How to Watch News 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 news. Cord cutters have a ton of great options—both free and paid—to watch all the news they want.

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

Local News

Local news can be watched 100% free with an antenna or streamed. The best place to start is with an antenna because most local channels are free and in HD over the air.

To find out what you can get free over the air, visit and enter your address. It will help you find what channels you can receive and what type of antenna you need.

Live in one of the few areas with no over-the-air TV? Check out NewsON as a great way to stream local news online for free.

*Many local channels also offer apps on different streaming players. Search for your local channels on your media players app store to see if they have one.

Cable News Networks

Just one year ago it was difficult to watch cable news as a cord cutter. Two years ago there really was no option, but now it is easy to watch cable news as a cord cutter.

The following is our guide to watching cable news without paying the high prices for cable TV. (Note: All of these options offer a free trial. Also we are only going to recommend services that are available nationwide. YouTube TV is available in five markets and also offers options if you are fortunate enough to live in one of its areas.)

FOX News & Fox Business

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


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


MSNBC is streamed live on Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DIRECTV NOW, 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

Also check out CBS News for 24/7 news feed.

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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  • Richard smith

    Fire tv has a ton of local news apps that stream live.

  • Joseph ewing

    I didn’t cut until late last year because of the lack of cable news options.

    Nice that they came on board. It made the decision easy.

  • HeyRadar

    So what are we going to call Cord Cutting in a few years when all the cable providers mimic Sling TV, DirecTV Now, etc.

    Personally SlingTV, PSVue, are cable providers. Just using didn’t tech and different packages than traditional cable or satellite companies.

    • Richard smith

      No, we get choices no contracts no bs fees like cable/satellite So yes we are cord cutters.

      • HeyRadar

        It’s just a matter of time before someone like SlingTV says “you can have this discounted rate as long as you sign a contract for 24 months.”

        • Richard smith

          Well in different terms like Direc tv now and the Go Big promotion. If you cancel you loose it. Hulu does the same thing. I have $5.99 month for a year unless I cancel.

  • Optic

    What? You don’t mention the excellent 24 hour international world news channels available for free, at least on Roku? They are generally superior to any of the paid options you listed here…

    Al Jazeera (if you haven’t watched it before, it’s an excellent world news channel – my go-to out of all of them)
    France 24
    Sky News

    Also, any way to get BBC News / World News for cord cutters? Free or paid?

  • Michael Allbritton

    On the Apple TV 4 the apps for CBS News, Sky News, Al Jazeera English and Bloomberg TV don’t require cable/satellite logins. I’m guessing they work the same on other OTT boxes as well.

    • Optic

      Same on Roku (only not sure on Bloomberg). Also France 24, and I believe NHK and DW.

  • Richard smith

    You tube has live steams of most news Fox, CNN, Sky

  • Craig

    Can’t wait til DirecTV NOW adds One America News. I’m quite surprised that SlingTV hasn’t added Fox News yet?

  • Bill Eastman

    DIRECTV NOW now has OAN