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Amazon's Fire TV is one of the best streaming boxes on the market. It's perfect for use with Netflix and other streaming video on demand (SVOD) services, but that's not all that it can do. It's also a great tool for watching live TV, including local TV. Thanks to an increasing number of skinny bundle options, several ways to use over-the-air antennas with the Fire TV, and a few stand-alone apps, it has never been easier to watch local news, local sports, and other local programming on the Amazon Fire TV. In the guide below, we'll show you everything you need to know about how to get local channels on Fire TV devices.

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How to Get Local Channels on Fire TV

The major reason that we can now watch local TV on streaming boxes like the Fire TV is the increasing numbers and capabilities of skinny bundles. Skinny bundles are pay TV services that, in some ways, are a lot like cable or satellite: they bundle channels together and offer live feeds of familiar networks like AMC and ESPN. But they're still cord cutting solutions, because they don't use traditional methods to deliver their content. The live feeds a skinny bundle offers come in over the internet (“over the top” or “OTT,” in industry lingo), which means that you can watch them anywhere that you can get internet. With no regional monopolies and infrastructure concerns around to inflate prices, and with channel packages available in appropriately “skinny” sizes, it's easy to get a skinny bundle for as little as $40, $30, or even $20/month. And since many skinny bundles now offer live feeds of local networks, they can be used to watch local TV on your Fire TV. We'll list your skinny bundle options below, and we'll also cover other non-skinny bundle methods for watching local channels on Fire TV.

Stream local channels on Fire TV for free with Hulu

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Streaming video on demand (SVOD) service Hulu also offers a skinny bundle service, and it is available on the Fire TV. And since Hulu's skinny bundle has live local feeds of major networks and regional sports networks, that means it's yet another way to get local TV on Fire TV. You can sign up for Hulu + Live TV's free trial via the link in this section, and you can read our review of the service to learn more. As always, of course, availability of major networks and RSNs varies by region. Hulu + Live TV costs $40 per month once the free trial ends.

Stream local channels on Fire TV for free with FuboTV

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fuboTV has always been a skinny bundle, but it didn't always boast a whole lot of mainstream channels — much less local feeds of local networks. But after a stint as a soccer-focused skinny bundle, fuboTV broadened its mission to include all kinds of other channels. And while they still talk a big game (pun intended) about being the best choice for sports fans, they're also a decent choice for fans of drama, comedy, news, and — yes — local programming. fuboTV has a fair selection of local major network affiliates and RSNs. Check out what's available in your region by giving fuboTV's free trial a shot. And if you want our opinion, you can read our review of fuboTV.

AT&T TV Now

AT&T's skinny bundle, AT&T TV Now, offers regional feeds of all four major networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC), though availability varies by region. It also has select RSNs. You can do some research to find out if you're covered, or you can take the easy way out and just sign up for AT&T TV Now's free trial. Even if your area doesn't get live local streams, you'll at least enjoy a week of free TV! For more on AT&T TV Now, check out our review of the service.

Over-the-Air Broadcasts

Thanks to the arrival of the Fire TV Recast, Fire TV now supports OTA TV natively. Of course, not every Fire TV is a Recast — but there are other options for combining Fire TV and OTA, too. One way to combine the two is to set up a Plex media server on a computer and combine Plex's live TV feature with an antenna and a PC TV tuner to transform OTA broadcasts into live streams that you can access through the Plex app on your Fire TV. Another option is to use an OTA DVR like Tablo with an antenna and the relevant app (Tablo TV, in this case). Either way, you'll be able to watch free over-the-air TV through your Fire TV, making it easy to catch live local broadcasts from the major networks, PBS, and other channels.

NewsOn

As the name suggests, NewsON is all about the news. Local news, to be exact: NewsON locates your nearest station and starts playing live and on-demand video for you. You can change stations to choose your favorite local one (or, for that matter, a station far from your current location). The trick is that not all local news stations have signed on with NewsON, so it's not necessarily going to have the news station that you most want to watch. Still, you might as well download it and see – you may end up with a convenient and free way to watch your local news on Fire TV. Yep, we said free. Check out our review of NewsON.

