You can watch CBS on Roku, but you’ll need to download a CBS or live TV app — here’s what you should know

You only need one app to watch CBS on your Roku. Amazon
  • You can watch CBS on Roku through the CBS All Access app or through third-party live TV subscription packages, like Hulu + Live TV.
  • To watch CBS All Access on your Roku, you need to subscribe to the limited commercial or commercial-free plan, which cost $US6 or $US10 per month, respectively.
  • You can install the CBS All Access app, or other apps like Hulu + Live TV, on your Roku and begin watching.
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CBS All Access is a subscription streaming service that offers many original and syndicated CBS shows on smart TVs and streaming media devices like Roku. If you don’t have access to CBS via an over-the-air antenna or basic cable package, you can watch most CBS content by subscribing to CBS All Access.

CBS All Access is available at two subscription levels: A Limited Commercial Plan for $US6 per month, and a Commercial Free Plan, which costs $US10 per month.

Both plans include the same content, which includes programming from the broadcast version of CBS and exclusive content made just for CBS All Access. The only difference is the amount of commercials.

If you don’t want to commit to a CBS All Access subscription, you can also get CBS content through live TV subscription packages, like Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV. There are also two free services CBS offers: CBS Sports and CBS News, though content is limited.

How to watch CBS All Access on Roku

To watch CBS All Access on your Roku streaming device or Roku Smart TV, you need a subscription to CBS All Access, which you can get from the CBS website.

After you’ve set up a subscription, install the app on your Roku player.

1. Using your Roku remote, press the Home button.

2. Select “Search Channels” in the left sidebar.

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Use the search page to look for CBS All Access. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

3. Search for “CBS.” When “CBS All Access” appears in the search results, select it and then select “Add Channel.” It’s free to install.

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When you find CBS All Access, select it. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

4. After the app is installed, select “OK.”

5. Press the Home button again.

6. Find “CBS All Access” in your list of installed channels and select it.

7. Sign in and you can start watching CBS on your Roku.

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Look for the CBS All Access channel on Roku’s Home page. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

How to watch CBS on Roku without a CBS All Access subscription

There are a few ways you can still watch CBS content on your Roku TV without subscribing to the CBS All Access streaming service.

  • If you subscribe to a Live TV streaming service, such as AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and fuboTV, you can download the service’s app onto your Roku device and begin watching live CBS content.
  • CBS offers two free streaming services, CBS Sports and CBS News, both of which offer free 24/7 live CBS streaming and can be downloaded onto your Roku.

For more information on Roku’s other live TV services, check out our longer articles on YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and more.

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