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This is How to Watch the Midterm Elections without Cable

Tomorrow is the midterm election where the people will decide on 435 House of Representatives, 35 Senators, and 36 State Governors.

It’s never been easier to watch full election coverage even if you’ve already gotten rid of cable or satellite. There are options to stream your local affiliate, national network coverage, and cable news.

1. Watch the Midterm Elections with an Antenna

Just like the old days, you can still pick up local channels from CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC from an antenna. Outside of the cost of the antenna, you won’t pay a thing to watch election coverage.

If you live within 35 miles of the broadcast signal, you will likely be able to pick up your locals channels with a cheap indoor antenna ($15-30).

We suggest the Mohu Leaf 30 (30-mile range) or Mohu Leaf 50 (60-mile range) depending on line of sight.

Here are a few we recommend:

Mohu Leaf 30

Up to 30 Mile Range

Mohu Leaf 50

Up to 60 Mile Range

2. Subscribe to a Live TV Streaming Service

There are six major streaming providers that offer Live TV Streaming. These allow you to watch election coverage live using iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and Web.

This is the best option for fans that want to watch local channels, as well as the analysis on cable networks like CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CNBC, Fox Business Network, HLN, and more.

fuboTV Hulu PS Vue Sling TV AT&T NOW YouTube Philo
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Sign Up Sign Up Sign Up Free Trial
$64.99 $64.99 $50 $35 $35 $54.99 $64.99 $25
CBS - - -
NBC - -
Fox - -
ABC - - -
CNN - -
Fox News - -
HLN - ^ $6 -
CNBC - ^ $6 -
Fox Business Network - ^ $6 -
BBC World News ^ $8 - ≥ $65 ^ $6 ^ $6 -
CNBC World ^ $8 ≥ $65 - - -
CNN International - - - - - - -
Cheddar -

3. Subscribe to CBS All Access for CBS Election Coverage

One cheaper alternatives is CBS All Access ($5.99/mo). They offer live local CBS affiliates in over 200 cities - many more than any of the live TV streaming services.

CBS Morning anchor Gayle King and CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor will lead the coverage starting at 8pm ET.

4. Try a Free Streaming News Network


CBS’ ad-supported streaming news network, CBSN will air election coverage starting at 5pm ET hosted by Elaine Quijano. Beginning at 9pm ET it will simulcast the national coverage airing on CBS.

ABC News

ABC News Live, ABC’s new 24/7 live streaming news network, will stream on their website and apps beginning at 4:30 ET.

Nightline Co-anchor Dan Harris, Senior Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce, and Senior Washington Reporter Devin Dwyer will host. They will switch over to primetime coverage with George Stephanopoulos beginning at 8pm ET.


NBC will syndicate their national election coverage hosted by Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, and Chuck Todd beginning at 8pm ET.


CNN will be offering a free live stream on their homepage and CNNgo app.

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