How to watch Newsmax now that DirecTV has dropped it

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DirecTV might have dropped Newsmax, but there are plenty of other ways to get your fix. (Image credit: Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Watch Newsmax live stream now

Newsmax is available through streaming service Sling TV when you purchase the News Extra add-on, or as part of any FuboTV plan. The latter provides over 100 channels, plus a 7-day free trial to new subscribers.

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What is Newsmax?

Newsmax is no longer available on DirecTV following a carriage fee dispute with AT&T. Donald Trump, currently battling criminal charges as a result of a payment made to former porn star Stormy Daniels, called the move "censorship". 

The good news for Newsmax fans is that the right-wing news channel remains available through a number of other services such as Dish Network’s Sling TV. As we explain below, there are plenty of ways to watch Newsmax, and from anywhere in the world too.

The conservative news channel was founded in 1998 by Christopher Ruddy and positioned itself as a rival to Fox News. It may not have achieved that network’s phenomenal viewing figures, but it has become a trusted pillar of information for Republicans while being described as "a potent force in conservative politics" by The New York Times.

Newmax has a reach of about 75 million cable-connected homes in America. That’s far less than competitors MSNBC, Fox and CNN, but Newsmax recently broke into the top 60 Nielsen-rated shows thanks to Rob Schmitt Tonight, the Chris Salcedo Show, and Spicer & Co., the latter fronted by Donald Trump’s former communications advisor.

Although it has been dropped by DirecTV, our guide below will explain where you can continue to watch Newsmax online and live stream the popular 24/7 news channel from anywhere.

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Watch Newsmax in the US without cable and for FREE


Reliably-good streaming platform Sling TV is a great option for Newsmax fans. 

Pick either the Sling Blue or Sling Orange packages and get 50% off the cost of your first month ($20 for your first month; $40 a month thereafter). Note: you also need to grab the News Extra add-on, which bundles in 9 more channels, one of them Newsmax for an additional $6 a month.

FuboTV plans also feature Newsmax in a lineup of 100+ channels. Plans start at pricy $74.99 for the entry-level Pro plan, but new subscribers enjoy a FuboTV 7-day free trial.

Even better, Newsmax actually has its own website, which provides a free, 24/7 live feed of the channel’s news and reporting. Good to know.

And, of course, cable viewers can still enjoy Newsmax through most providers, such a Xfinity, Dish, Spectrum, Cox, Optimum and more.

Watch Newsmax live stream from anywhere

If you're abroad right now and struggling to tap into your usual Newsmax live stream, you'll want a VPN. This'll help you circumvent the geo-blocking that will try to stop you watching Newsmax in particular parts of the world (outside the US, for example).

VPNs are a useful means of getting around this issue, are cheap, and easy to set-up as well. Here's how it's done.

Use a VPN to watch Newsmax online from anywhere

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Once you've downloaded the software, just follow the prompts to install it then select the location you want to relocate your IP address to - it really is that easy.

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How to watch Newsmax in the UK


Although Newsmax doesn’t have a broadcaster or streaming home in the UK, you can download the Newsmax app on Amazon for FREE and get breaking news alerts, watch Newsmax TV live – including shows like Greg Kelly Reports and Spicer and Co. – and much more, on your mobile device.

Out of the country? Then geo-blocking restrictions will prevent you from connecting to your usual streamer, like Sling or FuboTV. But you can get around this if you download a VPN. This simple piece of software will let you change your IP address and watch your favorite TV shows and films no matter where you are.

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Can I watch Newsmax in Canada?

Unfortunately for some, no you cannot. That's because Newsmax was never approved by the CRTC, Canada’s regulatory broadcasting and telecommunications agency.

But if you’re abroad and eager for the latest from your favorite news anchors, just purchase a VPN. That will let you change your IP address and make you appear back in your home country, so you can stream all the same content you would normally.

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How to watch Newsmax in Australia


Newsmax announced in July 2022 that they’d struck a deal with Flash News , the Foxtel-owned streaming service, to carry its programming (although we weren’t able to find confirmation of a Newsmax stream on Flash News ourselves). If you want to give it a try, there’s a 14-day free trial for new subscribers, after which an All Access subscription will cost you $8 a month.

For those of you that are travelling abroad, you’ll want to find a good VPN (like ExpressVPN) to continue to access the content and services you rely on back home. That way you can continue to stream Newsmax and other regionally restricted services from anywhere in the world.

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Can I watch Newsmax in New Zealand?


The short answer? No, Newsmax isn’t available yet in this part of the antipodes.

However, if you want to stream Newsmax while you’re out of your home country, then a VPN is a must. Just read our instructions above on how to download and install a VPN and you’ll be able to watch Newsmax online from wherever you are on the planet.

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Can I watch Newsmax in India?


It was confirmed in July last year that ZEE5, the Indian subscription video on-demand service, would start streaming Newsmax for Indian audiences (although this isn’t something we’ve been able to explicitly verify on the platform).

If you want to try out the service, it offers just one Premium plan that has a quarterly and annual payment option, which cost Rs. 399 and Rs. 999 respectively. It has over 90 live TV channels, cricket content, and lots of on-demand films and TV shows.

Want to stay up to date with the news while abroad? Simply download a VPN to connect to your home streaming services and watch Newsmax from anywhere.

Daniel Pateman

Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer, producing articles across the cultural spectrum for magazines like Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had work published internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 5!) and he never tires of listening to Absolute 80s on the radio.