The Ultimate Guide to Watching News Without Cable TV

From politics to extreme weather, the past few months have been full of important news stories. Missing the feeling of sitting down to watch the news with a cup of coffee in the morning is common among those who have cut cable. Below, we’re sharing the services and solutions that will give you access to the daily news without cable.

Subscribe to Live TV Services

We’ve covered a multitude of live TV options, both paid and free, available on every device for cord cutters. In addition to your favorite TV shows and movies, these services often include channels that will allow you to watch the news.

  • Sling TV is a great option for those who want news content, thanks to their News Extra add on. The add on gives users additional channels, including CNN and BBC World News.
  • DIRECTV NOW offers four different packages. Each includes CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, One American News, BBC America, and other news networks. Depending on your location, you might also have access to local channels. Use DIRECTV NOW’s Channel Lookup Tool to find out which channels you’ll receive.
  • Hulu has an entire news category that gives you live access to stations including Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, and CNN.
  • PlayStation Vue has an impressive selection of live channels, including most of the major news networks. Watch ABC, Fox, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, and BBC America all with the least expensive package option. Local programming is also available, depending on your zip code.
  • Fubo TV may be focused primarily on sports, but the app also offers a decent about of news coverage. The Fubo TV Premier package includes Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, CNBC World, CBSN, The Weather Channel, and MSNBC.

Add Channel Specific Apps

Many of us have preferences about which news channels we watch. Many of those channels have their own specific apps to make watching the news live and catching up on recent stories easier. While many of these channels are available on the live TV services listed above, those who don’t have a subscription to one of those services can get the content through the individual apps.

  • NBC News offers clips about big news stories, along with previously aired episodes of news shows, including Nightly News.
  • CBS News is dedicated to airing the station’s news broadcasts in real time.
  • CBS All Access, unlike the CBS News app, offers episodes of the station’s news shows. Look for 60 Minutes and Face the Nation. The service costs $6/month.
  • Fox News Go can be accessed on mobile devices. Those with the option to cast streaming content from mobile devices to their TV might be interested in using the app to watch a live stream of Fox News or Fox Business.
  • Weather Nation is great for those who want to keep up with local and national weather. The station
  • HuffPost Live takes online news stories into a video format, giving users both short videos and more in depth pieces.
  • Bloomberg TV is another good option for those who are interested specifically in business related news.

Use Free News Apps for Local Content

Several free services are dedicated to making it easier to have access to live, local and national news.

  • NewsOn is an app available from Amazon, Roku, Apple, and Google Play. The free app gives users access to live broadcasts of local news channels. When you open the app, you’ll find an interactive map that will let you choose which nearby station you want to tune into. There are over 170 stations to choose from. When you’ve found your station, watch the news live or catch up on broadcasts that aired up to 48 hours prior.
  • Newsy is available on Amazon, Roku, Apple, and Google Play. This is perfect for those who want a quick rundown of the day’s latest stories. After you’re caught up, you can tune into the live feed to see what’s happening in real time.
  • Cheddar, an app available on Sling TV, Amazon,Vimeo, Twitter, Xumo, Pluto TV, and as a separate app on smart TVs, offers a live broadcast from the New York Stock Exchange. Cheddar reporters give live reports on breaking news, along with interviewing guests, ranging from CEOs to TV stars.

Bring in an Antenna for Local Channels

For those who want access to local news channels for free, an antenna is usually the best option. To make sure an antenna will work well for you, start by visiting Antenna Recommendations. Enter your information on the site and you’ll get recommendations about which antenna will work best for your needs, along with information about what channels you’ll have access to.

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18 Responses to The Ultimate Guide to Watching News Without Cable TV

  1. Robert Beier September 17, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    No mention of Even if some of the other content is of no interest, they do have some great news channels, including some of the major cable players.

  2. risingtide September 17, 2017 at 11:44 am #

    You guys are always leaving out YouTube TV. I know you don’t have YouTube TV in your place so far but they’re now available in over 70% of US population now. YouTube TV has all the news channels except CNN. And their trial period is 14 days. They should be listed too.

