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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 — 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.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream MSNBC:
As mentioned in the introduction, you can legally access live MSNBC broadcasts without cable — though you generally can't do so for free. Your best bet for watching MSNBC without cable is a skinny bundle. Skinny bundles are similar to cable in a lot of ways: they offer live broadcasts of network channels, you can change the channels and (sometimes, depending on the service) DVR the content, and so on. But, as the name suggests, skinny bundles are a little trimmer around the waist than their legacy counterparts. Unlike cable and satellite bundles, skinny bundles can have as few as 20 or 30 channels. Skinny bundles are also delivered “over the top” (OTT), meaning over the internet — which is why they're an option for cord cutters, who get rid of cable while (usually) preserving their internet service. Best of all, the bundles aren't the only things that are slimmed-down relative to cable – the prices are, too.
Let's take a look at your options for watching MSNBC without cable.
Stream MSNBC for free with Hulu
Hulu is best-known for its video on demand service, which is similar to (and competes with) Netflix. But the streaming company has entered the skinny bundle market as well with their Hulu + Live TV service. Happily for fans of MSNBC, Hulu's take on the skinny bundle includes that network. Hulu's skinny bundle does not, however, include tiers or big add-on packages: They keep things pretty simple, so you should have little trouble tracking down MSNBC. You can read our full review of Hulu + Live TV to learn a bit more about the service.
Stream MSNBC for free with fuboTV
fuboTV is a skinny bundle service that was once best-known for its soccer content. MSNBC technically has the occasional soccer match (NBC pushes Premier League programming beyond NBCSN and NBC on busy days, such as the wild final match day of each season), but that's not exactly what it's known for. It's on fuboTV because the service re-launched in 2017 with a broader lineup of channels akin to what you'd find with the competition. fuboTV still claims it has an edge in sports, but non-fans will still find plenty to watch, so don't be turned off by the service's sports-heavy branding. To see what we thought of the service, check out our review of fuboTV. To test fuboTV out yourself for free for a week, click the button above.
Stream MSNBC for free with Sling TV
Sling TV works a little differently than most of the competition: instead of dividing its content into tiers, Sling TV uses an a la carte model that has you first choose from its “base packages” and then add “add-on” packages, which are small, relatively cheap, and stuffed with channels grouped together by categories. The result is a very customizable service. Just find MSNBC and build a bundle around it. Check out our review of Sling TV for more information.
AT&T TV Now is a skinny bundle that offers MSNBC. You can stream MSNBC right away, but you won't have to pay right away, because AT&T TV Now offers a one-week free trial to new subscribers. For more information on AT&T TV Now, just check out our complete review of the service.
Not to be confused with regular old YouTube (which we'll talk about in this article as well), YouTube TV is Google's skinny bundle service. It works similarly to its competitors, offering a suite of live network television channels that includes an MSNBC live stream. You can read our YouTube TV review or just test out YouTube TV for free yourself by taking advantage of the service's free trial offer.
Like many other news networks, MSNBC has its own YouTube channel. This channel is generally only good for on-demand content, as MSNBC usually waits until after its segments air and then posts them online. And not all of MSNBC's programming is available for replay on YouTube. With that said, though, there's a lot of MSNBC content available on the service. And for large events, news networks like MSNBC sometimes offer live streaming on YouTube.
YouTube is free, which is good; it also has ads, which is not. If you'd rather it be paid than have ads, good news: YouTube offers a premium service called YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red), which gets rid of the commercials — for a price. You can sign up for the service's free trial to test things out.
All of the apps above are great ways to watch MSNBC without cable. But do they work on major streaming devices like Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast? The answer, happily, is a resounding “yes.” The major skinny bundles feature impressive platform support, and if you own a modern streaming device from a major manufacturer you will be able to choose from at least three or four of the ones listed above.
Roku customers can choose between Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.
Fire TV users get a solid selection, too: Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.
Apple TV supports 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 Android TV devices.
Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all work on mobile devices, too, thanks to each of their apps for both iOS and Android devices.
Watching on your computer is easy, too, of course: there are desktop and/or in-browser apps available for each of Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.
Even video game systems are an option. You can watch Hulu + Live TV on PlayStation 4 video game consoles, and you can watch Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV on your Xbox One.
YouTube (the regular one, not YouTube TV), meanwhile, has apps for every one of the major streaming platforms.
