The Ultimate Guide to Watching News Without Cable TV




From politics to extreme weather, the past few months have been full of important news stories. Missing the feeling of sitting down to watch the news with a cup of coffee in the morning is common among those who have cut cable. Below, we’re sharing the services and solutions that will give you access to the daily news without cable.

Subscribe to Live TV Services

We’ve covered a multitude of live TV options, both paid and free, available on every device for cord cutters. In addition to your favorite TV shows and movies, these services often include channels that will allow you to watch the news.

  • Sling TV is a great option for those who want news content, thanks to their News Extra add on. The add on gives users additional channels, including CNN and BBC World News.
  • Hulu has an entire news category that gives you live access to stations including Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, and CNN.
  • PlayStation Vue has an impressive selection of live channels, including most of the major news networks. Watch ABC, Fox, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, and BBC America all with the least expensive package option. Local programming is also available, depending on your zip code.
  • Fubo TV may be focused primarily on sports, but the app also offers a decent about of news coverage. The Fubo TV Premier package includes Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, CNBC World, CBSN, The Weather Channel, and MSNBC.
  • DIRECTV NOW offers four different packages. Each includes CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, One American News, BBC America, and other news networks. Depending on your location, you might also have access to local channels. Use DIRECTV NOW’s Channel Lookup Tool to find out which channels you’ll receive.

Add Channel Specific Apps

Many of us have preferences about which news channels we watch. Many of those channels have their own specific apps to make watching the news live and catching up on recent stories easier. While many of these channels are available on the live TV services listed above, those who don’t have a subscription to one of those services can get the content through the individual apps.

  • NBC News offers clips about big news stories, along with previously aired episodes of news shows, including Nightly News.
  • CBS News is dedicated to airing the station’s news broadcasts in real time.
  • CBS All Access, unlike the CBS News app, offers episodes of the station’s news shows. Look for 60 Minutes and Face the Nation. The service costs $6/month.
  • Fox News Go can be accessed on mobile devices. Those with the option to cast streaming content from mobile devices to their TV might be interested in using the app to watch a live stream of Fox News or Fox Business.
  • Weather Nation is great for those who want to keep up with local and national weather. The station
  • HuffPost Live takes online news stories into a video format, giving users both short videos and more in depth pieces.
  • Bloomberg TV is another good option for those who are interested specifically in business related news.

Use Free News Apps for Local Content

Several free services are dedicated to making it easier to have access to live, local and national news.

  • NewsOn is an app available from Amazon, Roku, Apple, and Google Play. The free app gives users access to live broadcasts of local news channels. When you open the app, you’ll find an interactive map that will let you choose which nearby station you want to tune into. There are over 170 stations to choose from. When you’ve found your station, watch the news live or catch up on broadcasts that aired up to 48 hours prior.
  • Newsy is available on Amazon, Roku, Apple, and Google Play. This is perfect for those who want a quick rundown of the day’s latest stories. After you’re caught up, you can tune into the live feed to see what’s happening in real time.
  • Cheddar, an app available on Sling TV, Amazon,Vimeo, Twitter, Xumo, Pluto TV, and as a separate app on smart TVs, offers a live broadcast from the New York Stock Exchange. Cheddar reporters give live reports on breaking news, along with interviewing guests, ranging from CEOs to TV stars.

Bring in an Antenna for Local Channels

For those who want access to local news channels for free, an antenna is usually the best option. To make sure an antenna will work well for you, start by visiting Antenna Recommendations. Enter your information on the site and you’ll get recommendations about which antenna will work best for your needs, along with information about what channels you’ll have access to.

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