If you’re trying to cut the cord, you don’t have to give up your favorite Bravo shows like Real Housewives, Below Deck and Vanderpump Rules.
There are a handful of ways to stream content from NBCUniversal’s Bravo network.
In this article and the featured video below, I’ll share five tips to watch Bravo shows without a cable or satellite TV subscription. Let’s get started!
1. Live TV Streaming Service
If you want to watch Bravo shows live as they premiere on the cable network, subscribing to a live TV streaming service is your best option.
NBCUniversal owns Bravo and other networks like NBC, E!, MSNBC, USA and more.
Unfortunately, there is no way to subscribe to only Bravo. You will need to pay for a bundle that includes dozens of networks.
The cheapest way to get Bravo without cable is with Sling TV.
Bravo is included in the Sling Blue plan, which carries more than 40 channels and 50 hours of cloud DVR storage for only $35 a month.
Other services like YouTube TV, fuboTV and Hulu Live also include NBCUniversal networks like Bravo in their base plans. However, those services start at $65 a month.
If it’s just Bravo that you’re looking for, I recommend Sling Blue. But if you have a longer list of must-have channels, check out the other options.
Learn more in my guide to the best live TV streaming plans and deals.
2. Amazon Prime Video
$35 a month for a live TV streaming service is a lot of money if you’re only following one or two Bravo shows.
That’s where Amazon Prime Video may be useful.
From my research, I learned that Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and several other Bravo shows are available for purchase from Prime Video.
You can buy single episodes or an entire season of select shows.
For example, a single episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills costs $1.99 for the SD version and $2.99 for the HD version.
Meanwhile, a season pass is $19.99 for SD and $24.99 for HD.
Prime Video lets you stream past and current season episodes. New episodes are typically available the day after they premiere on Bravo.
3. NBC App
If you have a pay TV subscription, you can stream Bravo shows on demand from the NBC app whenever you want.
But even without a subscription, a limited number of episodes are free.
When you create an NBCUniversal profile with your email address, you’ll receive credits to stream any three locked episodes.
Credits do not expire, but there is no way to purchase additional credits.
Three credits won’t get you far, but this could work if you only want to watch something because a friend or family member told you to check it out.
If you want to learn more, I have a separate article on how the NBC app works here.
Peacock is NBCUniversal’s streaming service and you can find a growing list of Bravo shows on the platform.
However, this isn’t a substitute for a live TV streaming service.
For example, I searched the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and discovered that all seasons are available to stream except the current season.
To watch the current season, consider the options that I mentioned earlier in the article.
You must upgrade to Peacock Premium ($4.99/month) to unlock most seasons of the Real Housewives, but a limited number of episodes can be streamed on the free tier.
Peacock has been experimenting with Bravo shows in other ways throughout 2021.
For example, it offered Premium members early access to Below Deck Mediterranean. For the sixth season, episodes premiered on Peacock one week before Bravo.
Finally, Peacock has a Below Deck channel available to all users with episodes streaming 24/7.
5. Hulu On-Demand
Some Bravo shows are also included in Hulu’s streaming library.
When I searched for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, seasons 1-10 were available but not the current season at the time of this writing — season 11.
That’s common for Hulu. New Bravo episodes are typically added at the end of the season.
If you already pay for Hulu, search for your favorite Bravo show first to see what you can stream from the on-demand library.
But keep in mind that some search results will say “Watch With Live TV.”
That’s a clue that the Bravo series isn’t available with the on-demand service that starts at just $5.99 per month. However, you could upgrade to Hulu’s live TV service to stream it.
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