The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great device that allows you to 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 extensive content libraries, they do not offer local channels. Hulu does offer local streaming via ‘Hulu + Live TV’, but at a high cost. Fortunately, there are still a few ways you can get local channels on your Amazon Fire TV Stick. Keep reading to learn how to quickly and easily access local content without cable.
Use antenna and media server hardware/software to get local channels
The easiest way to get local channels on your Fire TV Stick (or Cube) is to switch to a digital antenna. Accessing your local news and weather can be a challenge when you’re streaming on the web, but by switching to an antenna, you can watch all your standard local channels with no extra cost or steps.
This setup requires a digital antenna and a receiver that can share Wi-Fi, such as an Amazon Recast device, a PC antenna card, or an HDHomeRun receiver. You can also use an antenna with third-party software that has media server capabilities, such as Plex. Whichever method you choose, all options should connect to your Wi-Fi network and the Firestick should be in mirror mode.
Use Amazon Fire TV Recast to Get Local Channels on a Firestick
If you’re new to Fire OS, picking up Amazon’s Fire TV Recast is the way to go. Recast works with Amazon’s TV platform, but also includes a built-in antenna input on the back of the box. You can place the Recast device anywhere you want if the antenna can be attached to it. That is it! Fire TV Recast 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 version or release of Fire TV Sticks and other Fire TV devices.
Use a Plex Media Server to Get Local Channels on a Fire Stick
If you already own a Fire Stick, but don’t want to spend the money on a Fire TV recast, you’re not entirely out of luck. A custom-built Plex Media Server can stream broadcasts picked up by an antenna to any device with the Plex app, including your Fire Stick.
Setting up a Plex server isn’t as easy as getting a Fire TV recast, but it’s not impossible. Check out this tutorial on how to connect your Plex server to your Fire TV Stick. As with using Amazon’s Fire Recast, a Plex-compatible tuner and any antenna will give you access to all the local stations broadcasting in your area. It’s free once you’ve paid for the antenna and tuner.
Use a PC tuner or USB tuner and an antenna to get local channels on a Fire TV stick
Using an internal tuner card or USB tuner dongle on your PC and an antenna, you can mirror or cast to your Fire TV Stick or Cube.
- On your Fire TV Stick, hold the . pressed House on the remote to open the Quick Settings menu.
- To elect mirror.
- A mirror screen will appear indicating that the device is ready for a signal from the mirroring device.
- On your Windows 10 PC, click the notification icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
- Select Project or Connect.
- Choose your Fire TV Stick or Cube from the list of available devices and start mirroring your PC’s screen.
Use an HDHomeRun device and antenna to get local channels on a Fire TV stick
An antenna connected to a HDHomeRun plug and play device lets you stream local channels to your Firestick over Wi-Fi. The device is pricey, but it’s a great, reliable option.
- Connect an antenna to your HDHomeRun device.
- Turn on the device and connect it to your Wi-Fi network.
- Make sure your Fire TV Stick is connected to the same network as the HDHomeRun device.
- Set up the HDHomeRun receiver to connect to your Firestick, then start browsing your favorite local channels.
Use channel-specific apps to watch local channels on a Fire TV stick
Many network 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. Sure, some require you to subscribe to their streaming service, but others have streaming options right in their app. Anyway, these apps only work for that specific network. That’s why you should look for all the major networks for your local channels and hope that you can get live streams or subscribe to them.
Keep in mind that the above method will give you channels that are truly local to your area. If you want to get the local stations from another area, you have to change your location through a piece of software called a VPN. ExpressVPN is fast and secure for streaming, and you can choose any city or state in the US.
Still, there’s an easy, reliable solution if you don’t want to add hardware. Many cable networks have apps, such as FX, Nickelodeon, etc., and some apps offer free access to networks/local channels through your cable TV provider. Finding apps for your Fire Stick is easy. From the home screen, go to apps -> Categories -> Movies & TV, or find the channel you want with the Alexa button on your remote.
Use live TV streaming services to watch local channels on a Firestick
Another option you have to get local channels with apps is to subscribe to Hulu + Live TV or YouTube Redbut they have a price.
