How to Watch Cable News Channels Without Paying For Cable TV

News and other live events are some of the main reasons people still subscribe to cable TV; however, you don’t have to pay for cable to watch the news. Cord cutters have a ton of great options—both free and paid—to watch all the news they want.

Now this is a very rapidly changing space but this list is up to date as of July 14th 2017.

The following is our guide to watching cable news channels as a cord cutter.

FOX News & Fox Business

Both Fox News and Fox Business are available on DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Now, Hulu, and Fubo TV.


CNN is streamed live on Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, and Fubo TV.


MSNBC is streamed live on Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, and Fubo TV.


CNBC is streamed live on Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DIRECTV NOW.

Weather Channel

The Weather Channel is streamed on DIRECTV NOW and Fubo TV.

A few other apps for free news options. (Many of these are not live but stream replays of news.)

Pluto TVRoku Fire TVApple TVAndroid TV

Wondering what devices these service work on?

Streaming Player Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV NOW YouTube TV Hulu Beta Fubo TV
Roku X X  X X
Fire TV X X X X
Apple TV X X X X X
Chromecast X X X X X X
Android Phones/Tablet X X X X X X
Android TV X  X  X
Xbox One X X
PlayStation 4 X

Hopefully, this list has helped you find the news sources you want. If you want to find other channels, please check out our full channel guide breakdown HERE.

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  • Bill Eastman


  • mau47

    “Pay for a cable TV alternative”

  • Phuq_Me

    Your still paying to access these channels. And with Sling most of these news channels you have to pay for an add-on in addition to the normal service cost.

    • Ben M

      Agree 100%….all these options still fall under the umbrella of “cable” only these versions are streamed.

  • GMan524

    How bout Pluto TV.Most of these news channels are on for free

    • HiroRoshi

      Yeah, FREE Pluto for sure. Several news channels. And they’ve recently added OnDemand movies. And Pluto has a Weather Channel replacement too.

      • imwithstoopid

        So just how does one get that?

        • Todd

          The Pluto app is available on almost every streaming device on the market.

  • The Atheist Dude

    Youtube has most live news streams for free. Someone always has them on.

  • KFC Owens

    CNBC: The live audio is streamed free on radionomy_com.
    PlutoTV plays most of the daily programs on the same day.

  • ccccc

    CNN is not listed on the website

  • Mike Thaler

    MSNBC is on Youtube/live

    • Judy West

      also on Sling

  • MathAppeal

    Not free, but also not cable. (from a happy Sling subscriber)