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How to Watch TBS on Android TV

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Install TBS on Android TV

TBS is a famous American pay television network that features popular movies and entertainment programs in various categories like comedy, TV shows, and more. Some of the most popular shows are American Dad, The Misery Index, Celebrity Show-off, and The Big Bang Theory. TBS is free to download from the Google Play store for your Android TV. You can also use the app to watch live sports events such as March Madness and MLB games. In addition to that, it also streams content on News, Kid’s Programs, Animation, and Soap operas.


TBS doesn’t have separate subscription plans. If you have a TV provider subscription, you can stream it for free. Here are the few popular TV providers that support streaming the TBS channel on Android TV.

  • AT&T U-verse
  • Cox
  • Dish
  • Optimum
  • Spectrum
  • Suddenlink
  • Verizon
  • Xfinity

Visit the official site of TBS to find out the complete list of TV providers streaming the TBS channel.

TBS on Android TV

TBS on Android TV

TBS brings you exciting entertainment of originals, movies, TV shows, and live sports events. If you have an active internet connection at home, you can simply download and stream it online. TBS is a short form of Turner Broadcasting System.

Live sports on TBS app

Supported Android TVs

  • Sony Smart TV
  • TCL Smart TV
  • JVC Smart TV
  • Sharp Smart TV
  • Panasonic Smart TV
  • Skyworth Smart TV
  • Philips Smart TV
  • Mi Smart TV
  • Hisense Smart TV

Supported Android TV Box

  • Nvidia Shield TV
  • AT&T TV
  • Mi Box
  • AIR TV

How to Install TBS on Android TV from Play Store

#1. Launch the Google Play Store on your Android TV from the Apps section.

#2. Type TBS on the search bar and locate it.

TBS app icon

#3. Click the Install option.

#4. After the installation, open the TBS app.

#5. An activation code will appear on the screen.

#6. Visit the TBS activation website www.tbs.com/activate.

tbs activate device

#7. Select Android TV and enter the code you have received earlier.

#8. Sign in with your TV provider, and the TBS app will refresh to display its content.

The last OG show on TBS

How to Cast TBS to Android TV

#1. Connect your smartphone and Android TV to the same WiFi network.

#2. Download the TBS app from the Google Play store.

#3. Open the TBS app and log in with your TV provider.

#4. Now, tap the Cast icon on the TBS app.

#5. From the list of devices, select your Android TV.

#6. Now you can watch TBS shows or movies on a big screen.

Cast mobile to big screen tv

How to Install TBS Outside the US

TBS is geo-restricted to access only in the US. So, you cannot download the app in the Google Play Store outside the USA. There is an alternative way to get this app using a third-party open-source platform. It is also stated as sideload method.

#1. Open the Google Play Store on your device.

#2. Tap on the search bar and type Downloader.

#3. From the suggestions list, click Downloader and tap the Install option.

Downloader by AFTVnews

#4. Wait until it gets installed, then go back to the home screen and open Settings.

Device preferences on settings

#5. Choose Device Preferences and click Security & restrictions.

Security & restrictions

#6. Select Install Unknown Apps and select the Downloader app. Turn on the toggle.

Install unknown apps

#7. Now, open the Downloader app and click on Allow if the pop-up appears to access your files.

#8. Tap on the url field, enter the TBS for Android TV APK URL, and click GO.

Downloader url link

#9. The TBS app will be downloaded once you confirm the pop-up.

#10. Once it is completed, it will display a pop-up to delete the downloaded apk file.

#11. Click Delete to remove the apk.

Watch TBS using a VPN

TBS is not available to stream from the other countries. To overcome this, you can use a VPN. We recommend some fast and secure VPN service providers – ExpressVPN, NordVPN, or CyberGhost. Let’s look at how to activate ExpressVPN and stream TBS from any location.

#1. Visit the ExpressVPN website from your device.

#2. Click on Get ExpressVPN.

#3. Pick a plan, enter your email address, and complete the payment process.

#4. You will receive a confirmation mail once it gets activated.

#5. After that, download and open the ExpressVPN app on your Android TV.

#6. Log in with your registered credentials.

#7. Connect to a US server.

#8. Now, open the TBS app that you sideloaded and start watching your favorite shows without any geo-restrictions.

How to Watch TBS on Android TV Without Cable

Sling TV
YouTube TV
Hulu Live TV

TBS channel can be live-streamed without any cable provider subscriptions. For that, you need to sign up for any one of the following streaming services.

TBS Other Supported Devices

  • Roku
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Google Chromecast
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Windows
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One
  • Playstation 3 & 4

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Is the TBS app for free?

Yes. The TBS app is free to stream. You can configure it with your TV provider credentials.

2) Which streaming service provider can offer TBS?

TBS is available in Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and DirecTV.

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