Stream network TV shows without a cable subscription with these apps

Pulling out the scissors and cutting the cord on your cable subscription has never been easier. With so many streaming services to choose from, there’s no shortage of things to watch… unless you’re a fan of network television.

Unfortunately, most current shows that air on networks like ABC, NBC, and CBS still can’t be found on services like Netflix, Crave, Crackle, or YouTube. The good news is that, in Canada, cord cutters can stream most of these series via dedicated apps on their smartphone or tablet.

Here’s a brief look at three of the best. Each app also supports Chromecast, so you can stream the content from the app directly to your big screen TV.


The CTV Go app (available for iOS and Android) gives you on-demand access to a wide variety of shows, including hit series from ABC. Full episodes can be streamed for free, thanks to short baked-in commercials you can’t skip. In some cases, only a handful of episodes for a specific series are available to watch without signing in through a cable provider. Shows include Rosanne, The Daily Show, The Good Doctor, The Voice, and American Idol.

Global Go

For CBS shows, turn to the Global Go app (available for iOS and Android). As with the CTV Go app, there are some restrictions on certain series and episodes, but there’s still plenty available to watch for free. Popular shows you won’t find streaming anywhere else include Survivor, Big Brother, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Saturday Night Live.

City Video

The City Video app (available for iOS and Android) is home to popular shows from FOX, ABC, and NBC. You’ll find new episodes from series such as Family Guy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Lethal Weapon, General Hospital, and the Blacklist, among others. As with the CTV Go and Global Go apps, some episodes are locked unless you sign in through a cable provider, but there’s still plenty available to watch for free.


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