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How to watch the 2018 Royal Wedding on TV and online

Toby Melville
The nuptials will take place on Saturday, May 19th in Windsor.
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The Royal nuptials of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will take place on Saturday, May 19 in the town of Windsor in Berkshire, England. The hour-long ceremony begins at 12pm BST at St. Georges’s Chapel, and will be followed by a carriage procession and two receptions, one of which will be privately held in Frogmore House on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The historic wedding, celebrating the union between the American actress and the younger son of the late princess Diana, is sure to lure crowds from both sides of the pond. But if you want to catch it live from the states, you’ll have to tune in at 7am ET/4am PT.

Luckily, there are various viewing options available—both on TV and online—regardless of where you live. And be sure to check out our Royal Wedding drinking game to spice up your viewing party.

How to watch the Royal Wedding on TV

ABC
ABC’s five-hour coverage on Good Morning America starts at 5am ET.

CBS
CBS’s live coverage will start at 4am. They will also be airing a two-hour special, Royal Romance: The Marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, at 8pm ET/PT.

CNN
CNN will report live from Windsor at 4am ET. Anderson Cooper and company will be hosting.

E!
E’s live coverage will run from 5 to 10am ET.

Fox News 
Fox will start live coverage outside of St. George’s Chapel at 6am ET. Fox & Friends Weekend will also begin live coverage from Windsor at 5am ET.

HBO
Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon will host live coverage starting at 7:30am ET.

NBC
NBC’s Today will begin live coverage from Windsor at 4:30am ET. It will be hosted by Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.

PBS
PBS will broadcast live from the BBC starting at 4:15am.

Sky News
Sky will broadcast the big day in ultra-high definition (UHD) beginning at 6am in the UK (1am ET).

TLC
TLC will air four hours of live coverage starting at 5am ET, followed by the premiere of Royal Wedding Revealed at 10pm ET.

How to watch the Royal Wedding online or on your phone

ABC
Five hours of coverage will be available to stream on ABC News’s digital platforms including ABCNews.com beginning at 5am ET. You can also watch it on GoodMorningAmerica.com.

BBC
BBC America will livestream the entire event on its website (cable login required). BBC World News will livestream for free on BBC.com.

BritBox
The subscription service from BBC Studios and ITV will hold a live stream that will begin at 10:30am BST, with time-shifted streams for viewers in ET and PT time zones.

CBS
CBS will livestream all of its royal wedding coverage on CBSN Live, starting at 4am ET. CBS News’s social media platforms will also be streaming it.

CNN
CNN will live stream the Royal Wedding on Saturday, May 19th from 5 to 9am ET on CNN.com’s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android. It can also be viewed on CNNgo (at CNN.com/go.

Dreams

A free TV app that lets you watch the Royal Wedding

live on your phone

— free with no login, in mobile-friendly vertical video.

Facebook

The Royal Wedding will be broadcast live 

tomorrow

 morning on 

The Royal Family’s official Facebook page.

Reuters TV
Reuters is streaming the royal wedding at https://www.reuters.tv/live, on its iOS and Android apps, Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV.

The New York Times
The Times will be livestreaming the event on NYTimes.com.

Other options

Go to the movies
BritBox is partnering with Fathom Events to bring the wedding to 200 movie theaters across the US, beginning at 10am local time.

Have a listening party
Decca Records is recording the wedding and making the soundtrack available for digital download and streaming on Spotify and Apple Music just hours after the ceremony. It will be released on vinyl on May 25.

Take advantage of free trials
If you’re looking for broad access to online streaming, you’ll need to use an internet TV service like Hulu with Live TV, Youtube TV, DirectTV Now, Sling TV, Fubo TV, and Playstation Vue, which have most major networks included in their standard packages.

You’ll have to pay for these services, but they all offer a free trial if you haven’t signed up before. HuluSlingFubo, Philo, and DirectTV offer a one-week free trialPlayStation offers only five free days, but YouTube will give new users two weeks of free access. The only catch is that most of these services offer live viewing only in select markets. You can enter your zip code on each company’s website to see what’s available in your area.

This story has been updated to include CNN, Dreams, Facebook, and Reuters wedding coverage.

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