If you are a fan of cable news, cutting the cord and dropping your cable or satellite TV subscription can be traumatic. Unless you decide to subscribe to one of the "skinny cable" services like Sling, Playstation Vue or Hulu Live, you won't be able to watch any of the three major cable news channels. Sure, you can watch clips of your favorite shows on the respective cable news web sites, but that decision is often beyond frustrating. The shows are chopped up into small segments, not all of which are available for viewing. And that doesn't help if what you really want to do is sit on the couch, lean back and watch some of your favorite cable news shows.
There is another option available if you're interested in watching MSNBC. The TV platform app Pluto TV.
Pluto TV has been around since 2013 and when you open the app, the interface looks a lot like a traditional cable TV listing guide. There are a bunch of "channels" on a grid, albeit a bunch of channels you might not be familiar with. Pluto TV includes a large number of internet-only channels, such as Cheddar, CSBN, The Weather Network and IGN. But there are also some channels that major media companies have created to run on Pluto TV and one of those is an NBC News/MSNBC channel.
On the upside, the channel includes a lot of stuff from MSNBC, including favorites such as Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Lawrence O'Donnell and Morning Joe. But there are some limits. The shows aren't included in their entirety and most times what you're watching is about 24 hours old. And because of the way Pluto TV inserts its commercials, the feed can seem a bit chopped up, sometimes jumping from one show to another without warning.
Still, Pluto TV offers a near cable news experience and it's free to watch. So while you can't watch MSNBC live if you cut the cord, you don't have to completely give up your cable news channel habit.
The Pluto TV app is available for all of your favorite platforms.