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When Will ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 Return in 2020? The Winter Premiere Release Date Is Coming

The This Is Us Season 4 fall finale hasn’t even begun yet, and fans are already dying to know when the winter premiere release will be in 2020. Like the previous three seasons, the NBC drama will likely be back after a massive cliffhanger, leaving viewers with a good chunk of time to theorize what comes next. So when will This Is Us Season 4 return in 2020? It goes without saying the midseason premiere will start off with something dramatic.

When does ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 return with new episodes airing in 2020? (Updated)

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As of this write-up, the This Is Us 2020 premiere date has yet to be announced. However, if NBC continues to release the hit drama on the same schedule as previous seasons, then it’s possible to predict when the show returns after its winter hiatus.

The midseason finale for This Is Us Season 1 aired on Dec. 6 and returned Jan. 10. Meanwhile, the fall finale for season 2 debuted on Nov. 28 and came back on Jan. 9. Season 3 wrapped its fall finale on Nov. 27 and had its winter premiere on Jan. 15. So if the network continues with the same pattern, it’s likely This Is Us Season 4 will release new episodes in early to mid-January 2020.

According to a report on The Wrap published on Nov. 9, the This Is Us Season 4 finale will be released in March 2020. The second half of the season will also continue to air on Tuesdays during its 9 p.m. ET time slot.

That said, if the season finale airs in March, it’s even more likely the This Is Us Season 4 winter hiatus will end in early January 2020. Remember the fourth season has an episode count of 18. Thus, with the fall finale being episode 9, that gives fans another 9 weeks with the Pearson family.

Update: Following the This Is Us Season 4 fall finale, the network revealed the release date for the upcoming winter premiere. So get ready — the NBC drama returns on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

What will happen in the ‘This Is Us’ midseason fall finale?

As with many big Thanksgiving dinners, the This Is Us Season 4 fall finale is going to deliver one heavy hour of drama. The episode, titled “So Long, Marianne,” will air on Tuesday, Nov. 19. And fans will see the Pearson family gathering at Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) house in Philadelphia. But everyone has their own slice of drama to bring to the table.

In multiple previews for This Is Us Season 4 Episode 9, fans watch as Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan), Randall and Rebecca (Mandy Moore), and Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Nicky (Griffin Dunne) all face their own challenges. Kate finally tells Toby about lying in regards to Jack’s first solid food, which happened at their neighbor’s house. Meanwhile, Randall worries that Rebecca is experiencing memory loss and the two get in an argument. Then Nicky rethinks attending the Pearson Thanksgiving, but Kevin reassures him.

But regardless of how these storylines actually play out in the fall finale of This Is Us Season 4, it seems everyone is going to be distraught.

What to expect when ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 comes back with its 2020 winter premiere release

Sterling K. Brown as Randall in ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 | Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Prior to the season 4 fall finale, Brown teased what’s to come when This Is Us returns in 2020. And not going to lie, the actor’s comments are worrisome. According to Brown, fans will be “upset” during the winter break.

“I was like they’re gonna be, they’re gonna be upset,” Brown told NBC St. Louis when speaking of the script for the fall finale. He then hinted at the storylines fans can expect when This Is Us comes back for the second half of season 4.

“Listen there’s some big things that are happening going into the back half of this season. There’s some tension that develops within the family,” he said. “So, there’s Rebecca, there’s Kevin, Kate, Randall something happens in the present day that causes people to sort of fall away from one another a little bit. That’s really all I can say.”

But whatever happens, moving forward, Brown promises it will all eventually lead up to a satisfying series finale.

“There’s a lot. What I can say is this,” Brown said. “Dan Fogelman, the creator of our show has an endpoint in mind. Like there are things that we’ve actually already shot for our series finale right, that we’re banking so that when it comes time to like show them, it’ll be fun.”

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Although online media giant Hulu has users all across the country saying no monthly cable bills, their site was still a little unruly when it came to its search function. They’ve listened to user feedback and implemented some really helpful new features. Next time you miss a specific episode of TV, try using Hulu’s new search feature. Next to the search bar located at the bottom of the page, you’ll find a button labeled Advanced Search. Simply click through and enter in specific episode information.

In our search above, we were able to find Season 3, Episode 4 of Doogie Howser with just a few keystrokes—and have been watching Vinny Delpino try to make it to second base with his girlfriend Janine ever since. Although their archives weren’t actually difficult to navigate before, it’s an addition that will make for smooth searching as they continue to add more and more videos to their catalog. As you can see in the screenshot, the advanced search also demonstrates what search operators one might use to perform episode-specific searches from the main search box (e.g., show:”Doogie Howser” season:3 episode:4). Hit up the Hulu blog for more tips on making the most of your searches within their online interface.


