The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place tonight Monday, September 12, at 8 p.m ET/7 p.m. CT. Are you caught up on the big hits of this past television season? This year the awards that recognize achievements in primetime television will be hosted by Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson. Every season the show rotates among the four major networks. This year it lands on NBC, and there are several options to stream the event. Here is our guide to watching the 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards and a review of some of the top series vying for honors this year.
Like previous years, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards were split off from the Primetime Awards and took place on September 3 and 4. While the winners are already known in these categories, which covers categories like costumes, production design, editing, stunts, and writing, fans who want to support a celebration of ALL the winners, can check out an edited broadcast of these awards on Saturday, September 10, at 8:00 p.m. ET on FXX.
Read on for more on how to watch the Primetime Emmy Awards, and more.
- When Do the Primetime Emmy Awards air: The 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, September 12 at 8 p.m.
- What Network: The 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards air on NBC.
- How You Can Watch The Primetime Emmy Awards Live: You can watch the Emmys live through Peacock, as well as services that carry NBC, such as DIRECTV STREAM (5-day free trial) or YouTube Live TV.
- When Do the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Air: The 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Award broadcast will be shown on Saturday, September 10, at 8:00 p.m. on FXX.
- How You Can Watch the Creative Arts Emmy Awards: You can stream the 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Award broadcast on FXX with DIRECTV STREAM (5-day free trial).
- How To Watch the Emmy Awards for Free
- How to Stream the Emmy Awards
- How to Watch the Creative Arts Emmy Awards
- 2022 Primetime Emmy Preview
How To Watch the Emmy Awards for Free
Before we look at the pay services that carry NBC in their channel lineup, let’s look at three free options to watch the 74th Primetime Emmys without cable.
One free option to watch the Primetime Emmys is through your local NBC 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 NBC 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.
- YouTube TV – Streams CBS in nearly every TV market in 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 the Primetime Emmy Awards and/or NBC, so you’ll be able to watch in real time. Be sure to check out a comparison of live TV streaming services for more information.
Watch the Emmy Awards on Peacock
Peacock is an over-the-top streaming service from NBCUniversal, with video-on-demand and some live events. With Peacock Premium you can watch the Emmy Awards live as they air. While most TV shows and movies are from the NBCUniversal libraries, there is also a lot of third-party content available from Lionsgate, Starz, Warner Bros, A&E Networks, ViacomCBS, Paramount, Cinedigm, and more. The service has free, premium, and ad-free options.
New episodes of current shows are available for next-day streaming on Peacock, with access to most shows and special events, such as the Emmy Awards, available at the Premium level. There are three tiers, with a free level able to watch new programming 1 – 7 days after airing, and with Premium subscriptions ($4.99 – $9.99) only delayed one day. The $9.99 premium level is an ad-free option. Read more in our review of Peacock.
Watch the Emmy Awards on Hulu Live TV
Hulu + Live TV offers live NBC in nearly all US markets along with cable TV and broadcast networks. Therefore, you can watch The 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards as it airs on NBC. To see if live NBC is available in your area, you can use this tool: Hulu Live TV Channels by Zip code.
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: Hulu + Live TV.
If you don’t mind waiting a day, Hulu’s streaming library makes new episodes of The 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards available to stream 1-day after they air on NBC. Considering that Hulu’s streaming library subscription starts at just $6.99 per month, you can save considerable money if you don’t mind the wait. Hulu’s streaming library also offers a 30-day free trial.
How Much: The base package for live TV starts at $69.99 per month. Hulu on-demand begins at $6.99 per month with ads. You can go ad-free for $12.99 per month.
Watch the Emmy Awards on YouTube TV
YouTube TV is another excellent option for watching The 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards. YouTube TV offers live NBC 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 has also returned to Roku devices after settling a dispute between the two companies. Be sure to check out our review of YouTube TV for more information. Also, you can sign up for their free trial.
How Much: $64.99 per month.
Watch the Primetime Emmy Awards on fuboTV
FuboTV offers NBC in numerous US cities allowing you to watch The 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards 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 $69.99.
Watch the Primetime Emmy Awards on DIRECTV STREAM
DIRECTV STREAM offers live NBC streaming in many markets. Through its “Entertainment” package for $69.99 a month, NBC is available along with a ton of cable TV and other broadcast networks. In addition, they offer a free trial to allow you to make sure NBC is offered in your area.
DIRECTV STREAM is supported on Windows and Mac PCs and laptops, Android and iOS devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Nexus player, Xbox One, 4th Generation Apple TV, Chromecast, and more. For more information, check out our review of DIRECTV STREAM NOW.
How Much: $69.99 per month through its “Entertainment” package.
How to Watch the Creative Arts Emmy Awards
The following services carry FXX in their listings, making it possible to watch the broadcast of the 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards when it airs on Saturday, September 10.
2022 Primetime Emmy Preview
Who’s leading the race? Well, if you’re going by network, HBO has pulled back to the front of the pack. Previously untouchable, the various streaming services have been inching their way up the producing line, but this year, with five megahits in the top seven nominated series alone and stacking up a total of 140 nominations across all categories (including Creative Arts awards), with 50 in major categories, they are the behemoth to beat.
The man who has stolen everyone’s heart this last year, Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso, is still a top contender, although with 20 nominations between primetime and creative arts, it comes in second to HBO’s Succession, which tops the list with 25 nods. However, we can bet that the Lasso cast is likely to take home some gold in the comedy acting categories again. Tied for 20 nominations is HBO’s The White Lotus, followed closely by the premium network’s Hacks (17) and Euphoria (16). Netflix squeaks in next with 15 nominations for the quirky and beloved comedy Only Murders in the Building, followed by more HBO with Barry (14). That tied with Hulu’s Dopesick and Apple TV+’s Severance.
Netflix is the next highest nominated studio after HBO, with a distant 105 nominations, thanks to not just Murders but the special-effects heavy Stranger Things that came back with season 4 with a bang, and the intense phenomenon Squid Game, both of which garnered 13 nominations each.
A few other names to watch are the ever-popular The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the ABC series Abbott Elementary (one of the few traditional network shows to earn multiple nominations), and the final season of Better Call Saul.
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