Published on May 17th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson0
Your definitive Apple TV guide to Saturday’s royal wedding
Did you hear? Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle will tie the knot on Saturday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in England. And unless you are one of the 600 guests who received a coveted invitation, or the 2,000 invited to watch on the grounds, you’ll need to witness the much-talked-about moment in the comfort of your home.
It’s now all official that the wedding is on with Kensington Palace tweeting this past Sunday that Her Majesty the Queen has officially given her consent to the marriage albeit in a high-tech way…
Bearing The Queen's signature, the Instrument of Consent records Her Majesty's consent to the Marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. #RoyalWedding
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 13, 2018
If you’re following the royal wedding mania, there are lots of ways to watch it on your Apple TV no matter where you are. And the other good news…there’s lots of options to watch without annoying commercials and the constant babble from U.S. news anchors who will undoubtedly give us their Americanized take on this very British event.
The start time is all-important to know. The ceremony begins this Saturday, May 19th at 1200 GMT local time in the U.K., or 7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT in the U.S. If you’re only looking for the wedding itself, this is the time you’ll want to start tuning in to avoid pre-color and commentary.
Here are the details of where to watch for many major geographic regions…
Local affiliates of the main three TV networks in the U.S. will be broadcasting coverage of the royal wedding. Many of these local stations are available on streaming services like DirecTV Now, Fubo TV, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, or PlayStation Vue. Check out the local network affiliates chart at Streambuzz.net to see what local channels are available on the various streaming services that may be broadcasting in your area.
Coverage on the three main networks will include…
ABC’s five-hour coverage on Good Morning America, hosted by network veterans Robin Roberts and David Muir, will start at 5 a.m. ET.
CBS’ live coverage will start at 4 a.m. ET and be hosted by Gayle King and Kevin Frazier. The network’s correspondent Tina Brown will join in for commentary. Coverage can also be seen by subscribers of the CBS All Access app.
NBC’s Today, led by Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, will start broadcasting from Windsor Castle at 4:30 a.m. ET.
Various other networks plan live coverage. Many of these networks have their own apps that can be found through the links embedded below and may or may not require pay TV subscription and TV provider logins. Additionally, many of the networks are available through the various streaming services listed above. Check out the local network affiliates chart at Streambuzz.net to see which networks are available on the streaming service you may be subscribing to through your Apple TV.
Those who have announced plans for coverage include…
ABC News’ digital platform and the ABC News app on Apple TV will simulcast a five-hour special edition of Good Morning America on Saturday beginning at 5 a.m. ET. The coverage will NOT require a pay TV subscription and TV provider login.
Calling it “The proper way to watch the royal wedding,” BBC America will simulcast the entire event of the BBC One coverage from the U.K. beginning at 2 a.m. ET. For those who don’t want to wake up at the crack of dawn to watch, BBC America will repeat (and repeat and repeat) coverage all day (and night) until 3 a.m. ET Sunday morning. Coverage can also be seen live through the BBC America app, but will require pay-TV credentials to sign-in from a cable, satellite, telco, or streaming service.
BBC World News
The 24-hour worldwide news channel will simulcast the entire event of the BBC One coverage beginning at 3 a.m. ET.
The pay-streaming service BritBox – available through its Apple TV app – will simulcast coverage from the UKs biggest commercial channel, ITV, beginning at 4:30 a.m. ET, anchored by Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham. With a free seven-day trial available, it might be a nice and different way to watch the nuptials. Then it’s $6.99 a month after that.
CNN & HLN
Anderson Cooper, Alisyn Camerota, Max Foster and Richard Quest will provide live coverage from Windsor starting at 4 a.m. ET and will be simulcast on the HLN news channel and CNN International. CNN will replay the nuptials at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday and HLN will re-air at 3 p.m. ET. Coverage can also be seen live through the CNN app using an authorized pay TV subscription and TV provider login.
E! Live From the Royal Wedding, hosted by Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski, Sarah-Jane Crawford and royal expert Melanie Bromley will begin at 5 a.m. ET.