The Search Is On

It’s hard to remember a time before streaming video services were everywhere. It’s almost impossible to pick up a device with a screen that doesn’t support them, especially the big two: Netflix and Hulu.

Netflix got started in 1997 as a DVD-by-mail service with no late fees. That idea pretty much put movie rental places out of business. In 2007, it started offering streaming content, which has quickly become its core business (and a major source of internet traffic).

Netflix has 151 million members worldwide as of Q2 2019; right now 60.1 million of them are in the US (about 2.41 million still get DVDs). While movies were once the main reason to watch Netflix, these days it’s known for original TV programming that has inspired many a binge watch. It literally spends billions on original shows and movies.

Hulu started as a similar beast, though centered more on network TV than movies. It launched in 2008, mainly as a syndication engine for its owners, like NBC Universal, and quickly became the go-to service for finding programs from most of the major television networks (minus CBS and The CW) shortly after they aired.

Hulu is only available in the US (with a knock-off service in Japan; you can’t even get it in Canada) and recently hit 28 million subscribers. That’s great growth, more than double what it had in 2016.

Hulu’s biggest change came in May 2017 when it jumped into supporting live TV. That is a service on par with Sling TV and AT&T TV Now, so we’re not really considering it here. But if you need a live TV streaming service without paying for basic cable, Hulu with Live TV is our Editors’ Choice.

If you’re the type of person who will only subscribe to one video-streaming service, how do you pick? We’ll look at each service and pick a winner in several categories to determine which service is best.


Hulu used to have a free tier with limited shows and advertising, but killed it in 2016. Right now, the base price is a flat $5.99 per month.

That price is great, but the biggest problem with that base tier is that it still shows commercials. If you’re okay with that, then enjoy. But you can go commercial-free for $11.99 per month, save for short clips before and after a show. With that tier of service, you can view Hulu on only one device at a time officially, but typically it’ll run on two or three at a time. Create up to six different profiles per account, and put a Hulu account on hold for up to 12 weeks if you’re going to be traveling. (Hulu With Live TV will set you back $45 per month—increasing to $54.99 beginning Dec. 18.)

Netflix pricing is a little more complicated. As of its 2019 price hike, standard definition (SD) is $8.99 per month for one stream at a time; two screens simultaneously in high definition (HD) is $12.99 a month. That HD part is key—two screens are fine and all, but HD is a necessity on most TVs and computers. SD just doesn’t cut it, quality-wise.

You can go to four screens at a time for $15.99 a month—and with that Premium plan you also get support for Ultra HD. That’s necessary for a 4K TV…as is a pretty rock-solid 25 Megabit per second (Mbps) or higher internet download connection and some specific hardware.

(Netflix plan breakdown)

All Netflix tiers are ad-free (beyond it pimping its original content on log-in screens incessantly). You get up to five profiles per account, so everyone in the household can have their own “My List” of shows. Also, while Netflix likewise states in its terms of service that users shouldn’t share their password, the company is on record saying it doesn’t really care about that. It’s also testing a $4-per-month, mobile-only subscription. Netflix does not have a live TV option.

WINNER: Tie. Netflix Standard is worth that extra dollar per month over Hulu, even commercial free.

Overall Content Selection

The most important criteria when it comes to picking a video-streaming service is what you can watch.

Netflix used to be all about the movies, going back to its days as a DVD-rental service only. A lot of muck is made about the ever-changing state of the Netflix movie catalog. In the fall of 2016, the number of films in the IMDb Top 250 had dwindled to just 31, or 12 percent. (But guess what? That was still more titles in the IMDb Top 250 than carried by Hulu.) In total, Netflix has decreased its streaming movie list by 2,000 titles since 2010, according to Flixable.

There’s a very good reason for that. In the last few years, Netflix has become much more TV-oriented. Most of its original content comes in the form of entire seasons of a television show, usually about 10 to 13 episodes, all of which drop at once for binge viewing. It’s a strategy that works well for Netflix, and many of its shows are critical darlings, from Orange is the New Black to newer fare like Ozark, Peaky Blinders, and Mindhunter.

Hulu, you would think, would be in a little better position since it was essentially owned by three TV networks at one point (Disney controls it now), but the individual shows carried by Hulu are not always owned by those networks.

