How to watch SNL 2022 online right now: Season 48 premiere with Miles Teller and Kendrick Lamar

(L, R) Host Miles Teller and musical guest Kendrick Lamar will feature in the SNL season 48 premiere
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Tonight, it's "live from New York" time once again, and if you watch SNL online? You'll see a much different cast for Saturday Night Live Season 48 . Gone are mainstays Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon and Kyle Mooney. Even some more-junior members — Aristotle Athari (only lasted a single season), Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor and Chris Redd — are out. This is the biggest change-over between seasons since at least 1995.

When is the Saturday Night Live season premiere?

Miles Teller hosts the SNL season 48 premiere today (Saturday, Oct. 1) at 11:30 p.m. ET.
• U.S. — Watch on NBC via Sling (opens in new tab) or Fubo.TV (opens in new tab) or on Peacock (opens in new tab).

This leaves behind a remaining core cast led by mainstays such as Kenan Thompson, Colin Jost, Cecily Strong, Michael Che, Bowen Yang and James Austin Johnson, a master of the Trump impression.

Strong, who reports say (opens in new tab) will not attend tonight, is starting her 11th season with the show. This is a record for a female cast member.

Four new featured players are joining SNL this season. Marcello Hernandez (Telemundo’s Acceso Total), Molly Kearney (A League of Their Own), Michael Longfellow (NBC’s Bring the Funny) and Devon Walker (writer on Big Mouth and Phoebe Robinson’s Everything’s Trash).

Miles Teller, who had a substantial role in this summer's Top Gun Maverick, hosts the premiere. Kendrick Lamar, who has been touring Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers (his fifth amazing studio album in a row) is the musical guest.

Up next on the October 8th edition, Brendon Gleeson hosts, with musical guest Willow. On October 15, rapper and She-Hulk special guest Megan Thee Stallion pulls double-duty, hosting and performing.

How to watch SNL 2022 online in the US

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In the U.S., viewers can watch Saturday Night Live via NBC for free with one of the best TV antennas or cable TV package. Season 48 airs at 11:30 p.m. ET, starting on Saturday (October 1).

If you've already cut the cord, you can watch NBC on several live TV streaming services (depending on your region), including Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV and DirecTV Stream.

SNL's season premiere will also be live on Peacock, but expect it to be a Sunday arrival for most episodes.

Of these options, we recommend Sling and fubo, two of the best streaming services on the market. Both of these services offer cloud DVR and on-demand features, allowing you to catch up on the big show via NBC even if you missed it live. If your region has an NBC affiliate, they'll stream it.

Peacock (opens in new tab)

In addition to the SNL live streams, Peacock (opens in new tab) also has huge library of licensed content drawn from various brands. That includes shows like 30 Rock, The Voice, Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: SVU and This Is Us.

Sling TV (opens in new tab)

Sling TV (opens in new tab) packs NBC stations, making it easy to watch SNL without cable. It's a part of the Sling Blue package, which includes more than 50 channels including NBC and Fox (in select regions), Bravo, AMC, Food Network, HGTV, Lifetime and USA. 

Fubo.TV (opens in new tab)

Fubo.TV (opens in new tab) is a great alternative to a cable package. With the Family Plan ($65 per month), you get over 90 channels, including local broadcast networks NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox as well as top cable brands like AMC, E!, HGTV, FX, ESPN, SyFy and Paramount Network. 

How to watch SNL online anywhere

Just because NBC isn't available everywhere doesn't mean you can't watch Saturday Night Live if your current location doesn't offer it. Watching SNL using the service you already pay for, along with the rest of the internet, can be pretty easy with the right VPN (virtual private network), which lets stream the show from wherever you go.

The best VPN service is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). It meets the VPN needs of the vast majority of users, offering outstanding compatibility with most devices and impressive connection speeds. Plus, if you're ready to commit now, signing up for longer periods of six months or a year reduces the cost even more.

ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

Our favorite VPN service, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), really shines thanks to its safety, speed and simplicity-to-use. It's also compatible with loads of devices - from iOS and Android to Roku, Apple TV and PlayStations. You'll even get an extra 3 months free if you sign up for a year, or there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you just want to give it a try.

How to watch SNL 2022 online in the UK

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Great news for Brits! Saturday Night Live season 48 will air on Sky Comedy (opens in new tab)... one day after they air in the U.S., on Sundays at at 9 p.m. BST. 

That said, Americans abroad who want to watch it live can do so by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

How to watch SNL season 48 online in Canada

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Up North, Canadians are able to watch SNL season 48 on the same day and time as Americans on Global TV. (opens in new tab) Missed it the first time? It also has an online streaming platform (opens in new tab). And if you aren't at home and are therefore unable to watch Global TV as usual, you could try using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

How to watch SNL 2022 online in Australia

Just like in the U.K., SNL season 48 will air in Australia at a later time: on Mondays, on Binge (opens in new tab).

Americans in Australia who don't want to wait or waste their streaming service they already pay for abroad should use a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

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Henry T. Casey
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  • mark_887797
    Lorne is losing it. There's no reason to bring the covidiot and liar Miles Teller on the show. Only Weekend Update has its place now. Everything else is lost.
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