The popular film franchise How to Train Your Dragon comes to television with a holiday special for the whole family, titled How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming.
The special airs Tuesday, December 3, at 8:30 PM ET/PT on NBC. If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of NBC on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming subscription services:
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NBC (live in most markets) is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle.
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch a live stream of How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch most shows and specials up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.
NBC (live in most markets) is included in Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies.
Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch a live stream of How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” comes with both its extensive on-demand library (which has most new episodes and specials available after they air) and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) offers six different channel bundles. They range from 45 to 125 live TV channels, and they all include NBC (live in most markets).
Once signed up for AT&T TV Now, you can watch a live stream of How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming on your computer via the AT&T TV Now website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other compatible streaming device via the AT&T TV app.
If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV Now — no matter what channel package you choose — comes with included cloud DVR.
‘How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming’ Preview
How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming is a short form special that lasts only thirty minutes. The show takes characters from the popular DreamWorks Animation film series and gives them a new adventure just in time for the holidays. Bringing the creations to TV was a no brainer for the network as well as the company who created it. The series of films have gone on to gross over $500 million in the United States alone. How to Train Your Dragon 3 showed a continued interest in the story as the film saw over ticket sales of $55 million in its first weekend. This isn’t the first foray into TV for the dragons and their human friends. Other installments of short form How to Train Your Dragon specials have appeared online as well as on cable options such as Cartoon Network.
Fans of the movies will find many of the actors who voiced the characters return in their original roles. Jay Baruchel is back in the lead role of Hiccup. America Ferrera backs up his character as the strong and beautiful Astrid. They’re not alone on the journey. Scottish actor Gerard Butler and comedian Craig Ferguson also return to the franchise. Those famous voices only highlight one aspect of the fun. The dragons themselves have a language and life all their own that brings new details to the traditional stories.
The story is set near the ending of the third film in the series and roughly 10 years after the events of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Viewers will see Hiccup and Toothless reveal special anecdotes about their families. They also show the unique bond between the two as their own holiday season approaches. It all comes about as the Snoggletog Festival is close at hand. This important time brings families and friends closer. The holiday encourages reflection, but somehow something is missing as the dragon and his friend observe what is going on around them.
Their special bond brings to light the fact that dragons and humans are no longer creating the connection they once had. That becomes all to evident as the pair look at what life is like around them. The well meaning Hiccup decides to help his dragon friends get the respect they deserve with a holiday themed pageant. Along the way, Hiccup and Toothless experience their own happiness and dilemmas. It’s a special celebration that gives New Berk the push they needed to keep the all too special connections with the dragons. The results are a heartwarming look into the meaning of friendship and loyalty
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