Take The CW shows, for instance. Hulu had a five-year deal to show all CW shows (like Arrow, The Flash, Supernatural, etc.) the next day after air; that contract expired. Now all CW shows go instead to Netflix—but not until a week after the season ends. (Netflix also has the entire backlog of each season of all The CW shows).

Hulu is also frequently missing lots of back seasons of TV shows. When it does have the whole back catalog of a major show—like it does for Family Guy, South Park, or (for now) Seinfeld—it makes a big deal out of it. But it’s few and far between.

That said, if you want to watch next-day airing of network TV shows from ABC, NBC, and Fox for one price, Hulu is a must. And its original shows are only getting better and better, like breakout hit The Handmaid’s Tale.

On both services, content is locked by region, so you can’t watch UK-only shows from the US and vice versa, for example. Some have tried VPN services to get around this, but companies have moved to block them. There are still some that work, though. For that, check PCMag’s roundup of the Best VPNs for Netflix and How to Unblock Netflix With a VPN.



Add-ons are when a streaming service provides access to content from another service. To be honest, the best at this is Amazon Video, which lets you add “Amazon Prime Video Channels” with the complete content of HBO, Showtime, Starz, PBS Kids, Cinemax, Sundance Now, CBS All Access, Hallmark, AcornTV, and many others, starting at $4.99 per month.

Hulu now offers four add-on “channels”: Starz is $8.99 per month, Showtime is $10.99 a month, Cinemax is $9.99 a month, and HBO costs $14.99 a month (the same as paying for separate HBO Now, but the first week is free on Hulu). Using the add-on provides the convenience of not needing a separate app to stream Game of Thrones. With each, you get the full back catalog of all the original programming from each service. To find them, go to Account > Your Subscription > Manage Add-ons.

Over on Netflix, there aren’t any content add-ons. You could consider the DVD plans an add-on, I suppose. Otherwise, it’s one price fits all the content on Netflix.


Exclusives and Originals

Hulu has some exclusive shows that are cultural phenomena—Seinfeld and South Park—as well as exclusivity on many current network and cable-only shows, like past seasons of Rick and Morty and Fargo.

It has a handful of modestly great original shows as well: Shut Eye, Chance, Future Man, Casual, and the multi-Emmy-winning The Handmaid’s Tale. Seriously, for The Handmaid’s Tale alone, it’s worth subscribing to Hulu. Castle Rock, based on tales by Stephen King, is also a big hit. Shows like this are why Hulu has doubled its subscriber base in two years.

Netflix has a lot of exclusives, sure—it paid a lot to own 83 hours of Friends and reintroduced it to a whole new generation, then it spent millions more to keep the show around (for now). But what Netflix offers in the way of originals is on another level. It budgeted $13 billion (with a B) on original content for 2018 alone. Originals get released at an increasingly faster clip, with what seems like new TV shows and stand-up comedy specials every week, with the occasional original movie tossed in.

The list of Netflix Originals is too large to list, but some have become legends, such as Ozark, Patriot Act, Grace and Frankie, GLOW, 13 Reasons Why, Love, The Keepers, One Day at a Time, The Crown, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Stranger Things, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Master of None, Dear White People, and BoJack Horseman. That’s just the standouts. Then there are the movies like Okja, Bird Box, Outlaw King, and more. Plus documentaries and comedy specials. It’s a bit too much, really. Take a week off, Netflix. Let us catch our breath.

WINNER: Netflix

Device Support

The list of Netflix-compatible devices is pretty comprehensive, covering set-top boxes, streaming media hubs, gaming consoles, handheld devices and OSes, smart TVs, desktop OSes, and Blu-ray players.

Hulu has a pretty thorough list of its own supported devices, split by those that support the new Hulu interface that came along to help support Live TV, or the “classic” version. Seriously, try to find a device or operating system that doesn’t support either service.



You are no longer forced to watch Netflix and Hulu only when attached to the internet. On mobile devices, you can download shows to watch later. With a few caveats.

Netflix has had downloads for a while, and lets you nab almost all its original shows on iOS or Android devices. You can get as much as your device can hold—up to 100 titles, which is probably plenty. How long they’ll remain on your device depends on licensing agreements. The movies and shows you can’t download are annoying, but Netflix’s large catalog of originals takes the sting out. Best of all: the Smart Downloads feature means when you finish one episode, the next time you’re on Wi-Fi, the app will grab the next episode automatically while deleting the viewed episode.

