8 Best Apps to Watch CNN on Roku Without Cable

CNN brings viewers up-to-date on news from all over the world, covered by storied journalists Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper, and others.

You can watch CNN with Roku and without cable on DirecTV Stream, Sling TV Orange, Sling TV Orange + Blue, Sling TV Blue, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, Max, Pluto TV Live, DirecTV Stream Choice, or DirecTV Stream Premier.

Below, we dive into each of the services that cord-cutters use to watch CNN on Roku.

Our top way to watch CNN without cable on Roku:
DirecTV Stream
"The best all-around streaming service for cord-cutters" (Rolling Stone). Includes most local channels and major national networks.
Channels: CNN, ESPN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, RSNs, and most major channels.
Price: $79.99/month
Free trial: 5 days
Devices: Roku
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For those hesitant to trust new cord-cutting companies, DirecTV Stream is a good middle ground. You get live local and national channels, and there’s no annual contract, but you're still with a staple of live TV. The basic package is comparable with other cable companies, and you have the option to bundle the service with other streamers to maximize your content access.

Price: $79.99/month

Free Trial: 5 days

Roku app store rating: 3.3 ☆☆

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Sling TV Orange is perfect for the live TV minimalist: $40 a month, a lean array of 32 channels, and the ability to stream on only a single screen at once. You can add small channel bundles to the package as well if you’d like, leaving you in control and ensuring that you’re not going overboard paying for stuff you don’t need.

Price: $40/month

Roku app store rating: 3.3 ☆☆

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At $55 a month, subscribers to Sling TV Orange and Blue treat themselves to the best of both worlds. You can live in the moment with 51 live channels, or tune in whenever you want, choosing from a host of on-demand content. If you’re hesitant to cut the cord completely, this package definitely eases the transition.

Price: $55/month

Roku app store rating: 3.3 ☆☆

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If you’re in the market for a live TV service to add to your streamer collection, Sling TV Blue is a competitive choice. For $40 a month, you get access to over 40 channels and their on-demand content, plus 50 hours of DVR storage — a cost-effective option that blows traditional cable out of the water.

Price: $45/month

Roku app store rating: 3.3 ☆☆

Roku app store link

Movies, acclaimed TV shows ready for binging, your favorite current series — and more than 75 live channels at your fingertips. For $75 a month, Hulu with Live TV lets you have it all. The package’s 50 hours of DVR storage sounds smaller compared to its competitors, but with Hulu’s content library included, it’s a trade off that ensures you won’t be left wanting more.

Price: $75.99/month

Free Trial: 3 days

Roku app store rating: 3.7

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Looking to keep your favorite shows at your fingertips, preserve access to live sports and news broadcasts, but still want to cut the cord? YouTube TV is the answer. At $73 a month it skews more expensive than other live streamers, you won’t be able to find a more extensive, all-inclusive package anywhere else.

Price: $72.99/month

Free Trial: 7 days

Roku app store rating: 3.8

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Formerly HBO Max, Max is a subscription-based on-demand platform that is only available in the US. New subscribers can choose from three monthly tiers ranging from $9.99 (with ads) to $16.99 (no ads) to $20.99 (no ads, plus more concurrent streams, downloads, and 4K streaming). An annual subscription option is also available. When you subscribe, you'll get HBO’s world-class exclusives, such as The Wire and Game of Thrones but Max also functions as a bundle: you'll get content from Discovery, DC, Criterion Collection, Looney Tunes, Studio Ghibli, Turner Classic Movies, and Crunchyroll. And as of September 2023, you will also get a live stream of CNN. Most mobile devices that can stream video support Max, although there is yet no app for Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices.

Price: $9.99/month

Pluto TV is a modern take on traditional cable: it has hundreds of channels streaming live, a huge library of on demand content, and it’s supported by ads. But the key difference from the competition? It’s totally free.

Price: $free/month

How to pay for a CNN subscription with Paypal?

The services that accept Paypal and carry CNN are: DirecTV Stream, Sling Orange, Sling Orange + Blue, Sling Blue, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, Max, Spectrum TV Stream, DirecTV Stream Premier, and DirecTV Stream Choice.

How to pay for a CNN subscription with Apple Pay?

The services that accept Paypal and carry CNN are: Sling Orange, Sling Orange + Blue, and Sling Blue.

How to pay for a CNN subscription with Google Pay?

The services that accept Paypal and carry CNN are: Sling Orange, Sling Orange + Blue, Sling Blue, and YouTube TV.

The streaming services on this page were chosen by our editors. If you choose to subscribe to a streaming service we recommend as a result of our research, analysis, and curation, our work is sometimes (but not always) supported by an affiliate commission from the streaming service when you make a purchase.

That's all from us for the 7 Best Services to Watch CNN Without Cable on Roku!