In the Trump era, CNN has become an essential source of hard news and commentary on the administration. It’s becoming more esssential in 2020, as a number of Democratic presidential candidates are stepping up to challenge President Trump.
Thankfully, it’s never been easier to watch CNN online or find a CNN live stream.
Here’s how to watch a CNN live stream for free, as well as a complete guide to live TV streaming services that offer CNN.
HOW TO STREAM CNN
How to live stream CNN for 2020 Democratic primary results
Check out the Democratic primary schedule below to determine when the various primaries (and, in a few cases, caucuses) will take place. Super Tuesday, on March 3, will be huge, and will go a long way to determine whether Bernie Sanders can capitalize on his early success in Iowa and New Hampshire, or whether a challenger from the party’s moderate wing will challenge.
2020 Democratic primary schedule
- Monday, Feb. 3: Iowa caucuses
- Tuesday, Feb. 11: New Hampshire primary
- Saturday, Feb. 22: Nevada caucuses
- Saturday, Feb. 29: South Carolina primary
- Tuesday, Mar. 3: Super Tuesday primaries (Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Democrats Abroad, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia)
- Tuesday, March 10: Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Washington primaries
- Saturday, March 14: Northern Mariana caucuses
- Tuesday, March 17: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio primaries
- Tuesday, March 24: Georgia primary
- Sunday, March 29: Puerto Rico primary
- Saturday, April 4: Alaska, Hawaii, and Louisiana primaries; Wyoming caucuses
- Tuesday, April 7: Wisconsin primary
- Tuesday, April 28: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island primaries
- Saturday, May 2: Kansas primary; Guam caucuses
- Tuesday, May 5: Indiana primary
- Tuesday, May 12: Nebraska and West Virginia primaries
- Tuesday, May 19: Kentucky and Oregon primaries
- Tuesday, June 2: District of Columbia, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota primaries
- Saturday, June 6: Virgin Islands caucuses
CNN live streams: 5 ways to watch via streaming services
All of the major live TV streaming services offer CNN in even their most basic packages. Here’s everything you need to know to watch CNN online.
- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment, sports, or news. While Fubo started by targeting sports fans—and soccer fans in particular—it’s since branched out to be one of the more robust streaming options, and it’s particularly solid for news junkies.
If you can’t watch a program live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay option and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes news programming among its broad spectrum of offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $30-$45 per month ($10 off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $30 per month. Sling Blue is what you want if you want news, in addition to including local channels, Sling Blue brings CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC as part of its regular slate of channels, with Fox Business Channel available for those who get the Sling Blue News Extra add-on.
If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $45 per month.
Other features include a Free Cloud DVR tier for all subscribers (allowing 10 hours of recording a month), the ability to record all live linear channels, and no VOD preemption on any channels. New subscribers get $10 off the first month.
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Best of Spanish + Sling Orange for $35 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
4) AT&T TV Now
- Cost: $65-$135 per month
- AT&T TV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
AT&T TV Now provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels, at its minimum, but includes numerous package choices that rival cable options in size. For news fans, that means CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC in even its skinniest tiers. If you need to record any shows to watch later, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great option for streaming, with CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC among 14 news channels. There are more than 70 channels in a package that will only set you back $50 a month. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
CNN live stream: 5 ways to watch CNN online for free
There are some free options available for capturing CNN content, in case you’re not quite ready to switch to streaming but you’re away from your cable box for Iowa.
- Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, Google Chromecast, PlayStation 4, select smart TVs, and iOS and Android devices
Pluto TV sounds too good to be true. It’s a completely free live TV service that offers quality news from CNN, CBS News, NBC News, Bloomberg Television, and Cheddar News. There are also a ton of options for free movies, sports, comedy, and geek-centric programming.
You watch a free CNN live stream on LiveNewsNow, formerly known as LiveNewsOn. You can also tune in to news channels from around the world, including MSNBC and Fox News. What’s the catch? Well, let’s just say we won’t be surprised if this site gets shut down at some point, since it doesn’t appear to be authorized. It even makes it clear on its homepage that it’s “not affiliated with CNN, BBC News, or CNBC.” But in our limited amount of time on the site, we weren’t hit with any weird ads or popups, and the CNN live stream loaded effortlessly.
If you have a cable subscription or sign up for one of the live TV streaming options listed below, you can use your sign-in credentials to watch CNN straight from its homepage. Just click the tab in the upper right-hand corner that says Live TV. Otherwise, you’ll be limited to a 10-minute free preview (though I’ve had problems streaming via both Google Chrome and Safari). Otherwise, there are countless standalone videos from the day in news if there’s a particular event that you’re looking to follow.
This is technically a free CNN live stream, but there’s a catch: It’s audio-only. But if you’re commuting, it’s a great solution. TuneIn is also the best way to listen to CNN’s excellent collection of podcasts, including Anderson Cooper 360°, Cuomo Prime Time With Chris Cuomo, Erin Burnett OutFront, Fareed Zakaria GPS, Inside Politics, The Lead With Jake Tapper, and Reliable Sources With Brian Stelter.
5) CNN Go
Cost: Free to download. Access requires a cable of live TV streaming subscription
Devices: Apple TV, Apple tvOS, Samsung TV, Android TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iPad, iOS and Android devices
Once you’re signed up with one of the services above, you can download CNN Go, the channel’s standalone app. It’s the easiest way to stay up-to-date with CNN, and the navigation is much more intuitive. It also makes it easier for you to find on-demand content, like its 2017 series, The History of Comedy.
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