Hulu finally added the ability to download content in October 2019, but only on iOS and iPadOS. For now it appears to work with Hulu originals, but not with all of the next-day content Hulu can show. I could, for example, get last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, but not the most recent episode of The Good Place. Nor could I get anything from add-in channels. The options will probably improve. However, the biggest caveats hurt: Downloads only works if you pay for the ad-free version of Hulu, and you’re limited to 25 episodes/movies. You get either 30 days of storage or two days of storage after you start watching it. You can renew it once you’re online again, but renewing makes it feel like an annoying rental.

WINNER: Netflix


It’s hard to quantify the interface between services like this—they differ from platform to platform, even versus themselves.

Netflix tries to make its interface as uniform across platforms as possible. The differences between what it offers on desktop versus Xbox One versus iPhone are honestly negligible: there’s a lot of scrolling up and down to see different categories, then left to right to see the offerings in those categories. Hulu is honestly quite similar—up/down, left/right.

Netflix offers users a “My List”—a watchlist of all the saved movies and shows you want to watch later (or in perpetuity). It replaces what used to be the “Netflix Queue” from the DVD days; with My List (found at you can watch shows in any order, anytime. If there is any major problem with the My List other than endless side-to-side scrolling, it’s that Netflix does nothing to tell you when items on your list (or anywhere else on the service) may be expiring. Netflix doesn’t really like to trumpet the fact that it loses items, though it does put out a list of expiring items each month.

Hulu’s My Stuff is much the same. Click the plus sign on any movie or show to add it to the My Stuff list. It’s enhanced with the smarts to show you new episodes of shows as they come available, usually the day after airing. It’s much improved since Hulu’s interface on PCs and mobile devices and set-top boxes have finally started to match. You can go to it directly via Hulu used to list expiring shows in your My Stuff, but now it doesn’t.

When it comes to doing a fast forward or rewind on any programming, the options are nicer on the desktop or a mobile device where you can scrub, or run the place indicator along the bar to go back and forth. Hulu and Netflix both have one extra-nice option on PCs and mobile: a nice 10-second rewind skip back and 10-second skip forward. On mobile, Hulu actually replaces the skip forward with a 30-second option. But not on the skip back.

We’ve all be spoiled by nearly two decades of clear, clean FF/R on DVRs. On a smart TV or set-top box, the streaming services can’t do that. They opt for a small picture-in-picture row to approximate your location. This is a problem on all streaming services, and not one they’re likely to address.

WINNER: Netflix. By the slimmest of margins.

And the Winner Is…

Netflix is the winner in six out of the seven categories (including ties). But it was close. Hulu took four with the ties—and that’s after improving a lot from the earliest versions of this story.

Naturally, this is very subjective: there are plenty of people who would be happy with Hulu alone. Especially if you’re willing to pay for live TV services that replace your cable set-top box entirely.

But for now, it’s still Netflix’s world. All the other services are just streaming in it.

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Everything That’s Wrong with Hulu’s Watchlist

Apr 26, 2016 · 3 min read

Hulu has replaced the Favorites, Queue, and Shows you Watch with a combined Watchlist.

Hulu thinks this will be good for users. Here’s why it won’t be:

  • Any show you might have watched a few episodes of in the past will be in your Watchlist. If you watched the first few episodes of something, then decided that you don’t like it, Hulu will put it in your Watchlist. You’ll have to manually remove it.
  • The “New Episode” label is confusing. Does it mean an unwatched episode or a recent episode? And if it means recent, what is the time frame for “recent?”
  • The number associated with the “New Episodes” label (when you hover over it) is incorrect. For example, the lable next to The Mindy Project reads 3, but there are 19 unwatched episodes left for me. It appears to show only the unwatched episodes for season 3, but ignores the 16 unwatched episodes in season 4. (Although the rest of the episodes appear in the (individual) Videos section of the Watchlist.) (Update: This was a bug. After direct messaging Hulu Support, they corrected it.)
  • There is no way to add whole TV seasons to the Watchlist. You can add the show — which presumably adds all episodes to your Watchlist — or you can add individual episodes, but not seasons (this was possible before).
  • There is no obvious order to the Video section of the Watchlist (where individual episodes appear). I see the first episodes of 11.22.63; 10 episodes of Broad City; three episodes of The Mindy Project (the three remaining unwatched episodes of season 3); the first two episodes of The Path (but not all five available episodes, even though it was in my Favorites prior to the change to the Watchlist); 14 of the 16 available episodes of The Mindy Project season 4. What is the logic of that order? And why don’t all unwatched episodes appear here?
  • Hulu assumes that I want to watch the latest episode of The Daily Show. Yes, I want to watch that show, but I want to pick up where I left off–several episodes ago. I have to click on the title, which will autoplay the selected episode, stop that episode, then scroll through the episodes to find the oldest unseen episode. Update: Hulu Support responded:

