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The world’s biggest business news network is available wherever you want to watch.
Do you like money? Do you like shows about making money? Because CNBC certainly has a lot of them. Well, good news, you can save some money by watching a CNBC live stream for free or by subscribing to a live TV service. Whether it’s the mad ravings of Jim Cramer on Mad Money, the game-show trappings of Deal or No Deal, or Jay Leno wandering around the heartland while he buys another car, there’s plenty to enjoy on CNBC.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch CNBC online.
What is CNBC?
CNBC is primarily a business-focused news channel. During typical business hours and trading days, the channel offers consistent news coverage like The Squawk Box, and then transitions into business or money-centric reality shows and game shows in the evening. It’s the home of Howie Mandel’s Deal or No Deal, Jim Cramer’s Mad Money, and Fast Money to name only a few.
CNBC live stream: 4 ways to watch for free
Pluto TV is the only legit live TV streaming service that’s totally free. Obviously, given the price point, it’s going to have a somewhat restricted channel list (Pluto pulls from some legacy channels and some upstarts), but PlutoTV is a great free option. it deals heavily in themed movie channels, so if you’re hankering for anime, martial arts, or Mystery Science Theater 3000, Pluto TV’s got you covered. If you want a free CNBC live stream, it’s by far your best option. (Here’s a guide to Pluto TV)
We’re a little shocked that CNBC and other major news companies haven’t shut this place down, but you can currently stream CNBC for free through LiveNewsOn’s platform. If you watch on your desktop or phone, you can use a Chromecast device easily enough to stream it on your TV. It’s not the most stable platform in the world, and honestly, with an option like Pluto TV, why would you watch anything else?
If you’d rather listen to your CNBC instead of looking at another stock ticker roll by or an arrow on a chart slide up and down, you can do that through the Tune In Radio app. The service offers a free 3o-day trial.
WatchNewsLive.net, much like NewsLiveOn.com, allows you to watch CNBC for free. That means you’ll be subjected to all the ads you’d be watching on any other service, and doing it in a legally gray area. It’s also a completely awful stream quality. If you’re hoping for something resembling 480p, good luck finding it here. You’re better off using Philo TV.
CNBC live stream: 5 ways to watch online
- 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 has a reputation for being a sports streaming service, thanks to its international soccer offerings and channels like NFL Network and NBA TV. But it boasts almost as many quality news options, including both CNBC and CNBC World. (Here’s a complete guide to FuboTV channels.)
Game-changing feature: Three-day replay for games and 30 hours of cloud DVR.
- 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)
I’d bet a shiny penny stock that CNBC’s primary audience isn’t overly familiar with the PlayStation brand, but it’s there if you need it. CNBC is available on the entry-level Access package, and this option will get you the typical news channels like CNN, Fox, and BBC, plus some entertainment options. If you love sports, you’ll way to pay one step up for the Core package, which unlocks a bunch of essential channels. (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)
YouTube TV is a solid option if you want a little bit of sports with your business news. You’ll get a smattering of local channels based on your ZIP code, plus a ton of news channels like BBC, CNN, Fox News, and more. There are a fair number of duds on the list, though, like New England Cable News. The bad news is you can’t add the NFL RedZone or HBO as ala carte options, but it’s a solid option for a CNBC live stream. (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.
4) 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)
DirecTV is one of the stronger options if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck. You should be able to get at least a few local channels, too. For the entry-level package, you’ll get CNBC, plus a wide array of news and entertainment channels. If you’re a premium channel buff, you can get HBO, Starz, and Showtime for as little as $5 per month. (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.
Other ways to watch CNBC online
Cost: $29.99 per month or $299.99 annual (with 30-day free trial)
Devices: CNBC.com and iOS devices
CNBC Pro is a subscription program for CNBC content, but it offers a 30-day free trial. CNBC Pro gives you access to a CNBC live stream from the U.S., Asia, and Europe, as well as the ability to pause and rewind up to one hour, but that last feature is limited to desktop users. More importantly, it opens up access to Kensho, the big data analytics platform, to answer any questions you might have about the markets and will regularly send you business newsletters with stock tips.
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, FS1, TBS, TNT, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/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.