How to Watch National, International, and Local News Streams

Watch live streams of MSNBC, CNN, and Fox or stream local news

Live news streams are available online from dozens of different sources, and many of them are free to use even if you have cut the cord and gotten rid of your cable or satellite television subscription. All you need in order to watch live news online is a computer, or another compatible device like a smartphone, tablet, or streaming device, and a broadband internet connection.

All of the major news organizations, including MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, ABC, and CBS provide live online news streams. Some of these live news streams are totally free, and others only allow you to watch a limited amount if you don't have a valid cable or satellite television subscription.

Many local stations also have their own live news streams, and these are almost all totally free to watch. International news organizations from around the world, like Sky News from the United Kingdom and NHK from Japan, also have their own free news streams that you can watch online.

A news livestream displayed on a laptop outdoors.
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How to Watch MSNBC Live Stream

MSNBC provides a live online news stream, but it is only available if you are able to provide login information for a qualifying cable or satellite television provider. Live broadcasts are available for free, but only in the form of clips that are uploaded after the actual broadcast.

A screenshot of the MSNBC live stream.

To Watch a Live MSNBC Feed:

  1. Navigate to msnbc.com/now.

  2. Click Please sign in.

  3. Select your television provider.

  4. Enter your television provider login information if prompted.

  5. The MSNBC live news stream will play automatically if you subscribe to a participating television provider.

If your internet and television providers are the same, and you are on your home network, the system may log you in automatically. If you only subscribe to an internet service, but not television, you may not be able to access a free live MSNBC feed.

Watch MSNBC Mobile:

If you prefer to watch live news using the native MSNBC app for your device, you can download the app from the following locations:

How to Stream Fox News

Fox News provides a live online news stream, but a time limit is imposed if you don't have a qualifying television subscription. If you want to watch unlimited live Fox News online, you need to provide login information for a qualifying cable or satellite television subscription.

Fox News is only available to subscribers of qualifying platforms. If you don't log in, you will only be able to watch the live Fox News stream for a short time.

Watch a live Fox News feed:

If you subscribe to a qualifying television provider, you can watch an unlimited amount of live streaming Fox News:

  1. Navigate to foxnews.com/go.

  2. Click Watch Now.

  3. Click Sign In.

  4. Choose your television provider.

  5. If prompted, provide your television provider login information.

  6. The Fox News live news stream will play if your television subscription provides access to Fox News.

If your internet and television providers are the same, and you are on your home network, the system may log you in automatically. If you only subscribe to an internet service, but not television, you may not be able to access a free live Fox News feed.

Watch Fox News Mobile:

If you prefer to watch live news using the native Fox News app for your device, you can download the app from the following locations:

How to Watch CNN News Live Stream

CNN offers a live news stream that you can watch in a web browser on your computer or other compatible devices, but there is a time limit imposed if you don't have a cable or satellite television subscription. To watch CNN live online for free without limitations by providing login information from a qualifying cable or satellite television provider.

A screenshot of the CNN News stream.

How to Watch the CNN News Live Stream:

CNNgo is only available to subscribers of qualifying platforms. If you don't log in, you will only be able to watch the live CNN news feed for a short time.

Watch a live CNN feed:

If you subscribe to a qualifying television provider, you can watch an unlimited amount of live streaming CNN news:

  1. Navigate to go.cnn.com.

  2. Click Sign In.

  3. Choose your television provider.

  4. If prompted, provide your television provider login information.

  5. The CNN live news stream will play if your television subscription provides access to CNN.

If your internet and television providers are the same, and you are on your home network, the system may log you in automatically. If you only subscribe to an internet service, but not television, you may not be able to access a free live CNN feed.

Watch CNN Mobile:

If you prefer to watch live news using the native CNN app for your device, you can download the app from the following locations:

How to Watch CBS News Live Stream

A screenshot of CBSN News.

CBS News offers a live CBSN news stream that you can watch in a web browser on your computer or other compatible devices. The stream is free and does not require login information from a television provider.

If you subscribe to CBS All Access, you can also watch a live stream of CBSN through that service.

