We are more glued to the news now than ever, but our & # 39; free press & # 39; is not necessarily free. Cable news broadcasts such as CNN and MSNBC are trapped behind expensive cable TV packages and cordless streaming subscriptions such as Sling TV and Hulu + Live TV. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives to get your TV news fix for free, without payment, account or obligation.
Check out our list below to see all your options for completely free TV news networks, as well as limited time offers for paid services and even a way to preview a bit of popular networks every day. Once you've found your favorite news channels, know it's even easier to find free news to read. With apps like Apple News, Google News and Flipboard you stay informed. Of course, sometimes it's the right choice to sit back and watch the news sometimes.
Free options, without obligations
The following stations offer free news streams 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you're looking for a free CNN or MSNBC replacement, these are probably the outlets you want to check out.
ABC News is an original player in American news. As part of ABC, free for anyone with a good antenna, it only makes sense that ABC News would also be available all day for free. You can watch the live streams at any time and you can watch famous programs like "Good Morning America" or "Nightline".
App 2: Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera is a news channel in Qatar, known for its coverage of the Middle East. That said, it addresses issues from around the world, including the United States, of course. The station offers an uninterrupted 24/7 stream that you can use at any time. If it is not currently broadcasting live news, it will instead be broadcasting stories and documentaries, just like some U.S. cable news broadcasts.
App 3: CBS News
Like ABC News, CBS News is a long-standing US news broadcast available for free as part of the CBS network. In addition to the free 24/7 digital news network, CBSN, CBS News also hosts popular programs such as "CBS This Morning" and "60 Minutes."
Cheddar News describes itself as a 'fast, young, non-partisan general news and main news network'. It makes sense, then, that the service is available for free to anyone who wants to view it. It broadcasts from Los Angeles, The White House and two locations in New York City. Together with its business news channel, Cheddar, Cheddar News is an excellent all-round resource for keeping up with the latest developments.
While Fox News is a premium cable news network, it does offer a free live stream of its 24/7 news programs. That may surprise you, since the network even advertises that you need some TV provider to stream live, but it all depends on what's in the news. Fox News states on its website that "major breaking news events are always streamed for free", so you can expect most stories about the COVID-19 virus to be available for free.
App 6: NBC News
While the affiliate platform MSNBC may require a cable subscription to access, NBC News is completely free and always available. Like ABC and CBS, it is a staple of American news, with programs such as the "Today Show" and "NBC Nightly News".
PBS NewsHour has no traditional, single news stream. Instead, it offers multiple live streams to choose from depending on the news of the day so you can focus on what interests you most. You can also watch its daily namesake, PBS NewsHour, live streaming for free and watch episodes at your leisure. PBS NewsHour only makes an app for iOS, but PBS Video is available on multiple platforms to keep up with the news.
You will see that local news channels can offer live streams of their content for free. We've put together some of the best-known local news channels in the country, but check your own local channel to see if they offer them too.
If you want to get your cable news fix, you might want to check out these deals before they are over. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some TV services offer extended free trials, meaning you can temporarily block free premium cable news channels. Some of these apps require you to create an account.
App 1: Hulu
If you pay for Hulu or Hulu (no ads), including the bundle Hulu, Disney + and ESPN +, the company has made the ABC News Live channel available for free live streaming. So it's not necessarily free unless you're already a subscriber.
App 2: Sling TV
You can get " Stay in and Sling", the latest promotion from Sling TV, for free for a limited time. You get both ABC News Live and Fox News (and some affiliates of Fox), not to mention "thousands" of shows and movies to boot – all without signing up for an account. If you currently subscribe to Sling TV, you will also have access to the free content.
App 3: YouTube TV
You can get YouTube TV for two weeks for free if you sign up before April 14. That's over 70 channels, including CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, for free. You must link your Google account to access the trial.
Both CNN and MSNBC provide a 10-minute preview of their live streams daily before asking for cable references to continue. Ten random minutes a day may not keep you up to date with the news, but it's good to know in case you want to tune in.
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