How to Stream Local Channels
Think you can’t stream local TV channels? Think again—we’ve researched several options to show you how.
One of the shortcomings of live TV streaming is the lack of local channels—not every service carries all of your local broadcast stations. This means you could miss out on your favorite shows from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW, PBS, Telemundo, and others, not to mention local news and sports programming.
Of the live TV streaming services we’ve reviewed, we think YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV get you the most local channels at the best price. Read on for the deets on both, as well as other options for streaming local channels—you’ll be seeing obnoxious local car dealership commercials in no time.
Best live TV streaming services for local channels
*Availability varies by area. Data effective as of post date.
Local channels on YouTube TV ($64.99/mo.)
YouTube TV, besides being our editorial choice for best overall live TV streaming service, it also features complete local channel lineups in most markets. It even has PBS, which is a rare get. YouTube TV’s cable channel selection (100+) and unlimited DVR are also pretty sweet.
YouTube TV local channels: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, PBS Kids, and The CW (The CW is on-demand only in most markets).
Local channels on Hulu + Live TV ($64.99–$70.99/mo.)
Hulu + Live TV’s local channel lineups are nearly as inclusive as YouTube TV’s, minus PBS. It also has fewer cable channels than YouTube TV, but Hulu + Live TV more than makes up for this with its massive on-demand library of 10,000+ shows, movies, and original content.
Hulu + Live TV local channels: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and The CW (The CW is on-demand only in most markets).
Local channels on fuboTV ($64.99–$79.99/mo.)
fuboTV boasts super-sized channel lineups (over 150) and all the international soccer coverage you could ever want, as well as local channels. But its local channel availability is spottier than YouTube TV or Hulu + Live TV, so it’s less certain if your area will be covered.
fuboTV local channels: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and The CW (The CW is on-demand only in most markets).
Local channels on Sling TV ($35–$50/mo.)
Sling TV probably isn’t going to be anyone’s go-to choice for local channels—it only carries NBC and FOX stations in select markets, and one of its plans doesn’t have any local channels. Still, Sling TV’s price is right: Sling Blue, the plan with NBC and FOX, is only $35 a month.
Sling TV local channels: NBC and FOX.
Local channels on Paramount+ ($5.99–$9.99/mo.)
Paramount+ is technically an on-demand streaming service, but it does feature live TV streaming of local CBS broadcast stations in most areas. It also makes CBS network shows available on-demand the day after they air and is loaded with over 30,000 hours of classic TV shows and movies.
Paramount+ local stations: CBS.
Local channels on Locast (free)
Locast is a free app (and website, Locast.org) that live streams local TV channels in over 30 cities across the US. Since it’s a non-profit, Locast’s reach is limited to just half the country. But if you are in a coverage area, you can stream dozens of local broadcasts besides the big networks.
Locast local channels: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW, PBS, and more.
How to Stream Local Channels FAQ
Which streaming service is the best for local channels?
The live TV streaming service that gets you the most local channels is YouTube TV, thanks to its inclusion of PBS and PBS Kids. Hulu + Live TV and fuboTV also stream most local channels in several markets. Sling TV will only get you NBC and FOX channels, and skinny-bundle live TV streamer Philo features no local channels.
What is the cheapest way to get local channels?
The cheapest way to get local channels is with a digital over-the-air antenna. For a one-time purchase, usually under $50, you’ll have free access to all local broadcast channels for life (or at least until your cat chews through the antenna wire—it happens).
Can I get local channels on Amazon Prime Video?
You can get local news broadcasts through Amazon Prime Video’s simply named News app (for Fire TV platforms only). In addition to national news outlets like Reuters and Bloomberg, you can watch live and on-demand newscasts from local channels in these cities:
- New York
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
Amazon expects to add local networks from 90 more cities to the News app in 2021.