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Can I Watch CNN Anywhere?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (April 21, 2013) -- Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

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 do so.)

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 procedure.

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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