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We’re big fans of on-demand streaming services, but there are some things only major cable networks offer, like live 24/7 news updates. MSNBC is a great place to go for congressional goings-on, Supreme Court decisions, and world events — the kind of coverage you wouldn’t want to lose access to after cutting the cord. Lucky for you, an expensive and restrictive cable package isn’t your only option to watch MSNBC live.

With live TV “skinny bundle” streaming services, there are plenty of options to access MSNBC without cable. These platforms offer customizable plans that let you add major cable networks to your subscription, like MSNBC. This guide will give you all of the different ways you can watch MSNBC without a cable subscription.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream MSNBC:
  Price Channels Free Trial  
$7.99 - $82.99 85+ 30 days Watch Now
$69.99 - $159.99 140+ 5 days Watch Now
$74.99 - $94.99 220+ 7 days Watch Now
$40 - $60 30+ - 130+ 3 days Watch Now

How to Watch MSNBC Online Without Cable

MSNBC is a news channel that doesn’t pull punches in its reporting style. If you’re looking for hot takes, the hotbed of current events, or headlines hot off the press, then you’ve come to the right place. With popular news and commentary shows like “All In With Chris Hayes,” “Morning Joe,” “The ReidOut,” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” you’ll never be without something new to talk about.

The best way to watch MSNBC without cable is with a skinny bundle. A skinny bundle gives you the best of both worlds: an on-demand streaming service and a live TV cable package. They offer live broadcasts of network channels, letting you flip through channels just like you did with traditional TV. With some streaming services, you can record shows to watch later. You choose what channels to add to your subscription from the platform’s list, and are only charged for what you include. Plus, you get access to the platform’s on-demand library of content. That’s why they’re called skinny bundles. They’re slim and light, letting you get great value for a much lower price than cable TV.

Here are all your options for watching MSNBC without cable:

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

Get your news and commentary anywhere you want using streaming devices. By connecting one of the streaming services listed above to your favorite streaming device, you have the option of streaming your daily news on your big TV, mobile devices, or any other screen. Compatible devices are Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, iOS/Android, and your web browser.

More to Love for MSNBC Fans

News obsessed? No problem. CNN is a pioneer of 24/7 cable news, from popular shows like “Anderson Cooper 360” and “Inside Politics” to “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” Crossover viewership between CNN and MSNBC is high, and like MSNBC, CNN can be accessed on streaming platforms.

There’s also a surprising amount of crossover viewership from MSNBC to Fox News. Although the networks have different political leanings, their style is similar and viewers find value in seeing how different outlets report on the same events. As the most popular cable news channel in the U.S., this is one network you’ll want to find out how to watch using our FOX News watch guide.

Support public broadcasting by trying news from PBS, which is more serious and unbiased. PBS is the biggest cable network and home to essential news programs like “PBS NewsHour.” Best of all, since PBS broadcasts over the air, most viewers can get a livestream of PBS completely free with a TV antenna.

For a quick look at the day’s headlines, tune in to one of the evening network news broadcasts like NBC and CBS, which air 30-minute news programs on weekdays. Check out our guide to watching NBC Nightly News and our watch guide for ABC World News Tonight.

46 thoughts on “How to Watch MSNBC Without Cable

  1. Robb says:

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

    1. says:

      Yes, you can.


      1. Cristina says:

        Yes but they keeping going blank screen on me… sporadically and too long… since last night… so cancelled.

    2. Chet says:

      I watch MSNBC on Sling every day. It is a $5 add on to the package

      1. Anonymous says:

        It is now included in the Blue Pkg.

        1. Joan Delano says:

          How to watch MSNBC on peacock

    3. Anonymous says:

      Sling Blue has it

    4. Jim says:

      I do it every day!

    5. C. says:

      You can watch MSNBC News Live on Sling TV. You have to subscribe to the Blue Plan. MSNBC News Live is the only channel that’s current on Sling TV. I canceled my subscription because Sling TV basically has only old shows/movies.

  2. James Sprinkle says:

    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.

    1. Carol says:

      Can’t seem to find that delayed channel. XTV. Where did you find it?

    2. Cedwards says:

      Can’t seem to find XTV, but I’m interested in checking it out. Where did you find it? The point of cutting cord was to save money, but if I have to have another service, I may as well have stayed with cable. :/. Right?

  3. Bobby Benjamin says:

    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

    1. John DiNovo says:

      Thanks so much for this, Bobby. Fantastic!

  4. Bobby Benjamin says:

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

    1. Mike Adams says:

      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.