  3. Loren Kruse September 17, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    Additionally, normal simply search Foxnews Live or CNN live to see live streaming of these channels.

    • Iphart September 17, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

      Yep, but the quality is bad. To me only acceptable on a 5″ phone.
      Their 720p looks like 360p on a larger screen.

    • Phuq_Me September 18, 2017 at 9:18 am #

      I doubt those are legal streams.

      • Loren Kruse September 18, 2017 at 10:35 am #

        They are not. However, they are constantly there and provide a good alternative to viewing those channels when in a pinch.

        • Phuq_Me September 18, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

          So that makes it ok as long as you benefit? No wonder the world is turning to garbage no morals anymore,

          • Loren Kruse September 18, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

            Ouch — didn’t know this was going to turn into an ethic’s class.

  4. Bill Eastman September 17, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    Skynews, NEWSY, CHEDDAR, CBSN,WEATHER are ALL on PlutoTV, in addition to movies and clasic shows

    • HiroRoshi September 18, 2017 at 11:33 am #

      And Pluto makes it easier to switch between channels, more convenient than dealing with separate apps.

  5. TexMarque September 17, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

    As far as I’m concerned, subscribing to the streaming TV packages for news is just as bad as cable. CBSN is free to stream thru a Roku or other device. The ota-DTV antenna is fine for most people because they have ABC, CBS and NBC and a local Fox channel. If one wants the cable version, it must be for the biased commentary of each network.

    Weather Nation is free to stream.

  6. Phuq_Me September 18, 2017 at 9:19 am #

    Roku has a on of local news station apps. Some stream live some just have video.

  7. Steeler4Ever September 18, 2017 at 10:57 am #

    i pay 5 dollars a month to Klowd TV, it has a pretty awesome travel channel in high def, OAN news, RT news, an outdoor sports channel, and a couple of others.

  8. Steeler4Ever September 18, 2017 at 10:59 am #

    OAN news is like CNN headline news use to be. Just news stories around the world, with a patriotic flare and nod to American and world history that has “shaped our world”

    • Iphart September 18, 2017 at 11:20 am #

      My thoughts exactly, I really miss the old CNN HLN. They’re still OK if you live in EST, but if you live in PST area, they do not have anything after 1 or 2PM.
      OAN is only avail on DTV and DTV Now.

      • Steeler4Ever September 19, 2017 at 10:01 pm #

        I think Verizon also offers them

  9. Optic September 18, 2017 at 11:50 am #

    You must be joking – this is in no way an “ultimate” guide. Again no mention of Al Jazeera, France 24, or Reuters channels/apps. All of them top notch news channels, in English, and free to boot.

  10. grinlap September 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    I live in Florida and we were affected by hurricane Irma. This experience pointed out some things that might help some of you in the future.

    I’m an almost cord cutter. I kept my Directv subscription after recently negotiating a $40 deal with them. This came in handy during the hurricane. I have Internet service through another provider but it delivers only Internet and it was out while the electricity was out from Sat night to Wed morning. So… Internet, therefore no streaming news or weather.

    But, Directv does work if you have a small generator, which I do. You need only plug in the TV, the “cable box” and the power supply to the receiver on the antenna to get it to work. It takes little power (maybe 300 watts) so the smallest of generators will do. We ran the Directv lash up and 2 refrigerators on a 900 watt generator for several days on less than 5 gallons of gas with no problems.

    All the local TV stations that were available on Directv stayed on the air through the entire storm so they must have had good back up power because a lot of folks were out in most of the state.

    I’m not here to disparage cord cutting but this experience was an eye opener. It would have been obvious if I had thought much about it but until necessity intervenes we don’t usually think too hard about these things. So, in the special case of satellite TV, it might be your best option in a power out situation. Even if you have power or a generator to run your modem/router your ISP may not have power through its whole network to power its amplifiers and switches so you’re out of luck.