The Tony Awards aired Sunday, June 11, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, with a special Act One, a special pre-show presentation with additional awards not part of the prime-time broadcast, on PlutoTV and hosted by Julianne Hough and Skylar Astin.
However, if you missed the live broadcast on Sunday, you can still watch the Tony Awards and the Act One special with this 1- week Free Trial to Paramount+, which provides access to CBS live and on-demand!
The Tony Awards recognize achievements in theatre, specifically Broadway, and feature performances from nominated shows, as well as tributes to past performers and icons. The primetime broadcast will be hosted by Oscar winner and former Tony nominee Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), and unlike most years, will be an unscripted event due to the ongoing Writer’s Guild of America writer’s strike. Read on to learn more about watching The Tony Awards without cable.
- TV Network: The Tony Awards are on CBS, with The Tony Awards: Act One on PlutoTV
- Best Way to Watch: Paramount+ (Free Trial) provides access to CBS so you can watch the live event and on demand.
Stream The Tony Awards
The easiest way to watch all of The Tony Awards is Paramount+, as the streaming service provides a live feed of your local CBS station, as well as has exclusive access to The Tony Awards: Act One.
Paramount+ offers a 7-day free trial so that you can try the service with no risk. However, there are two plan options to choose from:
Paramount+ Premium: Provides live streaming access to your local CBS station so you can watch The Tony Awards when it airs. This plan also provides on-demand ad-free access to Paramount+ content. After the 7-day free trial, the service price starts at $11.99. Paramount+ also has a $5.99 per month tier, but that plan doesn’t include live CBS.
Watch The Tony Awards Free
There are two free methods to watch new episodes of The Tony Awards if you don’t have cable. If you live close enough to a CBS broadcast tower, you can use a TV antenna, but this option doesn’t provide a way to watch on-demand. An OTA DVR offers a way to record shows from a TV antenna, but that is an added expense.
Alternatively, you can take advantage of the free trials available with the following streaming services that carry a live stream of CBS:
We cover these services in more detail throughout this article.
How to Watch The Tony Awards: Act One on PlutoTV
Pluto TV is a one-of-a-kind streaming service offering free television from multiple studios and networks but curated by their in-house team to create more than 225 customized channels, as well as offering access to on-demand movies and TV shows. Viewers can access the show on their smart TV, streaming device, mobile app or online by going to Pluto TV and clicking on the “Pluto TV Celebrity” channel (no payment, registration or sign-in required). Read more about PlutoTV here.
Other Ways to Stream The Tony Awards
The following live streaming services carry CBS in their channel lineup so that you can watch The Tony Awards live.
YouTube TV is a great option to watch The Tony Awards live. YouTube TV offers live CBS with its streaming service in nearly ALL markets in the US. The only market where YouTube TV doesn’t offer CBS is the Rochester-Mason City-Austin market, covering parts of Minnesota and Iowa. (YouTube TV does offer CBS in Rochester, NY, and Austin, TX.)
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. You can sign up for their free trial.
How Much: $72.99 per month.
FuboTV also carries CBS in most TV markets in the U.S. 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 $74.99.
DIRECTV STREAM offers live CBS streaming in many markets. CBS is available through its “Entertainment” package for $79.99 a month, along with a ton of cable TV and other broadcast networks. DIRECTV STREAM offers CBS in over half the markets in the US. In addition, they offer a free trial to allow you to make sure CBS is available in your area.
A subscription to DIRECTV STREAM includes the following:
- watch 20 streams simultaneously per subscription
- a cloud-based DVR
- channels like Discovery and more
- supported on Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, and more
For more information, check out our review of DIRECTV STREAM NOW.
How Much: $79.99 per month through its “Entertainment” package.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu offers a live TV service that carries CBS in nearly all US TV markets along with cable TV and broadcast networks. Therefore, you can watch The Tony Awards as it airs on CBS. To see if live CBS is available in your area, you can use this tool: Hulu Live TV Channels by Zip code. You can read more about Hulu in our review of Hulu.
Hulu Live TV costs $76.99 per month, and includes the following features:
- Discovery and 60+ other channels including local network channels.
- Price includes a subscription to ESPN+ and Disney+
- Unlimited cloud DVR storage. (Recordings save for 9 months)
- Watch on 2 screens at once. (Upgrades available)
- Comes with 6 customizable profiles
- Includes entire Hulu streaming library
- Supports iOS, Android, Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and more.
How Much: Hulu + Live TV costs $76.99 per month.