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How to stream MSNBC live

Here's how to get a left-leaning look at the Democratic race.


John-Michael Bond


Posted on Aug 6, 2020   Updated on Jan 27, 2021, 7:08 am CST

The 2020 Democratic nominating process started with a double dose of drama. First, in Iowa, it took days to determine that Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg could both lay claim to the victories they were already claiming. Then, in New Hampshire, both candidates excelled again, with Amy Klobuchar breaking out past more established candidates like Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. 

So, who better than MSNBC to follow the race if you’re a Democrat? For left-leaning news fans, MSNBC is the destination for campaign coverage. MSNBC fans who have cut the cord and rely on streaming know there are a number of great options to catch Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Ari Melber, and the rest of the stellar news and commentary team.   

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What is MSNBC?

Launched in 1996, MSNBC replaced the still new America’s Talking network owned by NBC. Starting in 2005, the show began to establish its left-leaning brand with shows like Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Hardball with Chris Mathews.

  • Launched: July 1996
  • Slogan: “This is who we are”
  • Genre: News/Commentary
  • Parent Company: NBCUniversal

MSNBC live stream: How to watch MSNBC

MSNBC on Hulu Live TV

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.

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If you happen to be looking for good left-leaning news coverage but also love sports, good news: 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.

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MSNBC on Sling TV

Sling TV 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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There’s a good chance that some of you are 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.

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MSNBC on YouTube TV

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.)

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MSNBC Live Stream: How to stream MSNBC

Unfortunately, MSNBC is no longer available on Pluto TV. However, you still have a couple of options for free access.

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When all you need is to stream the basic highlights of the days live news, or get salient clips from shows that aired earlier in the day, is the perfect solution. Updated throughout the day as news breaks, features a mix of the best reports and interviews from the live broadcast. Viewers who want the experience of streaming live MSNBC content without sacrificing eight hours a day or paying should check out the site.


It’s possible to enjoy the MSNBC live stream for free as long as you don’t mind sacrificing video. Tune In offers a free ad-supported streaming audio feed of MSNBC’s daily broadcast, live as it airs. News fans on a slow internet connection will appreciate not needing to buffer a video, but the real advantage is for office workers who want to listen during the workday. It’s far less noticeable to have a low-key audio stream running than a moving video.


The goal of LiveNewsNow (formerly LiveNewsOn) is admirable. Ignoring things like “streaming rights” or “contracts,” LiveNewsOn strives to be a source of global information. According to its mission statement, the site was created  with an “aim in mind for connecting people around the world with latest news channels in their native language.” With beautiful HD streams, LiveNewsNow features the highest video quality of any of the options on this list. Simply put: LiveNewsNow is also the only way to stream MSNBCs live online without paying—all of the other options on this list featuring live MSNBC video after it airs or only with live audio—but you may not feel comfortable using the site.

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*First Published: Aug 6, 2020, 12:00 pm CDT