On Monday (August 20), the MTV Video Music Awards will return to New York’s Radio City Music Hall for another wild, antic-filled night, and with a star-packed slate of performers including Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Shawn Mendes, cord-cutters and cable-subscribers alike are probably wondering how to watch. So, here’s what you need to know.
The ceremony doesn’t begin until 9 p.m. ET, but those interested in catching the red carpet will need to tune in a little earlier: The pre-show kicks off at 8 p.m. and features performances from the Backstreet Boys, Bazzi, and Bryce Vine. If you have TV provider credentials, you can stream both the show and pre-show live at MTV.com, but those without them will have to get a little more creative.
Sling TV and DirectTV Now both offer subscription packages that include MTV: You can opt for Sling’s $25 Orange or Blue plan plus the $5 Comedy add-on, or go for the more expensive DirectTV, which is $40 a month. Both services offer free week-long trials, so you can always sign up and cancel before you’re billed. (Sure, it’s cheating the system, but no judgment here!)