CNN is a cable news network available on four live TV streaming services.
You can watch CNN without cable on:
These services have widespread device support, and will work on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV.
Smart TVs from Samsung, LG and Sony support most of these streaming services. Subscribers can also access CNN on Android phones, tablets, iOS supported devices and web browsers.
How to Watch CNN
You don’t have to sacrifice watching CNN if you are ready to cut the cord and get rid of your pricey cable TV or satellite TV package.
These days, you can live stream CNN on a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Apple TV. And it’s a lot cheaper than the $200 per month cable bill that you’ve been paying.
Right now, Sling TV is the cheapest way to go. A Sling TV subscription costs $40 per month and you can make upgrades to your subscription with a variety of smaller add-on channel bundles.
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.
Sling TV is the best deal for most people because it’s the lowest price around for a mix of news coverage, entertainment and sports channels.
A subscription costs $40 per month. You can watch CNN on both the Sling Orange package or Sling Blue.
You will get 50 hours of Cloud DVR space as part of your subscription. Sling TV also lets you use your account credentials to sign in to more than 22 apps on your Roku and other streaming devices.
Sling TV works on Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV and Smart TVs from Samsung and LG. You can also watch CNN live using the Sling TV app on an Xbox One, iPhone and other iOS hardware such as an iPad or Mac.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV lets you watch CNN live along with 75 other live TV channels.
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.
Subscribers can watch live TV on up to two screens at once, including iPhones and Android smartphones 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.
DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) is another way to watch CNN live without cable.
Subscribers get over 75 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 $74.99 per month. Subscriptions run month to month. There are no contracts or obligations. DIRECTV STREAM sometimes has promotions for new customers.
New customers can choose to get an additional free trial of HBO Max, 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.
YouTube TV has every major news network out there, including CNN.
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.
How to watch CNN without cable FAQs
These are questions that TV viewers often ask when they are looking for ways to watch CNN without a TV provider or cable subscription.
Can I watch CNN live on the CNN app?
Yes. But you need to subscribe to a TV provider or live TV streaming service that supports activating the CNN app. This is also known as TV Everywhere access.
Subscribers to DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV can activate the CNN app.
The CNN app has live streams of CNN, CNN International and HLN. There are a number of CNN Original Series including Season 12 of “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown.”
How can I watch CNN International in the U.S.?
The best way to get CNN International in the U.S. is through the CNN app. You need to activate the app using a TV provider or live TV streaming service.
DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV subscribers can use their account credentials to activate the CNN app.
How do I watch CNN shows on demand?
If you subscribe to a live TV streaming service, you have access to a number of CNN shows on-demand.
In addition to shows from news anchors such as Don Lemon, there are a number of CNN Original Series, including the “Patagonia”, “United Shades of America”, and “This is Life with Lisa Ling”.
How can I watch CNN for free?
There isn’t a long term way to watch CNN without cable for free. But you can get a free trial of DIRECTV STREAM or YouTube TV and get a variety of cable TV channels, including CNN. Just be sure to cancel the trial before it ends if you don’t want to get billed.
Is CNN on Amazon Prime?
No. Warner Bros. Discovery currently owns CNN, so you won’t find any CNN shows on Amazon Prime. You can find episodes of CNN’s “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” on HBO Max, which is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery.
Can I subscribe directly to CNN?
No, not at the moment. There was a short-lived streaming service called CNN+, which was promptly canceled by Warner Bros. Discovery. But even that service didn’t offer CNN as a standalone channel. Your cheapest option is through the live TV streaming service, Sling TV.
Can I watch CNN and MSNBC without cable?
Yes. The most affordable option for watching CNN and MSNBC together without cable is with the Sling Blue package. Sling Blue has 41 live TV channels for $40 per month, following its latest promotion or discount.
How can I watch CNN on Roku?
You can watch CNN on Roku by subscribing to a live TV streaming service. You can sign up online for DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV to get CNN on a Roku or Roku TV.
Once you sign up for a subscription or free trial, you can download and launch the app of the streaming service through the Roku Channel Store.
How can I watch CNN on my computer?
Live TV streaming services, including DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV, let you watch live TV through a web browser.
Where can I watch every CNN Original Series?
DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV have CNN shows and CNN Original Series in their on-demand section for CNN. So for example, on Sling TV, you can navigate to the channel guide, and click on the ‘CNN’ channel tab to launch the on-demand section for that specific network.
How do you stream CNN live without cable?
Sling TV is the cheapest way to watch CNN without cable at $40 per month. Subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR, between 31 to 41 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.
Note: This article was published on January 19, 2021, and has been updated to reflect new pricing.
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