How to Watch MSNBC Without Cable

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Do you want to watch MSNBC without cable but don’t know where to start? We share the 5 best ways to get MSNBC without cable and stay up-to-date on the news.

Streaming services have made it easier than ever to watch MSNBC without cable. All you need is a subscription to one the services listed here and a device like a Roku or Amazon Fire TV.

Streaming Services with MSNBC


If you’re looking for a cheaper way to go All In With Chris Hayes, or catch the latest episode of The Rachel Maddow Show, the streaming services we cover here will help you get it done.

1. Sling TV


This dependable streaming service is an affordable way to watch MSNBC live.

Sling TV has two channel packages – Sling Blue and Sling Orange – each for $35 per month. You can stream MSNBC without cable by choosing either channel package and adding on the 15-channel, “News Extra” package.

Some of the channels in the News Package include: MSNBC, BBC World News, CNBC, HLN, Science Channel, Weather Nation.

The News Extra add on costs $6 per month. That makes your total cost $41 per month. Which package you choose comes down to whether or not you want ESPN.

Channels in the Sling Orange package include: A&E, Cartoon Network, CNN, Disney Channel, HGTV, History Channel, and TBS. The Sling Blue channel lineup includes: Bravo, CNN, FOX, FS1, FS2, FX, and the NFL Network.

Learn more in our review of Sling TV.

Sling TV at a Glance

Pricing & PackagesOrange - $35 / Blue - $35 / Orange + Blue - $50
ChannelsOrange - 30 (ESPN) / Blue - 30 / Orange + Blue - 45
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous StreamsOrange - 1 / Blue - 3 / Orange + Blue - 3
DVR50 hrs. - Free / 200 hrs. - $5/mo.
On-demand libraryYes
Try Sling

2. Hulu with Live TV


There are many things to like about this way to watch MSNBC online. Hulu Live includes 50 hours of cloud DVR storage, local channels, multi-screen viewing, and customizable profiles.

But what really sets Hulu apart is its channel lineup and extensive on-demand content library, including all of its original titles like the popular Handmaid’s Tale.

Explore more in our full review of the streaming service.

Hulu Live at a Glance

Pricing & Packages$64.99
Channels50 - 70 + locals
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous Streams2 - Free / unlimited - $9.99
DVR50 hrs. - Free / 200 hrs. - $9.99
On-demand libraryYes
Try Hulu Live


3. FuboTV


If you love sports as much as you enjoy watching Morning Joe, fuboTV is worth trying. The fuboTV channel lineup includes a wide range of live sports, entertainment, and news content.

*Related: Love sports? Check out our guide on how to watch ESPN without cable and save $50+ per month.*

In addition to MSNBC, it also gets you popular channels like: A&E, Bravo, CNN, E!, Food Network, FX, FXM, FXX, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic, and the Travel Channel.

You can start streaming MSNBC today with its basic package.

FuboTV at a Glance

Pricing & PackagesFamily - $64.99 / Elite - $79.99
Channels95 - 165+
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous Streams3
DVRFamily - 500 hours/Elite - 1,000 hours
On-demand libraryYes
Try fubo


4. AT&T TV Now


This isn’t the cheapest way to get MSNBC without a TV provider, but it is cheaper than cable. The service’s ‘Live A Little’ Plan gives you anytime, unlimited access to MSNBC for about half the cost of cable.

Its user interface is intuitive, and its channel list includes all the major networks. You can learn more about the price options, streaming quality and channel guide in our AT&T TV Now review.

AT&T TV Now at a Glance

Pricing & Packages6 packages. Plus - $55 / Ultimate - $135
Channels45 to 125+
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous Streams3
DVR500 hours
On-demand libraryYes
Try AT&T TV Now


5. YouTube TV


YouTube TV is a major player on the streaming scene. With an abundance of popular channels and everywhere access, it’s quickly becoming a top competitor for streamers.

What really makes this service shine is its unlimited cloud DVR. That’s right, unlimited. You can record as much as you like at no extra cost.

Learn more in our review of the popular streaming service.

YouTube TV at a Glance

Pricing & Packages$64.99
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous Streams3
DVRNo limit
On-demand libraryYes
Try YouTube TV

Use the MSNBC App


Access to the MSNBC live stream is gated behind a login. However, signing up with any of the streaming services mentioned here will provide you access to the MSNBC app.

The app is full of live and on-demand content from the cable news channel.

Can I Watch MSNBC on Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, or Roku?



You only need two things to watch MSNBC without cable:

  1. A subscription to a streaming service (like Hulu Live, FuboTV, Sling TV, etc.)
  2. A streaming device like AppleTV, Roku or Amazon Fire Stick

All of the popular streaming services have apps on AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast.

If you have an internet connection and a streaming platform, you’re set. Just set up the device, add the streaming service app and start watching.



If watching MSNBC or any other channel is keeping you in an overpriced cable contract, there are cheaper ways to watch the news.

Try one of the services today and start saving money. Just think of what you could do with the money you save!


What other channels keep you in your cable contract? How much money do you spend on cable or cable alternatives each month?


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