How to Watch CSPAN Without Paying For Cable TV

C-Span is one of the few channels you would expect to find a free stream of online. It offers a detailed look into all the business our federal government is undertaking—from Senate hearings to speeches.

Sadly, if you look at its website, it says, “Online access to our three television channels (C‑SPAN, C‑SPAN2, and C‑SPAN3) is reserved for cable or satellite TV customers.” But, there is good news…

You can now access C-Span through a live TV streaming service giving cord cutters access to the same look at our government cable TV subscribers have.

DIRECTV NOW is currently, to the best of my knowledge, the only live TV streaming service for cord cutters that has C-Span available nationwide. (If I am wrong, please let us know.)

If you are a huge news junky like I am, you now have the option to watch C-Span without agreeing to a two-year contract or the high cost of cable TV.

You will find C-Span in all DIRECTV NOW packages starting at $35 a month. With that price, you will also find other news channels such as Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. The best part is that it offers a free trial, so you can test out DIRECTV NOW before you pay.

If you are looking for other channels to watch without paying for cable TV, you can find our full guide for a long list of channels HERE.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news, tips, and reviews.

Need cord cutting tech support? Join our new Cord Cutting Tech Support Facebook Group for help.

  • Kristy Rae

    Spectrum’s Live TV Streaming service also offers all 3 of the C-SPAN channels.

  • NCAviator

    DirecTV Now only has CSPAN and CSPAN2. Not CSPAN3.

    The good news on most of the committee hearing, you can go to Senate.GOV or House.GOV and find the committee and the hearing. Most are streamed live and recorded. Many of the committees use YouTube. Some use other services.

    So unless you want to watch the VOTES or the Floor discussion; you can view the public hearings.

  • janecek

    If you can live with AUDIO ONLY, you can listen via CSPAN’s iOS and Android apps. CSPAN Radio, CSPAN 1, 2 and 3, plus podcasts…