Everything has an end and, much to everyone’s sadness, Criminal Minds is also heading towards the last season. If you want to be prepared to watch Criminal Minds live online, we’re going to help you out.
Criminal Minds premiered back in 2005 and has since become a phenomenon among police procedural crime dramas. Unlike the rest of the shows around that go from clue to clue to solve the crimes, the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) is on the job, looking at another type of clues by profiling criminals, finding unsubs in the least expected places, and generally taking dangerous criminals off the streets.
Over the years, the team has suffered numerous permutations, but a few members have had a constant presence since the first season – Spencer Reid (played by Matthew Gray Gubler) and Penelope Garcia (played by Kirsten Vangness). JJ (played by A. J. Cook) took a bit of a break, and so did Emily Prentis (played by Paget Brewster), while others left the show entirely like Aaron Hotchner (played by Thomas Gibson) and Derek Morgan (played by Shemar Moore). Nowadays, the main team consists of Emily Prentis, Spencer Reid, Penelope Garcia, JJ, David Rossi (played by Joe Mantegna), Tara Lewis (played by Aisha Tyler), Luke Alvez (played by Adam Rodriguez), and Matt Simmons (played by Daniel Henney).
— Criminal Minds (@CrimMinds_CBS) February 7, 2019
The show’s 14th season ended in February 2019, with the new season scheduled for this year’s fall, either late September or early October. Season 15 will be the last from the series, so it will be bittersweet to say goodbye to the BAU on CBS. Nonetheless, we need to prepare for the end, so let’s find out everything there is to know about watching Criminal Minds live online.
Can You Watch Criminal Minds Online for Free on the CBS website?”
Unfortunately, that’s not possible; not for free, anyway. Unlike other TV channels that feature a live stream on their sites, CBS doesn’t have one as it tries to push its own streaming platform – CBS All Access, which we’ll discuss shortly. So, if you want to watch CBS online, you really should look into subscribing to a live TV platform.
What Options Do You Have to Watch Criminal Minds Online?
Nowadays, we use the Internet for anything and everything, so why wouldn’t we also turn to this method to watch TV? There are numerous arguments in favor of this change, starting with the fact that cable contracts are particularly expensive nowadays, the plans are difficult or impossible to customize, and if you ever want to cancel it can take far too much effort to do it. Live TV platforms, on the other hand, are relatively cheap, you can customize the service and you can cancel the service in under a minute. Plus, you can watch the content you like anywhere you go, whether you’re at home, at work, or on vacation; all you need is an Internet connection and a compatible device. Let’s go ahead and find out what services you can subscribe to in order to be able to watch Criminal Minds.
fuboTV – First on our list is fuboTV, which is a platform that started off as the perfect way to watch sports and expanded into a service you can enjoy alongside the whole family. The platform has two main bundles, called fubo and fubo Extra. CBS is present in both bundles, so you can pick the one you like the most, either thanks to the channel combo or the price. If you want to add more channels, you can add any number of packs, as well as premium networks. Read TechNadu’s fuboTV review to better understand what the service has to offer and if it’s right for you.
Hulu – Next up, there’s Hulu, which is a great service that’s been around for quite a while, offering fans access to video on demand. For a while, however, they’ve also had a live TV plan for $44.99 per month which includes access to dozens of channels, including CBS, and the full VOD library. There are also a couple of channel packs you can add if those in the bundle aren’t enough for you, as well as premium networks like Showtime and HBO. Our Hulu review comes with a lot of details you’ll want to know before subscribing.
YouTube TV – Another great alternative is to subscribe to YouTube TV. The service isn’t only rather cheap, but it’s also packed with cool features. There’s only one bundle of channels here, including CBS, and you can get it all for $40 per month. Customizing your plan is absolutely possible, but only if you want to add premium networks because there are no packs. Read our YouTube TV review to find out a lot more stuff about the service.
DirecTV Now – A great option you should totally take into consideration is DirecTV Now, which offers five bundles to choose from, three International bundles, a bunch of packs with Spanish-language channels, as well as several premium networks. Luckily, CBS is present in all five bundles – Live a Little, Just Right, Go Big, Gotta Have It, and Todo y Mas, which means you can choose the one you like best. Our DirecTV Now review comes with a lot of details, so make sure to check it out.
PlayStation Vue – Another option is to try out PlayStation Vue, which is a platform we greatly enjoyed when we reviewed it. The service offers four bundles to pick from, but if you want to customize, you can add a couple of packs, as well as some premium networks. CBS is present in all four bundles – Access, Core, Elite, and Ultra. You can find out a lot more issues in our PlayStation Vue review.
CBS All Access – We also need to mention and discuss CBS All Access, CBS’ own platform. The subscription costs $5.99 per month with some ads, or $9.99 per month if you don’t want to see any ads whatsoever. The service allows subscribers to enjoy dozens of CBS series on demand, or to live stream the channel’s broadcast. Make sure to read our CBS All Access review to find out more details.
Sling TV – We also need to mention Sling TV here, even though the platform doesn’t really feature CBS in its offering. If you enjoy what the service brings to the table, you can always subscribe to it and pay for two months in advance. If you do that, you’ll get a free digital antenna to set up, and you’ll thus get access to CBS and other local channels like ABC, NBC, and more. Read TechNadu’s Sling TV review to figure out if this is the right platform for you.
What Is There to Do If CBS Isn’t Part of the Offer Where You Live?
Depending on where you live across the United States, CBS may or may not be an option. When you’re using a digital platform to watch TV, however, location is not set in stone. So, if you’re in a remote city over in Alaska, you can use a VPN to change your IP and make it seem as if you’re in the middle of New York City, so you can enjoy the channels that are available there instead. Let’s learn more about what you need to do to accomplish this.
- The first thing you need to do is get a VPN. We recommend picking ExpressVPN because it’s one of the best tools of this kind we reviewed over the years, and we tried out dozens of them. Go to ExpressVPN, subscribe to the service, and then download and install the app on your device.
- When the process is complete, launch the app and sign into your account. Pick a server that’s located in a big metropolitan area like New York City, or Chicago, or Washington D.C.
- When the connection is established, you can log into your live TV platform account and get to enjoy the local channels
- Have fun watching the last season of Criminal Minds!
Note: One thing you need to keep in mind if you ever travel abroad is that you can use the very same steps we described above to overcome the geoblockades live TV platforms and TV sites have set up. By picking any US server, you can watch the streams available within the country.
Can You Use TV Antennas to Watch Criminal Minds?
Yes, as we already discussed when Sling TV came along. But it’s not just via Sling TV that you can get a TV antenna, but pretty much anywhere else. They’re relatively cheap and you get to watch TV for free afterward. The one downside we can see is that you only have access to a bunch of channels and not the hundreds you got with cable.
Before spending any money on an antenna, it’s best if you check a site like TV Fool to figure out exactly what TV networks broadcast in your area and how strong the signal is. Depending on the results you get and if they’re satisfactory, you can go ahead and buy your own device.
How Can You Stream Older Criminal Minds Episodes?
We reckon that if you start now, you might be able to rewatch all Criminal Minds seasons before the final one starts airing this fall. There are quite a few ways you can watch Criminal Minds and we’re going to go through them all. The first, of course, is straight on CBS All Access.
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