CNBC is a business-focused network that produces content from every major financial center in the world. It also hosts original evening content like Howie Mandel’s Deal or No Deal. If you want to get rid of your cable subscription, but need to keep up-to-date on the latest business news, this guide will help you figure out how to watch CNBC without cable.

Streaming TV Services

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Live TV streaming services like these offer a cable-like TV experience over the internet — for a fraction of the price. The following services all carry CNBC, either standard with a base subscription or as part of a step-up subscription plan. The most noticeable absence from the list is Sling TV, America’s largest streaming service.

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Although it began as a sports-centric streaming service, fuboTV is now a full-featured streaming service — with the best sports lineup in the industry. fuboTV offers an expansive selection of sports networks, including beIN Sports, the Golf Channel and the NFL Network.

Channels and packages

Both of the two primary subscription plans, fubo and fubo Extra, include CNBC and CNBC World.

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Roku SupportYesYesYesYes

The additional channels you get with fubo Extra include channels like BBC World News, People and the Cooking Channel. The only major network fuboTV does not carry is ABC. The availability of local CBS, Fox and NBC channels, however, will vary from market to market.

You get a 7-day free trial with either plan as well as a $5 discount on your first month’s subscription.

Even more programming is available through fuboTV’s expansion packs. Sports Plus, for example, costs an extra $9 per month and gives you 17 more sports channels, including Sports Illustrated and the Fight Network.

Premium movie channels are also available with monthly upgrades to Showtime or AMC Premiere.

Features and extras

The standard cloud DVR service gives you 30 hours of total recording time. You can keep your recorded programs as long as you want. An upgraded cloud DVR option lets you record 500 hours of programming for another $10 per month. In addition, most sports events and many broadcast TV shows are available for on-demand streaming up to 3 days after they air.

You can stream to the fuboTV app on two devices at the same time. An optional $6 per month upgrade adds support for a third simultaneous device.

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Devices based on Fire TV, Roku and Android TV.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: fuboTV recommends Chrome.

The CNBC app will accept your fuboTV credentials.

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Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu has always been a great way to catch the latest TV episodes on demand. The company upped its game, however, when it launched its live TV service.

Channels and packages

Hulu with Live TV offers a single, $40 per month subscription tier which includes its live TV service as well as its on-demand service. You get more than 50 live channels, including CNBC. Depending on where you live, you may be able to stream local ABC, CBC, Fox and NBC affiliates.

You can expand the channel lineup further with entertainment-focused or Spanish language-focused add-on packages. The $8-per-month Entertainment add-on, for example, includes channels like CNBC World and Lifetime Movies.

The big premium movie channels, including Starz and HBO, are available with an additional subscription. Prices range from $9 per month to $15 per month, depending on the channel.

Features and extras

All of the live TV streams include the same commercials as the cable broadcast. You can’t get rid of them, but for an additional fee you can remove ads from Hulu’s on-demand library.

Hulu with Live TV comes standard with a 50-hour cloud DVR. A $15 monthly upgrade increases recording capacity to 200 hours and lets you fast forward through commercials.

Simultaneous streaming on two devices comes with the base subscription. Another $15  monthly upgrade will let you stream to an unlimited number of devices in your home and up to 3 devices on mobile. You can combine the DVR and streaming upgrades for a more reasonable $20 per month.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain Samsung and LG televisions as well as some devices based on Amazon Fire TV or Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.

Your Hulu with Live TV login credentials will give you full access to CNBC’s website and mobile app.

DirecTV Now

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AT&T launched DirecTV Now in 2016 and quickly turned it into the second largest streaming TV service in the country. One reason for DirecTV Now’s success is its large channel lineup. DirecTV Now offers more channels than any other streaming service. With the right plan, you can get more than 120 channels.

Channels and packages

DirecTV Now offers four subscription options. The base Live A Little plan costs $40 per month and includes CNBC as well as at least 64 more channels. Depending on where you live, you may get the major networks’ local affiliates. As you pay more for the other plans, you get more channels including both CNBC and CNBC World.

  • Live a Little: 65+ channels / $40 per month.
  • Just Right: 85+ channels / $55 per month.
  • Go Big: 105+ channels / $65 per month.
  • Gotta Have It: 125+ channels / $75 per month.

The Todo y Mas package, at $45 per month, provides a combination of Spanish and English language channels. CNBC, however, is not on the list.

You can add premium movie channels to any of the subscription plans. HBO and Cinemax are each available for $5 per month. Showtime and Starz are each available for $8 per month.

