How to Watch 2023 CMA Awards Live Without Cable

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2023 CMA Awards — Date, Time, Channel
The CMA Awards are hosted by singer Luke Bryan and NFL vet Peyton Manning. The ceremony airs Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 8 pm ET on ABC and will stream the next day on Hulu.

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How to Watch 2023 CMA Awards Online Free
If you’re a cord-cutter who wants to have a virtual seat at the CMA Awards, you’ll need to subscribe to a live TV streaming service that offers ABC. Some live TV streaming services offer free trials, so you can watch the 2023 CMA Awards for free. Below we’re outlining all the best services for watching the ceremony — both with and without free trials.

(Note: ABC is only available in select markets. Always confirm that your area is eligible for ABC before signing up for a live TV streaming service.)

How to Watch 2023 CMA Awards Online Without Cable: Sling
If you are committed to watching the 2023 CMA Awards, you should check out a Sling Blue subscription. In select markets, Sling Blue will give you access to your local ABC station. In areas that ABC is included, Sling Blue costs $45/month. But right now, Sling is offering new subscribers half-off their first month! So you can watch the 2023 CMA Awards for just $22.50. And, you can cancel your subscription anytime!

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Sling Blue

$22.50/month $45/month


How to Watch 2023 CMA Awards Online Free: DirecTV Stream
DirecTV Stream offers a five-day free trial so you can watch the 2023 CMA Awards live for free! We recommend signing up for the Choice package, which includes ABC in select markets. DirecTV is offering this plan with the Sports Pack add-on for just $83.99/month for your first month. The plan will automatically renew at its regular price of $123.99/month. But remember, you can watch the 2023 CMA Awards for free with this plan if you cancel the subscription before the five-day trial ends.

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DirecTV Stream Choice Package + Sports Pack

$123.99/month $89.99/month

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How to Watch 2023 CMA Awards Online Free: Fubo TV
If you want to watch the 2023 CMA Awards for free, consider Fubo. The live TV streaming service offers new users a seven-day free trial and its Pro plan grants subscribers access to ABC in select markets. Plus, you get access to over 175 other channels and the plan costs $74.99/month. You can cancel and change your plan at any time, making Fubo an easy and low-commitment way for watching the CMA Awards live this year.

How to Watch 2023 CMA Awards Online Free
How to Watch 2023 CMA Awards Online Free

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How to Watch 2023 CMA Awards Online Live: Hulu + Live TV
The Hulu + Live TV subscription is the most expensive option for watching the ceremony in 2023 without cable, ringing in at $76.99/month. With this bundle option, you gain access to ABC and the entire streaming libraries from Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+. If you’re looking for a near-total replacement for cable — not just NBA coverage — this may be the best option for you.


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How to Stream 2023 CMA Awards Online: Hulu
And if you’re content streaming the ceremony the day after it airs, sign up for a regular Hulu subscription. If you sign up for Hulu, you can choose between the Basic plan with ads for $7.99 per month, or the Premium plan for ad-free streaming and the option to download titles (for on-the-go-viewing) for $14.99/month. Both plans offer a 30-day free trial whereas bundle plans do not.



$7.99/month; $14.99/month for Hulu with no ads


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