Stream local channels on Fire TV for free with CBS All Access

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CBS has a streaming service of its very own, and it offers live feeds of local CBS affiliates in certain markets. To find out if you're in one of the lucky markets, just check out the FAQ section of CBS All Access' website or sign up for the free trial through the link above. CBS All Access is, of course, limited to live and on-demand content from CBS alone, but it's priced at a relatively affordable $5.99/month. Read our review of CBS All Access here.

50 thoughts on “How to Get Local Channels on Fire TV

  1. Avatar Randall Tuura says:

    I’m old enough to have used a telephone with a crank to get the operator. This article went completely over my head. We have faulty reception on our local stations. They fuzz out when it’s windy… or if a microwave is on downstairs. We received an Amazon Fire TV Stick as a gift and the gift giver thought it would fix that problem. Just go to an app and then watch any of our local stations and forget about our outdoor antenna we put up in 1954 for our old Arvin TV. Is there something that I can plug into the fire stick?

    1. Avatar Old Lady T says:

      Yes, just get an HD antenna from Amazon or your local tech store, it is priced around $20 for one that gets signals from local channels with their towers broadcasting within 35 miles. Also one for 50 miles $5 more. Pin it to a wall near a window by the TV and now you can see all your local channels as they are airing live (live as opposed to “on demand”, i.e., watch a show that played earlier).

      1. Avatar Merk 87 says:

        ALL antennas are HD, you can nake a home made antenna from a paper clip and it’s going to be HD. His old rooftop antenna will provide all the coverage he can get. His reception is dependent on a line of sight issue. Anything that disturbs that line of sight is going to cause reception issues, including leaves from trees. Technically, the best place for an antenna IS outside in the highest spot you can find, not indoors. What can help is a better ATSC 3.0 tuner, if the tv he has is older, then buying a set top tuner like recast may help, which can clean up the broadcast signal. Hopefully, that tuner will help, if not, your going to have to deal with the cable companies, or internet broadband to get TV. Watching OTA with a guide requires a tuner that can put a guide for the programing it is getting. Not all TV’s can do it.

        1. Avatar J123 says:

          Also he can buy a cheap amplifier from walmart for his antenna. did that with mine and I went from 3 to 85 channels crystal clear.

        2. Avatar Jim says:

          ATSC 3.0 tuners are not available to the public yet. They are scheduled to be available to purchase later in the 4th quarter of 2020, and when they do become available, there will only be a small percentage of channels available throughout the entire United States, depending on what viewing market the stations are offered in. The current tuner that is available in all manufactured TV’s and set top boxes, is the ATSC 1.0 which started being manufactured back in 1996 after the analog channels were phased out to be replaced with digital channels that we have today. So, unless he has an ancient analog tv, and even then he would have to have a digital ATSC1.0 set top boxnto get his current channels, I’m assuming that he has a Tv with a ATSC 1.0 tuner. His only hope would be to hook up some type of interference filter and/or amplifier/booster.

        3. Avatar jiimmn@yahoo.com says:

          ATSC 3.0 tuners are not available to the public yet. They are scheduled to be available to purchase later in the 4th quarter of 2020, and when they do become available, there will only be a small percentage of broadcasters/channels available throughout the entire United States, depending on what viewing market the stations are offered in. The current tuner that is available in all manufactured TV’s and set top boxes, is the ATSC 1.0 which started being manufactured back in 1996 after the analog channels were phased out to be replaced with digital channels that we have today. So, unless he has an ancient analog tv, and even then he would have to have a digital ATSC1.0 set top box to get his current channels, I’m assuming that he has a Tv with a ATSC 1.0 tuner. His only hope would be to hook up some type of interference filter and/or amplifier/booster.

