You can watch local TV channels without cable on Apple TV with any of these streaming services: fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV or PlayStation Vue. Depending on where you live, there may also be local news apps that you can use as well. In this article, we’ll help you decide which streaming option is best for you. Let’s get started!
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fuboTV — an excellent sports-oriented streaming service– has been available on Apple TV for quite a while. Since fuboTV markets itself to fans of sports like soccer and rugby, you may not know that it also has good local TV station coverage. You may be able to get not only your local CBS, NBC and FOX stations through fuboTV, but also Univision and Telemundo. The only missing part of the puzzle is ABC, which fuboTV doesn’t carry.
Unlike some streaming services, fuboTV includes most of the channels that it carries in its base plan. The next step up after fubo Standard is fubo Family. The main benefit of it is that it gives you more DVR recording time and an additional simultaneous stream. fubo Entertainment is similar to fubo Family, but with a key difference: it comes with Showtime. The deluxe plan is called fubo Ultra and it comes with 113 channels (including Showtime and the Sports Plus add-on), three simultaneous streams and 500 hours of DVR recording space.
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Fubo Standard has around 90 channels, including your local CBS, NBC and FOX affiliates if available in your area. If there’s a Univision or Telemundo station in your area, you may be able to get those as well. Check the fuboTV website to find out for sure before you sign up for the free trial.
To learn more about fuboTV’s channels, click here.
fuboTV has above average device support:
- TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV and TV Stick (1st gen and up), Chromecast and Roku (2, 3 and 4)
- Smart TVs: Android TV (4.4 and up)
- Game consoles: None
- Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS
- Desktop browsers: Most Mac and PC browsers
Click here to learn more about fuboTV’s device support.
fuboTV lets you watch TV on two devices at once. If you have a larger number of people you intend to share your account with, you may want to upgrade to the fubo Family and get three simultaneous streams.
To learn more about fuboTV’s simultaneous streaming policy, check here.
fuboTV’s base cloud DVR service lets you record 30 hours of content without any additional costs. An upgrade boosts your recording limit to a rather impressive 500 hours.
To learn more about fuboTV’s DVR, click here.
fuboTV’s on-demand library isn’t huge, but it has a decent amount of content.
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Hulu with Live TV for Apple TV provides yet another way to get all of the four American broadcast networks through a single app. All Hulu with Live TV subscribers can stream their local CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX stations, as long as Hulu has signed deals with the affiliates in your area. In other words, you don’t have to pay extra to get any local TV streams that are available. In addition to great local TV coverage, Hulu with Live TV offers an outstanding array of on-demand content.
Hulu with Live TV offers just a few all-inclusive plans. The main package has 60+ channels. You get two simultaneous streams and you don’t have to pay extra to get ESPN and Disney.
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To learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s pricing, click here.
As is the case with most cable alternatives, Hulu with Live TV has a free trial that lets you test the service for yourself. This lets you see what kind of channels are available. Odds are high that you’ll be able to get all the main broadcast networks, since Hulu with Live TV has good coverage nationwide. As mentioned earlier, Hulu has signed deals to stream many local ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX feeds.
Click here to learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s channel options.
Hulu with Live TV has great device support. The most popular streaming devices are available.
- TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV and TV Stick, Chromecast and Roku (most models).
- Smart TVs: LG TV (select models), Samsung TV (select models), Android TV and Roku TV.
- Mobile devices and tablets: Android (5.0 and up), iOS (11 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets).
- Game consoles: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
- Desktop browsers: Most Mac and PC browsers.
- Smart home devices: Amazon Echo Show (video and voice controls).
- Desktop operating systems: Windows 10 (dedicated app).
To learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s supported devices, click here.
The base subscription comes with only two simultaneous streams. Hulu’s Unlimited Screens add-on lets you stream to an unlimited number of devices on your home network.
To learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s simultaneous streaming policy, click here.
A robust 50-hour cloud DVR comes free with the basic subscription. Your storage capabilities can also be increased up to 200 hours with the Enhanced Cloud DVR add-on.
To learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s DVR storage options, click here.
Hulu with Live TV’s best feature is its huge on-demand catalog.
You can learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s on-demand library by checking here.
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Sling TV isn’t the leader when it comes to local TV, since it only offers live feeds of a few select NBC and FOX local stations. However, there is one perk that may make it worth checking out: a special offer that will let you get a free HD TV antenna when you sign up for service and pay for several months in advance. If you don’t mind switching inputs when you want to catch local broadcasts, you may want to look into this unique service. The main benefit of Sling TV is its huge array of channel add-on packs.
