Watching CNN without cable TV is pretty easy.
CNN is available on four live TV streaming services. DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV. These services will work on Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, PCs and smartphones.
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How to Watch CNN for Free or Cheap on Roku, Fire TV or Apple TV
You don’t have to sacrifice watching CNN if you’re ready to cut the cord and get rid of your pricey cable TV or satellite TV subscription.
These days, you can live stream CNN on a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Apple TV. And it’s a lot cheaper than $200 per month cable bill that you’ve been paying.
Right now, Sling TV is the cheapest way to go. The Sling Blue bundle costs $35 per month, and gets you 47 channels.
If you prepay for a brief subscription, Sling TV will give you a free streaming device.
You can cancel service from your online account whenever you want. There are no hidden fees or contracts.
Let’s jump into all of your choices for how to stream CNN live so you can watch this cable news giant without cable TV. You don’t want to be missing Anderson Cooper 360 or The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer just because you’re out to save a few bucks.
Watch CNN on Sling TV
Sling TV is the best deal for most people because it’s the lowest price around for a mix of news, entertainment and sports channels.
A subscription costs $35 per month. There are two main channel bundles — called Sling Orange and Sling Blue — that you can choose when you sign up.
The Sling Blue plan has 47 channels including NFL Network, AMC, FX, TNT and FS1.
You will get 50 hours of Cloud DVR space as part of your subscription. Sling TV also lets you sign in to a number of apps – up to 22 – on your Roku and other streaming devices.
You can watch CNN with the Sling Orange plan too. You get 32+ channels including ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, and A&E. Sling Orange is about 15 less channels. But you do have some different ones in the mix.
You can check the latest offer Sling TV is making to new and returning customers.
Sling TV 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.
CNN on Hulu + Live TV
Hulu with Live TV lets you stream CNN live along with 74 other live TV channels.
This service has local ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC stations. You get 50 hours of Cloud DVR, and networks familiar to anyone with a cable subscription.
Subscribers also get unlimited access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu’s on-demand library. So if you’re already subscribing to Hulu or Disney+, adding the live TV bundle might make the most sense.
A&E, National Geographic, TNT, ESPN, Big Ten Network and HGTV are included.
Subscribers can watch live TV on up to two screens at once, including iPhones and Android smart phones when you’re not at home.
A subscription costs $69.99 per month.
You can look over the complete channel lineup for Hulu Live in your area.
Watch CNN on DIRECTV STREAM
DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) is another way to watch CNN live without cable.
Subscribers get 65+ channels, unlimited Cloud DVR storage and 40,000 on-demand shows. You can watch live TV on 20 screens at once.
DIRECTV STREAM has ESPN, Nickelodeon, HGTV and TNT. Along with CNN, there’s C-SPAN, CNN International and CNN En Español, You’ll find C-SPAN and C-SPAN2 as well.
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. When you sign up, you can subscribe month to month and cancel whenever you want.
New customers can get the 5-day free trial for DIRECTV STREAM. A subscription costs $69.99 per month. Subscriptions run month to month. There are no contracts or obligations.
New customers can choose to get an additional free trial of Showtime, STARZ, EPIX and Cinemax. The free trial for these four premium channels lasts for three months if you keep your DIRECTV STREAM subscription.
The regular rate for those four channels kicks in after the three-month free trial ends.
CNN on YouTube TV
YouTube TV has every major news network out there, including CNN.
Subscribers get 85+ channels and unlimited Cloud DVR for $64.99 per month. There’s ESPN, TNT, TBS, FS1, FS2 and USA.
A subscription is $64.99 per month.
YouTube TV has apps for Roku, Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Google Chromecast with Google TV. You can try out YouTube TV free for a week.
Can I watch live news free on CNN.com?
Only cable subscribers can live stream from the website 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 that offers live TV channels.
The only other alternative is the CNN Live audio stream on TuneIn. But you’re not going to find any video feed there.
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 couple things and narrow down your choices.
Sling TV is the cheapest way to watch CNN without cable at $35 per month. Subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR, between 30 to 45 live TV channels and on-demand movies. You can sign up for a subscription with no obligations. Subscriptions run month to month and you can cancel anytime.
DIRECTV STREAM has more than 65 live TV channels, unlimited Cloud DVR storage and 40,000 movies and TV shows. A subscription costs $69.99 per month and runs month to month. There are no hidden fees or contracts. You can sign up for a free 5-day trial, and cancel online if you don’t like the service.
Founder and Editor of The Cord Cutting Report. Before launching the site in 2016, he worked for more than two decades as a staff writer or correspondent for a number of daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe. His enthusiasm for tech began with the Atari 2600. Follow @james_kimble