How to Get Local Channels on an Amazon Fire TV Stick

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great device that lets you stream all your favorite content straight to your TV without having to pay for cable. While streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video offer incredibly large content libraries, they don't offer local channels. Hulu offers local streaming through "Hulu + Live TV," but at a steep cost. Fortunately, there are still several ways to get local channels on your Amazon Fire TV Stick. Read on to find out how to quickly and easily access local content without a cable.



Using Digital Antenna + Media Server Software to Get Local Channels on Firestick

The easiest way to get local channels on your Fire TV Stick (or Cube) is to upgrade to a digital antenna. Accessing your local news and weather can be tricky when you're streaming over the web, but by switching to aerial, you can watch all your standard local channels at no extra cost or steps.

If you're new to Fire OS, choosing Amazon's Fire TV Recast is the way to go. Recast is designed to use Amazon's TV platform, but it also includes a built-in antenna input on the back of the box. You place the device wherever you want the antenna can connect to. A Fire TV Stick or Cube, Fire TV Edition TV, Echo Show, or compatible mobile device (tablet/smartphone). That's it! The device is a bit pricey, but well worth the upgrade over the standard "Fire TV Stick 4K" if you're new to the platform. The device works with any build or version of Fire TV Sticks and other Fire TV devices.


If you already have a Fire Stick but don't want to spend the money on a Fire TV redesign, you're not totally out of luck. A bespoke Plex media server can stream off-air broadcasts to any device with the Plex app, including your Fire Stick.


Setting up a Plex server isn't as easy as just grabbing a Fire TV redesign, but it's not impossible. Check out this tutorial to learn how to connect your Plex server to your Fire TV Stick. As with using Amazon's Fire Recast, a Plex-compatible tuner with any antenna gives you access to all the local channels that are broadcasting in your area. It's absolutely free once you pay for the antenna and tuner.

If you're using an internal tuner card or USB tuner dongle on your PC with an antenna, you can use the network-connected device HDHomeRun to stream local channels to your Firestick.

Use Channel-Specific Apps to Watch Local Channels on a Fire TV Stick

Many TV channels have their own Amazon Fire TV Stick apps, such as CBS, NBC (Peacock), ABC (Paramount+), etc. that allow you to watch “Live TV”. However, these apps only work for that specific network. Therefore, you should search all major networks for your local channels and subscribe to them.

However, there is a simple and reliable solution if you don't want to add your own hardware. Many cable channels have apps, such as FX, Nickelodeon, etc. and some of the apps offer free access to local networks/channels using your cable TV provider. Finding apps for your Fire Stick is easy. From the home screen, go to « Applications -> Categories -> Films and Television”, or search for the channel you are looking for using the Alexa button on your remote.


Use Live Streaming Services to Watch Local Channels on a Firestick

Another option for getting local channels using apps is to subscribe to "Hulu + Live TV" or YouTube Red, but they come at a price.


For people who don't want to mess around with antennas or pay for an overpriced cable plan, a live streaming service may be the best choice for you.

These services allow you to create your own package, including only the channels you really want. Instead of paying for 100+ channels you don't watch, you pay for a few select channels at a discounted price.

There are several such streaming services in the market. Here are some of the best and most popular options.

When selecting a service to use, check their channel list before signing up. Some services offer different channels in different regions.

Each service should have a dedicated channel listings page. You can view your fuboTV local channel list, Sling TV local channels (in certain Designated Market Areas (DMAs) or using Sling AirTV with antenna), DirectTV local channel list, and more.

Use Kodi to Get Local Channels on a Firestick

You can access local programming through Kodi, an open-source media server solution that contains numerous repositories (or add-ons) featuring channels from around the world. For local channels, you can use the HDHomeRun add-on in Kodi in conjunction with the HDHomeRun network-connected device.

The downside of Kodi is that the repository community is quite anarchic. You have to do a lot of research for the channels you want and none are usually local channels. The plus side is that it's free, and there are LOTS of channels of all kinds of content that you won't find anywhere else. Either way, the HDHomeRun device connects to your antenna to easily integrate these local channels. For more details, see the tutorial on installing Kodi on your Fire TV Stick so you can start setting up HDHomeRun.



Use Sling TV to Get Local Channels on a Fire TV Stick

Sling TV is a neat service that includes basic channels as the main package and then lets you add whatever other channels you want. There are three main plan tiers: Sling Orange, Sling Blue, and a combo plan that combines Orange and Blue. All offer a range of channels and features depending on where you live.

