4 Ways to Watch CNN, Fox News or MSNBC without cable
- Sling TV: ($30/mo.) CNN, MSNBC and FOX News, but few locals.
- fuboTV: ($64.99/mo.) CNN, MSNBC and FOX News with locals included
- Hulu + Live TV: ($54.99/mo.) CNN, MSNBC and FOX News with locals included
- YouTube TV: ($64.99.mo) CNN, MSNBC and FOX News with locals included
There are is one presidential debate left before Election Day on Nov. 3. And it’s happening tonight.
If you don’t have a cable or satellite TV subscription, there are a number of free or low-cost options to watch the debates live.
All four major broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX, will carry the debate. You can get those channels using a TV antenna.
C-SPAN plans on live streaming the presidential debate on YouTube. Free streaming services, including Haystack News are setting up pop-up channels for the debates.
Picking how to watch the presidential debates will boil down to what kind of pre- and post-debate analysis you want to watch. Chances are if you own a Fire Stick, Roku and even a Smart TV then you can watch the debates for free.
If you’re dead set on getting analysis from cable networks CNN, Fox News or MSNBC, then you’ll need a live TV streaming service.
Presidential debate 2020 schedule
Joseph Biden Jr. and President Donald Trump will face off tonight in Nashville for the final presidential debate. The debate starts at 9 PM EST.
You can watch the debate live on a number of outlets including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News and MSNBC.
3-day free trial / 40+ channels / $30 per month
Sling TV is the cheapest way to watch the debates on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.
Local channels are available on a limited basis. The Blue plan has NBC and FOX, but only in about 11 markets across the U.S.
There are no ABC or CBS stations whatsoever. If you’re intent on watching the debates through local channels, Sling TV has a free online tool that shows what locals Sling TV carries in your area. Sling has a free 3-day trial.
7-day free trial / 110+ channels / $64.99 per month
fuboTV has 110+ channels including local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX along with all major news networks.
So if you like to channel hop across local coverage, MSNBC and FOX News, then fuboTV’s standard channel will fit your debate needs. Note that fuboTV currently does not carry CNN.
fuboTV has a free trial that lasts a week, and shows what local channels packages are in your area.
Hulu with Live TV
7-day free trial / 65+ channels / $54.99 per month
Hulu + Live TV has CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and local ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC stations. There are 65+ live TV channels, including most major sports networks such as ESPN in case you need a break from politics.
Hulu+Live TV includes full access to its on-demand library that people pay $5.99 per month for.
You look over what local channels are in your area or sign up for a free 7-day trial. The free trial also works for Hulu on-demand subscribers. You can also make Hulu + Live TV part of the Disney+ bundle.
7-day free trial / 85+ channels / $64.99 per month
YouTube TV carries all local major networks ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. And it’s the only live TV service that carries local PBS stations in many parts of the U.S.
CNN, FOX News and MSNBC are also part of YouTube TV’s main channel package. There’s a free 7-day trial for new customers.
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