How to watch CNBC online and for free

The world's biggest business news network is available wherever you want to watch.

Mar 19, 2020, 12:20 pm*


Joseph Knoop 

Joseph Knoop

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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


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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: Ways to watch online

1) FuboTV

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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.

2) Hulu with Live TV

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  • Cost: $54.95 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
  • Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)

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 almost 60 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. Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.

3) Sling TV

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For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, both of which cost $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.

4) YouTube TV

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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.

Other ways to watch CNBC online


Cost: $29.99 per month or $299.99 annual (with 30-day free trial)

Devices: 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.

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CNBC live stream: 4 ways to watch for free

1) PlutoTV

Devices: Desktop, iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Google Chromecast, PS4.

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)

2) LiveNewsOn

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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?

3) Tune In Radio

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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.

4) Watch News Live

cnbc live stream watch news live Watch News Live/CNBC, much like, 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.

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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*First Published: Oct 30, 2018, 5:30 am