In this guide, I will show how you can install and activate NBC on your Amazon FireStick. I’ll also cover how you can watch NBC without a TV provider subscription. This guide is valid for all Amazon Fire TV products, like FireStick Lite, FireStick 4K, and Fire TV Cube.
Are you looking forward to watching NBC on your FireStick? The good news is you can—with the official NBC app available in the Amazon App Store. In this guide, I will show how to watch NBC with the official app as well as alternative methods. First, let’s talk a little about what NBC is.
What Is NBC?
Short for National Broadcasting Company, NBC is an American English-language commercial broadcast TV and radio network. Owned by Comcast, the network hosts famous channels like SYFY, E!, Bravo, USA, and NBC News. NBC is also known for producing classics like SNL, The Voice, Winter House, Chucky, and more.
From news to entertainment to documentaries, the NBC network has a variety of channels for every genre. In the US, it’s one of the most extensive television networks with thirteen owned and operated stations and nearly 200 affiliates.
As one of the top names in the television network industry, NBC has official apps for various platforms, including iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and you name it, you’ll be able to access NBC on all the popular entertainment devices officially.
How to Subscribe to NBC App
Unlike other services, NBC doesn’t let you access its content via the app for a direct monthly or yearly subscription. You actually need to subscribe to NBC through your TV provider to unlock the full potential of the NBC app. Think of the NBC app as an add-on for TV network users.
If you have a TV provider and you’re already subscribed to NBC, you can just ask for the app credentials from your provider. Otherwise, you’ll need to contact your TV provider to start your NBC subscription.
If you don’t have a TV provider, you can still watch NBC, but you can’t gain full access to the NBC app. I’ll tell you more about watching NBC content through other services in a later section.
Attention, FireStick Users!
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How to Install NBC on FireStick
In this section, I’ll show you how you can install the NBC app on your Fire TV device. The process is simple, so just follow the steps below.
1. Launch your Fire TV home screen. Then, select Find.
2. Scroll down and select the Search tile.
3. On the search screen, type in NBC. After that, select NBC in the search suggestions.
4. After a few seconds, the search results will appear. Select the NBC tile.
5. On the NBC dashboard, click on the Get or Download button.
6. Wait for the Amazon App Store to process your request.
7. After that, the app will start downloading. Once it’s downloaded, your Fire TV will automatically install it.
8. Once the button shows Open, you are good to go. You can go ahead and Open the app if you’d like, but in the next section, I’ll show you how to launch the app from any screen on your Fire TV.
How to Activate NBC on FireStick
Without activating the NBC app using either an NBCUniversal profile or a TV provider account, you won’t be able to get the most out of the application. So let’s see how you can activate the app.
1. First, press and hold the home button on your Fire TV remote until a menu appears.
2. Select the Apps tile.
3. Launch the NBC app by selecting it. On the first launch, the application may take some time to start up and load home screen content.
4. Once the app is up and running, click on the More tab located at the top of your screen.
6. Then, select My Profile.
Now, you’ll come across two options: NBCUniversal Profile and TV Provider.
Sign In with NBCUniversal Profile
1. If you have an NBCUniversal Profile, select Sign In.
2. Then, on your computer or smartphone, make sure you are logged in to your NBCUniversal account. Once you’re logged in, go to nbc.com/activate on that device and enter the code on your Fire TV screen.
3. Lastly, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the sign-in process.
Sign In with TV Provider
1. On the other hand, if you are subscribed to NBC via your TV provider, select Link.
2. You’ll be shown all the popular TV providers. If you see your provider, select it and skip to step 5.
3. If you don’t see your provider, select SEARCH FULL LIST.
4. Then, use the search bar and the keyboard under it to find your provider. Once you have found it, select it to go to its login page.
5. Enter your credentials, sign in, and follow any on-screen instructions to complete the setup.
Note: Don’t have your TV provider login credentials? Contact your provider and ask for the email address and password so you can activate your NBC app.
