How to Watch Local News for FREE as a Cord Cutter




NewsON-regions-1024x576One of the most popular questions we get is how to watch local news as a cord cutter. Live events and, more importantly, live news are two things cord cutters are not willing to wait for.

Here are a few tips to get live local news without a pay-TV service.

#1 Get an Antenna

If you are a cord cutter and have yet to try an antenna, this should be your first step. For over 90% of Americans an antenna will pick up your local stations and news.

Before you run out and buy an antenna, make sure to check out what you can get with the two main antenna types: indoor or outdoor. The last thing you want to do is spend money to find out you got the wrong antenna. Visit and enter your address to find out what channels you can get with both antenna types.

#2 Streaming on Your TV

What if you want a streaming option or you cannot get local channels over the air?

Here are a few services you should try.


NewsON is available on Android, iOS, and Roku. They bring you live streams of local news and even replays of your local news if you miss the live broadcast.

Want to see if NewsON has your local station? Check out our full list of stations.


If NewsON is missing your local channels, check out the LiveStream Channel on Roku or on their website. Use their search to help you find local news. You will need to search for call signs to find your channel (example: WBOC).

Your Local Channel’s Website or App

Most local channels live stream their news for free on their website. A growing number of local channels also have dedicated apps on Fire TV or Roku that offer a live stream.

#3: Live Stream on Your Tablet

If you cannot find a way to watch local news on your TV, check out your local channel’s app for your tablet. Most local stations have an iOS or Android app for tablets that will offer a live stream.

We hope that helped answer one of the most popular questions we get about cord cutting.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news, tips, and reviews.

Need cord cutting tech support? Join our new Cord Cutting Tech Support Facebook Group for help.

Disclaimer: To address the growing use of ad blockers we now use affiliate links to sites like, streaming services, and others. Affiliate links help sites like Cord Cutters News, stay open. Affiliate links cost you nothing but help me support my family. We do not allow paid reviews on this site. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from :

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp’s privacy practices here.