Shows like The Daily Show are sorted a bit differently than other content on our service. When watching The Daily Show, users tend to gravitate towards the latest episode first because the content is more news-oriented. Since these shows do not have a narrative order like other series (shows like Scandal or Fear the Walking Dead), the number of unwatched episodes is not indicated because there isn’t a need to catch up with previous episodes to understand the next episode. So, these shows will always offer the option to watch the latest episode unless you are in the middle of watching a previous one, in which case it will offer “Resume Episode.”

  • Watchlist needs a visual indicator of shows (in the TV Shows A-Z section) that I’m caught up with. Perhaps they could shade watched shows, so that shows that have unwatched episodes are more noticable. Also, Once I’m caught up with a show, I don’t want to re-watch the last episode, so don’t offer that as an option. Just give me a checkmark to indicate that I’m up-to-date with that show.
  • The “seen” episode indicator (green line below episode) is unpredictable. If I search for a show, then go to it’s main page, I don’t see that indicator, but, if I play the latest episode from my Watchlist, I do see it.
  • When you add a show to your Watchlist, there is no logic to which episode it selects as Watch Next Episode (as a test, I added Family Guy to my Watchlist, and Hulu now thinks I want to watch season 14, episode 13. Why?) (Update: Apparently, I had watched season 14, episode 12, so Hulu queued up the next episode for me.)

One piece of good news:

The Watchlist separates movies from TV shows (which the Queue did not.)

Kevin Pearson reunites with Sophie in the newest episode of This Is Us. Here’s what to expect and how to watch Season 4, Episode 12 live.

Following Randall’s highlight episode as the first part of a new This Is Us trilogy, Episode 12 will focus on Kevin Pearson’s past, present, and future in “A Hell of a Week: Part Two.” As you may recall, the midseason premiere ended on a puzzling note when Kevin received a phone call out of nowhere from his ex-wife, Sophie. We then learned during Randall’s episode that Kevin flew to Pittsburgh to comfort Sophie following the death of her mother, Claire.

So, where does Kevin go from here?

NBC’s preview photos revealed this episode will dive deeper into young Kevin and Sophie’s past, presumably before and after tying the knot. To help us understand who Claire was, we are sure to see flashbacks of her interacting with Kevin and Sophie.

In the present day, Kevin will also be mourning the loss of Claire while attending her funeral and burial. Even after the services, it seems all of Kevin’s attention will be on comforting Sophie and catching up with her. But will their reunion lead to other things besides talking?

As we previously saw, Kevin answered Randall’s phone call while he was in bed next to a woman with similar hair color as Sophie, yet we still don’t know if it was her. For all we know, Kevin could’ve met up with a stranger or even crossed paths with another blonde from his past. We have to keep in mind that Kevin is on his way to starting a family, so there’s still a good chance he was meant to be with Sophie after all.

Elsewhere, we may learn a little bit more about what was going on with Kate and Marc when The Big Three were teenagers. Part One touched on something bad happening, though we’re still unsure of what exactly that was. If no major hints are dropped, we’ll have to wait one more week for their eerie history to be revealed.

Check out the teaser for Episode 12 right here:

Whether or not you’re rooting for Kevin and Sophie to be together forever, you won’t want to miss this episode live. Below are all the live streaming details you need. And if you can’t watch it live, be sure to catch it on Hulu the next day.

This Is Us is currently one of TV’s most popular shows, and if you’re ditching cable, it’s understandable as to why you’d be fearful of missing out on it. However, a cable subscription is super expensive, and it would be much cheaper to watch This Is Us live online with some that are cheaper and doesn’t have those insane contracts and added fees. So, if you’re ditching the cable bill, there are still a couple of ways you can catch the latest episode of This Is Us.

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Streaming Hardware

If you want to watch This Is Us live online without cable, you can do so pretty easily with the Fire TV or Roku Ultra. The NBC app is available on both streaming devices, although you will have to sign-up for a subscription directly with NBC to watch. It’s way cheaper than a cable subscription, and it’s on a month-to-month basis, there are no contracts here.

