So, you’re asking yourself whether or not you want to cut the cord, and you’ve arrived at a pretty big question: how will I watch news? After all, some people like the nightly ritual of watching an hour-long broadcast with family. Or they prefer to watch news instead of read it. Or they don’t care for the addictive or exaggerated quality of Internet news.
Well, here’s good news for the news-watchers out there: there’s lots of free video news content online, it’s made by major providers, and it’s easy for a cord cutter to access.
Get OTT Equipment
If you’ve done some research into cord cutting (we recommend starting here), you know that you’ll need a device that connects your TV to the Internet. Of course, if you have a smart TV, that problem is already solved for you.
If not, you need an Over-the-Top, or OTT, device. These may include game consoles, smart Blu-ray players, laptops, or streaming devices such as a Roku Express or Google Chromecast.
Get the Stream
If you’ve read our article on OTT content, you know that to watch most TV without a cable package you need both the OTT device and a streaming service like Netflix or Crave. Here’s the good news though: you don’t need a streaming service to watch news because most networks put their video news online for free.
For example, you can watch CityNews live, on their site, at 5, 6, and 11. Or, if you’re a CBC household, you can watch the National on YouTube. They play the show there live every day at 9 o’clock. You can even set a reminder for yourself. Expect more and more news networks to start streaming to YouTube live in the future.
Of course, once you start watching news on your TV via Internet, you’re no longer tied down to the hour-long news format. Most networks put up individual clips, meaning you can watch news you’re specifically interested in and skip stuff that doesn’t seem relevant to you.
Don’t Like OTT? Get an HD Antenna
Maybe you don’t want to mess with OTT or streaming. Or maybe you like your news channel the way it is, you just want to get rid of your cable because of all the other channels. In that case, you may want to invest in an HD antenna. They cost between $30 and $160, and they’re the digital equivalent of bunny ears. Basically, you hook up your HD antenna and watch channels over the air for free. You can put your address into TV Fool to get a full list of what channels your location will receive, but rest assured that most locations can get at least two or three news channels.
The Bottom Line
If you’re thinking of cutting the cord, or even just sliming down your cable bill by cord shaving, know that it’s easier than ever to watch the news for free.