How to Use NBC App on FireStick
This section is going to be a long one. Once you have installed the NBC app on your FireStick, you can start using it. In this section, I’m going to walk you through every section of the app one by one.
First, let’s see the easiest way to launch the NBC app. Press and hold the home button on your FireStick remote until a menu appears. Then select the Apps tile.
You’ll be taken to your app library. There, scroll down and click on the NBC app tile.
Once everything is loaded, you’ll be looking at the Home tab.
Scroll one step down and you’ll come across the Watch for Free section. All the content listed in this row is free to watch without signing in to an NBCUniversal profile or an NBC account offered by your TV provider.
Below the free section, we have the Trending Now section. Here, you’ll find all the TV shows and movies that are currently trending on the NBC network, regardless of the genre. The majority of the titles in this list cannot be accessed without signing in.
Scroll another step down and you’ll find the section Explore Peacock: A Free Streaming Service. Basically, you can access the famous Peacock streaming service via the official NBC app. This section dedicated to Peacock on the NBC app’s home screen shows only a glimpse of what’s available on the service.
Keep scrolling down to explore additional sections: Trending True Crime, Latest Episodes, etc.
Now that you’ve had a taste of the NBC app’s Home tab, let’s check out the Shows & Movies tab. To do so, scroll all the way up to the top of the screen. Then scroll to the right, to Shows & Movies.
By default, the Popular filter will be applied to content from All networks.
Scroll down to start exploring the most popular content from across NBC.
However, if you only want to discover content from a specific network, you can scroll up and select the network you prefer to filter out everything else.
Moreover, you can also select a category like Bingeworthy to narrow down the content without limiting the networks. Or you can combine category and network filters to narrow down the content even further.
Since you’re signed in, you can watch livestreams of the programs currently airing on NBC channels. To do so, scroll to the top and go to the LIVE tab.
Next up, you can also browse the standalone dashboards for each NBC network in the app. To do that, scroll all the way up and go to the Networks tab.
All the NBC networks will appear as clickable tiles. Select any network to launch its custom page. For example, I’ll select Bravo.
Now, you can scroll down and explore the content from the network.
Remember the section for free Peacock content? There’s an entire tab dedicated to it. If you’re still on a specific network’s screen, you can press your FireStick remote’s back button to return to the Networks tab. Then, go to the top of the Networks tab and then scroll over to the Peacock Preview tab.
Here, you’ll find all the content offered by the streaming service. Feel free to explore it on your own.
If you want to search for something, the NBC app has you covered. Click on the magnifying glass tab, the rightmost tab at the top of the screen.
Then, search for anything in the bar by using the simple keyboard located below it.
For example, I searched for SNL, and I got over 100 results. You can use the search function to find anything in a snap.
How to Watch NBC Without a TV Provider Subscription
For any readers who haven’t subscribed to NBC via their TV provider, I have your back.
There are monthly subscription services that let you access NBC networks, TV shows, and movies without any contract or commitment. The following are four popular services that will let you stream NBC content without a TV provider subscription on your Fire TV.
1. Sling TV
Sling TV is an American streaming television service that lets you watch live NBC networks along with on-demand TV shows and movies. From SNL to The Voice to CNBC, this service gives you full access to the entertainment provided by NBC.
Sling TV offers local TV channels, like ABC, CNN, Fox News, and MLB. Similarly, there are many on-demand shows you can access via local channels at no extra charge.
Sling TV has three plans, Orange, Blue, and Orange & Blue. The individual Orange and Blue packages are available for $35 per month. Orange is good for NCAA football and families, while Blue is good for pro football and news.
In contrast, the combined Orange & Blue subscription can be availed for only $50/mo. This subscription includes everything from both plans, offering up to 51 channels and up to 3 simultaneous streams.
Serving customers in the United States, Canada, and Spain, fuboTV focuses on channels that show sports. But it also offers live streaming of the majority of NBC networks, like NBCSN, SYFY, USA, NBC Golf, and Bravo. You can watch popular shows and movies on your favorite NBC networks and other local channels.
fuboTV offers 100+ local channels in all supported locations (apart from the Latino Plus package). In some US locations, you can expect access to 200+ local and international channels.
