How to watch Cartoon Network online

Whether it's Steven Universe, Dexter's Laboratory, or Gumball, we've got you covered.

Apr 29, 2020, 11:59 am*


Joseph Knoop 

Joseph Knoop


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Cartoon Network is in a beautiful renaissance of kids animation these days. Between Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, and OK K.O., there are plenty of reasons to watch Cartoon Network. Of course, Cartoon Network didn’t suffer for great television back in the ’90s and early 2000s with legends like Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory, so even us aging millennials can keep having fun.

Like any smart kids channel these days, Cartoon Network live stream services are a key part of how we’re watching our favorite shows. If you’d rather catch up on the Crystal Gems or Ben 10 away from your cable provider, here’s everything you need to know to find a Cartoon Network live stream.

What is Cartoon Network?

Launched in 1992, Cartoon Network (now commonly abbreviated as “CN”) has brought kids programming of all shapes and sizes to households for as long as some viewers have been alive. There’s the aforementioned classics like Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory, but the channel has had equally legendary success with internet culture powerhouses like Steven Universe.

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Cartoon Network live stream: 5 ways to watch online

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Hulu with 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 Geo Wild and Syfy.

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Currently, Sling is also run-in a promotion that allows folks who want to dip their toes in the world of online Live TV streaming to try its service during primetime with its Happy Hour Across America promotion. From the hours of 5pm to midnight, Sling will be totally free. For more information, check out the full offer details.

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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, TBS, and IFC.

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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.

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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 Cartoon Network online

1) Cartoon Network App

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The Cartoon Network app is available on iOS and Android devices, as well as Amazon. The latest episodes appear on the app one day after they air, and the app will recommend other episodes for you to watch based on your browsing history. There’s no Cartoon Network live stream option, though. Certain episodes will require you to log in with your cable provider’s information, but all of the options available will suffice.

2) Cartoon Network site

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You won’t find a Cartoon Network live stream here, but you can watch some full episodes of Cartoon Network shows on its official site—248 videos at last count, to be exact—including episodes of NinjagoAdventure Time, and Teen Titans. But to unlock even more content, you’ll need to sign in using your cable or live TV streaming credentials. All the same rules as the Cartoon Network app apply, you’ll just be watching through your browser. If you have a Google Chromecast, you can easily “cast” from your browser to your TV, so you can still watch on a big screen. 

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*First Published: Oct 3, 2018, 6:00 am