DirecTV Now offers international packages that you can get on their own or in combination with the US packages. Available broadcast languages include Vietnamese, Brazilian and Korean.

From time to time, DirecTV Now will offer a free streaming device. The Amazon Fire TV and the Apple TV have been featured items in the past. Most recently, DirecTV Now offered a free Roku Streaming Stick. Of course, there was a catch. You had to sign up for at least $65 in subscriptions and add-ons, plus you had to pay for the first month in advance.

Features and extras

DirecTV Now’s subscriptions include the company’s “beta” cloud DVR service. It lets you record up to 20 hours of programming. Each recording expires after 30 days.

By default, DirecTV Now lets you and your family stream on two devices at the same time. For an additional $5 per month, you can upgrade that to three simultaneous devices.

DirecTV Now supports the most commonly used streaming devices.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Samsung and Amazon Fire TV televisions.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None, but Xbox One support is “coming soon”.
  • Desktop browsers: DirecTV Now only streams to Chrome and Safari browsers. With Internet Explorer and Firefox, you can only manage your settings.

Your DirecTV Now subscription also gets you full access to the CNBC app.

PlayStation Vue

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Sony’s streaming service may be named after its gaming console, but PlayStation Vue is available on just about any streaming device. A strong contender in the streaming business, PlayStation Vue offers large channel lineups and competitive pricing.

Channels and packages

All four of PlayStation Vue’s subscription options include CNBC. If you want CNBC World, however, you’ll have to step up to the Elite or Ultra levels. Local affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are available on a market-by-market basis. If not, then ABC, Fox and NBC will let you stream non-sports primetime programming on-demand. CBS does not allow on-demand streaming through PlayStation Vue.

  • Access: 45+ channels for $45 per month.
  • Core: 70+ channels for $50 per month.
  • Elite: 94 channels for $60 per month.
  • Ultra: 96 channels, including HBO and Showtime, for $80 per month.

Sony offers several expansion packs that add even more channels. The Sports Pack includes more regional sports networks for $10 per month. The Español Pack costs $5 per month for nine Spanish-language channels. And a $6 monthly upgrade will get you FX+.

Features and extras

All PlayStation Vue subscriptions come with a cloud DVR that lets you save as many shows as you want for twenty-eight days.

PlayStation Vue’s family-friendly streaming policy lets your family stream to five different devices at the same time. Sony has also developed apps for a wide range of streaming devices:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Televisions based on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, Amazon Fire Tablets and iOS.
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge.

Your PlayStation Vue subscription will also unlock the CNBC app.

YouTube TV

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YouTube is sometimes thought of as a site for watching cat videos. However, the company’s YouTube TV streaming service has many features that appeal to cord cutters.

Channels and packages

YouTube TV’s only subscription plan runs $40 per month. It comes with more than 60 channels, including CNBC. Support for local network affiliates has been the service’s strong suit. If YouTube TV is available in your market, odds are you’ll get your local stations.

Eight premium channels are available for additional monthly charges. NBA League Pass, for example, will cost you an extra $40 per month. Starz is a more reasonable $9 per month.

Features and extras

You can record an unlimited number of shows with YouTube TV’s cloud DVR feature. Even though the recordings expire after nine months, that’s still the best deal in the industry.

Even better, each person in your household can have their own profile and cloud DVR library. YouTube TV supports up to 6 people on the same account.

While half a dozen people can share an account, only 3 devices can stream YouTube TV at the same time.

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from HiSense, LG, Samsung and Sharp as well as televisions based on Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

YouTube has had a long-running feud with Amazon, so none of the Fire TV devices can stream YouTube TV.

Free Streaming From CNBC

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Another way to watch CNBC is to go directly to the source. CNBC generates 15 hours of programming in the United States every business day. You get even more content from the 24-hour CNBC World network. Both channels leverage CNBC’s global network of reporters in 33 financial centers across Europe and Asia.

CNBC website and app

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You can get full access to CNBC’s content through the CNBC’s website and various apps. You will, however, need to provide login credentials from a paid streaming service that carries CNBC. Without that, you will only be able to stream a limited selection of live and on-demand content.

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from Samsung as well as televisions based on Android TV, Fire TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.


CNBC offers a stand-alone $30 monthly subscription that gives you access to the network’s live streams and on-demand content. A 30-day free trial is only available when you pay for the $300 annual subscription.

Business people who use company-issued phones may find CNBC Pro attractive. Given how expensive the plan is, however, most people are better off subscribing to a streaming service like the ones mentioned above.