How to live stream CBS News on your computer, phone or tablet:

  1. Navigate to cbsnews.com/live.

  2. Click the play button.

Watch CBS News Mobile:

If you prefer to watch live news using the native CBS News app for your device, you can download the app from the following locations:

How to Watch ABC News Live Stream

ABC News offers a live news stream that you can watch from a web browser on your computer or other compatible devices. Unlike some other live news streaming sites, ABC does not require login information for a television provider.

ABC news online.

To watch a live feed of ABC News on your computer, phone or tablet:

  1. Navigate to abcnews.go.com/live.

  2. The latest news will play automatically.

Watch ABC News Mobile:

If you prefer to watch live news using the native ABC News app for your device, you can download the app from the following locations:

How to Watch NBC News Live Stream

NBC Doesn't offer live local and national news streams in the same way as others, but you can watch NBC News online if you navigate to nbc.com/live/nbc and sign in using your cable subscription details. When local or national news are live on NBC, you'll be able to watch a live stream at that URL.

You can also catch up with recordings of NBC news programs by navigating to nbcnews.com. Dateline NBC, Today, Meet the Press, and the Nightly News are all available on that site.

How to Stream Local News

If you're more interested in local news than national news, many local television stations offer free online streams. These streams often include both local news and weather, so they are a great way for cord cutters to keep up to date.

There are hundreds of different local stations that offer online local news. If you already know the URL of your favorite local station, then the easiest way to get started is to simply navigate to that site and look for a live news feed.

If you don't already know the URL for your favorite local station, you can find it very easily by searching for the station's call letters in the search engine of your choice. In the United States, each local television station is identified by a series of four letters that start with either K or W.

Local news stream.

For example, the local ABC affiliate in Seattle, WA goes by the call letters KOMO. If you aren't sure what the call letters are for your favorite local station, you will need to tune in to a live broadcast on your television or perform an additional internet search.

To watch a live stream of your local news:

  1. Navigate to the search engine of your choice

  2. Type in the call letters of your local news station, followed by live news stream.

    For example, you would type komo live news stream to locate the live news stream for KOMO News in Seattle.

  3. Locate the official site for your local news station in the results, and click it.

  4. The live news feed for your local station will typically play automatically.

How to Stream Local News From Around the U.S.

A news Livestream on Livestream.com

Most national news sources require a valid subscription to a cable or satellite television provider to watch a live online stream, but local news outlets are typically free. That means local stations represent a great source for free online news streams for cord-cutters who no longer pay for television.

There are a few different ways to watch local news online. The easiest is to use an aggregator site like livestream.com, which features an extremely simpler interface that allows you to select the live stream of your choice from dozens of local television stations around the United States.

How to Watch Local news on livestream.com:

  1. Navigate to livestream.com/news.

  2. Click on a pin anywhere on the map.

  3. If that station is currently live, a live feed will automatically launch.

To watch a specific live local news feed via livestream.com:

  1. Navigate to livestream.com/news.

  2. Click in the search box.

  3. Type the name or location of a station.

  4. Click on a station in the drop-down menu.

  5. If that station is currently live, a live feed will automatically launch.

How to Watch International News Live Streams

A screenshot of Sky News Live.

In addition to live news from local and national sources in the United States, you can also watch live news from around to world to gain a different perspective on current events. Most major news organizations offer live news streams, and many of them even provide English language streams.

To watch a live feed of International News:

  • Sky News International: Navigate to news.sky.com/watch-live, and the latest Sky News live stream will launch automatically.
  • RT News: Navigate to rt.com/on-air, then click on RT News, RT America, or RT UK for live news.
  • NHK World News: Navigate to www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/live, and the latest NHK World news live feed will play automatically.
  • Al Jazeera: Navigate to aljazeera.com/live, and the latest English language Al Jazeera news stream will play automatically.

Many of these sources of live international news streams are also available on your favorite mobile devices and set-top boxes. If you prefer to watch your live news on a device other than your computer, try searching for these and other international news organizations in the app store for your device: