Cord-cutters have more free-TV-news options than ever before

Cord-cutters have more free-TV-news options than ever before

It’s been a few years since I last wrote about cord-cutters can watch the news without cable, but as a TV-news consumption is increasing, while the novel coronavirus pandemic, now is the time for an update appears.

In the year of 2020, there will be more opportunities than ever before, see the messages wtihout pay for a bloated TV bundle. While you still need a large pay-TV package cable news channels such as CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, there are plenty of free alternatives.

Here are all the ways to stay informed, even after you have cut the cable-TV cable:


If you want to see local news programs, your first stop should be, NewsOn (pictured above), a free app for Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, iOS, and Android. NewsOn offers full-length live and on-demand news broadcasts from more than 200 stations around the United States. The app will automatically display the current news broadcasts from nearby stations at the top of the home. To find earlier newcasts, head of the “All channels” tab, and then select one of your local stations, a list of recent broadcasts.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group Stirr app also includes news broadcasts from the station-local station. You can find the latest airing, head to the tile with the name of “News powered by [your local station]”, and then choose “Latest news.”

The free haystack TV and Plex apps are clips from local news stations. Read more about the options in the “Personalized news” section below.

You might also be able to watch the local news with an antenna. I suggest using the Website to determine whether your local stations are close enough to receive with an antenna. Our counselors will help you select the best option.

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Even without an antenna, you can

NBC Nightly News, for example, posts full episodes on YouTube directly after the original broadcast. You can device with the YouTube app on pretty much every streaming-TV. You can also find those news broadcasts in the NBC app on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, and more.

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The NBC News app has full episodes of its evening news program, like the ABC News YouTube channel.

PBS NewsHour also streams for free on YouTube. New episodes are available live and on-demand, and the YouTube channel hosting live streams of current news events. Meanwhile, the free PBS app hosts more news programs, including Amanpour & Co, Washington week and Frontline.

The ABC app offers full news programs for the World News Tonight, Nightline and 20/20. It is available on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, and Samsung smart TVs.

CBS offers free episodes of CBS Evening News and 60 minutes, but only on mobile devices and web browsers. It is a workaround, however, if you select a Chromecast: With the CBS mobile app, you will have to “Watch free episodes” instead of the login. You will then be able to hit the Chromecast icon and watching the news broadcasts (along with some other recent CBS content) for you free of charge.

Round-to-replicate-the-clock news channel

If you want the live news experience of the cable networks, you have a lot of options that don’t need a large bundle.

The best part is, Pluto TV, and a wide range of devices, including Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Xfinity X1 and Flex-cable boxes, and Vizio TVs and Samsung TVs. Pluto TV is trying to replicate the cable experience, with a grid guide of streaming channels to surf. The app is the news section offers dozens of channels, including CBSN, NBC News, Cheddar News, Newsmax, Sky News and Bloomberg, many of them anchored to life coverage. (There is a “CNN” channel as well, but it is simply a highlight reel of clips rather than a duplicate of the cable channel.)

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Pluto-TV-cable TV-style experience, has a lot of free news channels.

Xumo takes a similar approach, although there are some channels, the Pluto-TV and radio, including ABC News Live, CBC News, and USA Today. The free app is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and various smart TVs.

If you have a Roku or Samsung smart TV, you can also check out The Roku channel. While the selection of news channels is not significantly different from what you would find on Pluto TV and Xumo, it is a good one-stop-shop, if you are already on the road to The Roku channel to watch, its selection of free movies and shows. A recent Roku update has even added a “Latest News” link on the home screen, can channels quickly in certain live.

Personalized news

For a slightly different experience, the haystack free TV and Plex apps can string together clips from a variety of local, national and international news sources In both cases, you can choose you favorite topics and sources for a personalized stream of stories, or drill can list them in the individual playback for each topic.

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haystack, a personalized news based on your favorite topics and news sources.

Of the two, I think the haystack experience superior. It allows you to browse by other topics and sources, while the news plays in a smaller window, and at least in Cincinnati, where I live, it covers more local news sources. The app is available on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Samsung TV, LG TV and Vizio TVs.

While the Plex-news experience is rather bare-bones, it is only a facet of the broader Plex experience. With Plex, you can build your own over-the-air DVR, to run a media server, listening to podcasts, as well as access to a selection of free movies and shows. If you are of these purposes, the news broadcasts are already using Plex for a nice bonus.

For those who watch cable news

Hopefully now I have found that you need a large bundle of cable TV channels to the news. That said, I understand the loyalty of people to certain cable-news channels and personalities.

For the, you’ll still need some sort of pay TV package, whether it is delivered by cable, satellite or streaming. (The lone exception is Fox News, which is streaming for free through their apps and websites in the Corona-Virus-pandemic.)

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Sling TV is one of several live-TV-streaming-services-with-cable-news-channels.

Here is an overview of the options for the cord-Cutter:


  • Sling TV Blue ($30 per month), which includes CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, HLN, along with dozens of other cable TV. A $5-per-month News add-on covers additional sources, including CNBC, Fox Business, and BBC World News.
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  • YouTube TV ($50 per month) offers local channels (including PBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, HLN, Fox Business, CNBC and BBC World News, along with dozens of other cable-TV channels.
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  • Hulu + Live TV’s ($55 per month), which includes local channels, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, HLN, Fox Business, CNBC, CNN International, along with dozens of other cable-TV channels.
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  • FuboTV ($55 per month), which includes the local channels (except ABC), CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, HLN, Fox Business and CNBC, along with dozens of other cable TV. Other news channels are part of a $6-per-month “Extra”add-on, including CNN International, CNBC World, and BBC World News.
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  • AT&T TV-Now ($55 per month), which includes local channels, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, HLN, Fox Business, CNBC, and CNBC world, along with dozens of other cable-TV channels.

In some cases, you may be able to watch clips of these cable news programs without large channel-bundle. CNN, Fox News and MSNBC will offer all the highlights on their respective YouTube channels, and in their respective apps for various streaming platforms. But for live news broadcasts and the full episodes, you need a bundle that includes a whole lot of other channels.

With so many free alternatives, perhaps it is no surprise that a growing number of people decide not to pay for large bundles, and more.

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Released on Thu, 09 Apr 2020 10:00:00 +0000

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