Regarding pricing, fuboTV offers four plans: Starter ($64.99), Pro ($69.99), Elite ($79.99), and Latino Plus ($32.99). The Starter and Pro plans are pretty similar; the only differences are that Pro offers 1,000 hours of DVR space and ten screens at a time compared to 250 hours and three screens. But the Elite package is different gravy. You get 165+ channels, fubo Extra that gives you another 45 channels, 1,000 hours of DVR space, and support for ten screens.
3. Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV is another great live streaming service that includes the majority of NBC networks, like USA, SYFY, E!, MSNBC, and Bravo. Along with live streaming of your favorite NBC channels, you also get to watch NBC movies and TV shows on-demand.
In addition to NBC content, you get to watch live and on-demand content from 75+ top channels, including sports, news, and entertainment. And don’t forget about Hulu Originals!
Hulu + Live TV costs $54.99 per month for the first three months and then $64.99 per month afterward. There’s a 7-day free trial. There’s no hidden fee, installation fee, or commitment. You just create your account, enter your payment details, and you are good to go. Of course, there are extra add-ons, like movie libraries and additional screens, that you can purchase too.
4. YouTube TV
Available everywhere in the US, YouTube TV lets you stream 85+ top channels of entertainment, news, sports, and more. No cable box, contracts, or hidden fees, just buffering-free HD+ streaming of your favorite local channels for only $64.99 per month.
Along with the majority of NBC networks, YouTube TV includes NFL, NBC, and MLB channels. You even get unlimited DVR storage to record your favorite shows and watch them later, with additional functionalities like rewind, fast forward, and pause.
Furthermore, add-ons are also available to upgrade your streaming experience. Some of the hot ones are 4K quality video, offline recordings, unlimited streams, extra sports, and entertainment channels.
Highly recommended if streaming with free or low-cost services 👇
How to Stream on FireStick Anonymously
As soon as you install the right apps, your FireStick is all ready to stream your favorite content. However, before you start, I would like to warn you that everything you stream online is visible to your ISP and Government. This means, streaming free movies, TV shows, Sports might get you into legal trouble.
Thankfully, there is a foolproof way to keep all your streaming activities hidden from your ISP and the Government. All you need is a good VPN for Fire Stick. A VPN will mask your original IP which is and will help you bypass Online Surveillance, ISP throttling, and content geo-restrictions.
I personally use and recommend ExpressVPN, which is the fastest and most secure VPN. It is compatible with all kinds of streaming apps and is very easy to install on Fire TV / Stick.
We do not encourage the violation of copyright laws. But, what if you end up streaming content from an illegitimate source unintentionally? It is not always easy to tell the difference between a legit and illegal source.
So, before you start streaming on your Fire Stick / Fire TV, let’s see how to use ExpressVPN to keep your streaming activities hidden from prying eyes.
Step 1: Subscribe to ExpressVPN HERE. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Meaning, you can use it free for the first 30-days and if you are not satisfied with the performance (which is highly unlikely), you can ask for a full refund.
Step 2: Power ON your Fire TV Stick and go to Find followed by Search option.
Step 3: Now type “Expressvpn” (without quotes) in the search bar and select ExpressVPN when it shows up in the search results.
Step 4: Click Download to install the ExpressVPN app on Fire TV / Stick.
Step 5: Open the app and enter the login credentials that you created while buying the ExpressVPN subscription. Click Sign in.
Step 6: Click the Power icon to connect to a VPN server. That’s all. Your connection is now secure with the fastest and best VPN for FireStick.
You can also read more detailed info on using ExpressVPN with Fire TV / Stick.
This guide showed you how to install the NBC app on FireStick and activate your account. The NBC app gives you easy access to everything related to NBC networks, including shows, movies, and live TV streaming. Those who aren’t subscribed to NBC via a TV provider can still watch NBC using one of the services I listed just above. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to comment below.
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