      2. Avatar Noel Medina says:

        So we have an antenna and for some reason we dont get the local fox channel. We thought we would be able to get it if we bought a firestick. Can not figure it out

    2. Avatar Roxy says:

      Did you get it figured out? If not, give me a call or text and I’ll try to walk you through it.

  2. Avatar Vickie E Stempson says:

    I currently have AT&T for Wi-Fi, TV, and land line for about $200-225/mo. Outrageous for a fixed income. I live in Bakersfield so choices are limited. Would a Fire Stick or Roku Stick work for two of my TVs so I can get rid of two boxes? Or is there a better idea? I really only watch NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox. I am not techie but will look for someone to pay to install if need be. I can install the Fire Stick. No I do not have Amazon Prime. Help… please.

    1. Avatar HENRI says:

      YOU CAN GET THE FIRE STICK OR THE ROKU AND THEY WILL SAVE YOU TONS OF MONEY THE ONLY THING THAT YOU WILL NEED TO GET THEM TO WORK IS THE INTERNET. SO SWITCH ALL YOUR PACKAGES RETURN YOUR BOXES AND ENJOY ONE OR BOTH OF THEM. YOU NEED THE INTERNET FOR EITHER ONE OF THEM TO WORK. NOT CABLE OR THE BOX. JUST THE INTERNET

      1. Avatar Gabby says:

        Dumbest thing i ever read. Local channel which are usually free with antenna / coax arent free wih firestick / roku. You are required to have a tv provider in order to even use those apps. Talk about irony

        1. Avatar Veronica says:

          I agree

  3. Avatar Laura says:

    Hi! Help!!! We just got rid of cable, not Wi-Fi. We bought 3 Fire Sticks, and we cannot figure out how to get local stations and the channels we want. We thought it would be be fairly easy. It’s not. ? Can anyone help us?!

    1. Avatar Mike K says:

      Fire TV will not get you live local channels unless you subscribe to a service like Hulu, Sling, etc.

    2. Avatar Tina says:

      https://youtu.be/caIFNg_JRL4

    3. Avatar HENRI says:

      More than likely the local stations are not your local stations, they are just that local stations somewhere else. Go to youtube and go through the tutorial you will not believe how much you can learn. That is the greatest help I can give you on this topic.

    4. Avatar Anonymous says:

      Bought a $7 antennae and am able to pick up between 20 and 30 local channels. Tried a more expensive antennae and it didn’t make any difference. Try it.

    5. Avatar Anonymous says:

      I finally figured it out for my tv. From the Home Screen scrolling across the top all the way to Settings. Go to LIVE TV. Channel scan to get your local channels. While still in LIVE TV go to the bottom SYNC SOURCES. I picked Pluto. Then sync to Pluto TV. It then added all my local tv to the Pluto list of channels.

  4. Avatar Evelyn Turner says:

    Help! We got two Fire TV HD since we already have Amazon Prime. We chose Hulu as our provider. Cannot get local stations to run live except for sports and cable news shows. We also got one HD antenna. Will that help, or should we choose another provider?

  5. Avatar Kj says:

    Using Amazon Prime you can download channels using the app selection from the menu.

    1. Avatar Robert says:

      I’m not sure how you’re suggesting doing this.. all the major network affiliate channels are now requiring a TV subscription.. I didn’t prime as an option

      1. Avatar Anonymous says:

        Air tv app with a one time paid to own air tv box..with wifi free local channels yesss freee

  6. Avatar Tammy Zlatovich says:

    I currently have DirecTV. I pay around $100 a month. I enjoy all the local channels, but they are further away than 50 miles. We like Hallmark’s channels, Lifetime’s channels, AMC, FX, History, ID, Freeform, and a few others. All I want to know how much monthly I would pay to have this. I have 4 TVs in my home, so how much after I bought the 4 Fire Sticks and an annual subscription to Amazon Prime? How much for the above channels that I want? Currently I do not have Wi-Fi. I have DirecTV, so my total is $100. I don’t care about Wi-Fi, so I’m just trying to determine if getting Wi-Fi and the Fire Stick alone with above channels will be cheaper.

