How to watch CNN live

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Watching CNN live doesn't require some expensive cable package. These days, you simply need to sign up with the right streaming service. Many of the best live TV streaming services include CNN in their channel packages, though there are a select few where you won't find this popular news channel.

When it comes to breaking news, watching live is critical if you want to receive the most up-to-date information, and not all sources are as reputable as others. Luckily, you can stream CNN live with services like Sling TV and Hulu with Live TV without ever getting locked into a cable contract.

Can I watch CNN live online?

Yes! CNN is available to watch live on many popular live TV streaming services. You can stream CNN live using Sling TV, YouTube TV, or Hulu with Live TV. Philo and fuboTV are two popular services that do not offer access to stream CNN at this time.

If you are a cable subscriber already, you can also stream CNN live by heading to CNN's website and logging in with your current TV service provider.

Sling is the most affordable option

There are a few ways to watch CNN live without signing up for a cable subscription, though the most affordable way to watch is with Sling TV. This live TV streaming service gives you access to over 30 of the most popular live TV channels including CNN starting at just $35 per month! There's really no comparison here in terms of cost and channels offered. CNN is available on both the Sling Blue and Sling Orange plans, or you can choose the Sling Orange + Blue plan that combines all of their channels into one package for $50 per month.

Stream CNN live when you start your subscription at Sling! This live TV streaming service starts at just $35 per month and even includes access to a cloud DVR with 50 hours of storage.

Can I watch CNN live on YouTube?

While there's no live stream of CNN on the free version of YouTube, you can subscribe to YouTube TV to watch CNN live. YouTube TV is priced at $64.99 per month and includes over 85 other channels with your membership. You can also record shows without any storage limits and never worry about additional fees or a long-term contract. YouTube TV also includes NFL, NBA, and MLB networks, along with popular channels like BET, Comedy Central, PBS, MTV, and Nickelodeon, among many more.

YouTube TV costs $65 monthly and lets you stream over 85 live TV channels with your subscription, including CNN! Start your free trial now to check out the service for 2 weeks before paying for your membership.

How can I stream CNN for free?

Though you can't watch CNN for free most of the time, there are a few ways you can stream CNN live without paying for a limited amount of time. For instance, you can start a free trial at YouTube TV or a Hulu with Live TV free trial. Both of these services let you watch CNN as a member, but if you don't want to pay to become a member just yet or if you don't want to pay to watch CNN live, starting a free trial is a smart way to bypass the cost — if only for a little while.

Alex Smith
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