As much as we love cable TV, there’s hardly a substitute for live TV from our local TV stations. Especially for those who want to watch local TV news options and in-network sport, local TV is the only way to get what you want.
Most cord-cutters were receiving local news from a cable TV provider, so cutting the cord can mean losing local TV. However, you can still get your local TV channels on Amazon Fire TV if you have the right apps installed.
Below, we’ll review over 10 great and easy methods to get local TV on Amazon Fire devices, including the Fire TV and Fire TV stick.
Best Method for Local TV on Amazon Fire? Internet TV Services
If you’re looking to get local TV on Amazon Fire devices, there’s a good chance you’ve already cut the cord or you’re considering doing so in the near future.
Either way, your best option to get local TV on your new Fire TV device is to use an internet TV “skinny bundle” service. These services broadcast live TV and on-demand TV shows and movies through a dedicated app on your Amazon Fire TV.
There are now over half a dozen such services in the US alone, including some you may have heard of: Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and YouTube TV, to name a few. There are also others that you may not have heard of before, but that are great options, such as fuboTV, and the completely free Pluto.tv and Xumo.
Even the on-demand streaming service Hulu now has a live TV package that provides local TV channels, so your options for watching local TV without cable continue to grow.
A cord-cutting service with a focus on sports, fuboTV is a solid choice for anyone who wants local TV.
Considered an “underdog” among the other cord-cutting services, fuboTV has pushed fiercely to provide high-quality services to consumers and now offers local TV in over 300 markets in the US.
fuboTV carries CBS, Fox, NBC, and Telemundo in select cities. Check fuboTV’s listing of local channels to see if it offers any of those channels in your area.
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Beyond local TV, fuboTV is a sports-centric service. If you’re a fan of both US and international sports, fuboTV will have you covered. The service offers a few packages, with the lowest-tier package starting at $44.99 per month. You’ll get 76+ channels, including NBC Sports Network, Fox Sports channels, NFL Network, CBS Sports, beIN Sports, and a large number of entertainment channels, such as SYFY, USA, HGTV, and History Channel.
You can even add additional channel packages to your fuboTV subscription, such as a golf package, a Sports Plus package for college sports, Showtime channels, and more.
You can try fuboTV with a 7-day free trial, and the service provides your first month at a discount.
Currently the most well-known “skinny bundle” internet TV service on the market, Sling TV is also a great option to get access to local TV.
Sling TV provides three channel packages. Sling Orange and Sling Blue are both $25 per month, and your local TV options will vary, depending on which option you choose. There’s also Sling Orange + Blue, which gives you access to all of the 45+ channels Sling TV offers.
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There are a few reasons why Sling TV is a service to consider.
First, there’s the price. You can get Sling TV for just $25 per month, far lower than most of the other options on our list that provide multiple local TV networks. For that price, you can get either Fox, NBC, or both. That includes Fox or NBC local sports networks, such as NBC Sports or Fox Sports. That’s a great option for those who want to watch their favorite local sports teams.
Secondly, Sling TV can work in conjunction with Over-The-Air antennas to get local channels not offered through the service.
Given Sling TV does not provide CBS or ABC at all, you’ll be fairly limited if you want either of those networks through the service, so combining it with an OTA antenna will make it a great, low-cost option. For $25 per month, you’ll find Sling TV may be what you’re looking for.
To check Sling TV’s local channel options, go to their local TV support page and enter your zip code. The form will show you which local channels Sling TV provides for your area.
You can try Sling TV out with a 7-day free trial.
Hulu is a joint venture between a few major telecoms and content providers. As such, it’s also one of the best places to get live TV without a cable subscription.
Still considered a “beta” service, Hulu with Live TV is actually a very complete package with a quality interface and user experience.
Through Hulu, you can get access to NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and Telemundo. As with other services, you may not have access to all of these live TV networks at the same time. You can enter your zip code on Hulu’s channel lookup page to see exactly what local TV channels are available to you.
Hulu provides over 50 channels for $39.99 per month. That cost also includes Hulu’s popular on-demand service, so it’s a great option if you’re already paying for Hulu or need an on-demand option with high-quality originals and movies.
There’s also only one channel package with Hulu, so it makes the decision-making process much easier.
You can give Hulu a shot with a 7-day free trial.
To clear up any confusion: You don’t need a PlayStation to use the PlayStation Vue TV streaming service! PS Vue has an app for Amazon Fire TV devices that you can install and use right now.
PlayStation Vue carries all of the major local broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC), but it does not carry all of these in every city or market. You’ll need to go to the PlayStation Vue channels page and enter your zip code to find out which local channels are available to you.
