How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 16 online
Season 16 premiered on Friday, January 5 on MTV, and cord-cutters can watch episodes online with a subscription to Sling or Fubo. Canadian viewers will find new episodes on Crave, WOW is the show’s home for UK fans, while Stan is the place for Drag Race in Australia. Currently away from home? Use a VPN to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 16 from anywhere now.
The latest season of Drag Race is proving to be spectacular as Mama Ru, Michelle Visage, and a bunch of brand-new queens celebrate fifteen years of the Emmy Award-winning show. With 9 queens remaining, read our guide below for how to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 16 online and catch every runway look and death drop from anywhere in the world.
The hit franchise has gone on to slay the reality TV competition since debuting in 2009, becoming a global phenomenon that’s spawned over a dozen international versions and numerous spin-offs – and it's still going strong!
Now RuPaul and Michelle Visage are back, putting another group of talented queens through their paces in their bid to find "America’s Next Drag Superstar." And they've got some very special guests to help them, with the likes of Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron, Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar and fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi already appearing.
Season 16 has introduced us to the unique drag stylings of some incredible performers, but there's stiff competition with Geneva Karr (the first Mexican queen to appear on the OG show) and Nymphia Wind (despire a huge fan following dubbed "Banana Believers") both eliminated. Miami's Mhi’ya Iman Le’Paige, and Xunami Muse, who is – you guessed it! – the drag daughter of season 13's Kandy Muse are still going strong.
So, tune in for the most gag-worthy season yet as 14 fierce queens fight to snatch the crown and take home a life-changing $200,000. Just read on below, where our guide will explain how to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 16 online from anywhere now.
How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 16 online from anywhere
If you’re away from home when the latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race airs, you’ll be unable to watch new episodes live or on-demand due to annoying regional restrictions. Luckily, there’s an easy solution.
Downloading a VPN allows you to stream online, no matter where in the world you are. It's a simple bit of software that changes your IP address, meaning that you can access on-demand content or live TV just as if you were at home. And ExpressVPN is the no. 1-rated provider you can get right now.
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Is RuPaul's Drag Race season 16 on Netflix?
As was the case with the previous season, RuPaul's Drag Race season 16 is not dropping on Netflix UK. Only season 12 and 13 are available to stream here right now.
Instead, fans based in the UK will need to turn to WOW Presents Plus for the new season. More on this below...
How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 16 online in the US
Get ready to sissy that walk because Drag Race is back! Season 16 debuted on Friday, January 5 at on MTV, with new episodes broadcast every week at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT).
Watch RuPaul's Drag Race season 16 without cable
If you don't have MTV on cable, you can still tune in via an over-the-top streaming service, and there are plenty to choose from.
As well as Sling, above, there are some other cable-free options worth considering:
Philo is an affordable cable alternative. Philo costs $25 per month and brings over 60 cable channels including MTV. It also has a 7-day free trial.
Outside of the US? Simply grab a VPN and follow our guide above to stream RuPaul just like you would at home.
How to watch RuPaul's Drag Race season 16 FREE online in Canada
Canadians can catch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 16 from Fridays on Crave, with episodes airing weekly at 9.30pm ET/6.30pm PT.
If you don't have cable, you’ll want to look at the services' in-house streaming alternatives.
A subscription to Crave costs CA$4.99 or CA$14.99 a month (plus tax) for the ad-supported Basic and Standard plans respectively, or you can pay £19.99 a month to enjoy an ad-free experience. New subscribers get a 7-day FREE trial too!
Not in Canada right now? To avoid missing out on Ru's latest season, download a VPN as per our guide above.
How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 16 online in the UK
UK fans can catch all the eleganza extravaganza on WOW Presents Plus, the self-dubbed "official streamer of all things drag". New season 16 episodes drop every Saturday at around 2am GMT.
In the UK, a subscription to WOW Presents Plus costs either £4.33 a month or £43.38 a year.
But, if you’re heading abroad during season 16, note that you can still access your favourite streaming services by using a VPN.
How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 16 FREE in Australia
Stan is the home of RuPaul’s Drag Race in Australia. So you’ll find new season 16 episodes here every Saturday.
New episodes arrive around 1pm AEDT.
You can take advantage of the Stan 30-day FREE trial to watch at least some of the episodes without paying a thing.
While you're there, you'll find plenty more cracking TV series, Hollywood blockbusters and Stan Originals too, plus UEFA Champions League football via Stan Sport.
Prices start from $10 per month. You can access Stan on smart TVs, games consoles, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Fetch, Telstra TV and through your mobile, laptop and tablet too.
If you're outside Australia and want to tune into your Stan account and service, you can use one of the best VPNs and watch the coverage from abroad.
Use WOW Presents Plus to watch RuPaul's Drag Race and more
WOW Present Plus comes to us from World of Wonder, the production company behind RuPaul's Drag Race.
As such, it has an impressive catalogue of RuPaul shows - including the latest season 16 episodes - available to stream in various countries, such as the UK and New Zealand. A full list of what's available and where can be found here.
It's a pretty niche offering but if drag shows are your thing, you'll find it also hosts the likes of UNHhhh, Untucked, and Transformations. Prices vary from place to place, so sashay on over and check it out for yourself.
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