How to watch Biden’s first primetime presidential address without cable

How to watch Biden’s first primetime presidential address without cable
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Biden presidential address details

Joe Biden's presidential address begins at 8 p.m. ET tonight (Thursday, March 11).
It will air on all four broadcast networks and most major cable news channels.

It's time to watch Biden's first primetime presidential address, and it looks to be a solemn yet optimistic event. Tonight, we will see President Joe Biden give a speech marking the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus shutdown and outlining the next steps in his administration's Covid response. In the hours before the speech, we found out that President Biden plans to announce that all adults in the U.S. will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccines as of May 1, 2021. 

This is Biden's first primetime presidential address and it will be carried by all major news channels and stream on many news websites online. "Tomorrow night, I’m going to (deliver a) prime-time address to the American people and talk about what we’ve been through as a nation this past year, but more importantly, I’m going to talk about what comes next," Biden announced on Wednesday.

"I’m going to launch the next phase of the Covid response and explain what we will do as a government and what we will ask of the American people." A year ago, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Then-President Donald Trump gave a primetime address announcing a travel ban from Europe. That same day, the NBA suspended its season after player Rudy Gobert tested positive for Covid and actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson also revealed their positive cases. 

Since then, more than 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with Covid and more than half a million people have died from the disease. In the last month, cases have been falling as more people receive one of the three vaccines that are being distributed. 

The speech comes on the heels of Congress passing a $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, which Biden is expected to sign into law on Friday.

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch Biden's presidential address online, live and without cable.

How to watch Biden presidential address live stream with a VPN

No matter where you are in the world, you shouldn't be separated from your preferred means of following the news. If geo-restrictions are keeping you from watching the Biden presidential address coverage you want, you're not out of luck. With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can appear to be surfing the web from your hometown (or somewhere that blackouts won't hit), and access the same streaming services you already paid for. 

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How to watch Biden presidential address live stream on CNN

CNN's broadcast of Biden's presidential address begins at 8 p.m. ET. It can be viewed on CNN, CNN en Español and CNN International.

Viewers can also follow along on CNN's apps for iOS and Android, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV. Coverage is also available on

If you've cut the cord, it's easy to get the CNN channel. It's available on two of the best streaming services: Sling TV and FuboTV

Fubo has a 7-day free trial, and its $65 per month package has 120-plus channels, and that's before you add on regional sports networks. 

Sling TV

Sling TV offers CNN in both the Sling Blue and Sling Orange packages, which each start at $35 per month. Both plans come with varying channel lineups that include ESPN, Bravo, Food Network, HGTV, TNT and more. You can check out everything Sling has to offer in its three-day free trial.

Fubo.TV:a seven-day free trial

Fubo.TV: The best streaming service for getting 2020 NFL live streams, Fubo has all of the right network channels and the cable channels you don't want to go without. Who needs cable? Not Fubo subscribers. It's got a seven-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front.

How to Biden presidential address live stream on Fox News

Fox News will also air Biden presidential address live at 8 p.m. ET. The news network is available on Sling TV, but only on Sling Blue. FuboTV also has Fox News. As mentioned above, both have free trials, but Fubo's seven-day trial is more than twice as long as Sling's three-day trial. 

Sling TV

Fox News is on the Sling TV Blue package, which also has local NBC and Fox channels (in select markets) and a slew of cable networks like FX, Cartoon Network, Syfy and USA. Sling TV is one of the least expensive live TV services in the market.


The complete streaming service for sports fans, Fubo.TV also provides plenty of ways to stay informed with the news. So, after you use Fubo to follow the Electoral College certification on Fox News and Fox Business, you can also tune into the NFL season across local CBS, FOX and NBC affiliates, as well as ESPN and NFL Network. 

How to watch Biden presidential address live stream on MSNBC

Over on MSNBC, the Biden presidential address will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET as part of a special titled "All In America: The Year We Meet Again." Host Chris Hayes will be joined by Chief of Staff Ron Klain for an interview about the administration's Covid response plan.

Sling TV

MSNBC is on the Sling TV Blue package, which also has AMC, BET, Food Network and FX. Sling TV is one of the most affordable streaming services available, and Sling Blue also adds in NFL Network, local Fox and NBC affiliates, TNT and USA.


Fubo.TV is one of the most complete live TV services. It's got both FX and FXX, Comedy Central, AMC, HGTV and much more. Football fans will also want Fubo for access to every channel they need for NFL live streams, with CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC and the NFL Network.

How to watch Biden presidential address for free

Own a Roku? You can get free coverage of the Biden presidential address from The Roku Channel. ABC News Live, NBC News NOW and Newsy are among the channels in the streamer's free offerings. 

Newsy is also available for free on Amazon FireTV, Vizio, Samsung, Apple TV, Pluto TV, The Roku Channel, Android TV, Plex and Stirr, as well as YouTubeFacebook and

Kelly Woo
Streaming Editor

Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.