      1. Anonymous says:

        Thank you 😊

  5. Robbie Wilkes says:

    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 –

    While I’m a bit disappointed that they didn’t use the “10 Foot Interface” like they did on, based on what I’ve tested, thus far, it’s far more functional if using on an HTPC with Chrome, than Sling TV is.

  6. Douglas Lynch says:

    MSNBC is also available on XTV.

  7. Eddie Iron says:

    I started watching Mhz a couple of months ago. Some fine foreign shows, especially mysteries.

  8. Don Myers says:

    You can see MSNBC on Roku by downloading the free Pluto app. One of the best free apps around.

    1. Britton says:

      this is no longer true

      oct 2019

    2. Stevie says:

      Only a limited news line is available on Pluto. Current shows are not shown. Sorry. Same with CNN.

  9. Darlene Difiglio says:

    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.

    1. Britton says:

      What are you talking about?

  10. Gregory says:

    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.

  11. Pat says:

    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…

  12. John Hansen says:

    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.

    1. John says:

      I agree…$30 to $40 + Internet cost is way higher than the bundled cable packages. How is this cheaper? Makes no sense whatsoever.

  13. Grant Cooper says:

    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.

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      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: ) 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!

    2. JoAnn Sweats says:

      My favorite channels are MSNBC CNN Oprah’s Channels Home & Gardens

  14. Linda Reynolds says:

    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!

  15. M T says:

    I do not want a bundle selection or whatever just MSNBC
    I would pay $10 a month for just that but no more.

  16. Anon says:

    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 🙂

  17. Linda Reynolds says:

    does anybody use showbox?

  18. Britton says:

    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.

  19. Chris says:

    I agree with several of the other posts in this thread.

    JUST WANT MSNBC as a stand alone, stable, reliable, sync’d, streaming feed.
    @ a $5 – $10/ month subscription rate; like PBS.

    Don’t want to have to pay $60/mo for Hulu, or other, “bundle” of stuff I never watch.

    With $60 Hulu and $70 Internet, I’m nearly back up to my CATV “bundled” package.


    I just received notice that my provider’s app is going up to $49.95 per month so count me in with those who only want to pay for MSNBC. It is basically the only feed I use. I have an antenna for local channels and Roku offers a variety of options should I want to watch something else. Wonder why MSNBC doesn’t consider that?

    1. frugal spender says:

      Spectrum. I pay 28.00 a month for ten channels of my choice. I got in on the deal when they first launched. I believe the regular price is 38. Hope that helps some.

  21. Alan G says:

    The least expensive way I have found so far for both MSNBC live and CNN is Sling TV. You will need the Sling TV Blue package plus the News Extra Add On. This will give you a bunch of channels plus MSNBC and CNN live for $30.00 per month, should you want to record then add another $5.00 for their cloud DVR. I have looked at every other way to do this and this is the only viable alternative that comes close to having cable or satellite.

    1. STR says:

      I tried Sling but MSNBC was hopelessly out of sync with the audio. Their support had no solution.

  22. Jon Temple says:

    This is very disappointing.. I have a TCL Roku TV with an antenna.
    Is there anything we can do to get MSNBC added to Roku? To have to purchase a subscription with cable or Hulu or the other pay for play services is like I’m back with cable.
    I don’t know if the decision 6 not to include MSNBC is from Roku or MSNBC, but I’d like to know about convincing them to air it as part of Roku. I don’t care if the broadcast is delayed some.

  23. Ev says:

    I do not understand why MSNBC cannot have its own paid app or way of watching it on ROKU. All the advertisements are shown. I am so tired of “paying” to watch programs that also have so many advertisements. I don’t mind “paying” a reasonable price, but am so tired of paying, paying, paying to see advertisements.

  24. Thomas says:

    Wtf this is 2021. We should have access to any channel we want LIVE on any device, a la carte via that channel’s app. with one cost for ad free and another cost for with selective ads. It’s just a formula to arrive at the subscription cost. the functionality has been sitting there, available for years. the networks never evolved with the technology and that has left the entire TV experience challenged. I only watch MSNBC but att screwed up my billing and I never saw a bill until after the service was cancelled and turned off. So now I’m SOL because none of the above mentioned options are worth the effort it takes to view content. Unbelievable.

  25. MediaAce says:

    MSNBC is not “live” on ANY streaming service, due to the contracts they have with cable and satellite providers. Your best bet is to subscribe to Peacock, where you can view MSNBC shows the following day. Until Peacock adds “live” MSNBC feeds, we’re stuck with delayed streams.

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