Cable News Network is a global news-based television network introduced by CNN Worldwide. It is shortly called CNN. You can watch regular updates on World, US Politics, Business, Health, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Sports, and more. Additionally, it allows you to stream original CNN series like Diana and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. CNN original films are also available within the app, such as Julia, Three Identical Strangers, Apollo 11, and more. You can access all these contents by downloading CNN on your Apple TV.


  • Get updates on daily news, professional commentary, and in-depth disclosure.
  • Read or bookmark articles for future purposes.
  • Create custom news alerts and notifications.
  • Play and listen to CNN Live audio anytime.
  • Watch specialized newscasts from reputable anchors you trust.
  • For users in USA and Canada, log in with your TV provider to watch CNN, CNNi, and HLN live coverage.
  • In addition, you can stream CNN Original Series and Films using your TV provider.

Subscription Plans

CNN does not have any subscription plans. Instead, it requires a cable/streaming service subscription to get access. However, you can subscribe to one of the following streaming services and try it for free using a 7-day free trial.

  • Sling TV – $35/month
  • Hulu + Live TV – $64.99/month
  • fuboTV – $64.99/month
  • YouTube TV – $64.99/month

CNN on Apple TV

Cable News Network is free to download from the App Store. In addition, CNN is supported for Apple TV with tvOS 14.0 or later. This app allows you to watch global daily stories and regular happenings using CNN Live streaming. To know more about this channel, visit the webpage

Diana CNN original series

How to Watch CNN on Apple TV

#1. Launch the home screen on your Apple TV.

Apple TV home screen

#2. Open the App Store by just clicking on it.

#3. Type CNN on the search bar using the virtual keyboard and press enter.

Search bar on the app store

#4. The app info page appears. Tap on the Get option to start downloading CNN.

#5. Launch the CNN app after the installation.

#6. You will receive a code for activation.

#7. Visit from any browser.

CNN activation webpage

#8. Select Apple TV and enter the activation code.

Enter Activation code to activate CNN on Apple TV

#9. Now choose your tv provider and click continue.

#10. Your screen will refresh and load the contents.

CNN app home screen on Apple TV

Alternative Method

CNN app is not supported for old generation Apple TV that runs below tvOS 14.0. Therefore, you can use the screen mirroring feature from your iOS device to stream it on tv. But, first, make sure your device meets the requirements listed here.

  • iPhone (iOS 14.1 or above)
  • iPad (iPadOS 14.1 or later)
  • iPod Touch (iOS 14.1 or above)

Follow these steps to start screen mirroring CNN to Apple TV.

#1. Connect your iPhone and Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi network.

#2. Download CNN from the App Store.

#3. Launch the CNN app once the installation is completed.

#4. Navigate to the control center and tap Screen Mirroring.

Screen mirroring on iPhone

#5. From the available devices, select your Apple TV.

#6. It will start screen mirroring the contents you play using your iPhone.

Enjoy CNN Breaking News and the latest updates, videos, and exclusive series.

CNN live news streaming

How to Watch CNN Outside the US

CNN is the most popular news channel globally, but it is geo-blocked in some countries. You can easily bypass the restriction using a secure Smart DNS or VPN. Selecting a VPN service based on speed, servers, stability, and price can be difficult. We recommend the best VPNs, including ExpressVPN, NordVPN, Surfshark, IPVanish, and CyberGhost. After purchasing a subscription, launch the VPN app and connect to any US server. You can now watch CNN from any location.

CNN news report

CNN Other Supported Apps

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Roku
  • Android TV
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Samsung TV
  • Apple Watch
  • Samsung Gear
  • Amazon Echo
  • Google Home


Can I get CNN on Apple TV?

Yes, you can download the CNN app directly from the App Store.

Can I watch CNN without a subscription?

You shall watch CNN without cable using Hulu, Sling TV, DirecTV Stream, YouTube TV, and fuboTV.

How to get an activation code for CNN on Apple TV?

Go to Settings > Select Activate > Take a note of the activation code displayed on the screen.

Is CNN Plus still available?

CNN Plus was discontinued on April 30, 2022.

What to do if the CNN app not working on Apple TV?

First, uninstall the CNN app. Then, go to the App Store and reinstall the CNN app. Once you’ve logged in with your TV provider’s credentials, see if it works.