MSNBC Live Stream: How to watch MSNBC free or cheap online
Watching an MSNBC live stream on a Roku, Apple TV, or Fire Stick can be a lot cheaper than cable.
With so many people now turning to streaming devices to cut the cord, there is a growing wave of options for live streaming news. But I get it, you want MSNBC. Because you want to watch “Hardball” live or at least be able to record it.
You want your fix of Morning Joe, or the latest news with Stephanie Rhule. You want Rachel Maddow live and on-demand so you don’t miss a word of her nightly broadcast.
This guide will show you how to watch MSNBC live without cable. Right now, Hulu with Live TV gives you better flexibility with how and where you watch your shows, and more channels. You’ll get 65+ channels for $44.99 per month. And you can try it free for a week. Just cancel online if you don’t like it.
Let’s take a quick look at all your choices to live stream MSNBC, and how it all works.
How live streaming MSNBC works
Instead of relying on companies like Comcast or Spectrum for your favorite channels, you can use a live TV streaming service. These channels will be coming to you over the Internet, and cost a lot less than a monthly triple-digit cable bill.
The secret to cord cutting and saving money really comes down to learning how to get a reasonably priced Internet connection. Once you master that, then you’ll put your monthly pay-TV bill in the double digit range like me.
Can I watch live news free on MSNBC.com?
You’ll need to either subscribe to cable, or a live TV streaming service like the ones we’ve been talking about to sign in to live stream on MSNBC.com.
The good news? If you sign up to any of the six live tv streaming services discussed in this guide, then you can use your subscription to watch a live feed on MSNBC.com.
But here’s the thing. It’s easier to just watch MSNBC live through whatever live TV service that you subscribe to. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about a watching MSNBC live on a Roku, iPhone, PC or Mac.
The same rules apply for watching on your MSNBC app. In fact, you’ll find even less live stuff on the app. You’d be better off using the MSNBC Live Audio Stream.
Hulu with Live TV has an MSNBC live stream
Hulu with Live TV combines a robust lineup of 65+ national networks including MSNBC and local channels like ABC, FOX, NBC and CBS.
You’re getting live TV, 50 hours of Cloud DVR and Hulu’s on-demand library for $44.99 per month.
There are other favorite networks that you might recognize from your days as a cable subscriber: A&E, FX, History, National Geographic, HGTV, TBS and TNT. Hulu includes 50 hours of Cloud DVR at no extra cost. You can stream on up to two devices at once, including a mobile device like an iPhone or Android smartphone when you’re not at home.
Hulu with Live TV lets you sign in to a few dozen apps — 38 to be exact — to networks that are in your channel lineup. So if you miss a show on Bravo, or National Geographic, you can sign in to the app and watch it on demand. You’ll also get access to Hulu’s vast library of on-demand TV shows, movies and original programming that people pay $5.99 per month for.
So you’re essentially getting two subscription services, but at the same price as competitors that just offer the live TV service. If you’ve been curious about some of the Hulu Originals programming like “The Handmaid’s Tale”, subscribing to Hulu with Live TV is a decent way to check it out while replacing your cable TV subscription too.
Watch MSNBC live stream online with Sling TV
Sling TV has been known for a few years as an inexpensive option to get channels like AMC, A&E and even ESPN without cable.
For the purposes of live streaming MSNBC, you’ll want to go for the cheapest option. That’s the Sling Blue bundle for $25 per month. You’ll also need to add on News Extra bundle, which gives you MSNBC live and 11 more news channels for another $5 per month. So your monthly bill is then $30 per month.
Sling TV also offers 50 hours of Cloud DVR for another $5 per month. So that brings your monthly bill to $35 per month. Not everyone likes the approach of having smaller add-on channel bundles, but some people love it.
