Watching MSNBC live on a Roku, Smart TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick can be a lot cheaper than cable.
Millions of people are already using streaming services to cut the cord from cable TV. And there are dozens of options for live streaming news.
Table of Contents
- MSNBC Live: How to stream MSNBC on a Roku, Smart TV or Fire TV Stick
- Is MSNBC on Peacock?
- Can I watch live news free on MSNBC.com?
- What’s the best way to get a MSNBC live stream?
But I get it, you want MSNBC. Because you want your fix of Morning Joe, or the latest news with Stephanie Rhule. You want The Rachel Maddow Show live and on-demand so you don’t miss a word of her nightly broadcast.
Right now, Sling TV is the cheapest option at $35 per month.
The Sling Blue plan has MSNBC and 44 more channels. CNN, NFL Network and Vice on TV are included in the channel lineup. You can check the latest offer Sling TV is making to new and returning customers.
Let’s take a quick look at all the ways you can live stream MSNBC.
MSNBC Live: How to stream MSNBC on a Roku, Smart TV or Fire TV Stick
Instead of relying on a cable box, you can use a Roku, Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV. Live TV services such as Sling TV and others have apps offering the same live TV channels that were once exclusive to Comcast or Spectrum.
The upshot is that live TV services offered online don’t require contracts or have extra fees like a typical cable bill.
The secret to cord cutting and saving money really comes down to learning how to get a reasonably priced Internet connection.
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 $35 per month.
Sling TV also offers 50 hours of Cloud DVR for free, or 200 hours for another $5 per month. Not everyone likes the approach of having smaller add-on channel bundles, but some people love it.
You can cancel if it’s not for you. If you sign up for a brief subscription, you can also get a free or discounted streaming device.
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV combines a robust lineup of 75+ national networks including MSNBC and local channels like ABC, FOX, NBC and CBS.
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 unlimited 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.
A subscription costs $69.99 per month, and now includes Disney+ and ESPN+.
Hulu with Live TV lets you activate a few dozen apps to networks that are in your channel lineup.
You can easily check what local channels Hulu carries in your region of the U.S. by typing in your zip code on their homepage.
Sports fans should consider fuboTV for getting regional sports networks, and larger ones like NFL Network.
fuboTV has 120+ channels including AMC, History, IFC, A&E and of course, MSNBC and local channels for news. For sports, ESPN, FS1 and ACC Network have you covered.
The entry-level channel bundle costs $69.99 per month. You get 250 hours of Cloud DVR as part of your subscription.
fuboTV also has on-demand movies. The “look back” feature is an on-demand library of sporting events 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 such as The Rachel Maddow Show 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 40 TV Everywhere apps on your streaming devices. Try out fuboTV free for a week.
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 85+ channels for $64.99 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.
MSNBC 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.
You can sign up for a free 5-day trial without any obligations.
If you decide to keep DIRECTV STREAM, subscribers can also get three months of Showtime, STARZ, Cinemax and EPIX for free before the monthly rates kick in.
DIRECTV STREAM has ESPN, Nickelodeon, HGTV and TNT. There’s C-SPAN, CNN, CNN International and CNN En Español, You’ll find C-SPAN and C-SPAN2 as well.
You’ll be able to stream MSNBC live on a Roku, Apple TV or Fire TV at home, and a smartphone if you’re not at home. Subscriptions are on a month-to-month basis, so you can cancel whenever you want.
You can look over the different channel lineups before deciding whether to sign up.
Is MSNBC on Peacock?
Yes. Subscribers to Peacock’s premium plan can now watch a number of popular MSNBC shows.
You can’t watch the latest episodes live. But fans of “Morning Joe,” “All In With Chris Hayes, ” “The ReidOut,” “Deadline: White House” and “The Beat with Ari Melber ” are now available on Peacock hours after airing on MSNBC.
The Peacock Premium plan costs $4.99 per month.
Can I watch live news free on MSNBC.com?
No. You’ll need to either subscribe to cable, a satellite TV service or a live TV streaming service to sign in to MSNBC.com.
The MSNBC Live Audio Stream is one free option if you can live without actually watching the network.
But if you’re looking for a cheaper way to watch MSNBC, then a live TV service such as Sling TV is going to be your best bet.
An audio simulcast of MSNBC is also available on SiriusXM.
What’s the best way to get a MSNBC live stream?
Sling TV will get your MSNBC live for $35 per month under the Blue plan.
The Blue plan has 44+ channels including MSNBC. There is no contract or long-term obligations. You can check the latest offer Sling TV is making to new and returning customers.
You can get a free or discounted streaming device by signing up for a brief subscription. You’re not obligated to keep your subscription after that.
This article was published April 13, 2018, and has been updated.
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