in with 28 major nominations for the network. Leading the charge are Lovecraft Country, I May Destroy You, Hacks, and The Mare of Easttown.
Hulu is still on the list, mainly for its keystone series The Handmaid’s Tale. While the program may be losing a little critical steam through season 4, it’s still undoubtedly a well-produced show.
Few networks series are pulling in more than one major category nomination each, although not surprisingly, NBC’s This Is Us and ABC’s Black-ish are representing. And, finally, the beloved FX drama Pose has steadily upped its nomination count year by year and hopefully will be taking home some wins for its incredible cast and creative team.
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