It’s a decent option if you’re on a budget because you can just go with Sling Blue and News Extra for $30 per month (with no Cloud DVR). You can look over the channel lineup, or just go for a free 7-day trial. You can cancel if it’s not for you.
fuboTV: live stream MSNBC without cable
Sports fans should consider fuboTV for getting regional sports networks, and larger ones like NFL Network. fuboTV has 80+ channels including AMC, History, IFC, A&E and of course, MSNBC and local NBC stations for news.
The entry-level channel bundle costs $54.99 per month. You get 30 hours of Cloud DVR as part of your subscription. fuboTV also has on-demand movies, and “lookback” feature for sports that has games that aired in the last 72 hours. So there’s multiple ways to catch up on shows or sporting events that you missed a night or two before.
fuboTV even lets you go back a few hours and watch a show like “Hardball” on-demand. So you’re not eating up your Cloud DVR space. On the sports front, fuboTV is the only live streaming service that has select sporting events in 4K.
Roku, Apple TV, Fire Stick and Android TV devices all have fuboTV apps. You can also use your credentials to sign into more than 30 TV Everywhere apps on your streaming devices.
Try out fuboTV free for a week. fuboTV is offering $5 off your first month after a free trial.
DirecTV Now: MSNBC live stream without cable
You can use DirecTV Now to watch MSNBC on a Roku, Apple TV and your iPhone.
The Plus bundle costs $50 per month for 45 channels, including HBO, ABC and ESPN.
Subscribers get local NBC, FOX and ABC affiliates across about 70 percent of the U.S. Use the local channel search tool to see which ones are offered in your area.
DirecTV Now offers a free 7 day trial. It has apps for Roku, Apple TV, Fire Stick and Amazon Fire TV. You can also watch on your PC, Mac, iPhone or Android smartphone.
Live Stream MSNBC on PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue delivers a very reliable live stream and has one of the better user interfaces out there. The entry level Access channel bundle gets you MSNBC for $44.99 per month. Unlimited Cloud DVR comes with your subscription so you can record as much Rachel Maddow or Chris Matthews as you want without hitting any limits. You can also get your fill of MSNBC covering politics live.
Recordings are automatically deleted after 28 days.
You don’t need a PlayStation Vue to enjoy its service. There’s apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick and Android TV. Sony offers a free 5-day trial for new subscribers.
YouTube TV: Watch MSNBC Online without cable
YouTube TV will have local channels wherever its service is available, and MSNBC as one of its news channels along with CNN and FOX News.
Subscribers get about 70 channels for $49.99 per month. CBS Sports Network, ESPN, all three FX channels, IFC and two National Geographic channels are part of the channel lineup. YouTube TV has unlimited Cloud DVR, but may supplement some of your recordings with on-demand content. That means you won’t necessarily be able to fast forward through commercials.
There’s apps for YouTube TV on Roku, Apple TV, and a mobile one that streams on its own or to your TV with a Chromecast. YouTube TV offers a very good service at a fair price. Try out a free week long trial with YouTube TV.
What’s the best way to get a MSNBC live stream?
The answer may depend on what other channels you want along with MSNBC.
From an overall value perspective, Hulu with Live TV is giving you a lot for $44.99 per month. You’re getting 65+ channels that you can watch from pretty much any device like a Roku or Fire Stick, or on the go with your smartphone. And you’re getting unlimited access to Hulu’s vast on-demand library of network TV shows, movies and Hulu Originals like “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
You’ll also be able to record shows and activate apps on your streaming devices for networks like A&E, Bravo and FOX Sports. Sign up for a free trial of Hulu with Live TV to see if it’s a good fit for you. Just cancel online if the service isn’t for you.
If you’re on a budget, or want a smaller channel lineup, Sling TV will get your MSNBC live for $30 per month under the Blue plan with the News Extra add-on. Try out Sling TV free for a week.
Sports fans who want regional sports channels in the mix should do a free trial of fuboTV for seven days. If you want to learn more about getting rid of cable, read my cord cutting guide for more help.
How do you get an MSNBC live stream? What’s your favorite program? Tell fellow readers in comments below.
This article was published April 13, 2018, and has been updated.