CNN Live Stream: How to Watch CNN for Free or Cheap Online
Streaming CNN live on an Apple TV, Firestick or Roku is a lot cheaper (and better) than paying for cable TV.
Being able to watch Anderson Cooper 360, or The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer is a must for a lot of people when it comes to breaking news or election results. CNN is also a the channel you need for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
This guide outlines how to watch CNN live without cable. Right now, Sling TV is the cheapest way to go. The Sling Blue bundle costs $25 per month, and gets you 40 channels. You can try Sling TV free for a week. Cancel online if you don’t like the service. There are no hidden fees or contracts when you use a live TV streaming service.
Let’s jump into all of your choices to live stream CNN, and how you can watch this cable news giant without cable TV.
How live streaming CNN works
A live TV service delivers channels from companies like Hulu and DirecTV Now over the Internet. So you can use a Roku, Fire TV or even a smartphone to watch live channels through the provider’s app. These live streaming services are a lot cheaper than plans from Comcast and Spectrum.
The key part about cutting the cord from your cable company is learning how to get a fairly priced Internet connection. Once you learn how to pay only $40 to $50 per month for Internet, then you can really save hundreds of dollars a year like me.
Can I watch live news free on CNN.com?
Only cable subscribers can live stream from CNN.com. There is a free 10 minute preview on the CNN site. If you want to watch a full program, you’re better off using a streaming service.
By watching CNN online instead, you can use a Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or even a game console like Xbox One to replace your cable box. The only other alternative is the CNN Live audio stream on TuneIn. But you’re not going to find any video feed there.
Watch CNN live stream online with Sling TV
Sling TV’s Blue plan is the best deal for most people because it’s the lowest price around for a mix of news, entertainment and sports channels. The 40 channel lineup has NFL Network, AMC, FX, CNN, TNT, FS1, FS2 and Bravo.
Sling TV also lets you sign in to a number of apps – up to 22 – on your Roku and other streaming devices. For another $5 per month, you can add 50 hours of Cloud DVR. So even if you want to record some shows, Sling TV is still your cheapest option for live streaming CNN.
You can watch CNN with the Sling Orange plan too. You get 30 channels including ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, A&E, IFC and Epix Drive-In. Sling Orange is 10 less channels but you do have some different ones in the mix like Epix Drive-In and Viceland.
Sling TV offers a free 7-day trial, and works on Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV and Firestick. You can also stream CNN using the Sling TV app on an Xbox One, iPhone, PC, and LG TV. You can scoop up a free or discounted Roku by prepaying for a brief subscription.
fuboTV: Live Stream CNN without cable
fuboTV is for sports fans that want regional sports networks like NESN and MSG Network alongside CNN and entertainment networks like HGTV and A&E. The entry-level bundle has 80+ channels for $44.99 per month.
Subscribers get 30 hours of Cloud DVR included, and you don’t need to worry about missing a game thanks to fuboTV’s look-back feature. It has all games that aired in the last 72 hours. fuboTV even lets you pick up on shows like Anderson Cooper 360 on-demand.
So you have more than one way to catch up on a news show or football game.
fuboTV has apps for Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Firestick, Android smartphones. You can stream CNN live with fuboTV using your Chromecast, PC, iPhone and Android smartphone. fuboTV gives you access to roughly 40 TV Everywhere apps for FOX Sports Go, History and Pac-12 Network. I reviewed fuboTV earlier this year.
Hulu with Live TV has a CNN live stream
Hulu with Live TV lets you stream CNN live as part of a 60+ channel lineup. This service has the most local ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC stations compared to any online competitor. You get 50 hours of Cloud DVR, and networks familiar to anyone with a cable subscription.
A&E, National Geographic, TNT, ESPN, Big Ten Network and HGTV are included. You can look over what local channels will be in your lineup. Users can watch on up to two devices at once, including iPhones and Android smart phones when you’re not at home. A subscription costs $40 per month.
Hulu lets you sign in to 35 apps with a Live TV subscription. So you can get extra live streams from some networks like FXNOW. Subscribers also get unlimited access to Hulu’s on-demand library and Hulu Originals that people pay $7.99 and up for. So you’re essentially getting two streaming services for the price of one.
Hulu has a free 7-day trial for new customers.
DIRECTV NOW: CNN live stream without cable
CNN is available on DirecTV Now’s cheapest bundle, which costs $45 per month. Subscribers get 65+ channels as part of the “Live a Little” package. You’ll be able to stream CNN live on a Roku, Apple TV or Fire TV at home, and a smartphone if you’re not at home. DirecTV Now offers a free 7-day trial.
Live stream CNN on PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue costs $44.99 per month, and offers 48 channels and unlimited Cloud DVR in the Access plan. You’ll be able to stream CNN live and record as much Anderson Cooper or Anthony Bourdain as you want.
You’ll also get to watch plenty of political coverage with PS Vue’s on-demand section. Recordings are deleted after 28 days. You don’t need a PlayStation console to use this streaming service. PlayStation Vue has apps for Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV devices like NVIDIA Shield.
PlayStation Vue offers a 5-day free trial with its live TV service.
YouTube TV: Watch CNN Online Without Cable
YouTube TV has every major news network out there, including CNN. Subscribers get 50+ channels and unlimited Cloud DVR for $40 per month. There’s ESPN, two National Geographic channels, TNT, TBS, FS1, FS2 and USA.
YouTube TV has apps for Apple TV, Roku and mobile ones for iPhones and Android smart phones so you can stream CNN to a TV using Chromecast. YouTube TV does not support any Fire TV devices including Firestick. You can try out YouTube TV free for a week.
What’s the best way to get a CNN live stream?
The answer depends on what else you might want when subscribing to a live TV service. Let’s review a few things and narrow down your choices.
- Sling TV is the cheapest option at $25 per month. The Sling Blue package gets you 40 channels. Sling Orange gets you about 30 networks, but both include CNN. Add 50 hours of Cloud DVR for $5 per month. So even at $30 per month, Sling TV is still the cheapest way to stream CNN live. Try out Sling TV free for a week or look over how you can get a free or discounted Roku by prepaying for a brief subscription.
- Hulu with Live TV offers a lot for $40 per month because you’re getting 50+ live channels, 50 hours of Cloud DVR and full access to Hulu’s vast on-demand library. Hulu also has more local channels compared to any other competitor. You’ll also be able to sign into apps for networks like A&E, History and FOX Sports GO. Sign up for Hulu with Live TV free for a week to see if it’s a good fit.
- fuboTV is for sports fans that want regional sports networks, lots of local NBC, FOX and CBS stations and a wide variety of entertainment networks including TNT, TBS and FX. fuboTV offers 80+ channels and 30 hours of Cloud DVR for $44.99 per month. If you keep fuboTV beyond the free 7-day trial, you’ll get $10 off the first month. fuboTV has apps for Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and smart phones.
So now that I’ve broken down all your choices, how are you going to be live streaming CNN and other major networks without cable? Tell fellow readers in the comments below.