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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 live stream 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  
$5.99 – $85.96 68 – 88 7 or 30 days

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$54.99 – $86.96 100+ 7 days

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$30 – $70 50+ 3 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. That remains true on the services we list here, so when we show you how to get a Cartoon Network live stream, remember that we're showing you how to get an Adult Swim live stream, too.

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. While some networks are available over the air, the cable networks you know and love are traditionally only available through legacy pay TV services like cable and satellite. I say “traditionally” because, thankfully for us cord cutters, this isn't the case anymore – and skinny bundles are the reason why.

So what is a skinny bundle? It's just a streaming service that aims to beat cable at its own game. 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. In many cases, swapping cable for a skinny bundle will net viewers the same channels they love while trimming the fat, expanding the number of devices that viewers can watch on, and – most important of all – slashing the price.

So which of these skinny bundles include a Cartoon Network live stream 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 for free with Hulu

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Hulu + Live TV is the skinny bundle entry from Hulu, a brand that was already well-known for its on-demand service even before it entered the skinny bundle fray. Within Hulu + Live TV's package is — you guessed it — Cartoon Network, making 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 clicking the link above and signing up for the free trial.

Stream Cartoon Network for free with fuboTV

Free Trial

The skinny bundle service fuboTV is one way to get your hands on a Cartoon Network live stream. You can test out fuboTV for yourself by clicking the link above and signing up for the service's free trial offer. You can check our review of fuboTV if you want to learn more.

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.

AT&T TV Now

AT&T TV Now gets its backing from a legacy pay TV company. AT&T can see as clearly as any other company that skinny bundles are the wave of the future (and careful readers will note that AT&T TV Now isn't the only service on this list with backing from a legacy pay TV company). AT&T TV Now offers viewers their choice of bundles at different price points and channel counts. The per-channel cost remains fairly constant, so you can pick your price point based on our budget alone — it's easy to find Cartoon Network in AT&T TV Now's bundles.

YouTube TV

Google's skinny bundle service, YouTube TV, is another great way to watch Cartoon Network without cable. Not to be confused with regular old YouTube, YouTube TV costs $40 per month and offers live streams of a ton of great channels (including, of course, Cartoon Network). YouTube TV is available in most areas of the United States right now. YouTube TV's free trial offer will allow you to watch for free for seven days. Check out our YouTube TV review.

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

You can watch Cartoon Network without cable on any of the devices listed above. 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 live stream on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast.

Specifically, Roku users will be able to enjoy Cartoon Network on Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each have apps for Fire TV devices.

Apple TV fans can check out Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each work on Chromecast.

Android TV users have Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV as their options.

And those are not, of course, the only devices that these apps support. Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV also work on mobile devices. That includes both Android devices and iOS devices, and the iOS devices, naturally, include the iPad and the iPod.

Then there's your computer: your desktop or laptop can be used to watch Cartoon Network without cable, too, because each of Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV offers a desktop and/or in-browser app.

Some, but not all, of the services above offer apps for major gaming systems: Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV each have apps for Xbox One, and Hulu + Live TV has an app for the PlayStation 4.

12 thoughts on “How to Watch Cartoon Network Without Cable

  1. Avatar 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. Avatar 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. Avatar 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.

  3. Avatar David Bray says:

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

    1. Avatar Stephen Lovely says:

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

  4. Avatar landon says:

    i just want to watch steven universe o cn

    1. Avatar Jordan says:

      Same though

  5. Avatar B. Clift says:

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

  6. Avatar Jack says:

    Lol we’re all here for Steven universe

  7. Avatar 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. Avatar 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. Avatar 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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