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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:

  Price Channels Free Trial  
$5.99 – $85.96 68 – 88 7 or 30 days

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$54.99 – $86.96 100+ 7 days

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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.

How to Watch Local Channels on Chromecast Online Without Cable

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

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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

Free Trial

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

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

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, 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.

12 thoughts on “How to Watch Local Channels on Chromecast

  1. Avatar James A Pesticci says:

    Great article. Thank you for the feedback on all The local channels I did not see sling TV. Does it not get local channels?

    1. Avatar Stephen Lovely says:

      Thanks for reading! Sling TV used to carry local networks in a lot of markets, but it has really rolled back support for those. Right now, Sling TV pushes a combination of its service and an over-the-air antenna to customers hoping to get local channels. It’s possible that Sling TV will cut some new deals and start streaming local networks again, but, for now, it’s off our list.

    2. Avatar Lori Lea says:

      My question disappeared.
      Local channels meaning other than CBS, NBC but includes Travel, ID
      And such as Direct minus the pay channels of course.
      Like crime shows – “CRIMINAL MINDS” (ID ch), or “THE DEAD FILES” (travel ch)
      Are those channels considered LOCAL?
      QUESTION #2
      Is HULU a good choice for those I’m asking about.
      If no one knows, I suppose I’ll just go for it and hope for the best.

      Anyone out there?

      Lori K.

  2. Avatar James A Pesticci says:

    Thanks again for all the help.

  3. Avatar James A Pesticci says:

    I keep forgetting to save my password. Sorry for another post.

  4. Avatar Peter says:

    Do I need an antenna for you tube live tv

    1. Avatar Stephen Lovely says:

      Nope, you’ll just need an internet connection and a YouTube TV subscription (or free trial).

  5. Avatar Lori Lea says:

    When I read Chromecast offers local channels, does local cover other channels as in – Travel ch, ID, etc.?

    1. Avatar Stephen Lovely says:

      This post focuses on local channels, but you can watch those other channels on Chromecast, too!

      Just keep in mind that Chromecast is only the device, not the service. A Chromecast can take a video you’re playing on your phone or computer and put it up on your TV screen for you, but the video itself has to be coming from some service. It’s a little bit like how your DVD player lets you watch DVDs, but doesn’t come with DVDs — you still need to go get some, or else there’s nothing to watch! So the Chromecast can make it easy to watch Netflix or another streaming service, but it doesn’t *include* any streaming services.

      Here are some services we recommend for live TV channels like Travel Channel and Investigation Discovery:

      Hope this helps. Thanks for reading!

  6. Avatar Lori Lea says:

    When I read Chromecast offers local channels, does local cover other channels as in – Travel ch, ID, etc.?

    My answer is saying “looks like I’ve already said that”. I have asked SIRI which brought me to this page. Maybe a stupid stick hit me but I still don’t know weather to click on HULU or the others offered. I’m trying to get ID and Travel off the phone and watch it on the big screen.
    Holding the phone in hand for a show is not for me.
    Anyone know my lengthy question?
    Otherwise I’ll click on HULU and hope for the best- I guess


    1. Avatar Stephen Lovely says:

      Hi Lori, I think I responded to you on another comment. Hulu is a good way to get local channels *and* lots of other networks, so that should be a good fit for you. Just remember that it’s Hulu that’s offering the channels, and Chromecast is just how you’re accessing the service. The services we listed here are our favorite ones that A) include local networks and B) work well on Chromecast. Thanks for reading!

  7. Avatar Gigi says:

    I have Xfinity for my wifi and the package includes streaming of local channels. But the Android TV box I bought says I must turn off mirroring to get Xfinity TV stations. I don’t know what that means and there’s no setting for mirroring. If I switch to Chrome astray, will it solve the issue?

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