With a pandemic and the 2020 political season in full swing, there has been a lot of interest in watching cable news, with people frequently asking about watching CNN. Well, you no longer need a cable TV subscription to watch CNN. You can now subscribe to any of the live streaming services we mention in this article and watch CNN live without having a cable TV subscription. You can even watch it on your TV using a streaming device like a Roku!
Currently, the following four streaming services have CNN in their channel line-up. We cover them in a little more detail later in this article.
Sling TV – Most affordable option at $30 per month. Sling TV offers a free trial
Hulu Live TV – offers the most for your money at $54.99 due to Hulu’s on-demand library and originals – Sign up here
YouTube TV – On par with Hulu for live TV, but lacks the on-demand library and costs $65 per month. Sign up at YouTube TV’s Website
AT&T TV Now – Starts at $65 per month, and lacks Hulu’s on-demand depth. Offer a free trial
How To Watch CNN on A Streaming Service
To use these live TV streaming services, you will want an internet connection with about 10 Mbps per simultaneous viewing. For example, if you want to watch Sling TV on two TVs simultaneously, you’ll want around a 20 Mbps internet connection. A speed of 10 Mbps will be enough to watch on one TV in high definition (HD). If you need to upgrade your existing internet, take a look at our guide to getting internet without the cable bundle.
You can watch live TV on these streaming services using a browser on your smartphone or computer. However, if you want to watch them on your TV, you will need a streaming device like a Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or another supported streaming device. These devices connect to your TV via an HDMI cable. Once setup, you can install streaming apps on it to watch on your TV. If you have a Smart TV, check to see if it supports the live streaming services mentioned in this article. If so, you don’t need a streaming device as you can use the app on your Smart TV.
Also, if you still have cable and are looking for a way to save money, check out our quick start guide to cut the cord on cable TV.
Now let’s take a closer look at the live TV streaming services that carry CNN.
Streaming Services With CNN
Live CNN on Sling TV
An affordable way to stream live CNN is with Sling TV. Subscribers will need to sign up for Sling TV’s Blue or Orange Package for $30 per month. You can try a 3-day free trial and see if this solution will work for you.
Sling TV is supported on Windows and Mac PCs and laptops, Android and iOS devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Nexus player, Xbox One, 4th Generation Apple TV, Chromecast, and more.
The service also includes a cloud DVR along with other great features. For details on Slings service offerings and the difference between them, check out my review of Sling TV.
Stream CNN on Hulu Live TV
Live streaming of CNN is available through Hulu Live TV. As with Sling, you can get a 1-week free trial to watch CNN live free of charge. Previously Hulu was known for their vast on-demand streaming library. Hulu Live TV is one of the best live TV streaming services available. It includes the following features:
- The basic package comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. (Upgrades available)
- Watch on 2 screens at once. (Upgrades available)
- Comes with 6 customizable profiles
- Includes entire Hulu streaming library
After your free trial is up, Hulu Live TV will cost you $54.99 per month. I find it the best value of the services currently out there because it will allow you to stream your local broadcast networks in addition to CNN and a whole host of other channels. To see what channels are available through Hulu Live TV in your area, check out the tool: Channels Available by Zip Code
For more information on this service, please check out Hulu Live TV review.
Other Ways to Watch CNN
Watch CNN on YouTubeTV
YouTubeTV also offers CNN streaming live. CNN is included in the base package for $64.99 a month. Please read our review of YouTube TV for more details.
CNN Streaming on AT&T TV Now
AT&T TV Now service is yet another way you can watch CNN. The service is priced at $65 per month. You can check out everything this service offers by taking advantage of their 7-day free trial or read about it in our AT&T TV Now review.
Use the CNN App
If you decide to subscribe to any of the services mentioned above, you will also have access to the CNN app. Most think you need a cable provider login to utilize the CNN app, but that isn’t the case. The login credentials you use for Hulu, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV Now will also work to unlock live and some on-demand CNN content.
You can even download the CNN app on your Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV and watch on your television using the credentials from any of the services mentioned above.
For information on watching other TV channels online check out: How To Watch Any TV Channel Online Without Cable
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