    1. Avatar Raymond says:

      You could unlock your Fire Stick, everything would be free.

      1. Avatar Donna says:

        I have an unlocked fire stick and it is loaded with a lot of apps, however, I cannot figure out how to get live local channels. I only want one channel and it is my local news & weather. I saw that NewsOn was a good app but it will not work with fire tv, only Roku. Any suggestions?

      2. Avatar Mike Jones says:

        Get Sling about 40 per month

      3. Avatar Mike says:

        Get Sling about 40 per month

        1. Avatar Thelma Salinas says:

          Sling doesn’t carry all local channels!

  7. Avatar Mike says:

    I’m on disability. I only make so much a month. My spectrum bill is about $133 a month. I understand it’s going up more. Tell me Fire Stick better for me.

    1. Avatar Edward Lee says:

      Same here, Mike. I’m on disability, too, and have Spectrum. I’m thinking of getting an antenna for local channels and streaming everything else. I’ve got to get my cable bill down, too, and the cable boxes use so much power.

      1. Avatar Chris says:

        Hi folks! Order a HD antenna from Amazon. Read the reviews and buy one. That will cover your local TV needs.

        As for movies, etc., look at Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Netflix and see which one best suits your needs. You can always get one, watch the heck out of it and rotate to another in a month or so.

  8. Avatar Steelburgh says:

    Folks, it looks like this article caused some confusion. Fire TV is NOT a solution to get local TV. It’s just a way to run the apps that can provide local TV, as listed above. Any of these “solutions” is something that can be set up without Fire TV using just about any other smart TV operating system (Roku, LG, Samsung, etc). Fire TV by itself won’t get you local TV.

    Local TV can possibly be available using one of the streaming services (YouTube Red, Sling TV, Vue, etc), but check if it’s supported in your area. Locations that have independent local affiliates for Fox, ABC, NBC, etc, aren’t typically supported by these products, so be sure to find out before ordering.

    For the over-the-air (OTA) solutions like Plex, you need an antenna, and you could just as easily hook the antenna right into your TV so long as it has a tuner in it (if not, you’d need an external HDTV tuner, which you can find on Amazon). The nice thing about a Plex setup is everything is then inside of Fire TV, Roku, etc, so you don’t need to ever change Inputs on your TV. If you have a bad signal, it might be worthwhile to look into local antenna installers. For a one-time fee, they’ll visit you, figure out which antenna you need for the local signals you want, and install it exactly where it needs to be. Might be a bit more money up-front but your TV watching experience will be a lot better later.

    Just some ideas and clarifications. Have fun and happy watching!

  9. Avatar Lou Cagle says:

    I cut the cord with my cable provider and have had a Fire Stick before and did the jail break to get Kodi. I did know how to use the Fire Stick now and have Wi-Fi at home. I want to use the Sling Orange only but some of these articles make it sound awful. I live in a 3 story apartment, I have an antenna in the window and it brings in 16 channels. I understand what channels are free and some aren’t, but how is Netflix? I know very little about it. I want to get some local channels, Food Network, TBN, Hallmark and football channels.

  10. Avatar Brian says:

    I just hooked up Fire TV, went to ABC, “Live TV”, fired it up and was able to watch local news – live in Philadelphia area – got Action News live – don’t even have no other package except out of the box Fire TV – I’m an Amazon Prime user.

  11. Avatar Joe Mcverry says:

    News On not showing up in Apps

  12. Avatar Adele says:

    I have Direct TV Now ,why can’t I get Perry Mason on here ?? If I cancel who do I call?? I can ‘t get any of the old shows .

