CNN stands shot for Cable News Network. It is a multinational cable news TV channel owned by CNN global. CNN is available in the US and Canada. Also, it has a worldwide broadcast with the CNN International channel. CNN channel brings to you the breaking news from different categories, including politics, business, health, entertainment, and more. You can find about everything and anything in detail with the app on your devices. It has a lot of features that will let you get the latest updates on any news event. You can also get CNN on your Roku device to get the latest news updates from across the globe.

Is CNN Free on Roku

The CNN app is officially made available in the Roku Channel Store. In addition, you can access the CNN app for free by logging in with the participating cable TV provider account.

How to Install CNN on Roku

1. Go to the Roku home screen by pressing the Home button on your remote.

2. From the Roku home screen, select the Streaming Channels option.

Select the Streaming Channels option

3. Next, choose the Search Channels option.

4. With the search bar and on-screen keyboard, type in and search for CNN.

Search for CNN on Roku

5. From the search result, select CNN.

6. Further, start downloading CNN to your device by selecting the Add Channel button.

Select Add Channel to get CNN on Roku

6. Wait for the CNN app adding process to complete.

7. Once the channel is added, select the OK button from the prompt.

8. Select the Go to Channel option to launch the CNN channel.

Alternative Method – Add CNN on Roku

1. Open a browser on your smartphone or PC and go to the Roku Channel Store.

Go to the Channel Store

2. Select the Sign In button to sign in to your Roku Account.

3. Ensure that you sign in to the same Roku account you have on the Roku device.

Sign in to the Roku account

4. Select the Search Channels box and type in CNN on the search bar.

5. When you get the search results, select CNN.

6. Get the app downloaded on Roku by selecting the Add Channel option.

7. The CNN channel will be added to Roku in 24 hours.

Tip: If you don’t wait too long for the channel to get added, you can update Roku to get the channel immediately.

How to Activate CNN on Roku

1. Open the CNN app from the home screen.

2. Select the Sign in button. This will give you the Activation Code.

3. Go to the CNN activation webpage:

4. Choose Roku from the list of devices on the screen.

From the list of devices, select Roku

5. Enter the Activation Code and select the Continue to Verify button.

Select the Continue to Verify option

6. Choose your cable TV provider and sign in with your subscription credentials.

7. Once verified, the CNN app will be activated.

8. You can now go back to the CNN app on Roku and stream your favorites.

How to Watch CNN on Roku Without Cable

The CNN app is available on popular streaming services. Following is a list of live TV applications with CNN streaming on them.

Sling TV

Sling TV

Getting a subscription to Sling TV on Roku is one of the most affordable ways to watch CNN. You can get CNN on both the Sling TV Orange as well as the Sling TV Blue packages. Each of these packages will cost you $35 per month.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV

YouTube TV on Roku from Google is another impressive option to watch CNN. All you need is its base package of $64.99 per month. It comes with a 14-day free trial with which you can watch CNN for free. In addition, it supports unlimited cloud DVR storage facilities to record shows from the service.

DirectTV Stream


You can watch CNN with a DirectTV subscription as well. For this, you need the Entertainment package provided by the platform, which will cost you $69.99. This will give you three simultaneous streams along with unlimited cloud-based DVR storage.

Hulu+Live TV

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu on Roku is one of the top streaming service in the market. You can watch CNN on Hulu’s live TV subscription as well. The subscription will cost you $69.99 every month. Also, you get unlimited cloud DVR storage facilities to record shows.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I watch CNN on Amazon Prime Video?

Yes, you can watch CNN on Prime Video.

2. Why is CNN activation not working on Roku?

If you can’t activate the app on your device, try uninstalling the app from it and then reinstall it. Finally, try to activate it once again.