CNBC is known as a leader in the financial news network market. Owned by powerhouse NBC and parent company Comcast, there is no wonder that cable cutters might be curious how to watch CNBC online. If you want to make sure you keep up with the financial news, including the stock market and international economics, but you want to cut cable, you’re in luck. There are a few options to watch the CNBC live stream and on-demand content. CNBC has even become an overflow channel for some NBC sports, making it critical for sports fans as well. Let’s take a closer look at all your options.
Watch the CNBC Live Stream with DIRECTV NOW
A simple way to watch CNBC is with DIRECTV NOW. You don’t need a satellite dish, any equipment other than a streaming device, and you don’t even need to sign a contract. Many people find the guide to be remarkably like cable, which is a plus for many people. From news to entertainment, DIRECTV NOW offers something for everyone. You’ll be able to enjoy news channels like CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC. You’ll also have access to AMC, History, Food Network, and TBS. With three pricing tiers and up to 120 channels, you won’t have any problems finding something to watch. DIRECTV NOW is available on a variety of streaming and mobile devices. Best of all, with no mobile restrictions, you can watch DIRECTV NOW from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection.
You can start things off by signing up for the free DIRECTV NOW 7-day trial. This will give you a chance to choose your package. Introductory pricing will allow you to sign up for the Go Big package for just $35 each month. The price won’t go up as long as you remain a member. You can also add on channels like HBO and Cinemax for a small monthly fee. If you need a streaming device, you can prepay for a month to get an Amazon Fire TV stick or three months to get an Apple TV. Whatever you decide, make sure to sign up for your free trial!
Don’t forget — CNBC also airs some coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so you may need it if you want to watch NHL Playoffs online without cable.
Use Sling TV to Watch CNBC Online
Currently, the best way to access CNBC streaming without cable is Sling TV. This powerful live streaming service offers 25-100+ channels, depending on which packages you choose. It gives you an easy, legal way to watch TV online without spending a fortune for cable.
Sling TV’s base package is $20 a month, and includes 25+ channels like ESPN, AMC, HGTV, Comedy Central, TBS, TNT, CNN and more. CNBC is not included in the base package, but is offered in the World News Extra package for another $5 a month. This expansion pack adds CNBC streaming, MSNBC, BBC World News, and more.
So, you’re looking at $25 a month for 30+ great channels. There’s no contract to sign, no hidden fees, and no nonsense. All you need is a Sling TV subscription, an internet connection, and a compatible devices.
NOTE: Sling TV has just announced it will be offering CNBC at no extra charge to basic package subscribers for the month of August so everyone can enjoy the network’s Olympics live stream coverage.
As far as devices go, with Sling TV you can watch CNBC on Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, smart TVs, smartphones, computers, tablets and more. Read our Sling TV review for full details.
Before you sign up, consider these generous sign-up bonuses:
- A free 7-day trial – no strings attached!
- A free Roku 2 – with purchase of 3 months of Sling TV
- An exclusive discount on an Apple TV – with purchase of 3 months of Sling TV
Watch CNBC Live Stream on PlayStation Vue
Another good option to watch CNBC online is Sony’s PlayStation Vue platform. The CNBC live stream is offered as part of the Vue’s basic package, so you can watch it as it airs. And that’s not all. You’ll also get these networks in the basic package:
- Comedy Central
…And more! In total, Vue’s basic package offers 50+ channels, while they also offer larger subscriptions ranging up to 100+ channels. The base package is just $30 a month, and available without a subscription. You can learn more about the service in our review.
With Vue, you can watch CNBC on Roku, PS3 or PS4 console, iPad, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. If you want to watch CNBC online with PlayStation Vue, go here to sign up.
Watch CNBC Online Free Anytime
While you can’t watch a CNBC live stream on CNBC.com, the website will typically have current news video clips to help you keep up with breaking news stories. Visiting the site can be a first step in researching the immediate news if you don’t have cable.
What about the CNBC App?
Far too many networks are offering stand-alone apps that only work if you have a cable or satellite TV login. It is frustrating, but we can only hope that these will usher in eventual versions where anyone who wants to pay for the content can have access to it online. If you do have a pay TV login, like the PlayStation Vue credentials, you can access the app.
So what are your options to watch CNBC online?
- Sling TV
- PlayStation Vue
- Clips on CNBC.com
- CNBC App with login (you can use PlayStation Vue for your login)
If you want to know more ways to watch the news online, check out our guide here.
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