Last Updated on June 26, 2022 by Andrew White
Firestick is really a features-loaded powerhouse, it is capable of doing so many things that you can’t even imagine. In the eye of a normal user, it is just a device to stream movies/TV shows via apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Youtube, etc, right? but do you know you can even watch local channels on firestick? well, if not then don’t worry I am here to tell you how.
In the past few years, we have seen lots of users cutting the cord and it’s fact really cool, right? people are dumping old traditional methods of watching TV. Also, streaming devices like Firestick and Roku really gained an insane amount of popularity in the recent few years.
I am myself a die-hard firestick lover and I know there are plenty of users like me, I often get the question of watching live TV on a firestick or how to watch local channels on firestick, well today this guide will teach you how to get local channels on firestick.
There are different methods or ways available to watch local Channels on firestick. In this article, I have written both paid as well as free methods. So, if there is anyone who wants to get local channels on firestick for free, I got you.
I suggest everyone who is reading this article to stay focused while following this guide, if you did any mistakes then you wouldn’t be able to get live TV channels on firestick. So, now without wasting any further time, let’s get started with our guide.
Different Ways to Get Local Channels on firestick
I am pretty sure many users must be getting this question how is it possible to get local channels on fire tv without an antenna. Since we all know firestick doesn’t come with Antenna, so it is quite obvious that it can not stream local channels directly because local channels are delivered via OTA (Over-the-air) and without an antenna, it is not officially possible to watch local channels on firestick.
Well, as I just already said that there are different methods/ways available to get local channels on firestick. So, you must be wondering, what are those ways or methods, right? well, let me summarize it for you.
So, in order to get local channels on firestick, you can either follow the free method or the paid method, the free method is kind of illegal but if you follow this guide till the end, you’ll understand how to play safe. The paid method to watch local TV channels on firestick is safe but a little complicated and requires money obviously.
The paid methods basically require installing network-based applications on firestick which I will explain later in this article.
Now if it is sounding a little complicated to you, don’t worry I will teach you everything along in this article and will make sure to keep things as simple as possible.
Get Local Channels on Firestick via Free Applications
Now here In this method, we will be taking the help of some free live TV apps to stream local channels. There are many free apps available that let us stream live TV but here is the CATCH! using such apps may cause legal trouble, but don’t worry later in the article, I have explained how to stream local channels safely via free applications.
Now the application that we gonna use tofday is Redbox TV. Basically, Redbox TV is a free app that let you stream local channels from all over the world. Let’s see how to install Redbox TV on firestick.
- Since Redbox TV is a third-party application, you need to first enable apps from unknown sources on firestick.
- You need to download the downloader app on your firestick first, so download the application from the Amazon app store.
- Simply go to the home screen of your firestick, Click on Find >> Search >> and then type “Downloader”.
- After downloading the Downloader app, just open it.
- The main UI of the Downloader app will look like this:
- Now the box that you are seeing on your screen, there you need to enter this https://bit.ly/3zf86L0 URL to download the Redbox TV APK. Make sure that you are typing the URL correctly.
- After that, you just need to wait until the APK is downloaded.
- Click on the “Install” button.
- Wait for a few seconds and let the app be installed on your firestick.
- After Redbox TV is successfully installed you can start using it.
Always use VPN on firestick while using free streaming apps
I have already made it clear that using apps like Redbox TV is not legal, since the content they are provided is copyrighted, and ISP these days are getting very smart, so it is not very sensible to use such apps without a VPN.
So I recommend everyone to use ExpressVPN on firestick to stream safely and fearlessly.
Follow the below steps to know how you can install ExpressVPN on your FireStick.
- First of all, go to your FireStick home screen.
- Now go to the search option and type ‘ExpressVPN‘
- Now the app will appear right in front of your screen.
- Click on the Get button to start the downloading process.
- Now visit the ExpressVPN website and place your order.
- Enter your Login ID and Password.
- After sign in you can start using VPN.
How to Get Local Channels on Firestick via Network Apps
Now to get local channels via network-based apps on firestick then it is important to have the subscription of a cable TV provider, if you have it already then congratulations you can use network apps like Xfinity Stream to watch local channels on firestick.
All you need to do is just download the Xfinity Stream app on firestick and enter the login id and password. You need to enter the login credentials that are provided by your TV provider and once you enter them, you can enjoy streaming local TV channels on your firestick.
Follow the below steps to download and install Xtream on firestick.
