Have you ever wondered how you can watch your favorite Bravo shows online?
Let’s say you missed this week’s Real Housewives of New Jersey and forgot to set your DVR. What do you do next? Me: probably give my hubby some grief about messing up my meticulously-planned recording schedule because let’s face it, this somehow was his fault!
As it turns out, you and I (and my marriage) are in luck because we have some great online resources to help get us our Bravo fix! It’s the 21st century and watching TV online has never been easier.
Something You May Need to Watch Bravo TV Online…
A Roku, which is the most popular and well-reviewed streaming media device on the market today. This will not only allow you to watch Bravo shows online, but you’ll be able to access a ton of other shows, movies, and games, as well. Plus, if you have files, such as photos or home videos, you’d like to view on your television, the Roku has a USB outlet right on the side that will allow you to easily connect a thumb drive or other external media.
How You Can Watch Bravo Shows Online
Bravo itself offers a limited selection of full-length episodes on Bravotv.com. Check here to see what’s currently available. Unfortunately, not all shows are available at any given time and some are a few episodes delayed compared with what’s currently airing. So, this option might not help us out in that DVR fail situation.
Hulu is a great free option. They have a whole page dedicated to Bravo series streams. Here’s what part of that page looks like:
You will, however run into the same problem with episodes not being up to date. However, if you use one of Hulu’s participating providers (Armstrong, BendBroadband, Consolidated Communications, DISH, Grande Communications, Mediacom, Optimum, Suddenlink, or Verizon) it looks like you can connect to that account and watch right away. Doesn’t help out us Comcast subscribers but maybe someday? Now, perhaps you don’t have any cable subscription and you still want to catch your favorite Bravo series. Hulu would be a great way to watch an entire season for free. The catch? Many of the most popular shows are only available in short clips, not full episodes. But, I’d still suggest browsing through their selection!
Now, let’s say you frequent blogs like this (thanks!) and love to stay up to date on episode recaps or have weekly “what-was-Teresa-thinking!?” gossip sessions with your girlfriends. In that case, you’re going to want to be able to find that episode you missed right away. If you’ve gotta have that episode immediately you still have a couple options:
YouTube offers most Bravo programming but you’ll pay for each episode. There are YouTube channels dedicated to all of the Real Housewives, Top Chef, Million Dollar Listing, etc. Each episode is typically $1.99. And, you can watch pretty much any episode from any season. Check out the RHONJ YouTube page for example. This is a great option if you’re on the go and just need to catch up on one or two episodes. It gets pretty expensive to try and watch a whole season that way.
iTunes also offers a majority of Bravo programming. Similarly to YouTube you can pay by the episode. Here’s the RHONJ iTunes page for example. Most are $2.99 each for HD which makes it more expensive than YouTube. So, in the situation we’re talking about where you just want to catch one episode you missed, I’d recommend YouTube unless you’ve got an iTunes gift card burning a hole in your pocket. HOWEVER, this is another option that would work well for the non-Bravo subscriber because if you buy a whole season at once you can save a lot of $$. For instance, the Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 5 pass is $24.99. You can buy this at the beginning of the season and watch each episode as it comes out.
Will Bravo ever make watching shows online as easy as HBO has done with their HBO Go app? We sure hope so. Until then watching TV shows online is becoming more and more prevalent as we write this! We’ll let you know if we hear anything.
As you can see, there are a multitude of ways that we can keep up with our favorite Bravo shows! From Real Housewives and Top Chef to Million Dollar Matchmaker and Watch What Happens Live, you should be able to find virtually any series and any episode you want through one of these channels. What’s your favorite way to watch Bravo online?