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From classic cartoons to modern hits, Cartoon Network is perhaps network television's most indispensable source of animated programming. But the traditional homes of network television aren't the only place you can turn to for a live feed of Cartoon Network. You can get a Cartoon Network livestream from a number of reliable, legal services that work on the streaming devices you use in your home. You can watch Cartoon Network without cable – or satellite, for that matter.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream Cartoon Network:

  Price Channels Free Trial  
$69.99 – $139.99 65+ None

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$5.99 – $85.96 68 – 88 7 or 30 days

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$35 – $50 30+ – 130+ 3 days

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$64.99 – $79.99 220+ 7 days

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By the way, Adult Swim – Cartoon Network's sub-channel, which is aimed at more mature viewers – airs its programming on the same channel as Cartoon Network, only after hours. For more on that, read on.

How to Watch Cartoon Network Online Without Cable

When it comes to watching live TV without cable, there's no better solution than a skinny bundle.

A skinny bundle is a pay-TV service that offers live network TV channels – just like cable. But, unlike cable, the skinny bundles stream online to multiple devices, offer slimmed-down channel packages (hence “skinny”) that cost less, and often allow subscribers to choose from multiple channel bundles that offer real variety of coverage, size, and cost.

So which of these skinny bundles include a Cartoon Network livestream in their channel packages? Here's the list of skinny bundles we trust that will allow you to watch Cartoon Network without cable.

Stream Cartoon Network with DIRECTV Stream

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DIRECTV Stream offers a very cablelike experience while adding the perks of streaming. You can watch Cartoon Network — and therefore Adult Swim — with every package DIRECTV Stream offers.

Stream Cartoon Network for free with Hulu

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Within Hulu + Live TV's package is — you guessed it — Cartoon Network. That makes Hulu's service a great way to watch Cartoon Network without cable. We reviewed Hulu with Live TV here on the site, so check out that review — or try the service for yourself by signing up for the free trial.

Stream Cartoon Network with Sling TV

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Sling TV is owned by Dish, a satellite TV company, but that didn't stop it from revolutionizing the cord cutting world by becoming the first of these skinny bundles to become widely available on many platforms. Sling TV allows for a bit more customization than its peers do, because it invites subscribers to start with one (or both) of two base packages and then build out their plan with their choice of smaller add-on packages of channels grouped by type. That allows for all kinds of variation, and all of that variation is open to fans of Cartoon Network. Read the full in-depth review of Sling TV to learn more.

YouTube TV

Google's skinny bundle service, YouTube TV, is another great way to watch Cartoon Network without cable. YouTube TV offers livestreams of a ton of great channels (including, of course, Cartoon Network). YouTube TV is available nationwide, and it’s got a free trial offer that will allow you to watch without paying for seven days. Check out our YouTube TV review.

Can I Watch Cartoon Network on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

Because all of the skinny bundle services listed above offer apps for most of the major streaming platforms, it's easy to get a Cartoon Network livestream. And that’s great, because Cartoon Network is fun to watch at home, but it’s also fun to watch if you’re in, say, a waiting room or laundromat or anywhere besides your living room. As you’ll see from the chart below, you can watch Cartoon Network without cable on mobile devices as well as on TVs and laptops.

Roku Fire TV Apple TV Android TV Chromecast iOS Android Web/
DIRECTV Stream Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hulu + Live TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sling TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
YouTube TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

More to Watch for Cartoon Network Fans

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our How to Watch Adult Swim Without Cable page here. It would be like making a sandwich with peanut butter but not jelly. Which reminds us: Any streaming service that offers Cartoon Network will also have Adult Swim. That’s because Adult Swim is the same channel as Cartoon Network — the branding just changes in the evening, when Adult Swim begins airing.

Some services list Cartoon Network and Adult Swim separately in their channel lineups, while others list only Cartoon Network. Don’t let that confuse you: since they’re the same channel, Cartoon Network always includes Adult Swim! So don’t worry that the feed will just go dark when Adult Swim hours start — if you get Cartoon Network, you’ll always get Adult Swim, too.

We can’t forget to mention Disney Plus as well. Now, we know Disney Plus doesn’t have the reputation for edginess that Adult Swim does. But both its animation and its story quality are consistently some of the highest quality in the business. Good work is good work, even if it’s way more likely to be rated PG or G on Disney Plus. You’ll find classics like “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” right alongside modern megahits like the “Frozen” movies. It’s good entertainment for the kids, sure, but adults can enjoy it just as easily. Head on over to our Disney Plus page to get more information on the service. If you just want our opinion on the service, our review page will tell you why we called it “an absolutely essential streaming service.”

13 thoughts on “How to Watch Cartoon Network Without Cable

  1. Cordcombiner says:

    Dang none of the options seem to carry the two shows I wanted to watch. Oh well guess it’s back to cable.

    1. bingefan says:

      I am trying to get the newest season of steven universe and it is only on cartoon network, I have to have a tv provider to log in
      Very sad I can’t binge watch during quarantine.

  2. Brooklyne says:

    Disappointing that Cartoon Network doesn’t have a streaming service as they don’t offer all the seasons of their shows on hulu. The latest season is always released a year or so later. Lame. I’d rather pay $8 a month to watch my cartoons now, than wait a year to see them on hulu, if that season even shows up on hulu. sigh.

    1. Nathan Bartlett says:

      Well, there’s also HBO Max. Which you only have to pay $9.99 a month for it. And it has all Cartoon Network shows old and new. At least most of them.

  3. David Bray says:

    Is there any streaming service that will let you pick the channels you want?

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      Sling TV works a bit like this! You can customize add-on bundles after starting with a base bundle.

  4. landon says:

    i just want to watch steven universe o cn

    1. Jordan says:

      Same though

  5. B. Clift says:

    Fubo no longer has any Turner channels, including Cartoon Network/Adult Swim

  6. Jack says:

    Lol we’re all here for Steven universe

  7. I want my CN says:

    Cartoon Network no longer works properly on Roku. I’m surprised there is not enough information or people commenting on this problem. It has been happening for about a year now. I have Roku Premiere and it only worked once.

    1. Takerfan77 says:

      No issue on firestick . I have a roku as well but when I got a firestick roku has not been used for about 2 yrs . Roku is so limited as to things it can do . In my opinion firestick is 1000% better not much that you cant do on it . If you haven’t gotten a firestick you should it is worth it .

    2. Michelle says:

      You might need to upgrade your Roku. This started happening with our Roku player, but it was about 3 years old. Just bought the Premire and it streams with no problems.

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