How to Watch Locals with Sling TV




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Note: This post is in partnership with Sling TV.

One of the most popular live television streaming services for cord cutters is Sling TV. With Sling TV, cord cutters can watch their favorite programming without the hassle of contracts like cable or satellite. We have a complete guide that includes everything you need to know about Sling TV, but today we want to focus on how to watch local channels with Sling. In select markets, FOX and NBC networks are included with your package if you have Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue. Here are a few different ways you can watch your local channels with Sling TV.

#1 AirTV 

AirTV tops our list because when paired with an HD antenna, it integrates your free local channels into your Sling guide. Sports fans and news lovers will not miss a beat as the new AirTV Anywhere device comes with a built-in 1TB DVR. When paired with Sling TV’s live streaming service, a streaming device, and an OTA antenna, AirTV Anywhere offers a complete cable replacement solution by allowing viewers to stream free local broadcast channels from an OTA antenna to anywhere in the U.S. alongside Sling TV’s channel lineup. The Air TV Anywhere has a starting price of $99 when you prepay for 3 months of Sling.

#2 HD Antenna 

The HD antenna is an all-time classic way of watching your favorite local programming for free. With NFL Football back on Sundays, if you live near your local stations then you won’t miss a game with an antenna and Sling TV. We have a complete guide on the 5 Best Indoor Antennas to help you find which antenna works best for you. Sites like AntennaWeb can help you determine which stations you’ll be able to access based on your location.

#3 Locast 

If an antenna doesn’t do the trick and you’re in one of the available areas, Locast provides free broadcast TV over the web. Locast is a non-profit company, and available in over 20 markets throughout the country that allows users to stream their local channels on their website or through the Locast app. The Locast app is available for your  Amazon Fire or Roku device, Android or iOS smartphone or tablet, and laptop. Being that the company is non-profit, they do ask for donations which some may find disruptive, but you can donate to get around this feature. Plus, donations help the developers improve the functionality of the app too.

#4 Local Network Apps 

If the options above do not work out for you and you’re a Sling TV subscriber who is still missing out on your favorite shows then you may have to download your local networks’ apps. For an additional cost, apps like CBS All Access and Peacock will allow you to stream news and sports from CBS and NBC Universal, respectively. CBS All Access offers a $5.99/mo. plan with limited commercials and a commercial-free plan for $9.99/mo. and both plans come with the first for free. Peacock has a free version with ads, a limited-ad Premium version for $4.99/mo. and an ad-free Plus version for $9.99/mo. These apps will let you stay up to date on your favorite series as they become available to stream. Oftentimes, your local TV stations have apps that broadcast the local news too, so you can stay informed with what is going on near you. 

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