In order to get Sling TV’s channel add-on packs, you have to buy at least one base plan. There are three base base subscription options. You can choose between two different base plans or get both base plans for a discounted price. Both base plans cost $25.
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Sling Blue is the best Sling TV plan to get if you want local TV access. You won’t get any local TV if you go with Sling Orange. However, if you like the Sling Orange lineup, you can get Sling Orange and Sling Blue together and get a discount. Since some but not all Sling Blue subscribers will be able to get NBC and FOX, you may want to check the Sling TV website before you sign up for your free trial.
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Sling TV has great device support:
- TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all versions), Chromecast, Roku (LT and up), AirTV.
- Smart TVs: LG TV (Web OS 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0, as well as select 2016-2018 models), Samsung TV (2016 through 2018 models), Android TV (4.4 and up), Roku TV, Mi TV.
- Mobile devices and tablets: Android (4.4 and up), iOS (11 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets).
- Game consoles: Xbox One.
- Desktop browsers: Chrome is recommended for use with Mac and Windows.
Check here for more info on Sling TV’s supported devices.
With Sling Blue, you get three simultaneous streams. However, all Sling Orange channels can only be streamed to one device at a time. This could be a disadvantage for families, since all of the Disney-owned channels are included in the Sling Orange channel lineup. As a workaround, you can use one of the many TV apps that can be unlocked with Sling TV during times when more than one person wants to use a Sling Orange channel. Disney Now, Fox Sports Now and Nat Geo TV are just one of a huge array of apps that work with Sling TV.
To learn more about Sling TV’s simultaneous streams, click here.
Sling TV doesn’t come with a free DVR, but you can add recording functionality for $5/month extra. You can’t record any Sling Orange channels, though.
To learn more about Sling TV’s DVR, check here.
Sling TV does have an on-demand content library, but it’s somewhat limited compared to some streaming services.
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If you want to stream all four of the major American broadcast networks through one app, you may want to consider downloading the PlayStation Vue app for Apple TV. PlayStation Vue carries ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates and is available on a huge variety of TV device platforms. Another big attraction is PlayStation Vue’s above-average account sharing features. You can stream to up to five different devices at the same time, through a single account without having to pay extra.
All PlayStation Vue subscribers get equal access to all the available local CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX broadcasts, no matter which plan you choose. For people that don’t want to spend a lot of money on TV, there are a few different budget plans to choose from. Local TV coverage is good, but you should still check the PlayStation Vue website to see what’s available before you commit if local TV is your priority. Like most streaming services, there’s also a free trial that will let you test out PlayStation Vue to see if it’s right for you.
Click here to learn more about PlayStation Vue’s pricing and packages.
Access is designed for people who don’t want to spend much money on TV entertainment. It has around 50 channels, including ESPN, Disney and lots of others. The next step up, Core, gives you access to NFL Network, ESPNU, ESPNEWS and more. Elite’s focus is movie channels. Ultra is the most expensive plan and it comes with several premium cable channels.
To learn more about PlayStation Vue’s channels, click here.
Don’t worry: despite what the brand name suggests, you can use PlayStation Vue without a PlayStation. Supported devices include:
- TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Android TV (all gens), Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick (all gens), Chromecast (1st gen and up) and Roku (firmware 8.0 and up).
- Smart TVs: Amazon Fire TV (all gens), Android TV (all gens) and Roku (firmware 8.0 and up).
- Mobile devices and tablets: Android OS 5.0 and up, iOS 9 and up, and Amazon Fire HD6 tablets and up.
- Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
- Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge are recommended (most recent versions will work).
Click here to learn more about PlayStation Vue’s device support.
PlayStation Vue allows users to stream on up to 5 devices at once, which is far more than what most other streaming services allow.
To learn more about PlayStation Vue’s simultaneous streaming policy, check here.
PlayStation Vue’s unlimited DVR lets you save as much TV as you want. Recordings expire after four weeks.
To learn more about PlayStation Vue’s DVR, click here.
PlayStation Vue’s on-demand content library is good, but it’s not comparable to streaming services that specialize in on-demand.
Click here to learn more about PlayStation Vue’s on-demand library.
Local News Apps
If news is the main reason you want access to local TV broadcasts on your Apple TV, you may not need to pay anything extra at all. Check Apple’s app store to see if your favorite local news station has an Apple TV app. Many local news stations let you watch live feeds and on-demand news shows for free through their apps.