Your location may get recognized automatically, so just look at the upper right-hand corner on the page to see if the website already picked up your exact location.
Sony’s streaming service has 4 channel packages available, ranging from $44.99 per month to $79.99 per month. Local channels should be available in the lowest-cost package, but you may want to review the channel options available to you before you make a decision.
For those who want local sports, you may need to add the Sports Pack for an additional $10 per month.
PS Vue is available to test out with a 5-day free trial.
Sling TV is quickly getting dethroned by DirecTV Now. A service provided by AT&T, DirecTV Now has far more channels available than Sling TV. That includes its local channel lineup.
Through DirecTV Now, you can get all of the major local TV networks, so long as they’re offered in your area.
You can use DirecTV Now’s Channel Lookup tool to see if you can access Fox, CBS, NBC, or ABC in your area. The site also has a separate tool for local sports channel options. If you’re live in a rural area, your local channel options are likely going to be limited through DirecTV Now, but if you’re in or close to a major city, you’ll probably get what you need with this service
DTVN offers several channel packages, starting at $40 per month. The service also provides a few discounts and offers, such as a one that gives you your first three months of service at $10 off per month.
That said, you can always give DirecTV Now a try with no commitment using its 7-day free trial.
A service just for Comcast internet subscribers, Xfinity Instant TV is a cord-cutting “skinny bundle” TV service that you can try for free for one month before committing.
Through Instant TV, Comcast offers a very limited, basic TV package. All of your local broadcast networks are available (NBC, Fox, CBS, ABC), as well as a list of channels you won’t get with many of the other cord-cutting options, including The CW and PBS.
After the free trial, Xfinity Instant TV is $18 per month. You can check here to see if Xfinity Instant TV is available in your area.
Sometimes, you only want or need one channel. If that’s you (and that channel is CBS), CBS All Access is a reasonable choice to consider.
Through CBS All Access, you will get CBS local TV live as long as CBS All Access offers local TV in your area. Beyond that, you can get CBS TV shows and movies on-demand. It’s currently the only place to watch the hit new Star Trek Beyond TV show, as well as other future Star Trek TV shows in the pipeline.
CBS All Access costs $5.99 per month and comes with a 1-month free trial.
OTA Antennas – Tablo TV and others
If all you want are locals and nothing else, an Over-the-Air TV antenna is going to be a great option for you.
Many cord-cutters may not realize that OTA digital TV is bigger than ever, with some users able to receive dozens of free OTA channels using a dedicated antenna. The best part? These channels are completely free, minus the cost of the equipment.
The digital antenna will pick up signals over-the-air, while a receiver and DVR combination can help you process those signals on your TV, record shows, and even lets you watch on multiple TVs in your house.
To learn more about how to receive local TV via antenna, check out our guide on how to receive local TV without cable.
Additionally, Sling TV offers a free antenna if you sign up for extended service.
Streaming Services for TV News
Getting local TV channels will cost you a little money, but if all you want is the local TV news, minus the local sports or other entertainment shows, you can get those for free.
The following free streaming options will get you local TV news through your Amazon Fire TV without a single penny coming from your wallet.
NewsOn is hands down the best app for local TV news from across the US. In fact, the service operates solely for that purpose, and unlike many other streaming apps, only gives news feeds from local news stations around the country. It’s also completely free.
You don’t need to enter your zip code to watch any of the streams available through NewsOn. Any and every broadcast market that is available streaming online through NewsOn can be accessed by any user, in any location.
There are hundreds of ad-supported channels streaming through Pluto.tv. That includes a large number of TV news stations, freely available. And unlike internet TV streaming services, you’re not restricted to just channels from your zip code.
Some of the most popular TV news shows, which are typically only available if you have access to one of the major local broadcasters, can be streamed online through Pluto.tv.
What About YouTube TV?
You may notice that YouTube TV is mysteriously missing from our list. Although YouTube TV provides access to every major local TV broadcaster, there’s still a bit of a problem: Google and Amazon are still fighting.
Amazon does not allow Google’s streaming apps on Amazon Fire TV devices. That includes both regular YouTube and YouTube TV. In fact, if you want to watch YouTube on your Amazon Fire TV device, you have to do so through another app, such as the Silk Browser.
If it were available on Amazon Fire TV, YouTube TV would be one option we’d highly recommend, as it has quite a few local affiliate channels on offer. However, at this time, there is no word on whether Amazon and Google will get over their rift and cooperate on this issue. Still, there are plenty of other great options for you to try on your Fire TV devices.