How to stream MSNBC live for Democratic primary results and coverage

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.   

How to live stream MSNBC for Democratic primary results

If you know where to look, it’s easy to find an MSNBC live stream, whether you want to watch or listen. What method you choose depends on the sacrifices you’re willing to make. We present a few free options for catching an MSNBC live stream, as well as options for how to capture it as part of a streaming service fulfilling all your needs.

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 
  • Thursday, March 12: Virgin Islands caucuses
  • 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

MSNBC live streaming: How to watch online via streaming services

Five of the major live TV streaming services offer a way to watch MSNBC online. Here’s what you need to know about each one.

1) FuboTV

Fubo TV channels FuboTV


  • 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.


2) Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV channels Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV

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 Orange + Blue channels Sling

Sling Orange + Blue

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.

WATCH: Is SlingTV worth it? 


4) AT&T TV Now

AT&T TV Now channels AT&T TV Now


  • Cost: $65-$135 per month 
  • Hulu 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

YouTube TV channels YouTube TV

YouTube TV

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.)


MSNBC Live Stream: 3 ways to watch MSNBC for free

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

1) streaming info

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.


2) TuneIn

msnbc live streaming tune in Photo via TuneIn

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.


3) LiveNewsNow

MSNBC Live Stream LiveNewsOn Photo via LiveNewsOn

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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John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond is a tech reporter and culture writer for Daily Dot. A longtime cord-cutter and early adopter, he's an expert on streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and anime. A former staff writer for TUAW, he's knowledgeable on all things Apple and Android. You can also also find him regularly performing standup comedy in Los Angeles.