CNN Go: What It Is and How to Use It

What is CNN Go?

CNN Go is CNN's online on-demand video streaming service.  Using your computer, you can watch live CNN broadcasts or repeats of CNN programming on  You can choose a program (segment) to watch based on its scheduled air time or the show that it belongs to (or if it's a special presentation).

How do I get CNN Go?

When you first use CNN Go, you are given a free trial period of about 10 minutes.  After that, if you wish to use the service again, you must log into it using your credentials for your television service provider account.  Your television service provider must also have CNN as part of its basic channel bundle.

Further help with this service can be found in this help article from  Also note that CNN Go is not available outside North America.

To use CNN Go:

Go to and click Live TV, then log in with your television provider account credentials.  You can pause and restart the video, skip to certain sections, or adjust the volume, closed captions, or screen size.  You can also switch CNN channels, or look for programs to watch based on shows or schedules.

That's pretty much everything that you can do with CNN Go, but you're probably wondering: "how exactly do you do it all?"  Wonder no more!  Our detailed walkthrough below includes instructions and assisting screenshots that will have you using CNN Go like a pro in no time!

Detailed instructions for how to use CNN Go

  1. Open your web browser and go to  In the top-right corner, click Live TV.

    Button to access CNN Go

    (NOTE: You will be asked to log into your account for your television service provider at this point.  See the help article that we linked to above, or contact your television service provider for more information.)

  2. This is the interface that you can use to watch CNN programming on CNN Go.

    The CNN Go video interface

    From left to right, you can:

    – Click Play/Pause to start or stop the video feed.

    – Click part of the progress bar(s) to go to a certain point in a recent segment.

    – Click the Restart button to go back to the beginning of the current segment.

    – Click the Volume button to mute or unmute the volume, or move your mouse cursor over it and click the slider that appears to adjust the volume.

    – Click the Closed Captioning button to enable or disable closed captions, or move your mouse cursor over it for more options related to closed captions.

    – Click the Full Screen button to make the CNN Go player take up your entire computer screen, or shrink it back down to a manageable size.

  3. If you click Channels on the side bar, you can switch what CNN network you are currently watching.  Click a channel to switch to watching that network live.

    How to switch CNN Go channels

  4. Clicking Schedule shows you a miniature schedule of your current CNN channel's programming.  Click on a program to view segments of the program that are available to watch, and then click on a segment to begin watching the program from that point.

    How to view the CNN Go schedule

    You can also click Go Live to go back to watching a live feed from your current CNN channel.

  5. Click Shows to browse special programs and episodes of regular CNN shows.  In the top part of the screen, you can cycle through special CNN programs (use the arrow icons at either end) and click on one to start viewing it.

    How to select a CNN Go program to watch

    You can also scroll down for a list of CNN shows.  Click one to see available episodes for that show.  Click on an episode to start watching it.

That's all we can tell you about using CNN Go!  Happy watching!