How to watch HLN online for free

True crime and hard-hitting mysteries await. Here's everything you need to know.

Jun 17, 2020, 8:30 am*


Joseph Knoop 

Joseph Knoop

They say “don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time,” but thousands of people spend a ton of their free time brushing up on true crime stories. If you’re one of the folks who devoured Serial, lamented the loss of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark author Michelle McNamara, or read Devil in the White City in a single night, then HLN is probably one of your favorite channels. Thankfully, watching HLN online, free from the hassle of cable companies, isn’t a mystery and doesn’t feel like murder. If you’re looking to cut the cord and get a streaming service, here’s everything you need to know to watch an HLN live stream for free.



What is HLN?

Owned by CNN, HLN airs your average news material by day. As things get darker, so does HLN’s programming, and it’s one of the key channels for murder investigations and true crime stories. It wasn’t always that way, as it acted more or less as “CNN 2” for the first two decades of its existence, and the likes of Nancy Grace and Glenn Beck graced HLN’s primetime desks. Since then, HLN has changed its programming to the aforementioned murder mystery and crime content. Some of the most popular HLN shows include How it Really Happened with Hill Harper, Forensic Files, and Something’s Killing Me, which is hosted by Jurassic World’s BD Wong.

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HLN live stream: 6 ways to watch HLN online for free

With the notable exception of Philo, most major TV streaming services offer an HLN live stream, and each offers at least a free seven-day trial.

Sling TV
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For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.

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Hulu Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geographic and Syfy.

fubo tv
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FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, and IFC.

at&t TV Now
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There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.

Youtube TV
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YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)

Other ways to watch HLN online

HLN website and HLN to Go app

Like a lot of other channels, HLN can be live streamed via the channel’s website on any desktop or laptop, or by the iOS/Android app HLN to Go. Simply navigate to to access an HLN live stream. It’s free for the first 10 minutes, but after that you’ll need to log in using a service provider ID. Unfortunately, of the streaming services listed above, browser streaming appears to only be compatible with PlayStation Vue. 

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*First Published: Dec 11, 2018, 6:00 am