Breaking the News: How Cord-Cutters Can Still Watch Live News Coverage
By Jaclyn Jermyn
Perhaps you’ve been considering cutting the cord on cable. It makes sense for your lifestyle (and your wallet) to walk away from your cable provider in favor of streaming services. There’s just one problem: you’re worried about missing out on the crucial news coverage that keeps you informed about everything from world events to local weather.
We understand how important that news coverage can be. That’s why, over the course of the next few months, our newsletters will focus on sharing intel on all the ways you can stay in the know about news with streaming platforms and online options. Beyond the screen, we're happy to provide you with customized suggestions and solutions to ensure you get the entertainment you want, without the hassle of a traditional cable package.
Here, in this month's newsletter, we’re digging into some of the streaming apps available from the big names in broadcast news and what they offer between breaking news and in-depth reporting. Plus, what’s on the horizon.
Where Can I Get My News?
For national and international breaking news, CBS offers a free streaming app available on most major devices. The platform features 24/7 live streaming news via CBSN, which includes live anchored coverage, original reporting and more—no subscription required.
It’s clear that streaming media isn’t going away anytime soon. As competition between networks heats up, some are making big investments into platforms and content designed to keep their existing fans engaged even as more and more make the decision to cut the cord on cable. CNN recently announced that it will be launching CNN+ in the first quarter of 2022. This subscription-based platform will be available through the existing CNN app and offer enhanced coverage, including 8-12 hours a day of live news programming—plus original series—all devised to offer deeper dives beyond the breaking news headlines. A CNN representative said that CNN+ will “serve CNN superfans, news junkies and fans of quality non-fiction programming.” Additional details have yet to be announced, but as always, we will share more information as it becomes available.
Fox News launched FoxNation in 2009 as an online community for its viewers. Rather than breaking news, programming leans towards primetime and original opinion programming, plus on-demand documentaries. It is the only service in this roundup that requires a subscription. After a 7-day free trial, a monthly plan is $5.99, annual plans are $64.99 and 2-year plans are $99.00. FoxNation is available on most major devices, but the reviews of user-friendliness are generally negative.
Bloomberg is your place for streaming financial and business news. There are two different apps available: for Apple TV users, download Bloomberg on Apple TV; for Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire devices and Roku devices, download Bloomberg TV+. These free platforms offer live Bloomberg coverage 24/7, including global news, data, analysis, exclusive insights and programs like Bloomberg Surveillance, Wall Street Week, Bloomberg Technology. Additionally, gain access to Bloomberg Quicktake titles like Storylines, Hello World, Game Changers and more.
Al Jazeera English
Al Jazeera English was launched in 2006 as the first English-language news network to be headquartered in the Middle East. The channel focuses on global breaking news and it’s free streaming platform features live coverage, the latest headline stories, documentaries, talk shows and more. Right now it’s only available for streaming via Apple TV, Amazon Fire devices, Roku devices, Samsung Smart TV, Android TV, Xbox and LG Smart TV with more streaming options on the horizon.
You’ve heard us talk about Locast before—for a suggested donation of at least $5 a month, Locast uses the Internet to stream local channels that can be picked up with an HD antenna from select markets, including the Chicagoland area. This will get you access to live local news coverage from channels like CBS 2, NBC 5, WGN, Fox 32 and ABC 7. Locast is available for Android TV, Apple TV, Roku devices, Amazon Fire devices, Google Play and just announced that there’s now an app for Vizio Smartcast.
Similar to Locast, NewsOn streams local news broadcasts that can be picked up with an HD antenna. The service is free and is currently available for Amazon Fire, Roku and Apple devices, and Google Play. While NewsOn hasn’t quite hit the Chicago market yet, broadcasts from Rockford, Springfield and South Bend are available, with more options being added frequently.
A Final Word
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