You’ve just gotten your new streaming device and have cut the cord. Now you want to watch your favorite live news channel. You install the app only to find that you need a cable provider to actually use it. This is not the way cord cutting was supposed to be.
Fear not, there are plenty of free and legal alternatives for you. Here are my top 5 news streaming apps that are totally free with no sign in required.
1 Pluto TV
Not strictly a news app, Pluto TV is an online service that broadcasts over 75 live channels of TV shows and movies. They also carry over a dozen news channels that stream news 24/7. Some of their channels include:
- CBSN (CBS’s live all-day news channel)
- NBC News – MSNBC
- Bloomberg TV
They have a total of 14 news channels all of which are free, legal, and don’t require a cable sign-in. The only drawback is that some of the stations, while the stream all the time, are not “live”. Pluto TV is available for Amazon Fire, Roku, Android, iOS, and on the web.
The major benefit of a 24-hour news channel is that you watch it on your schedule. Reuters takes that one step further and asks you how long you want to watch. You tell it how much time you want to watch for, from 5 minutes to 30 minutes, and it will create a different version of each story depending on how much time you have and how deep you want to go. Reuters TV is available for Amazon Fire, Roku, Android, iOS, and on the web.
Looking for a different perspective on the news? Try France 24. France 24 is a 24/7 news service based in Paris that broadcasts in English. It covers both world and US news. France 24 is available for Amazon Fire, Roku, Android, iOS, and is on the web.
4. ABC News
Live streams and news stories. A lot of the streams are just video with no narration. It is what you would expect a newsroom would get before a reporter did the voice-over. Others are live forums which, depending on the topic, can be quite interesting. ABC News has apps for Amazon Fire, Roku, Android, iOS, and is on the web.
Haystack TV is not a live news feed. Instead, you provide the news topics that interest you and it aggregates news on those topics from different sources. It give you the ability to personalize the news they way you want it. Haystack TV is available for Amazon Fire, Roku, Android, iOS, and is on the web.
Bonus Source For Live News
Type in “live news” in the YouTube search bar and you will find plenty of live news streams. The legality of some of the unofficial streams are questionable, but you will still find live streams from official, legal sources.