In this guide, I will show how you can watch SNL (Saturday Night Live) on Amazon FireStick, including FireStick 4K, FireStick Lite, and Fire TV Cube. I will cover everything in detail, from watching SNL live to watching previous episodes.
What’s Saturday Night Live?
Saturday Night Live (SNL) is still the biggest and longest-running sketch show of all time.
Powered by America’s popular TV network NBC, SNL gathers famous public figures to perform short and hilarious skits on the current hottest topics. Whether it’s about cryptocurrencies, the ongoing feud between celebs, or any other headline you can imagine, this show covers it all in short parodies and sketches.
First aired back in 1975 as NBC’s Saturday Night, SNL now has over 900 episodes divided into 47 seasons. This places SNL among the longest-running programs in the history of television. SNL is aired for around 90 minutes on Saturday nights from 11:30 p.m. ET to 1 a.m. ET.
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How to Watch SNL on FireStick
Now comes the question on everyone’s mind: How can I watch SNL on my FireStick?
Well, there are many ways.
First, I’ll cover how you can use the official NBC app to watch SNL on your FireStick. Then, I’ll show you the best official apps. Lastly, we’ll discover some free ways to catch live and recorded SNL episodes, so make sure you read to the end.
How to Watch SNL on FireStick with NBC App (Valid Cable Required, US Only)
First, I’ll show you how to use the official NBC app on the Amazon App Store to watch SNL. But note that to go this route, you must have a valid cable login in the US that provides the NBC network.
After we install the app, I’ll walk you through its interface in detail. Let’s get started.
Installing NBC App On FireStick
The NBC app is officially available in the Amazon App Store in the US. This means you can download it directly, unlike apps that aren’t in the app store. So, here’s how to do it:
1. Select the Find button located right next to the Home option.
2. Scroll down and click on the Search tile.
3. Type NBC and select NBC from the suggestions.
4. Now, you’ll see all the results.
5. Scroll to and select the NBC app.
6. Then, click on the Get or Download button.
7. Wait for a few seconds to let the Amazon App Store process your request.
8. Wait for the app to download and install.
Logging In to the NBC App on FireStick
So, you’ve installed the NBC app on your FireStick. Some content on the app is free to browse and watch. However, to watch previous SNL episodes and to live stream new episodes, you must have a valid NBC Universal account or a cable login provided by your TV provider.
So, first I’ll show you how to log in and access SNL. Then we’ll check out the rest of the app.
1. Let’s launch the app now. Press and hold the home button on your FireStick remote until a menu appears. Click on Apps.
2. Scroll down and select the NBC app to open it. Wait for the app to open and load its home screen content. It took me 4-5 seconds, but those with a slow internet connection may face increased loading time.
3. You’ll land on the home screen of the NBC app. At the top, you’ll see reels of popular shows and movies in your area. As I mentioned, we’ll check out the rest of the content later.
4. First, let’s get you signed in so you can watch SNL. To sign in, go to the Shows & Movies tab.
5. Scroll over to the More tab.
6. Then, click on My Profile.
7. After that, you’ll be given two options to sign in, a NBCUniversal Profile or a TV Provider. Select the applicable option and follow the steps to log in to your NBC account.
Accessing SNL on the NBC App on FireStick
Now, let’s see how to get to the Saturday Night Live dashboard on the NBC app.
1. Scroll to the top menu and select the Shows & Movies tab again.
2. After that, scroll down and select the All button.
3. Then, pick the Comedy category.
4. Scroll down, find Saturday Night Live, and select it.
You’ll be taken to the details page for SNL. The most recent episode is shown at the very top.
Just below, you’ll see videos sorted by Season.
Farther down, you’ll see that clips are categorized into tabs for Most Recent, Behind the Scenes, and Current Previews.
The rest of the content is unrelated to SNL, so I am going to skip it.
Best Apps to Watch SNL on FireStick in the US (Official)
If you are living outside of the US, or you don’t have a valid cable login to use the NBC app, I have covered some of the best apps to watch SNL directly on your Fire TV Stick.
Hulu + Live TV is one of the best streaming services you can use to livestream SNL on your Amazon FireStick anywhere and anytime. Starting at only $54.99 per month for three months with a 7-day free trial, the Hulu + Live TV subscription lets you access 75+ TV channels without any cable.
Hulu + Live TV lets you watch NBC on your Amazon Fire TV Stick, meaning you can tune in to NBC on Saturday Night to watch SNL live. The subscription also gives you access to award-winning Hulu Originals, thousands of TV shows & movies, and most new episodes the day after they air. You even get a live TV guide and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage.
Alternatively, the regular Hulu subscription, which is only $5.99 per month with a 30-day free trial, lets you watch the latest episodes of SNL and other shows, but not live. You’ll have to settle for the day after they air.
Say hello to Peacock, the new wildly entertaining streaming platform for SNL. With Peacock’s Premium subscription, you can watch all 930 and counting episodes of the program! Although Peacock doesn’t let you stream the show live, you can watch the latest episode after the day it airs on NBC.
Peacock Premium costs only $4.99 per month. This includes everything the platform has to offer, like movies, TV shows, live sports, daily news, next-day access to current NBC hits, and more. Similarly, there’s a Premium Plus plan for $9.99 per month that includes everything in the Premium plan with ad-free streaming and the option to download select titles.
3. Sling TV
Available in the US, Sling TV is an American streaming television service that’s a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dish Network. You can watch NBC live by purchasing Sling’s Blue or Orange+Blue subscription.
Sling’s Blue package is $35 per month ($10 for the first month), while the Orange+Blue plan is $50 per month ($20 for the first month).
With Sling TV Blue or Orange+Blue, you also get access to past SNL episodes.
Similarly, there are thousands of on-demand movies and shows with every Sling plan. If you want to use Sling from outside the US, you’ll have to use a VPN.
4. YouTube TV
Available only in the US, YouTube TV is your hub to watch 85+ top channels covering entertainment, news, live sports, lifestyle, and more without any contracts, cable boxes, or hidden fees. YouTube TV lets you watch SNL live, as it includes the NBC channel. You can also access all previous SNL episodes on demand.
A YouTube TV subscription costs $64.99 per month. The service includes unlimited cloud DVR storage space with rewind, fast forward, and pause capability. And sports fans will be glad to know that they’ll get networks like NFL, NBA, and MLB.
Next up, you can watch live and past episodes of SNL on fuboTV. Officially available in the Amazon App Store, fuboTV is an American, Canadian, and Spanish streaming service that primarily focuses on streaming live sports. But it also gives you access to popular shows and movies, as well as the news.
fuboTV’s Starter plan is $64.99 per month. It gives you access to 100+ live TV channels, 130+ events in 4K, up to 30 hours of cloud DVR storage, two simultaneous streams, and a 7-day free trial. fuboTV is an official app in the Amazon App Store.
Formerly AT&T TV, DirecTV Stream has an Entertainment plan that can be used to stream SNL through the NBC channel. This plan also lets you watch previous episodes of the program. Moreover, the plan includes 65+ live TV channels, 40,000 on-demand titles, and 20 hours of cloud DVR storage.
You can download the official DirecTV app on your Fire TV from the Amazon App Store. DirecTV’s Entertainment plan costs $69.99 per month.
7. Xfinity Stream
With Xfinity Stream, you can livestream NBC and watch all past episodes SNL for $30 per month. The Xfinity Stream Limited Basic plan has 10+ channels, including NBC, and lets you stream top TV shows and movies, download select content, and more.
Note that the exact channels offered by Xfinity Stream vary from area to area, so you should enter your postal code and see the channels currently available to you. In most deals, the NBC channel will be included. After subscribing, download the Xfinity app on your FireStick and log in to watch SNL.
Watch SNL on FireStick in the UK
If you are living in the UK and you aren’t subscribed to Sky, NOW TV is your best bet to watch SNL for cheap with minimal commitment. Founded back in 2012 by Sky Group, NOW TV is a paid internet television service. Its Entertainment Membership at £9.99 per month lets you watch SNL.
The NOW Entertainment Membership also lets you stream Sky Originals, Bingeworthy Box Sets, The Best of HBO, Award-Winning Documentaries, Comedy Classics, and Inspirational Kids Shows.
You just need to purchase the Entertainment Membership, download the NOW TV app on your Fire TV, and sign in to watch SNL episodes.
How to Watch Saturday Night Live on FireStick in Australia
If you are living in Australia, there’s no better streaming service to watch SNL than Foxtel Now. Since SNL airs live on Fox8 and Fox One, you can purchase the Foxtel Now service and watch SNL live for $25 per month.
The Foxtel Now Essential subscription includes 25+ channels of lifestyle, drama, and comedy, in addition to Foxtel Originals, HBO, and other popular shows. You can also purchase the Drama Extra addon for an additional $10 per month to get access to the entire SNL library, as opposed to just the live episodes.
The Foxtel Now app isn’t officially available in the Amazon App Store, so you’ll have to sideload it on your Fire TV Stick.
How to Watch SNL on FireStick for Free (Unofficial)
There’s no doubt that the Amazon FireStick is versatile. But before you think about watching SNL for free on your FireStick, you need to understand an important point.
FireStickTricks.com doesn’t confirm the legality of free content sources like Kodi addons, IPTV service, and other streaming apps. So if you decide to use these services, you are responsible for the content you stream.
If you intend to use the following methods, I recommend using ExpressVPN for security and privacy reasons. Here’s how to set it up in a few minutes:
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.
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.
There are thousands of free third-party Kodi addons available that let you stream SNL live as well as previous episodes. These Kodi addons are mostly user-friendly and safe for your device. You just need to install the addon via a third-party repository, launch it, and access its content folders to watch SNL.
But note that you won’t be able to stream SNL-airing channels in HD quality, and they’ll likely buffer a lot. Similarly, on-demand episodes probably won’t be available in high-resolution quality, and the catalog may be limited. However, since they’re free, you can check out the list of the best live TV Kodi addons and see if they stream the channels that air SNL.
Next up, there are many free and cheap IPTV services available for Amazon Fire TV devices. Using the best IPTV services on the internet, you can access thousands of live channels and on-demand videos, including networks that air SNL. Similarly, if you are lucky, these services can include past episodes of SNL in HD+ quality.
But note that even third-party IPTV services that require paid subscriptions can be legal in some regions and illegal in others.
Last and certainly not least are free streaming apps. These all-in-one apps let you access thousands of channels and on-demand TV shows, movies, music, and more. You can use such applications on your FireStick to watch SNL live and possibly past episodes, depending on if the app has SNL in its on-demand library.
NBC Network’s most loved creation worldwide, Saturday Night Live, can be streamed using its official app on FireStick in the US. However, people who are living outside of the United States can depend on other trusted apps listed above in the article.
Of course, you can also go unverified free routes, but you may encounter availability or quality problems, and you should use a VPN if you use one of the free methods.
If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to post your comment below.
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