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How to watch the State of the Union address for free on CNN, MSNBC, or elsewhere without cable

President Trump will give his third State of the Union address on Capitol Hill tonight. Streaming it is easy. Getting through it might not be.

How to watch the State of the Union address for free on CNN, MSNBC, or elsewhere without cable
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In case the impeachment trial or last night’s Iowa caucus debacle haven’t already tipped you off about the state of our union, President Trump will offer his own version this evening to a joint session of Congress.

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The 2020 State of the Union address—Trump’s third since taking office—will likely focus on traditional metrics like trade and the economy, but the president will no doubt leave room for boasting seeing how his acquittal in the Senate tomorrow is all but certain. (You can find a full list of guests who will join Trump tonight on the White House website.) After the speech, Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer will give the Democrats’ official response.

Trump is due to begin speaking tonight (Tuesday, February 4) at 9 p.m. ET on Capitol Hill. If you are a cable cord cutter who wants to stream the speech live for free, the good news is, that’s really easy to do. Here are a few choices:

  • Cable News websites: If cable news is your thing, you can watch the speech without cable on CNN.com, MSNBC.com, or FoxNews.com. Usually you need a pay-TV provider to stream these channels, but they often let you through during speeches like the SOTU.
  • Streaming services: Any stand-alone streaming service that offers cable-like bundles will include multiple options for watching the SOTU. Those include SlingTV, YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV, FuboTV, and AT&T TV Now.
  • YouTube: It doesn’t get any easier than this. Just visit this dedicated YouTube page to watch the speech online. (Also embedded below.)

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Christopher Zara is a senior staff news editor for Fast Company and obsessed with media, technology, business, culture, and theater. Before coming to FastCo News, he was a deputy editor at International Business Times, a theater critic for Newsweek, and managing editor of Show Business magazine

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