Today, I’m going to show you all the ways to watch CNBC without a pricey cable TV provider.
You can stream CNBC live on a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Apple TV. Going the cord-cutting route is still 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.
The Sling Blue plan with the News Extra bundle costs $41 per month, and gets you 58 channels. The best deal with Sling TV is prepaying for two months so you can get a free or discounted streaming device.
Table of Contents
- What’s on CNBC?
- What’s the best way to watch CNBC without cable?
What’s on CNBC?
CNBC covers business news, the U.S. and international financial markets. It caters to investors who like to kick off most of their mornings with Squawk Box. The network has been a longtime home for Mad Money with Jim Cramer.
After the markets close, CNBC broadcasts a mix of reality shows such as The Profit, And it has its own brand of true crime programming with American Greed.
Lately, CNBC has been growing in popularity thanks to no-fee trading apps such as Robinhood.
When it comes to checking in on Facebook stock or the Dow Jones Industrial Average, you don’t want to rely on snippets from the CNBC YouTube channel, or a shady live stream link on Reddit.
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 47 channels in the Blue plan include NFL Network, AMC, FX, CNN, TNT, FS1, FS2 and Bravo.
Sling Blue costs $35 per month. The News Extra bundle adds CNBC and 12 other channels for $6 per month. News Extra also has BBC World News, FOX Business and WeatherNation.
You will get 50 hours of Cloud DVR space as part of your subscription. Subscribers can watch live TV on up to three screens at once. Sling TV 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 200 hours of Cloud DVR. So even if you wanted a lot more recording space, Sling TV is still your cheapest option for live streaming CNBC.
Note: ESPN is on the Sling Orange plan, so if you wanted that channel, you would need to subscribe to Sling Orange + Sling Blue for $50 per month. And News Extra would be another $6 per month.
Sling TV works on Apple TV, Roku, Android TV Smart TVs, Google Chromecast, Fire TV Stick or Cube. 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 streaming device by prepaying for a brief subscription.
fuboTV has 122 channels and 250 hours of Cloud DVR as part of its Pro bundle.
CNBC and FOX Business are included in the channel package along with ESPN, and local ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC stations. fuboTV is more of a full cable-TV replacement. It has sought-after regional sports channels such as AT&T SportsNet Southwest, NESN and MSG.
fuboTV has apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and other Android TV Smart TVs and devices. A subscription costs $69.99 per month.
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu with Live TV lets you stream CNBC live as part of a 75+ channel lineup. This service has ESPN and local ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC stations. You get unlimited Cloud DVR, and networks familiar to anyone with a cable subscription.
A&E, CNN, TNT, ESPN2, Big Ten Network and HGTV are included. Users can watch on up to two devices at once, including iPhones and Android smartphones when you’re not at home.
A subscription costs $69.99 per month. Disney+ and ESPN+ is now included with a Hulu + Live TV subscription.
Hulu lets you activate 38 apps with a Live TV subscription. So you can get extra live streams from some network apps. You can look over the complete channel lineup for Hulu Live in your area.
CNBC is available on DIRECTV STREAM’s Entertainment bundle, which costs $69.99 per month. Subscribers get 65+ channels, 20 hours of Cloud DVR and 40,000 on-demand shows.
DIRECTV STREAM has ESPN, Nickelodeon, HGTV and TNT. Along with CNN, there’s 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.
DIRECTV STREAM has a free 5-day trial.
Your subscription is month to month so you can cancel whenever you want. You can look over the different channel lineups before deciding whether to sign up for a free trial.
YouTube TV has every major news network out there, including CNBC, CNBC World and CNN.
Subscribers get 85+ channels and unlimited Cloud DVR for $50 per month. There’s ESPN, two National Geographic channels, TNT, TBS, FS1, FS2 and USA.
A subscription is $64.99 per month.
YouTube TV has apps for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and mobile ones for iPhones and Android smartphones so you can stream CNN to a TV using Chromecast. You can try out YouTube TV free for a week.
What’s the best way to watch CNBC without cable?
The answer depends on what else you want to watch besides business news and stock market analysis. Let’s review a couple things and narrow down your choices.
Sling TV is currently the cheapest option that combines CNBC and other live TV channels. A subscription costs $41 per month. You’ll need to subscribe to the Sling Blue plan with the News Extra bundle. Subscribers get NFL Network, A&E, Comedy Central and CNN. A subscription gets you 58 channels total. Subscribers can watch on up to three devices at once. You can look over the channel lineup beforehand. If you plan on subscribing for a couple of months, the better deal is to prepay and get a free streaming device.
fuboTV has the largest channel lineup at 122 channels. The Family plan includes FOX Business, MSNBC, key sports networks such as ESPN and local channels. A subscription costs $69.99 per month. You can stream on up to two screens at once. Look over the channel lineup or sign up for a free 7-day trial.
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