You know how to use your Apple TV to watch movies and TV shows through on-demand services like Netflix. But do you know how to watch local channels on Apple TV? As it turns out, Apple's popular streaming box is just as good at showing you local news broadcasts and regional sports networks (RSNs) as it is at streaming movies on demand. All you have to do is decide how you're going to get local channels on your Apple TV — and we're going to make that easy by showing you your options below.
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How to Watch Local Channels on Apple TV
One of the best ways to get local channels for free is to use an over-the-air antenna. But those plug right into your TV, right? So they're not compatible with Apple TV — or are they?
Actually, you can use an antenna to get local channels on Apple TV, though you will also need the help of some other devices. But there are also ways to stream local channels online with your Apple TV.
The streaming services that help you get local channels on Apple TV have a few things in common. The first few items on our list of ways to watch local channels on Apple TV are what we call “live TV streaming services” or “skinny bundles.” They're subscription TV services that work similarly to cable and satellite, except that they're more affordable and, in many cases, offer slimmed-down channel bundles. And they stream over the internet, which means you can watch them on your computer, your phone, and — yes — your Apple TV.
Most major skinny bundles offer live local feeds of some or all of the major networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC). Keep in mind, however, that such feeds are available in select markets only. You're likely to be covered, but double-check to make sure. Another option is to sign up for a free trial to be sure that you're getting all of the channels that you want.
Here is a full list of the best ways to watch local channels on Apple TV:
Watch Local Channels on Every Type of Device
It's not just Apple TV: You can stream local channels online which these services on a whole range of different devices.