  13. Avatar arthur furman says:

    Been Magic Stick antenna on the roof connected to my old cable network inhouse. Have wifi, fire, sling and the like…like local option…Wind is my enemy and some of my neighbors trees. Receive about 60 percent of local feeds, have t shaped stick as well for particular watching of another fox tower…all good, cut dish saved 100 bucks and then some….when i retire only need a magic stick…

  14. Avatar bette says:

    i live in a small town right out of Tacoma,WA. my apt has lots of trees and iam confused. what is the difrents between the fire stick and the firebox ? can you change them like the fire stick Do they work with alexa ? one more ? went you change the fire stick does that mess with alexa. i sound dum but.. Help please i need to know which one to buy

  15. Avatar Beverly gatewood says:

    Can I receive
    MSNBC with a
    Firestick

    1. Avatar Stephen Lovely says:

      You can! Check out our piece on watching MSNBC without cable: https://cordcutting.com/how-to-watch-msnbc-without-cable/ You’ll find options there that are compatible with your Fire TV Stick.

  16. Avatar Maryland says:

    I tried using all sorts of antennas for my tvs and the signal is awful. It’s always hit or miss as to whether I can access a channel or have it clear from fuzziness, etc. The only way that I could fix the problem is by subscribing to basic cable via Verizon. I know everyone wants to direct ppl to using the antenna – but they truly suck.

  17. Avatar Sunset Cruz says:

    I didn’t see any mention of PHILO . That is my favorite streaming service. I only pay $20 per month for most of the channels I used to watch when I paid $120 per month for cable. I can save my favorites and watch when I want (for 30 days)and most channels allow fast forwarding through ads!
    I use a firestick and AT&T internet. I get 300 mps for $40 plus I pay an additional $20 for the basic bundle (so that I get unlimited data). The bundle comes with local channels but I don’t use a cable-box anymore so I use the FOXNOW , ABC and NBC apps. I can’t use CBS All Access but it may be because AT&T U-verse wasn’t on their provider list.

    1. Avatar Stephen Lovely says:

      Philo is great, and we recommend it! However, it doesn’t have local channels, which is why we didn’t list it in this particular post. Thanks for reading!

  18. Avatar James C. McCarty says:

    Locast

    1. Avatar Derek says:

      Only works if you’re in one of those markets

  19. Avatar Jim says:

    ATSC 3.0 tuners are not available to the public yet. They are scheduled to be available to purchase later in the 4th quarter of 2020, and when they do become available, there will only be a small percentage of channels available throughout the entire United States, depending on what viewing market the stations are offered in. The current tuner that is available in all manufactured TV’s and set top boxes, is the ATSC 1.0 which started being manufactured back in 1996 after the analog channels were phased out to be replaced with digital channels that we have today. So, unless he has an ancient analog tv, and even then he would have to have a digital ATSC1.0 set top boxnto get his current channels, I’m assuming that he has a Tv with a ATSC 1.0 tuner. His only hope would be to hook up some type of interference filter and/or amplifier/booster.

  20. Avatar Skinni says:

    I have an Amazon Fire TV. I have a sling account. I have ATT wireless internet.When I went to local TV and scanned for channels it didn’t find any. What am I supposed to do. I am absolutely clueless. I did get an AirTV Mini with my sling subscription and thought that was a way to get local channels but When I try to pair it with my android it doesn’t even find it. I have no concept of any of this. Any help would be appreciated.

    1. Avatar Stephen Lovely says:

      You didn’t mention whether or not you had an antenna. Do you? Scanning for channels won’t do you much good unless you have an over-the-air antenna first. Here’s a good place to start if you’re new to OTA TV. If you do have an antenna set up already, then you could try moving it to a different spot and trying it higher up on the wall. You could also double-check resources like antennaweb to make sure that the local channels you’re trying to pick up are within range of your antenna. Hope that helps!

  21. Avatar Crystal says:

    Thank you so much for this article!!!😃🙏🏻 NewsON worked perfectly for me, I’m able to get news from three different local channels on that app!!

    1. Avatar Stephen Lovely says:

      Thanks for reading!

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