Hot Off The Press – You Don’t Need Cable to Watch Your Nightly News

Watch Live News Online

For a lot of would-be cord cutters out there, the biggest reason they’ve yet to kill the cable bill is that they dont want to lose access to their nightly news. This is especially true right now as we are now knee deep in the 2016 Presidential cycle. Presidential elections are like crack for political junkies; and despite the steep price of cable, it’s a price that many see worth paying.

But what if I told you there was a better way to get your news without capitulating to the deep pocketed big-wigs at the cable company? Well guess what? There is and today I’ll show you.

Free Online News Channels

There are a number of free video news feeds that are available with a simple internet connection (some with their own apps as well):

huff post livelink tvBloomberg
Huffington PostLinkTVBloomberg
TMZWall Street JournalVice
cnetLivestream-LogoABC7 News
CNETLiveStreamABC News
NasaDOD NewsNYtimes Video
CBS NewsHaystackNews Max
CBS NewsHayStackNews Max
Sky NewsRT NewsPBS News
Sky NewsRT NewsPBS News Hour
Sky News
France 24

Watching News with an Antenna

Let’s start with the basics. I know this is not an online option, but it is one that definitely needs to be mentioned. With a simple over-the-air (OTA) antenna you can pick up all of the major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, etc…). Every evening (usually around 5 or 6, depending on your time zone) you can catch your local news followed by a half hour of national news.

Sling TV

Sling TVHands down, the best way to watch the news without cable is with Sling TV. If you don’t know what Sling TV is, here’s a quick explanation: Sling TV is an online streaming service that allows you to live stream television channels.  You start off with a bare bones package for $20 a month and from there you can add more channels for $5 at a time.

It’s basically the closest you can come to an a la carte cable package without actually having an a la carte plan.

To learn more read our complete product review, or go directly to Sling TV’s website

Wrapped up in the default package comes CNN and Bloomberg Television. Now Bloomberg mostly covers business and marketing news, but needless to say contemporary politics bleeds into every report so you’re never too far behind the news of the day.

Sling TV CNN

CNN is broader based, covering general news and politics. You get news personalities like the Wolf Blitzer, Candy Crowley, and the ever immaculate Anderson Cooper. CNN is perfect of politics binging and there’s always something interesting on.

If Bloomberg and CNN are not enough for you, then you can purchase the $5 News Extra. For that $5 you get access to a wide swath of national and international news. You can catch up on European news with France 24 or Euronews.

Looking for news that skirts around the periphery of the mainstream media? Then Moscow-based RT is for you. There’s also HLN, Fusion, News18 India, and NDTV 24×7. Bottom line, if you like the news but hate cable, then Sling TV is right up your alley.


KlowdTVKlowd TV offers some excellent news channels for cord cutters interested in tapping into something other than what main stream media thinks is important. Channels include: One American, Bloomberg, Newsmax TV, France 24 (in English), and Sky News.  To learn more read our full product overview or simply go directly to their site: Klowd TV.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV’s News section is excellent. If you have not heard of Pluto TV, it is a free online tv service that broadcasts 100+ live channels; including TV shows, movies and Internet videos hand-picked by the team at Pluto. Use our link and enjoy.

In such a highly contentious election cycle, the news has never been more important. Regardless of whether you’re a politics junkie or just someone who likes to stay informed, you don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars a month to the news you need. As we’ve seen today, all you need is an antenna, an internet connection, and a device to watch it on.