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Of the big 3 cable TV networks, CNN tends to be the most politically down the middle. In today’s polarized political environment that means it’s also the least watched of the three. However, if you are looking to watch cable news that doesn’t have the right-wing bent of Fox News or the more liberal views on MSNBC, then CNN is likely what you want.
You also no longer need a cable TV subscription to watch CNN. You can now subscribe to any of the services below and stream CNN without having cable TV. You can even watch on your TV!
Best Way to Stream CNN Online
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 $45 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 Online Without Cable
CNN is Streaming on Sling TV
While Hulu is the best option for streaming CNN, a more affordable way to stream live CNN is with Sling TV. Subscribers will need to sign up for Sling TV’s Blue Package for $25 per month, and then get the $5 per month “News Extra” add-on. This will add CNN to your line up. You can try a 7-day free trial and see if this solution will work for you. For details on Slings service offerings and the difference between them, check out my review of Sling TV.
CNN on PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue is a great way to get a ton of TV channels without needing a cable provider. CNN is available on every level of Vue, including the entry package which costs $49.99 per month and delivers over 50 channels over the internet. Vue is also available on Amazon Fire TV and other streaming devices. See our review of PlayStation Vue for more details on what channels are available and device support. Check out their 1-week free trial.
Watch CNN on FuboTV
FuboTV is a streaming service built for cord cutters. It offers CNN, along with 70+ other channels. You can get a 1-week free trial to watch CNN live on FuboTV. After the trial on its basic package for $54.99/month ($44.99 for the first month). The FuboTV app is available on major platforms including AppleTV, AndroidTV, Roku, and Amazon FireTV. Check out our review of FuboTV for more details.
Watch CNN on YouTubeTV
YouTubeTV also offers CNN streaming live. CNN is included in the base package for $49.99 a month. Please read our review of YouTube TV for more details.
CNN Streaming on DirecTV Now
AT&T’s DirecTV Now service is yet another way you can watch CNN. The service is priced at $50 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 DirecTV 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, FuboTV, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV 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.
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