For some Sling locations you get a few local channels including FOX and NBC which isn't very nice. However, this benefit only applies to a small number of locations, as seen in the Sling Designated Market Areas.

To enjoy the best selection of local channels on Sling, their AirTV device, and an antenna, provide network connectivity that allows your Firestick to watch local channels through the Sling app.

Use 'Hulu + Live TV' on your Firestick to get local channels

Live TV Hulu has one of the broadest channel selections of any of these services. Much of what you get depends on where you live. The main Live TV page asks for your postcode to tell you exactly what to expect. This service includes many local and national channels that you pay a lot more for with cable, and it offers HD streaming on any device, including the Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Hulu Live TV costs $64,99 per month, which includes a full subscription to regular Hulu content plus your local channels. Exact channel selections will vary as above. The monthly cost is expensive, but the amount of content available is huge. There's also a 7-day free trial to see what you'll get.

Use 'YouTube Premium' on your Fire TV Stick to get local channels

One of the most popular web cable services online today is also one of the most expensive, but now that it's finally available in the Fire TV Appstore, you can stream YouTube TV anywhere. At $64,99 per month, YouTube Premium is one of the most comprehensive cable-like online services in 2022.

Use AT&T TV to get your local channels on your Firestick

STREAM DIRECTV (formerly known as AT&T TV, AT&T TV Now, and DirecTV Now) is similar to Hulu in that it offers a wide selection of national and local channels. Again, what you get depends on your postcode, but the selection usually includes your local TV networks as well as national networks, plus lots of sports and movies and just about anything else you want to see.

DIRECTV STREAM is priced similarly at $69 per month for over 46 channels, including HBO. There's also an $85-per-month "Choice" option that adds HBO Max, Cinemax, 10 more channels, and more sports coverage. There's a 7-day free trial and they often run discounts or promotions that can offer a little savings.

fuboTV

fuboTV is less known but a must for sports fans. Their local channel listings were non-existent, but thanks to pressure from users and competition, the service is ramping up. It now offers a range of local as well as national TV channels within their packages. It's still sports-focused but now has a broader product roster.

fuboTV costs $64,99 per month or $79,99 per month for the "fubo Elite" package. That gets you over 75 channels, two streams, and Fire TV support. The fubo Extra gives you 90+ channels, two streams, and the same Fire TV support. There is also 'fubo Latino' which includes Spanish or Portuguese content with Portuguese content. There is also a free trial offer.

Multi-channel applications

Finally, there are a number of apps available for the Fire TV Stick that provide free access to hundreds of TV channels, including local content stations for many regions. This may not give you local channels for your region, but rather for major metropolitan areas. Still, it's still worth watching because these apps provide huge amounts of high-quality content legitimately (sometimes) and for free (always).

Note regarding legality: These apps provide a mix of content, and some of the content you can view with them may not be licensed in your country or the creators of the app may not be licensed to stream.

Unfortunately, there's no easy way to tell which programming is actually free and which is, ahem, borrowed. For this reason, these applications may trigger complaints from your ISP if they detect that you are streaming content for which the provider does not have the rights. Accordingly, it is wise to install a VPN on your Fire Stick so that your viewing is safe for you.

Live TV

LiveNet TV is an app that provides access to over 800 channels including Movies, Entertainment, News, Sports, Kids, Cooking and more. The app offers channels from USA, UK, Europe, Pakistan, India and other regions. Most channels won't be local to your area, but some channels (especially in the news category) are purely local. The app is ad-supported, so periodically you may pop up an ad when you launch a program, but the ads are largely non-intrusive.

Due to questionable ownership of some material on LiveNet TV, the app is not available in the App Store and must be downloaded to your Amazon Fire TV Stick. Luckily, it's simple, and I'll give you a quick step-by-step.

  1. If you haven't downloaded the Downloader app from the Amazon store yet, do so because it's the basic tool used to access files on your Fire TV Stick.
  2. Go to the Settings menu and toggle “Apps from Unknown Sources” and “ADB Debugging” to On.
  3. Launch the Downloader app and navigate to https:livenettv.to.
  4. Scroll down to the Install button and tap it using your Fire TV Stick remote.
  5. Let the installation run and accept the prompts provided.
  6. Open the app and browse the 800+ channels available!

When you first select a stream on LiveNet TV, you will be asked which video player you want to use to view the stream. A number of options are listed, but most of them will not install on your Fire TV Stick. You can pick them up from the App Store or through sideloaded locations, or you can just choose the "Android Video Player" option, which IS pre-installed on your Fire TV Stick.

Mobdro

Mobdro is similar to LiveNet TV but has a more US-focused range of channels….

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