A live streaming service may be the best choice for people who don’t want to mess around with antennas or pay for an overpriced cable package.
Some services allow you to build your package, including only the networks you want. Instead of paying for more than 100 channels you don’t watch when you use cable TV, you pay for a select few at a discounted price.
There are several of these streaming services on the market. Here are some of the best and most popular options.
When selecting a service to use, check out their channel list before signing up. Some services offer different channels in different regions.
Each service should have a dedicated page for channel listings. you can your fuboTV local channel listSling TV local channels (especially Sling Designated Market Areas (DMAs) or using Sling AirTV with an antenna), DirectTV Local Channel Listand more.
Use Kodi to Get Local Channels on a Firestick
You can access some local programming through Kodi using an HDHomeRun device with an antenna attached. Kodi is an open-source media server solution with many repositories or add-ons, including the HDHomeRun app.
For more information, see the tutorial on how to install Kodi on your Fire TV Stick so you can get started setting up HDHomeRun.
Using Sling TV to Get Local Channels on a Fire TV Stick
Sling TV is a valuable service that streams local channels using an AirTV receiver/server and an antenna. The AirTV device acts as a channel receiver and media server, streaming the signal over your local Wi-Fi network to your Fire TV Stick or Cube. You will need the Sling app on your Fire TV device and the local channels will appear in the TV guide within it. You can choose to watch only local or all the live streaming networks that you get in your package. The guide is quite universal, with excellent sorting options.
Sure, Sling offers some local channels like FOX and NBC to some Sling locations without the need for an AirTV device, but it only benefits from a small number of zones, as shown in the Sling Designated Market Areas. That’s why AirTV is the best choice and doesn’t use your bandwidth when streaming your local channels on your Wi-Fi network.
The AirTV device and antenna provide network connectivity that allows your Firestick to stream your local network channels through the Sling app to enjoy the best selection of regional networks on Sling.
Use ‘Hulu + Live TV’ on your Firestick to get local channels
Hulu + Live TV has the most local networks for your area. Much of what you get depends on where you live. The main live TV page asks for your zip code to tell you exactly what to expect. This service covers many of the local and national channels you pay a lot more for with cable, and offers HD streaming to any device, including the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Hulu Live TV costs $64.99 per month, which includes a full subscription to the usual Hulu content plus your local channels. Exact channel selections will vary, as noted above. The monthly costs are expensive, but the amount of available content is enormous. In reality, it is much cheaper than cable TV.
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 on the Fire TV Appstore, you can stream YouTube TV everywhere. At $64.99 per month, YouTube Premium has become one of the most fully-fledged cable-like services online by 2021.
Use AT&T TV to get your local channels on your Firestick
DIRECTV STREAMformerly known asAT&T TV, AT&T TV Now and DirecTV Now are similar to Hulu in that it offers a wide selection of national and local channels. Again, what you get will depend on your zip code, but your choices usually include local TV networks and national, plus plenty of sports and movies.
DIRECTV STREAM is priced similarly, with the lowest package costing $69.99 per month for 65+ channels. There is also a “Choice” option with 90+ channels for $84.99 and the “Ultimate Package” with 103+ channels that costs $94.99 per month.
Use fuboTV to get local channels on a Fire TV Stick or Cube
fuboTV is less known, but a must for sports fans, especially now that they have ESPN on board. Their local channel listings didn’t exist back then, but thanks to user pressure and competition, the service is upping its game. It now offers a range of local and national TV channels in their package. It is still sports oriented, but now has a wider product list.
fuboTV costs $64.99 per month for the ‘Starter’ package, $69.99 per month for ‘fubo Pro’, or $79.99 per month for the ‘fubo Elite’ bundle. Depending on the package you choose, you get more than 154 channels and 130 events in 4K quality, ten streams in-house and of course Fire TV support. Please note that all packages include your local channels such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, MyTV, etc. There is also a free trial offer.
Which one works best for you?
There are many different options to choose from when trying to get local channels on your Fire TV Stick. They all have their advantages, but also some disadvantages. And some are quite affordable, while others are a bit hefty in the price tag. Which one did you choose? Know of another method we haven’t covered? Let us know in the comments below!