How to Watch CNN Live Stream Online without Cable

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Based in Atlanta Georgia and watched all over the world, CNN has become a  major force in world news. And news has always been another issue for cable subscribers who would prefer to cut the cord. Without local, national, or global news access, people are worried about being able to watch the CNN live stream if they stop paying cable providers.

CNN has earned their title as one of the premier 24 hour news stations. If you’re worried about being able to watch CNN without cable, we’re here to put you at ease.

Here are the ways you can watch CNN online.


Watch the CNN Live Stream on DIRECTV NOW

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Keeping up with world news has never been more important than it is right now. So, how can you watch CNN streaming without cable? DIRECTV NOW is one great option.

A product of AT&T, this latest streaming service offers over 60 and up to 100 cable channels, live streaming and on-demand, starting at one monthly price of $35.

With DIRECTV NOW (review), you do not need a cable contract or any special equipment: all you need is a laptop and an internet connection to get all the live television you could want. There are currently no mobile restrictions, so it doesn’t matter if you’re in the house or out.

And if you want the traditional television watching experience? No problem, just plug in an Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV product. This streaming service is still new, so they should be adding more compatible streaming players in the near future.

Don’t have either of these? You may be able to get one for free. DIRECTV NOW has a promotion today (subject to change) that if you pay one month in advance, you will receive a free Amazon Fire TV stick. For three months, a brand-new Apple TV.

What could it hurt to give it a try? Snag your free trial here and see for yourself if this service is right for you.


Or Try Sling TV for a CNN Live Stream

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Sling TV, a product of Dish Network, offers streaming live and on demand content from tons of networks that were previously only available with an expensive cable bill. You can watch Sling TV (review) on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Or it works with a huge list of available streaming players including Chromecast and Amazon Fire. It is also available on Roku or Apple TV, and often the service has discounts or special deals on these players, so check out their site for more details.


You’ll be able to watch all of your favorite CNN shows right when they air, including:

  • Anderson Cooper 360
  • State of The Union
  • The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
  • CNN Newsroom
  • CNN Tonight

Catch news when it happens as well as the commentary and analysis that CNN is known for.

CNN is part of Sling TV’s basic package, starting at $20 per month. There are no contracts so sign, so you don’t have to feel tied down. You can also start with a free 7 day trial and watch CNN online free to see what you think.


What Other Streaming Programming Can You Get?


Is news your top priority? Not only can you watch the CNN live stream, but you’ll also have access to other popular news networks including:

  • Bloomberg Television
  • CNBC
  • Local Now

Some of these are available with the News Extra package, which is only $5 additional each month.

But news isn’t the only thing you’ll get with Sling TV. Other popular cable channels, like TLC and Discovery, are available. And hard to find networks like AMC, FX, A&E, HISTORY, and more.


Other Ways to Watch CNN Without Cable

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Another service that offers CNN streaming is PlayStation Vue. It is similar to Sling TV, but doesn’t have the same functionality. It is more expensive, starting at $30 to $40 per month depending on your location. It also works with fewer streaming players and is tied to your home network, so streaming on the go is restricted. Check out our review here.

CNN does post some of their content online for free, but it can be hit or miss. If you truly want to stream CNN, a subscription like DIRECTV NOW or Sling TV is your best option.

Do you have more questions about how to watch CNN online? Ask below and we’re happy to help.

Laura LaVoie

Laura M. LaVoie resides in a 120 square foot house in the mountains of Western North Carolina. There she has a solid internet connection and access to some of the best craft beer in the country. Email her at

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