How to Watch the 2020 Presidential Election Returns Without Cable




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Millions of Americans have voted early and millions more are making their way to the polls today to cast their vote for President Donald Trump or Former Vice President Joe Biden. While the winner likely won’t be declared tonight, many will be watching as the results begin to come in.

Here’s how you can watch the coverage live on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, mobile, and more.

Watch with Live TV Streaming Services

All of the live TV streaming services will have a variety of options for watching election coverage. Here are some of your options.

  • Sling TV’s Blue plan for $30/month includes NBC and Fox, along with CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Enter your zip code to see which channels are available in your area before signing up. Those without a Sling TV subscription can watch it for free on ABC News Live via Sling Free or with a 3 day free trial. Check out Sling TV here.
  • Hulu with Live TV costs $55/month and includes coverage from the four major networks – ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, along with CNN and MSNBC. Hulu is also giving on-demand only subscribers the opportunity to watch the election results with a Watch Party. Check out Hulu with Live TV here.
  • YouTube TV will also let you watch the four major networks with a subscription for $65/month, along with more national news channels. Check out YouTube TV here.
  • fuboTV plans start at $60/month for the Standard plan and offer live coverage from the four major networks as well as several news channels, with the exception of CNN. Check out fuboTV here.
  • AT&T TV Now includes ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC in its $55/month package. Check out AT&T TV Now here.

Watch with Free Services

Many of our favorite free streaming services are making it easy for cord cutters to stay informed throughout the election, including covering the election returns tonight.

Here are just a few options for watching coverage for free:

  • STIRR offers both national and local news feeds, including dedicated channels for election coverage.
  • XUMO’s news channels include NBC News NOW, ABC News Live, CBSN, NewsmaxTV, and more.
  • Locast will have plenty of options for watching live coverage on local channels for those in one of the markets this nonprofit TV service covers.
  • Pluto TV will also have you covered with a robust news & opinion category that includes channels from Bloomberg, CBSN, CNN, OAN, Newsy, and more, as well as an Election 2020 channel.
  • Haystack will be covering the night’s events with stories from over 300 local broadcasters and national news sources.
  • Roku Channel will have several options for watching live coverage including ABC News, NBC News NOW, NBCLX, Yahoo! News, Newsmax TV, Newsy, Reuters, and Cheddar. You can also visit the Election Night hub for additional coverage.
  • Peacock will be airing live election night coverage on its free news commentary channel beginning at 6 pm ET.
  • NBCLX will be covering election night for free on its website and Roku app, as well as on the NBCLX OTT and OTA channel.
  • You can also use YouTube to get a free, live feed of election day coverage and results from news sources including CBSN, Washington Post, and more. Use the Live tab to find live feeds from your preferred news sources.

Watch with an Antenna

Along with free streaming services, most households across the country will be able to watch for free by using an antenna. Check out Antenna Web to find out which channels you can get with an antenna where you live.

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