How to Stream Live News for Free – Review Geek


Live news is often the only thing keeping families from giving up cable TV. But you don’t need to pay for live news. Most major news networks broadcast for free through streaming services, apps, and websites. And in some cases, you can even stream local news to your devices!

Watch the news on a free live TV service

A Fire TV streaming for free

Free over-the-air TV channels give you the cable experience with no monthly fees or commitments. They have cool movies, as well as entertainment and kids channels, and of course they have some big news networks including ABC, NBC, USA Today, CBS, and Bloomberg.

I suggest you install these services on your smart TV or streaming stick. This way, you can enjoy live news (and other live content) on the big screen for free.

Here are the best live TV services for free news:

None of these services require an email address or login, with the exception of Peacock. I should also note that Peacock’s news selection is somewhat limited – it includes NBC’s national channel, NBC’s local channels, and no other news sources.

If you have an Amazon Fire TV or Roku device, try their respective live TV services. Either the Fire TV app or the Roku Channel will be installed on your device by default, and both services include a ton of non-news channels.

Of course, you also get a bunch of no-news channels with Pluto TV, Tubi, Peacock, and Xumo. Check each service’s web player to see if it’s worth using.

Use your favorite channel’s app or website

The NBC news app on a smartphone.

If you don’t feel like using a live TV service and only want to watch news from one network, just download its app! Most major news networks stream for free on their app and website. You don’t even need a cable subscription.

Here are some news networks that broadcast for free:

Keep in mind that some of these networks, especially CNN and FOX News, really only carry breaking stories. Other content requires cable subscription or premium live TV subscription.

Are all news channels streamed for free?

The CNBC logo on a large panel.
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Some news stations, including CNBC, are not available for free. They may have a free app, but you can only use that app with a cable subscription. Technically speaking, the cheapest way to stream channels like CNBC is to sign up for a paid live TV service, like Sling, YouTube televisionWhere Hulu with Live TV.

Not to mention that networks like CNN and Fox News only offer rupture news for free. If you’re trying to stream the full range of their content, you have to sign up for an expensive cable or over-the-air TV subscription.

You can always use a TV antenna!

A photo of a digital television antenna.

We really tend to overemphasize streaming services, but in all honesty, you might be better off watching the news on local OTA TV. The only thing you need to buy is an antenna– it takes two seconds to connect and unlock a ton of live channels, including local news and some national news stations.

If you want to see what channels are available in your area, try using the FCC Reception Plan or the Channel Master Live TV Tool. These services also tell you which direction stations are broadcasting from, so they can be useful if you get poor reception on antenna TV.

I know what you’re thinking, “isn’t that kind of old school?” It’s definitely old school, but hey, so is cable. And funny enough, free OTA TV can actually reach much higher image quality than the cable. Broadcasters are even planning to do OTA TV supports 4K video with HDR sound and Dolby Atmos!

And if you want a nicer interface than traditional OTA TV provides, or the ability to save information and watch it later, you can also pair your antennas with a Plex server.


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