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Whether it’s Steven Universe, Dexter’s Laboratory, or Gumball, we’ve got you covered.
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: 6 ways to watch online
- Cost: $40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- 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 does exactly what its name suggests: mashes up your on-demand options with live streaming. Cartoon Network is available alongside all three Disney channels (but no Nickelodeon). If you want your sports too, you can’t go wrong with three separate ESPN channels included. The real upside here is all of the other great TV shows you can catch up with your included Hulu subscription. (Here’s a complete guide to Hulu Live TV channels.)
Game-changing feature: Every subscription comes with free access to Hulu’s on-demand library, meaning you can catch up on all of your favorite shows. (Here are our picks for the best movies on Hulu, Hulu documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals.)
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- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue mixes up live streaming and on-demand video, so no worries if the kids miss the latest episode of a Cartoon Network TV show, and for what it’s worth, you don’t actually need a PlayStation to run the app. With the Access package, you can watch Cartoon Network online, plus all three Disney channels, and a decent amount of entertainment and news channels. Beef it up a bit and you’ll get more sports options like the NFL Network. Let the little ones watch Ben 10 on a tablet while you listen to the dulcet tones of Chris Collinsworth. (Here’s a complete guide to PlayStation Vue channels.).
Game-changing feature: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s unlimited cloud DVR.
3) YouTube TV
- Cost: $40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
The good news is that with YouTube TV, your little cartoon-loving heart won’t ever want for other animated programming. While you can easily get a Cartoon Network live stream running, you’ll also get Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior for the tykes, plus Universal Kids to boot. Everything else is pretty standard adult fare that kids likely won’t have interest in, but there are plenty non-luxury channels there for the parents. (Here’s a complete guide to YouTube TV channels.)
Game-changing feature: You can add up to six accounts per household, and each one of those accounts gets unlimited cloud DVR. Even better: You can fast-forward through ads in recorded programs.
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4) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
The decision between Sling Blue and Sling Orange will come down to how much news you want, and whether you can part with Disney Channel. Disney XD and Disney Junior aren’t even an option to begin with. Of course, you can always shell out the $40 a month to just get it all. Confused yet? Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels to find the right package for you. No matter what you choose, you’ll at least get a Cartoon Network live stream.
Game-changing feature: Depending on if you can live without a certain channel or two, you can find a Sling package that’s cheaper than most other options.
5) DirecTV Now
- Cost: $40-$75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- DirecTV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check local availability)
Thankfully, you’ll get your Cartoon Network shows on the ground floor for $40, plus all three Disney channels, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., and a large helping of news and entertainment networks with DirecTV Now’s introductory Live a Little package, which costs just $40 per month. DirecTV recommends going one package up to $55, but you’ll find 90 percent of your viewing in that base package most likely. (Here’s a complete guide to DirecTV Now channels.)
Game-changing feature: AT&T Unlimited customers can save $25 a month off every DirecTV Now package.
- Cost: $39.99 for your first month and $44.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is way more of a hodgepodge of channels than you may like, but if you’re looking for more animated programming besides Cartoon Network TV shows, you’re out of luck. Not even Fubo’s premium package will get you the mouse, so the kids may not enjoy that. Plus, FuboTV isn’t available on gaming devices like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. (Here’s a complete guide to FuboTV channels.)
Game-changing feature: Three-day replay for games and 30 hours of cloud DVR.
Other ways to watch Cartoon Network online
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.
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 Ninjago, Adventure 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.
New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, Sundance TV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Willow, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Adult Swim, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, HLN, A&E, Animal Planet, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.
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Joseph Knoop is a gaming writer for Daily Dot, a native Chicagoan, and a slave to all things Overwatch. He co-founded the college geek culture outlet ByteBSU, then interned at Game Informer, and now writes for a bunch websites his parents have never heard of.