How to Watch Breaking News Without Paying For Cable TV (Updated February 2018)




News and other live events are some of the main reasons people still subscribe to cable TV; however, you don’t have to pay for cable to watch the news. Cord cutters have a ton of great options—both free and paid—to watch all the news they want.

Now, this is a very rapidly changing space but this list is up to date as of February 14th, 2018.

Free Options:

The following is our guide to watching FREE news channels as a cord cutter. (Note: these are services that primarily focus on LIVE feeds.)


If you are looking for national news many big-name cable networks offer videos and live feeds of the breaking news. Here is a list of their Roku Channels.

CBS News 24/7 Live Stream:!details/27536/cbs-news

Sky News 24/7:

Looking for more local news? Check out the new NewsOn Channel for Roku:

If the breaking news is weather related check out the Weather Nation for live coverage.

Apple TV:

Apple TV has many great apps like NBC, ABC, Fox News, Wallstreet Jurnal Live, ect. Just search the app store.

Fire TV:

CBS News 24/7 Stream:

Sky News 24/7:


On Your Computer:

ABC News:

CBS news 27/4 live news:

Bloomberg Business:

Looking for local news? Livestream has hundreds of local news broadcasts live. Check out this map to find a station close to you.

Sky News is one of the largest news channels in the UK. They offer a 24/7 live stream.


When breaking news is happening you will often find them featured on the YouTube Live home page.

Live Feeds of Major Cable Networks:

FOX News & Fox Business

Both Fox News and Fox Business are available on DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Now, Hulu, YouTube TV, and Fubo TV.


CNN is streamed live on Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, YouTube TV, and Fubo TV.


MSNBC is streamed live on Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, YouTube TV, and Fubo TV.


CNBC is streamed live on Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DIRECTV NOW.

Weather Channel

The Weather Channel is streamed on DIRECTV NOW and Fubo TV.


The One America News Network is available on DIRECTV NOW.

Pluto TVRoku Fire TVApple TVAndroid TV

Wondering what devices these service work on?

Streaming Player Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV NOW YouTube TV Hulu Beta Fubo TV
Roku X X  X  X  X X
Fire TV X X X  X X
Apple TV X X X  X X X
Chromecast X X X X X X
Android Phones/Tablet X X X X X X
Android TV X  X  X  X
Xbox One X  X X
PlayStation 4 X

Hopefully, this list has helped you find the news sources you want. If you want to find other channels, please check out our full channel guide breakdown HERE.

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