FNC chief news anchor Shepard Smith and America’s Newsroom co-anchor Sandra Smith will broadcast from outside St. George’s Chapel starting at 6 a.m. ET. Ainsley Earhardt will also co-host Fox & Friends Weekend live from Windsor beginning at 5 a.m. ET. Coverage can also be seen live through the Fox News app using an authorized pay TV subscription and TV provider login.
Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon will add humor and insightful commentary to the royal wedding streaming on HBO.
After hosting Amazon’s coverage of the Rose Parade earlier this year, Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan — aka Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon — will host HBO’s live coverage of the royal wedding starting at 7:30 a.m. ET on the HBO Go and HBO Now apps available from the U.S. App Store. Produced by Funny or Die, if you want to watch the coverage without commercials and plenty of laughs, this is the place.
Coverage starts at 4 a.m. ET with Joy Reid. MSNBC anchors and NBC News correspondents Stephanie Ruhle and Katy Tur anchor MSNBC’s on-the-ground coverage live from Windsor.
British news channel Sky News – available streaming worldwide – will provide free and live coverage through its Apple TV app running from 3 a.m. ET. In a world first, Sky News app users can watch wedding guests arrive at St George’s Chapel using the ‘Royal Wedding: Who’s Who Live’ function. Specially designed software will show names of each guest and their connection to the royal couple as they enter the chapel through a pop-up graphic on-screen. BESTAppleTV.com has confirmed this feature will be available to streaming viewers with access worldwide.
TLC will air four hours of live coverage starting at 5 a.m ET. Coverage can also be seen live through the TLC Go app, using an authorized pay TV subscription and TV provider login.
If there’s a place to watch the royal wedding it’s in the very country where it all matters. Here’s a rundown on streaming coverage in the U.K through your Apple TV…
The BBC’s commercial-free coverage will run from 9 a.m. local time on Saturday on BBC One. The broadcast will be anchored by Huw Edwards, Kirsty Young and Dermot O’Leary from the grounds of Windsor Castle. Coverage can be seen through the BBC iPlayer app.
ITV’s coverage will run from 9:25 a.m. local time, presented by Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham, using a purpose-built studio in Windsor. Coverage can be seen through the ITV Hub app, available to UK Apple TV users through the App Store.
British news channel Sky News will provide free and live coverage through its Apple TV app running from 6 a.m. local time.
The pay-TV broadcaster Sky will simulcast live coverage from Sky News beginning at 6 a.m. London time which will be available to subscribers of the services domestic streaming service, Now TV using the entertainment channel bundle at £7.99 a month.
Canadian’s can turn to national broadcaster CBC and its streaming app from 4 a.m. ET (1:00 PT) for live coverage with a required free CBC account.
CBC coverage of the event will be streaming through its CBC app.
Global will be providing its own coverage beginning at 4 a.m. ET via its Global Go app on Apple TV.
Canadian television network City TV, owned by Rogers Media, operates in six major metropolitan areas of Canada and also streams live and on-demand content through its City Video app on Apple TV. Its coverage will also start at 4 a.m. ET.
On the opposite side of the globe, New Zealanders can tune-in from 22:30 local time for TVNZ‘s simulcast of BBC One for the ceremony set to begin at 23:00, Wellington-time. Coverage can be watched on the TVNZ Apple TV app. The national broadcaster will also show a highlights package the next day, for anyone wanting an early night.
Australian’s have a choice of ABC, Seven, SBS, and Nine for Aussie-led coverage from Windsor, or a BBC One simulcast via Foxtel, all kicking-off between 19:00 and 19:30 AEST. Apple TV users may also use Freeview FV app to have access to all these channels in one place.
Polish viewers who don’t use cable or satellite service may be left behind because there is currently no confirmation if public broadcaster TVP will have live coverage. Since none of the Polish channels offer Apple TV apps and Player+ on-demand service is unreliable and slow, the best way to watch on Apple TV is via the Sky News app.
Sebastian Szwarc contributed content to this story.