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How to Install and Watch TBS on Android TV/ Android TV Box

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TBS on Android TV

TBS is a popular American pay television network that features lots of movies and entertainment programs in various categories like comedy, TV shows, and more. TBS offers Watch TBS, a streaming app to watch content on many streaming devices. The Watch TBS app is free to download from the Google Play store for your Android TV. Also, you can access the TBS website using a web browser or cast the TBS app from your smartphone to your TV.

To stream the TBS on your TV, you need to log in with your cable TV provider. Some of the most popular shows are American Dad, The Misery Index, Celebrity Show-off, and The Big Bang Theory. You can also use the app to watch live sports events such as March Madness and MLB games. It also streams content on News, Kids, Animation, and other genres.

In this article, we have explained the detailed steps to install and activate TBS on Android TV for watching your favorite content.


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. If you haven’t opted for a TV provider, you need to access streaming services like Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Stream to watch the TBS channel.

How to Install TBS on Android TV from the Play Store

[1] Go to the home screen on your Android TV and click on Apps.

[2] Open the Google Play Store and click the Search icon.

Open the Google Play Store

[3] Enter Watch TBS in the search bar and locate the app.

Search for Watch TBS app on Android TV

[4] Select Watch TBS from the suggested results.

[5] Click Install to get the app on your Android TV.

[6] Once the app is installed, click Open to launch the Watch TBS app.

How to Activate TBS on Android TV

After the installation process, you need to activate the TBS platform on your TV.

[1] Open the Watch TBS app on your Android TV.

[2] Note down the activation code displayed on the screen of your Android TV.

[3] Now, go to the TBS Activation Website (tbs.com/activate) on your smartphone or PC.

[4] Select the Android TV device and click the Continue button.

Select the Android TV device and click the Continue button.

[5] Enter the Activation Code in the respective box and click the Submit button.

Enter the code to activate TBS on Android TV

[6] Sign in to your TV Provider Subscription on the website.

[7] Now, the Watch TBS app will be activated on your Android TV. You can access all the content on your TV.

How to Install TBS on Android TV Outside USA

If you can’t find TBS in the Play Store, it must be geo-restricted. Therefore, you need to sideload its APK file using the Downloader app on Android TV.

[1] Turn on your Android TV and head to the Apps section.

[2] Locate the Google Play Store and launch it.

[3] Click on the Search icon and type Downloader in the required field.

[4] Locate the Downloader app developed by AFTVnews and hit the Install button.

Install Downloader app

[5] Wait for a while to download and install the app on your Android TV.

[6] Once the Downloader app is installed successfully, press the home button on your remote.

[7] Now, navigate to the Settings icon from the home page.

[8] From the options, go to Device Preferences → Security & Restrictions.

Select Security & Restrictions

[9] Click Unknown Sources → Turn on the Downloader toggle.

[10] Now, go back to the home screen and launch the Downloader app.

[11] Accept the storage and other permissions asked by the app on your TV.

[12] Choose Home from the left pane, and type the below-mentioned URL in the required field.

Download the link of TBS APK latest version: https://bit.ly/3LkwvGF

Enter TBS APK URL link

[13] Click Go to download the APK file on your Smart TV.

[14] Once the file is downloaded, open it and click Install.

[15] After the downloading process, return to the homepage and navigate to the Apps section.

[16] Now, you need to install any of the VPNs on your Android TV, like NordVPN or ExpressVPN, and connect to the US server.

[17]  Then, click Open to launch the TBS app and watch your desired media content.

How to Watch TBS Using Browser

TBS has a dedicated webpage that includes an extensive media library of numerous movies/shows/series. As the simplest way, you can access the TBS platform on your TV through its web version. For that, you have to use any of the web browsers on your Android TV.

[1] Open a web browser on your Android TV.

[2] Enter the URL (https://www.tbs.com/) in the address bar and go to that website.

[3] The website’s home screen will appear on the TV screen.

[4] Choose your TV Provider and sign in to the account.

Choose your TV Provider and sign in to the account

[5] Then, you can access your favorite content on your Android TV.

How to Cast TBS on Android TV

The TBS app has built-in Cast support. With that, you can easily cast the TBS from your smartphone to Android TV if you don’t want to sideload the app.

[1] Install the Watch TBS from the Google Play Store.

[2] Connect Android TV/ Box to a WiFi network. On the other hand, connect your smartphone to the same network.

[3] Open the TBS app on your smartphone and log in with your TV provider.

[4] Play the content you want and click the Cast icon from the app.

click the Cast icon to cast TBS on Android TV

[5] Choose your Android TV from the list of available devices.

[6] Now, the content will appear on your Smart TV.

Supported Android TVs and Boxes

Smart TVsSmart TV Boxes
Sony Smart TV
TCL Smart TV
OnePlus Smart TV
Sharp Smart TV
Vu Smart TV
Philips Smart TV
Xiaomi Mi Smart TV
Hisense Smart TV
Nvidia Shield TV
MXQ Pro 4K
Mi Box 4K

TBS Alternatives

If you feel that TBS isn’t for you or if you are unsatisfied with the service it provides, you can switch over to some other platform to stream the content. Here are the best options you can choose as an alternative solution to TBS.


1. Is the TBS app available for free?

Yes. The TBS app is free to stream with your TV provider credentials. You can also stream the TBS TV channel using the streaming services.

2. Which streaming service provider does offer TBS?

TBS is available on popular streaming services, such as Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and DirecTV.

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