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Replacing cable shows and movies with on-demand services like Netflix is usually a no-brainer. But what about live programming, like cable news? CNN always has the latest of the biggest breaking stories, and if you're relying on on-demand streaming alone, you might be left out of the loop. That's why we're here with some next-level cord-cutting tips, so that you can learn how to watch CNN without cable. In this article, we'll lay out your legal options for grabbing a CNN live stream, and we'll explain what the latest and greatest live TV streaming services are and how they work. Read on to learn how to watch CNN without cable!

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How to Watch CNN Online Without Cable

Longtime readers know that cord cutting and live TV are far from mutually exclusive things. It's easier than ever to watch live TV without cable. That's thanks to a pair of strategies, one of which will be particularly useful for us today.

You may already know that some channels, including major networks, are available over the air. But CNN is not one of these “broadcast channels” – which, until recently, meant that news junkies were out of luck if they wanted to watch CNN without cable. But times change, and broadcast TV is no longer your only live TV option as a cord cutter: there are ways to get network TV channels, too.

The ways we're referring too comprise a group of services called “skinny bundles.” We'll list a bunch of them below, so let's take a moment here to define what we're actually talking about. A “skinny bundle” is a live TV streaming service. It's also a “multichannel” service – in other words, it's a lot like cable. With a skinny bundle, you can hop around from channel to channel and watch live TV.

So how is it different from cable? Primarily, it's different because of how it's delivered: online. That means no regional monopolies, lower prices, and device support that allows you to stream on the go as well as at home. It's also worth noting that many skinny bundles offer stripped-down channel bundles, saving you money by offering only the most important channels. That's where the term “skinny bundle” comes from. Finally, you should know that there are no long-term contracts to sign when you grab one of these. Sounds a lot better than cable, right?

Not every skinny bundle service offers a CNN live stream, but several do, and that makes them the perfect solution to the dilemma of how to watch CNN without cable. Let's check out the reputable services that offer CNN below.

Stream CNN for free with Hulu

Free Trial

You may recognize Hulu's brand from its longstanding entry into the on-demand streaming space. But Hulu has a live TV service, too, called (creatively enough) Hulu + Live TV. Hulu + Live TV's channel selection includes a whole bunch of great channels, including CNN. Hulu is a great option for folks who want a mix of live TV and on-demand content, and it works well as a way to watch CNN without cable. You can give Hulu + Live TV a spin by checking out its free trial offer, which you can sign up for using the link just above this paragraph. For our opinion of the service, look no further than our Hulu review.

Stream CNN for free with FuboTV

Free Trial

fuboTV is one of your skinny bundle options for watching CNN without cable. fuboTV also offers CNN International. fuboTV has a week-long free trial avilable to new subscribers. To learn more and sign up for the free trial offer, read our fuboTV review and check out the link above.

Stream CNN with Sling TV

Try It

Sling TV is designed to be flexible. Instead of choosing from bundles of various sizes and prices, Sling TV invites you to grab one (or both) of its two base packages and then build out a custom skinny bundle using add-on bundles called “Extras.” The result is a skinny bundle service that minimizes the number of channels you pay for but don't watch.

Sling TV bundles include lots of easy ways to get your hands on a CNN live stream. Click the link above to check out Sling TV. For more on Sling TV, read our review


AT&T TV Now is AT&T's skinny bundle service. It offers multiple tiers of skinny bundle goodness and a CNN live stream, which makes AT&T TV Now a pretty flexible and affordable option for streaming CNN live. AT&T TV Now is a popular service and a great way to watch CNN.

YouTube TV

Google's take on the skinny bundle service is YouTube TV, which boasts a robust selection of top channels — including, happily for us, CNN. For more on how YouTube TV measures up to the competition, check out our YouTube TV review. To test the service out for yourself, sign up for their week-long free trial.

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

Watching CNN without cable wouldn't be as much fun if you couldn't watch it on your big-screen TV. That's why the next question we'll ask is how to watch CNN without cable on Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV, and Chromecast devices.

Good news: you have a lot of options.

Roku users can choose between Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Fire TV users get 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 all work on Apple TV.

Chromecast supports Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Android TV works with Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

Want to watch on the go? You can. Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each have mobile apps for both iOS and Android mobile devices.

You can also watch on your computer using the in-browser and/or desktop apps available from Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV work on Xbox One. Hulu + Live TV works on modern PlayStation consoles.

Put it all together and you have a whole lot of good ways to watch CNN without cable on just about any device you could want to use. So go grab some free trials and enjoy!

16 thoughts on “How to Watch CNN Without Cable

  1. Avatar Richard Jenkins says:

    Did “How to Watch TV without Cable” miss a major category? IPTV, such as SET TV and Gears TV. The beauty of these is they provide 1080p (not HDTV) using less than one GB per hour of data download (versus much more for streaming TV services), so I can see all the live TV I want within the 250 GB/month cap provided by my ISP.

  2. Avatar Happy says:

    All the “not cable TVs” are creeping up to “cable TV” slowly but surely. I don’t understand why CNN and the like do not offer direct streaming for a smaller fee. I subscribe to Sling but tend to only watch CNN, and Sling is creeping also and I’m probably going to cancel and suffer CNN withdrawal until I find something less expensive to satisfy my news junkie habit.

    1. Avatar Anonymous says:

      I agree totally I have been complaining about this forever. Why must I pay for fox Or any other networks I don’t want

  3. Avatar Tim Jenkott says:

    You said nothing of streaming CNN on Apple TV. Can it be done?

    1. Avatar says:

      Actually, we did!

      “Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, and YouTube TV all work on Apple TV.”

  4. Avatar Chika Barnhizer says:

    I have Hulu Live for live stream. But is there any way to watch CNN Films, Special Reports, series that previously aired? CnnGo has all but without a cable, I cannot access to.

    1. Avatar Richard Bloomfield says:

      You can try Pluto TV and see if that will work for what you are looking for.

      1. Avatar Anonymous says:

        Yes. Free!

  5. Avatar Anon says:

    Just a heads up, CNN has been removed from FuboTV packages.

    1. Avatar J1 says:

      That sucks. As I figured out after subscribing.

      1. Avatar Anonymous says:

        Yes. Free!

  6. Avatar Mary B, NC says:

    Not sure where you are getting your info, but Fubo is not carrying CNN with either package (Family or Ultra).

  7. Avatar SN says:

    So in effect, cut cable ($70/month) and subscribe to online package ($40-64/month) and burn my own internet bandwidth (10-15/month minimum) – so where is the saving?

    1. Avatar SI says:

      In the Bay area, my choices are Xfinity bundle – $99/month for tv/internet + $10/month for HD + 14 in taxes – totaling approx $124/month for 100Mbps internet + 140+ channels.

      If I take Xfinity performance Internet – its $45/month +$30 for sling blue = $75/month – savings of $50/month. (I have roof antenna+airtv with disk for DVR for recording live tv shows) .

  8. Avatar Mav says:

    Another option for CNN is Pluto TV.

  9. Avatar Frank OBrien says:

    I suggest you report total cost of each option you recommend as “cable cutting” to get CNN. This will give a true picture of cost benefit

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