Besides, you’ll need some sort of streaming hardware. The Fire TV or Roku Ultra are both excellent and relatively cheap to get into. Not only that, but they can turn almost any TV in your house into a Smart TV. You can check our two top picks out below.

Buy it now: Amazon (Fire TV)
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Sling TV

Next, you can find the NBC app to watch This is Us live online without cable on the Sling TV streaming service. Compared to cable subscriptions, Sling TV is relatively new to the game but is bringing some serious competition. For the monthly fee (you have to buy the Blue package, not the cheaper Orange package), you can get the NBC app in your package and start watching Sling TV on any device (even your phone or tablet) almost immediately.

There’s no commitment here, it’s purely a monthly subscription, and if you’re not sure about it, they do offer a 7-day free trial. Start your trial at the link below.

Buy it now: Sling TV


You can also watch This is Us live online with Hulu. If you didn’t know, Hulu now offers its own “With Live TV” service. It’ll set you back a monthly fee, but you get a whole bunch of channels as well as access to Hulu’s entire on-demand video library. Similar to Sling, Hulu also offers a free trial, but for only 5 days.

Buy it now: Hulu

YouTube TV

Google’s all-new YouTube TV is another place where you can watch This Is Us live online, as they do offer the NBC app for streaming. YouTube TV is really new to the game, and they’re still working out many of the quirks — for example, they frequently have outages, so you may actually miss out on a show because of this. Similar to Hulu, it will set you back a monthly fee.

Buy it now: YouTube TV

DirecTV Now

AT&T’s DirecTV Now is an excellent place to watch This is Us online. Sling offers one of the best streaming experiences online, but if you had to choose an alternative option, it would be DirecTV Now — the experience is super competitive. If you prepay for a couple of months in advance, they’ll give you either a free Fire TV or Apple TV. Not only that, but you can cancel your subscription at any time.

On top of that, you only need to sign-up for their lowest tier package to watch NBC. It’s their “Live a Little package,” which will only cost you an affordable monthly fee. Check it out below.

Buy it now: DirecTV Now

PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue is the last place you’ll be able to watch This is Us; however, you won’t be able to watch it live. Ever since Vue went nationwide here in the US, many of the TV channels pulled out, only allowing Vue to let its customers watch their favorite TV on-demand 24 hours after they air. So, you’ll be able to watch it on-demand on Vue, but you won’t be able to watch This Is Us live.

Buy it now: PlayStation Vue


So, what service should you go for? We recommend using Sling TV’s Blue package. At the current monthly fee, it’s the cheapest service on this list, and can be accessed from nearly any device — it makes it the perfect solution for travelers as well since you can watch on your phone or tablet. And, if you’re not 100% sure about Sling TV, they offer one of the best trials out there, allowing you to watch for a full seven days for free. If you decide you don’t like Sling during your trial, you don’t have to pay for anything, simply cancel your subscription. Get started with your free trial here.

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Watching ‘This Is Us’? Here’s how to watch on the go – even without cable TV

They’re baaaaack! Season 3 of “This Is Us” premiered Tuesday night on NBC. The time-jumping, tissue-drenching, heart-wrenching family drama returns, and fans on Twitter say they’re stocking up on Costco-size packages of Kleenex.

The season opener offered a glimpse into how the Pearsons almost never were, thanks to an awkward first date, punctuated by a drenching rain and depleted funds –Jack had only $9 in his pocket. (In case you just can’t wait to see the show, spoilers abound.)

If you aren’t able to block out that hour in your schedule as “time with the family” to watch uninterrupted or if you’re among the growing number of cord-cutters, you can still hop on the emotional roller coaster live. Here’s how:


These days, there are a number of live-streaming options to tap into on the go. Both Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV have a seven-day free trial before they start charging $40 a month. You can also use your subscription credentials to log into a long list of network apps including NBC. Both offer cloud DVR storage, so you can also watch later, say, after the kids go to bed.


NBC’s app lets fans stream the show across, well, just about every platform, from Alexa, Apple and Android devices to Roku, Samsung and Xbox. The network promises the latest full episodes of its prime-time lineup.

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Season 3! We are back tonight and we are ready to party. Love this season, this cast, this crew.
And, of course, our fans. We’ve missed you guys.

— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) September 25, 2018

While you’re not actually able to view the show on Twitter, watching with a second screen at hand is worth the effort to track tweets from the show’s actors, writers and fellow fans. Following the #ThisIsUs hashtag is never dull across the various time zones.

Mike Snider and Bill Keveney contributed to this story.

Follow Michelle Maltais on Twitter: @mmaltaisLA