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How to watch Scripps National Spelling Bee: Full TV schedule, channels, free live streams for 2024 competition

The country’s most anticipated academic competition is set to take place once again this week as the smartest students from across America meet in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Last year, Florida native Dev Shah came out on top, winning on the word “psammophile.” He made it through words such as “aegagrus,” “rommack,” and “tolsester” on his way to the title, outlasting runner-up Charlotte Walsh, who bowed out on the word “daviely.” 

WATCH: Scripps National Spelling Bee live with Fubo (free trial)

This year’s spellers range in age from 8 to 15, and 65 spellers have previously competed. Competition will be fierce at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

Here’s what you need to know to watch the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Spelling Bee schedule 2024

Round Date Time (ET) Channel Stream
Preliminaries Tuesday, May 28 8 a.m.-7:40 p.m. N/A ION Plus
Quarterfinals Wednesday, May 29 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m. N/A ION Plus
Semifinals Wednesday, May 29 8-10 p.m. Ion TV Fubo
Finals Thursday, May 30 8-10 p.m. Ion TV Fubo

What channel is the Spelling Bee on?

For the third year in a row, the Scripps National Spelling Bee will be broadcast live on Ion TV for semifinals and finals coverage on Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30. They will both air in prime time from 8-10 p.m. ET.

You can use ION’s zip code tool to find your local affiliates.

Spelling Bee free live stream

All Scripps National Spelling Bee rounds can be streamed live with ION Plus, at The semifinals and finals can also be found on Fubo, which offers a free trial for new subscribers.

Scripps’ other national entertainment networks — Defy TV, Grit, ION Mystery, and Laff — will also be broadcasting the semifinals and finals.

If the Scripps National Spelling Bee is not available to watch live in your location or if you’re traveling abroad, you can use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPNs provide a secure and private online connection, allowing you to bypass geographical restrictions to access your favorite streaming services from any device anywhere in the world.

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