- The very first thing is to open your firestick device.
- Now go to the home screen and click on the “Find” option.
- After clicking on the Find option, click on the “Search” option.
- Type there “Xfinity Stream” with the help of the fire tv remote and on-screen keyboard.
- Firestick will display the Xfinity Stream icon on your TV screen, now you just need to click on the “Download” button to start downloading the app.
- Wait until the app is downloaded.
- Once the App is downloaded, it will install by itself.
- After the app is installed, click on the “Open” option.
- After the app is opened, you need to click on “Get Started”.
- The app will now display the steps to activate Xfinity Stream on firestick.
- Copy the code that is being displayed on your TV.
- Now all you need to do is visit this URL https://xfinity.com/authorize on your browser.
- Enter the code that you just copied.
- Now enter your cable or satellite TV provider login information and you are done.
Note: Since Xfinity Stream is a geo-restricted app, that means this app is only available on selective regions. So if Xfinity Stream is not showing on your Amazon app store then try changing location on firestick and then most probably the app will started to appear on fire tv app store.
That’s it. Now you can enjoy watching local TV channels on firestick. Now let’s move to the next method.
Get Local Channels through Live TV streaming services
Well, there are different live TV streaming apps available that let you stream local channels legally. They are also known as a skinny bundles. I have used them a lot and personally, I find them pretty convenient to use and it is the safest option to use when comes to watching local channels on firestick.
There are many live TV streaming apps available that offers different plans at different price, some of them are very cheap and some of them are unnecessarily expensive. So I made out the list of top apps that I have used personally and I would recommend it to you.
AT&T TV Now
AT&T doesn’t need any introduction or does it? well, it is a quite popular telecom company and they offer a live TV streaming service as well. I have used this service personally and I would like to present the fact that the amount of channels they have is literally way more than what other competitors are offering.
So, if you are looking for good quality and trusted service then I will highly recommend AT&T TV. You can get all the local channels by entering your ZIP code while billing. Their basic plan starts at $69.99 /mo, it includes all high-quality channels such as ESPN, TNT, Nickelodeon, HGTV, and HBO Max.
Fubo TV is another big name in the industry and they are also doing a pretty good job. Fubo TV is the number 1 choice for those who are into sports. So, if you are also interested in watching regional sports channels then you will be surprised to know that Fubo TV has almost all sports channels, so if you want to watch local sports channels then try Fubo TV.
I myself a big fan of fubo TV because I am a sports lover and whenever I want to watch sports on firestick, I use Fubo TV all the time. Apart from sports channels, you will also get local TV channels such as AMC, Hallmark, Fox, etc.
Fubo TV is slightly on the costlier side but the service they provide is really top-notch so I think it is quite justified. Fubo TV pro plan will cost you $69.99 a month which will include around 124 live TV channels.
They also have the Spanish plan known as Fubo TV Latino and which will cost you $32 a month and it offers 43 Spanish channels.
Now above two were on the expensive side, right? now let me introduce a budget-friendly live TV streaming service and yes I am talking about none other than Sling TV. Sling TV is a pretty good live TV streaming service that let you watch live TV as well as local channels on firestick at a very reasonable price.
I have tried Sling TV lots of times and even right now I am using Sling TV on my firestick and literally no complaint on my behalf. The channels sling TV offers are very high quality and you will get shocked when you see their pricing.
The only drawback of Sling TV is that it is available only in the United States, so if you are someone who is reading this article from the country than the United States, then, unfortunately, Sling TV is not for you.
Sling TV starts from $35/mo which is very reasonable according to me, you will get more than 35 channels in their basic plan. Sling TV has two packages 1) Orange and 2) Blue and if you combine both packages then it will cost you $50 a month.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some best free apps for local channels on firestick?
Well, there are plenty of free apps for local channels on firestick, in this article, I shared the steps to install Redbox TV on firestick which is one of my favorite apps to get local channels on fire tv. However, there are more such apps, some of them are:
Can I get local channels via digital Antenna?
Yes, Absolutely. If you have the budget and you can spend on buying Digital Antenna then go ahead and do it. It is by far the best option but I believe not everyone can spend money on buying Antenna and then purchase a subscription to Cable TV. So, instead of buying a digital Antenna, follow the methods that I discussed above to get local channels on firestick.
So, this was our guide where I shared information related to getting local channels on fire tv/ firestick. I hope you will get to learn something from this guide. If you know any other method to watch local channels then let me know by dropping a comment.