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Way back in the dark ages, when cord cutting was brand new and the staff members of Cordcutting.com still fit in their high school jeans, news was one of the big reasons that consumers balked at the idea of cutting the cable cord. Sure, cable and satellite pay TV subscription were insanely overpriced — that's been true for years, and was even true way back then. But the only reliable way to watch news in a video form was to tune into a cable news networks, and to watch cable news networks you needed (duh) cable. Things changed, though: we learned more about free over-the-air TV, skinny bundles brought cable channels to the streaming set, and entire new news-focused streaming services emerged to take on the old-school cable news guys. In that last category was Newsy, a new kind of news station for the modern streaming world. But what is Newsy, exactly? How can you get it, and what can you watch it on? We'll tackle all of that in more in our complete guide to Newsy.

Before we get any further, let's talk about what Newsy is. At its most basic, Newsy is a news channel. Like CNN or any other old-school cable network, you can get Newsy through a “multichannel” pay TV service (a multichannel service is exactly what it sounds like, by the way: a service like cable or a skinny bundle that gives you multiple channels for one subscription rate).

In that sense, Newsy is like a lot of other channels that started out without streaming options. But Newsy is newer, and it is native to the world of streaming. It started as a mobile-focused video platform, not a cable network. Only in 2017 did it take over a network TV channel (the now-defunct RLTV) and its pay TV commitments, effectively adding “TV channel” to its identity.

As it stands now, you can watch Newsy content on apps for various streaming platforms or as part of a pay TV bundle like Sling TV (or cable or satellite, if you're into such awful things!).

What kind of content is on Newsy?

So what is on Newsy, anyway? Well, news, of course!

To be more exact, Newsy purports to be an impartial source of news. “Be informed — not influenced,” brags their site, and Newsy's reporting does seem to make an effort toward impartiality (if you prefer a bit of editorializing in your news, the right-wing streaming news channel Newsmax TV might be more your style).

Newsy produces longer video pieces based on its investigative reporting: for instance, as of this writing, Newsy is pushing a program called Case Cleared: How Rape Goes Unpunished in America. You can count on newer reports coming in all the time — that's how the news works, after all!

Newsy has recurring programs and original series, too. These are nonfiction, news-focused series, of course, and the lineup includes the in-depth and explanatory news series The Why.

What devices can I use to watch Newsy?

Newsy began life as a video news service that aimed to be the best solution for mobile devices. Over time, it has expanded to new platforms and added more apps and support for more devices. It has also become a more traditional news network by acquiring a network TV channel and inheriting its pay TV contracts: today, you can get Newsy through your cable package or (more importantly, for our purposes here at Cordcutting.com) through a skinny bundle like Sling TV or YouTube TV. All of this means that there are a ton of different ways to subscribe to and watch Newsy, as well as a ton of different devices that you can use to watch it!

For now, we're going to focus on the platforms that Newsy supports with apps of its own. If you'd like to know which platforms you can use to watch Newsy with Hulu with Live TV, Pluto TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV, just click on those links to check out our full guides to those services.

Here are the devices and platforms that you can use to watch Newsy online:

Streaming platforms and devices

  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Fire TV
  • Roku

Mobile devices

  • Android
  • iOS

Other

  • In-browser app (Mac, Windows, and more)
  • Amazon Alexa (audio)
  • Select LG, Magnavox, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sanyo, Sony, and Vizio smart TVs
  • Stitcher Radio (audio)

That's a pretty long list! You can't watch Newsy in the Newsy app on any video game systems, but you can watch it on some systems if you have the right skinny bundle — again, for details on specific apps that you can subscribe to Newsy through, click the links that we listed earlier in this section.

How much does Newsy cost?

As we've mentioned several times already, Newsy is available in a few different forms. Newsy is also available at a few different price points!

Happily, one of those price points is one that can't be beat: in its own app, Newsy is completely free. You can watch Newsy content on demand on Newsy's website or in any of its many apps (for complete details on the platforms that Newsy's app works on, check out the previous section).

What about a Newsy live stream? Well, for that, you'll need to subscribe to Newsy through a pay TV service like Sling TV. But keep in mind that Newsy isn't really built around live coverage in the same way that, say, CNN is: Newsy's thing is more investigative reports and prerecorded news stories. The free on-demand apps work just fine for that, and the “live” Newsy channel tends to have the same content (albeit assembled into a continuous 24-hour channel).

There's one exception to our Newsy live stream/pay TV package rule: Pluto TV, a multichannel service that is completely free. Newsy has its own channel on Pluto TV, which you can watch for free.

To get Newsy as a pay TV channel, you'll need a pay TV package. You can get it for as little as $25 per month (Sling TV). For more on pricing, check out our separate guides to Hulu, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

Deals on Newsy

Newsy is free, so there's not too much reason to be focused on deals and discounts! But you should know that there are ways to save on the pay TV services that include Newsy. Keep your eye on our Cordcutting.com home page for the latest on Sling TV and other rest of the skinny bundle gang.

Getting a Newsy free trial

Newsy's own app is free all the time, so you can forget about mere a trial period! As for the various ways to get Newsy as part of a pay TV package, you can bet that you'll have free trial options for those. Skinny bundles like Sling TV tend to have week-long free trials. For more on those, check out our complete guide to skinny bundles or hit up our service guides to each individual skinny bundle that carries Newsy: Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

Newsy contracts

Since Newsy is free, there are no contracts to worry about. Of course, you may want to know about the cancellation policies and other details of the skinny bundles that include Newsy, so allow us to once again direct you to our guides to those skinny bundles. You don't need those links again, do you? Okay, fine: Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. There you go.

How to cancel Newsy

If you use Newsy's app to view the service's videos, then there's no much to cancel: the service is free, so you won't be charged!

If you use a subscription service like Sling TV to watch Newsy, then you'll have to cancel that subscription service to get rid of Newsy (and all your other channels) and stop being charged. For guides on how to cancel your skinny bundle, check out our brand and service pages for Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV, respectively.

All about Newsy

Newsy is the kind of channel that could only exist right now: an online-native streaming video company that acquired a dying TV channel and broke into the pay TV space only after it had established its brand and streaming apps. That's a pretty interesting thing, and it's just the sort of thing that we cover here at Cordcutting.com. So stay tuned to our home page and social media pages for the latest on Newsy and the rest of the services and products that make up the cord-cutting and streaming ecosystem! We've got all the news, reviews, how-tos, tips, and more that you'll need in order to perfect your own cord-cutting and streaming setup.