How to Watch MSNBC Without Cable

How to Watch MSNBC Without Cable

MSNBC is NBC’s politics channel, and it’s a great place to turn for congressional goings-on, Supreme Court decisions, and more. That’s the kind of live political coverage that you can’t find on Netflix or Hulu – but that doesn’t mean that you’re out of luck as a cord cutter. It’s possible to watch MSNBC online as a cord cutter, though your legal paths won’t be free. Here’s how to watch MSNBC without having to go crawling back to the cable companies.


How to Watch MSNBC Without Cable



DIRECTV NOW is one of several skinny bundles we’ll list here. The skinny bundles offer cable-like packages of channels, but they trim the fat, drop the price, and don’t force you to commit to long-term contracts. DIRECTV NOW offers MSNBC as part of its cheapest package, so you can get access for as little as $35/month. DIRECTV NOW offers a free trial.



Watch MSNBC With fuboTV

fuboTV is our next stop on the skinny-bundle rundown. Once best-known for its soccer content, fuboTV has re-launched as a more general type of skinny bundle, albeit one that retains a certain sports focus. Among the new channels being offered is MSNBC. fuboTV costs $49.99/month, though at the time of this writing that price is being discounted to $34.99/month. Check out our review of fuboTV here, and try it out for one week through the free trial available here.


Sling TV

Watch MSNBC With Sling TV

While Sling TV doesn’t include MSNBC in any of its base packages, it does include the channel in its World News Extra package for Sling Blue. Sling TV’s add-on packages cost $5 per month each, so you can get a pay TV package that includes MSNBC for as little as $30 (Sling Blue + World News Extra). Sling TV has a week-long free trial, so you can try it out before you buy.


PlayStation Vue

Watch MSNBC With PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue includes MSNBC in all three of its packages. The cheapest of those is the Access Slim package, which includes more than 55 channels for $29.99/month. Sling TV will get you MSNBC for pretty much the same price ($30), but it’s worth noting that PlayStation Vue’s Access Slim package will give you more channels. Like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue offers users a week-long free trial.


With a Pay TV Login

Cord-havers, password sharers, and subscribers to the paid services mentioned above have other options for watching MSNBC online. You can stream the channel live in your browser or watch full episodes on demand through MSNBC’s iOS app.

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Stephen Lovely
Stephen Lovely
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5 Comments on "How to Watch MSNBC Without Cable"

  1. You can’t watch MSNBC on Sling TV. Where did you see that?

  2. Roku has an NBC News channel where clips are available. There is also a 30-minute delayed broadcast in the news lineup at XTV, another Roku channel.

  3. Bobby Benjamin | February 10, 2017 at 2:04 pm | Reply

    Those of you with Roku should add channel PEAR as a “private channel”, using the code: channel pear.

    You are then entitled to load up to 5 sources for free (and many more for a very low price, which lessens as you subscribe monthly, by 6 months, or annually).

    I loaded MSNBC, and apart from image/voice sync issues, am very happy with it. The clips stop momentarily while the stream is being refreshed, but the music during the pauses is a lot less annoying than any commercials would be.

    Plus, I loaded Cinemax!

    Another source of free MSNBC is to be found on Hulu Plus, this in the form of yesterday’s or weekly clips. I select clips from Morning Joe, but if you want to stay with Joe, you have to keep selecting clips, otherwise it defaults to Rachel Maddow.

    Happy cable cutting!

    Paper Tiger

  4. Bobby Benjamin | February 10, 2017 at 2:05 pm | Reply

    The code is channelpear, with no space between both words.

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