How to watch Scripps National Spelling Bee


The Scripps National Spelling Bee is returning this week, bringing together the brightest young spellers from across the United States. Last year, Dev Shah from Florida triumphed by correctly spelling “psammophile.” This year’s competition promises to be just as intense, with 65 returning participants among a wide age range of 8 to 15 years old. The event will take place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.


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

Watching the Scripps National Spelling Bee

TV Channel

  • Ion TV: For the third consecutive year, Ion TV will broadcast the semifinals and finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. These will air in prime time from 8-10 p.m. ET on May 29 and May 30.

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

Free Live Stream

  • ION Plus: All rounds can be streamed live on ION Plus.
  • Fubo: The semifinals and finals can be streamed on Fubo, which offers a free trial for new subscribers.
  • Provides live streaming for all rounds.

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


If you are unable to watch live in your location or are traveling abroad, you can use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPNs provide a secure and private online connection, allowing you to bypass geographical restrictions and access your favorite streaming services from anywhere in the world.

Enjoy the competition and watch as the country’s top spellers compete for the prestigious title at the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee.