TV Answer Man
Can I Watch CNN Anywhere?
Washington, D.C. (April 21,
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Q. I was glued to
the tube last week watching CNN and the news networks covering
the Boston Marathon bombing. But tell me, is there a way to
watch CNN while I'm away from home? -- Adam, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
There is, Adam, but there is a small catch.
To watch CNN on your iPhone or Android phone, or your iPad, you
start by downloading the free CNN app from your mobile device's
App store. After that, open the App and you will get a list of
TV providers that have partnered with CNN to provide remote
access to the channel.
And, yes, that's the catch. You have to be a subscriber to a pay
TV service to watch a live feed of CNN.
But if you are, you click on your TV provider and then type in
your account e-mail and password. (That's the account e-mail and
password that you have set up with your TV provider; if you
haven't set up an account yet, call your provider and ask how to
After you type in your e-mail and password, you will be able to
watch the live feed of CNN wherever you are. You don't even need
a wireless network; you can use your device's 3G or 4G network.
To watch CNN on your computer, it's basically the same
Now, why does CNN require you to be a pay TV subscriber?
CNN is a basic cable channel and it relies on pay TV services to
distribute it to their audiences. The last thing it wants to do
is alienate those pay TV services -- and if it gave away the
live feed to just anyone, it would certainly do that.
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