How to watch the 2020 BET Awards live on CBS or BET without cable

The 2020 BET Awards will air on ViacomCBS networks including BET, BET Her, and CBS. Here’s how cord-cutters can stream it live.

How to watch the 2020 BET Awards live on CBS or BET without cable
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Awards shows are back—sort of.


While the COVID-19 pandemic has sidelined most large gatherings for the foreseeable future, Black Entertainment Television is going forward with the 20th BET Awards this weekend as a virtual event. The awards celebrate Black culture and honor achievements in a variety of areas, including movies, TV, music, and sports.

Amanda Seales will host the event, which will include performances from Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, and many others. You can find a full list of performers here.

The 2020 BET Awards are set to begin tonight (Sunday, June 28) at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT and will air simultaneously across ViacomCBS networks including BET, BET Her, and CBS—making this year’s ceremony the first-ever BET Awards to be carried by a national over-the-air broadcast network.


If you’re a cord-cutter who wants to stream the awards live on your TV, computer, or smartphone, you can find some easy ways to do that below.

Services with BET:

  • BET website: You can watch BET live on its website, but you will have to log in with a pay-TV provider. Find it here.
  • BET Now mobile apps: BET apps for iOS and Android also let you watch live content if you sign in with a pay-TV provider.
  • FuboTV: This bundled streaming service offers ViacomCBS content, including BET. Find it here.
  • SlingTV: This streaming service has ViacomCBS channels, including BET. Find it here.
  • AT&T Now: BET and CBS are both available on this service. Find it here.

Services with CBS but not BET:

  • CBS All Access: This is the network’s subscription streaming service. You can usually get a free promotional week. Find it here.
  • Hulu With Live TV: You can watch CBS live on Hulu’s subscription-based live service. Find it here.
  • YouTube TV: CBS is available on this subscription service. Find it here.
  • Locast: This nonprofit service lets you watch broadcast networks, including CBS, for free. It’s available in 19 markets. Find it here.

About the author

Christopher Zara is a senior news editor for Fast Company and obsessed with media, technology, business, culture, and theater. Before coming to FastCo News, he was a deputy editor at International Business Times, a theater critic for Newsweek, and managing editor of Show Business magazine


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