Cord Cutter’s Thanksgiving TV and Streaming Guide

November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving is a day meant to be spent with family, but there’s not much better than relaxing in front of the TV after eating for an entire day. There are plenty of different things to watch throughout the day, starting right in the morning and continuing to the late hours of the night.

One thing you can be thankful of is that cable cutters aren’t forced to miss out on all the great TV during Thanksgiving. Whether you want to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or maybe check out some of the football games, we’ve got you covered. An antenna will be critical to watching everything on Thanksgiving Day, just like it is for keeping up with some of the best shows on TV.

What to Watch

Here is all the great stuff you can watch on TV over the Thanksgiving holiday:

Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade

The annual parade that marches through the middle of New York City can easily be watched without cable. The broadcast is owned by NBC, so there will be multiple ways you can watch the parade either online or on your TV.

  • 9 a.m. – all time zones, NBC

Thanksgiving Day Football

Watching football is as much of a tradition on Thanksgiving for some families as eating turkey. This guide gives a bunch of information on how to watch without cable. There are three games on Thanksgiving and each game airs on a different network, but below we’ll detail which services and tools can be used for every game.

  • 12:30 p.m. ET – Vikings at Lions, CBS
  • 4:30 p.m. ET – Redskins at Cowboys, FOX
  • 8:30 p.m. ET – Steelers at Colts, NBC

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”

Talk about tradition. Charlie Brown is one thing just about every family can agree on. The movie will air the day before Thanksgiving at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. On Thanksgiving Day, ABC will make the movie free to watch from its mobile app or in case you miss it the night before.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m. ET, ABC

NHL Thanksgiving Games

The NHL’s annual Thanksgiving Showdown will be between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers this year. The game will take place on Friday, November 25th at 1:00 p.m. ET in Philadelphia. NBC will own the broadcast to the game.

  • Friday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m. ET, NBC

How to Watch

Now that you know all of the different things you can watch, the key part is how to watch them all. There are a few different options out there and here are some of the main highlights of each:


By far, the antenna will be your best asset to watch the above Thanksgiving events. Every single one of them can be watched with just a simple antenna. The only cost in this set up is buying the antenna, since watching is absolutely free. You can pick up channels like ABC, FOX, CBS, and NBC.

The Macy’s Parade, NHL Thanksgiving Showdown, and the late game between the Colts and the Steelers can all be watched on NBC with the antenna. The Vikings vs. Lions game at 12:30 p.m. ET can be watched right on CBS and the 4:30 p.m. ET Redskins and Cowboys game can be watched on FOX. Plus, the night before Thanksgiving you can tune in to watch the Charlie Brown special with the family on ABC. All of these can be watched right on your TV with the antenna in high-definition picture.

Sling TV

This is a service offered by Dish Network that is offered as a full alternative to a cable subscription. On Sling TV, for either $20 or $25 per month to start, you can stream between 30 and 40 popular cable channels. Certain areas get live access to both NBC and FOX with the $25 Sling Blue package. That means you can the Thanksgiving Day Parade, NHL Showdown, the Colts vs. Steelers game and the Redskins vs. Cowboys game. There’s a 7-day free trial on Sling TV too, so you could potentially watch all this for free.

PlayStation Vue

Sony also has a cable alternative streaming service, PlayStation Vue. The service is nearly identical with a monthly subscription to stream cable channels and the monthly costs start at $29.99 per month. The difference is that in certain places the package starts at $39.99 per month and you get live streaming access to FOX, CBS, ABC, and NBC along with over 50 other channels.

There you have it. There’ll be some great TV to watch around Thanksgiving and you clearly don’t need to pay for cable in order to watch it. Like I said earlier, the antenna is probably the way to go for Thanksgiving, but Sling TV and PlayStation Vue are fantastic services for anyone cutting the cord.

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