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Google's Chromecast devices are awesome tools for streaming video on your favorite big-screen TV. We already know that you can watch quite a lot of good stuff without cable on Chromecast, including on-demand content and even live network television. But what about local television? Do you know how to watch local TV on Chromecast?
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream local channels on Chromecast:
If not, don't worry — we're here to explain everything in this complete guide. We'll cover the best ways to use Chromecast to access your local news, local sports, and other local broadcasting that you can't live without.
The biggest breakthrough for cord-cutting fans of local TV since free over-the-air TV has been the skinny bundle. Skinny bundles are live TV streaming services that have set out to beat cable at its own game: they offer bundles of live TV channels just like cable and satellite do, but they have some key differences, too.
For one thing, skinny bundles are “skinny” – at least, they are sometimes. The “skinny” bit comes from the fact that skinny bundles tend to offer slimmed channel packages than their cable counterparts, trimming the bulk so that they can also trim the price. It should be noted, though, that some modern skinny bundles offer larger bundles, too.
The real difference between skinny bundles and legacy pay TV services (cable and satellite) is that skinny bundles stream over the internet. That means that skinny bundles can work on a ton of different streaming devices – including your Chromecast, of course!
Skinny bundles have begun to offer local and regional channels, so they make a great solution to the problem of how to watch local channels on Chromecast. In most cases, skinny bundles will offer some or all of the four major networks – ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC – with live local feeds of their affiliates in select markets. That means local news, NFL games, and more.
Below, we'll cover the skinny bundles that will help you watch live local TV on Chromecast. We'll also run through some other options, including some related to free over-the-air TV. Ready? Let's get started.
Stream local channels on Chromecast for free with Hulu
Hulu + Live TV is the skinny bundle service from Hulu, a service which is already, of course, a veteran of the on-demand streaming world. Hulu's live TV bundle offers plenty of great channels, including the four major networks. You'll get live local feeds of those in select markets. Hulu + Live TV can be tested out for free if you click on the link below and sign up for the service's free trial offer, which lasts one week.
Stream local channels on Chromecast for free with fuboTV
Like many of its competitors, fuboTV offers live local feeds of major-network affiliates in select markets. fuboTV offers a free trial, which means that you can test-drive the service for seven days before you have to pony up and dough. To sign up for that trial, just click the link in this section.
AT&T TV Now offers subscribers a lot of great channels, and the selection includes locals: You can get live local feeds of major networks in select markets, plus select regional sports networks and other goodies. You can test out AT&T TV Now by signing up for the service's free trial offer, which will give you free local TV on Chromecast (or on any number of other compatible devices) for a week. Not bad!
YouTube TV is Google's entry into the skinny bundle melee. It's a worthy contender, too, and it boasts plenty of great features: an easy-to-use app, great content discovery, and, of course, access to local channels in select markets. You can check YouTube TV out for free by clicking on the link in this section and signing up for the service's free trial offer.
CBS All Access is the standalone streaming service offered by CBS. CBS All Access gives its subscribers access to a ton of great on-demand content from CBS. But that's not all, of course, or we wouldn't be talking about CBS All Access here! CBS All Access also offers live streaming TV from local CBS stations in select markets. If you're one of the many markets in which live TV is available, you can subscribe directly to your local CBS station through CBS All Access. The service offers a free trial, which you can sign up for by clicking the link below.
If you're a regular reader of Cordcutting.com, then you know that we're big fans of free over-the-air TV. Thanks to local broadcast networks, you can pick up local stations with an antenna – no cable required. But if you plug an antenna into your TV, you don't need a Chromecast to watch those local TV broadcasts – right?
That's right – but that doesn't mean that a Chromecast can't be involved if you want to get a little more out of your OTA TV experience. You can use Chromecast with Android devices and the Tablo app, for instance, which means that you can watch live and recorded OTA TV through your Tablo DVR (sold separately). Another great OTA DVR solution is Plex, the popular media server application that offers OTA DVR support on some platforms.
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