So you can indeed watch MSNBC on your Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast, and the ways to do so are listed above!
You can’t watch MSNBC on Sling TV. Where did you see that?
Yes, you can.
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.
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!
Thanks so much for this, Bobby. Fantastic!
The code is channelpear, with no space between both words.
Came back saying it’s been taken down due to copyright issues, etc. Don’t bother with channel PEAR since it doesn’t exist anymore. I added it and then had to removed it shortly afterward.
This article is a few months old, but, for those that have stumbled upon it, you should know that you can also get MSNBC on YouTubeTV – https://tv.youtube.com.
While I’m a bit disappointed that they didn’t use the “10 Foot Interface” like they did on https://www.youtube.com/tv, based on what I’ve tested, thus far, it’s far more functional if using on an HTPC with Chrome, than Sling TV is.
MSNBC is also available on XTV.
I started watching Mhz a couple of months ago. Some fine foreign shows, especially mysteries.
You can see MSNBC on Roku by downloading the free Pluto app. One of the best free apps around.
this is no longer true
Who do you contact at MSNBC/name, dept, etc. to let them know you are unhappy about something? I do not like the way they have eliminated shows like Lawrence O’Donnell and Chris Hayes and update the rows of takeouts for the various evening news shows from 7 pm to 11 pm. Also would like to see a row on The Beat with Ari Melber. I know they have put one or two clips from some of these evening shows all into one row but I prefer the previous way they did it. This just changed recently.
What are you talking about?
Apple TV only has MSNBC clips, delayed by 2 hours or so. Pluto TV appears to be a delayed feed by a day or more.
I have been watching MSNBC on my phone (Wi-Fi). I signed up for their newscast, which comes as email. I actually signed up for Rachel Maddow, but after a while it goes on to other shows. Very few of Rachel’s are getting on it these days, maybe 1 in 10. Still, you can keep going forever if you have that kind of time and each show has slightly different take and different interviewees. An ad precedes each clip, but the ads are short. This is costing a little less I think than any of the devices listed. But I don’t want to pay $40 a month and up just to watch MSNBC! Of course it doesn’t make for hearing other points of view…
The whole point of “Cutting the Cable” is to avoid paying the ridiculous amounts of money cable charges. Every example you’ve giving is not a cost savings. $40+/month dollars plus internet $30-$70/mo. you might as well keep cable. Your article is utterly useless.
I apologize in advance for my lack of knowledge, but can you please explain which (if any) of the above options can be viewed on an actual TV, as opposed to just watching on a computer? Just FYI, I do own one newer LG 4K Smart TV that has Amazon & Netflix, etc. on them (& I have logins for both), and a couple of other regular flat screens. I am currently a DirecTV customer & evaluating possible cord-cutting options. Thank you.
No need to apologize! The services listed in the article can all be viewed on a TV screen. To get them up there, you’ll either need A) a smart TV or B) an external streaming device that you can plug into your TV. Either way, you’ll just have to make sure that the service you choose is compatible with the streaming “platform” that your streaming device or smart TV runs. For instance, Roku boxes and Roku smart TVs use the Roku platform, which has apps for all of the services we listed above.
LG has a platform of its own called LG WebOS, so that’s almost certainly what your TV is running. I would check out the app store on your TV (here’s how: https://www.lg.com/uk/support/guides/tv/smart-tv/apps ) to see what’s available. From what I see online, you should have access to at least Sling TV, and probably a few more live TV options. Hope that helps!
Yeah I get the free clips on an msnbc app with my firestick but it is limited and they have everybody on but The Last Word, which is weird he is their best host!
I do not want a bundle selection or whatever just MSNBC
I would pay $10 a month for just that but no more.
I’m the same as MT!
No clips just live MSNBC!
Enough with the promoting of those 2 services I hear over and over. I want to know which streaming service has live MSNBC. I wouldn’t have a problem with paying $10 either for some live MSNBC. When I come home and turn on the Shield I want to see live streaming MSNBC 🙂
does anybody use showbox?
Every Single “ad” states “Watch MSNBC FREE with xxxxx TV service” click here for free trial … is a total LIE.
Sure, watch for 7 days free – THEN you must PAY to watch MSNBC (albeit with the channels offered) …
Seriously, this is worse than loss leader advertising. LIES are not loss leaders. They are LIES.
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