How to Get Local Channels on FireStick


If you’re a cord-cutter or recently cut the cord, you may be wondering how you can watch your favourite local channels on your Amazon Fire TV Stick. While it’s true that there are several ways to watch local channels without cable, including using a TV antenna, these days, FireStick is one of the easiest and most popular ways to do so. This article will show you how to get local channels on FireStick in the United States. We will look at five ways to get local channels on your FireStick. So, let’s begin.

Get Local Channels on FireStick Using OTA Antenna and Fire TV Recast 

If you live in the United States, you can get local channels on FireStick using a digital antenna and a device like the Fire TV Recast. Fire TV Recast is a DVR (digital video recorder) that allows you to record and watch your favourite TV shows and movies in your locality. The Fire TV Recast has two variants— 500GB and 1TB.

If you live in a remote area where cable services are unavailable, you can use the Fire TV Recast and an OTA Antenna to get local channels on FireStick. OTA antenna is an external device that you can connect to your FireStick. You can then use this antenna to broadcast the local channels in your area. Several OTA Antennas are available in the market; you can choose according to your needs.

Although other devices can do the same thing as the Amazon Fire Recast, we recommend going with the Amazon Fire Recast due to the seamless integration with the FireStick. If you still want to go with an alternative, you can consider Tablo.

There are a few different ways that you can use Fire TV Recast with your FireStick. The first way is to use the Recast app. This app will allow you to watch and record live TV from your Fire TV Recast. You can also use the Recast app to schedule recordings and manage your DVR. You can even record multiple programs at the same time.

Another good thing about the Fire TV Recast is that it does not require any Amazon Fire TV device to operate. You can simply set it up with a plugged-in antenna, connect it to the Amazon Fire TV Stick app on your smartphone and enjoy. However, you will not be able to access all the features, such as scheduling recordings or curating channels.

To use Fire TV Recast, you will need the following:

  • A compatible Fire TV device
  • An OTA HD antenna (sold separately)
  • A compatible mobile device or smartphone 
  • A high-speed Internet connection

1. Connect your HD antenna to your Fire TV Recast.

2. Download the Fire TV app on your compatible mobile device.

3. Open the Fire TV app, sign in with your Amazon account, and hit Next.

4. Follow the on-screen prompts until you see the Antenna Range screen. Select your Antenna Range and hit Next.

5. You will be asked to wait until you see the light blinking on your Fire TV Recast.

6. Connect your Fire TV Recast to your home Wi-Fi network.

7. The app will now scan for channels. Once the process is completed, click Next.

8. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

9. Go to your FireStick Home screen and scroll down to find the local channels from the Amazon Fire TV Recast. You can even enjoy watching the local channels on your FireStick and smartphone simultaneously.

Get Local Channels on FireStick Using Skinny Bundles 

One way to get local channels on your FireStick is skinny bundles. Skinny bundles are live TV streaming services that offer a smaller selection of channels than traditional cable or satellite packages. Many of these services offer local channels, and some even offer local channels in certain markets. Some of the most popular skinny bundles include Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, and AT&T TV.

So, how to get skinny bundles? Well, it’s pretty easy. You can get any of the skinny bundles from the Amazon App Store. You can install third-party skinny bundles using the Downloader app on your FireStick. To install a skinny bundle app, go to Find, search for the app, and download it. AT&T TV, Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, and YouTube TV are some of the recommended skinny bundles for FireStick.

Get Local Channels on FireStick Using Network Apps 

If you are looking for other ways to get local channels on your FireStick, you can check this one out. You can also install individual network apps to get local channels on your FireStick.

The downside of this route is that these network apps provide local channels from the corresponding network and its affiliates. So, if you want to get all of your preferred local channels, you will have to install several network apps. Paramount+ is one such network app.

Paramount+ is a network app that allows users to access local channels on their FireStick. With Paramount+, you can watch content from local channels like CBS affiliates, CBS Sports HQ, CBSN, and ET Live. If you don’t like Paramount+, you can install other network apps on your FireStick to get local channels.

The app is free to download, and you can sign up for a free trial to watch the content. However, you will need to provide your credit card information to start the trial. After the trial, you can choose to subscribe to the service for $5.99 per month. If you are looking for an alternative to Paramount+, then you can check out the ABC, FOX Now, NBC, PBS, and The CW apps.

To install Paramount+ or any other network app:

1. Navigate to the Home screen of your FireStick.

2. Select the Search icon.

3. Type in “Paramount+” and select the Search icon again.

4. Select the Paramount+ app from the search results.

5. Select the Get button to download and install the app.

Get Local Channels on FireStick Using the Amazon News App

If you want to get local news channels on your FireStick device, you can do so by using the Amazon News app. This app provides access to local news channels in the United States. You can also use this app to access other news channels worldwide.

Amazon News App is explicitly made for watching the news. It is one of the best FireStick news apps that brings you the latest news from worldwide. You can find news from various content providers like CNN, NBC,  ABC News Live, CBS News, and many more.

The Amazon News App is pre-installed on your FireStick. You can start by opening the app and selecting your country and region. The app will scan for the closest metro region to you, and then you will see a list of local channels. Select a channel to watch. You can also search for a specific channel. You can find the Amazon News App under the “YOUR APPS & CHANNELS” section of your FireStick. Enjoy reading news from over 100 channels on your FireStick with the Amazon News app.

Get Local Channels on FireStick Using NewsON 

NewsON is another free FireStick app that allows you to watch local live news from all over the US. The app has been designed for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick and is available for free from the Amazon App Store.

NewsON provides access to live and on-demand news from over 275 local news stations across the US. The app also provides access to local news clips and highlights and a live stream of the Sinclair News Network. You can watch live or recorded news throughout the day, including breaking news and sports highlights. The NewsON app is available in the US and not in other countries.

How to Install NewsON on FireStick:

The NewsON app is available for free from the Amazon Appstore and can be installed on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick using the following steps:

1. Navigate to the Home screen of your FireStick.

2. Select the Search icon.

3. Type in “NewsON” and select the Search icon again.

4. Select the NewsON app from the search results.

5. Select the Get button to download and install the app.

Once the installation is complete, launch the app and start streaming live TV channels for free. Since the service is free, you will see ads.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Do you need an antenna to get local channels on FireStick? 

No, you don’t need an antenna to get local channels on FireStick. Instead, you can use several different apps to watch local channels, including streaming services like Sling TV and AT&T TV NOW. You can also use an over-the-air HD antenna to pick up local channels.

How do I get local channels on my Amazon Fire Stick?

You can get local channels on your Amazon Fire Stick in a few different ways. One way is to use an OTA antenna and Fire TV Recast. This gives you access to local channels in select markets. Another way is to use a VPN to connect to a server in a location where local channels are available. You can also subscribe to a streaming service that offers local channels in select markets.

Why can’t I get all my local channels on my Amazon FireStick?

There are a few different reasons why you might not be able to get all of your local channels on your Amazon Fire Stick. One reason is that not all local channels are available in all markets. Another reason is that some local channels might be blacked out due to licensing restrictions. Finally, some local channels might only be available through a streaming service that you subscribe to.

How can I get local channels on my Amazon FireStick if they’re unavailable in my market?

If you’re trying to get local channels on your Amazon Fire Stick and are unavailable in your market, you can try using a VPN to connect to a region where the channels are available.

What are some free ways to get local channels on FireStick?

There are a few ways to get free local channels on a FireStick. Another way is to use a streaming service that includes local channels in its lineup, such as Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, or AT&T TV NOW. Most of these free apps run on ads and don’t require a subscription.

Final Words

If you want to watch local channels on your FireStick device, there are a few different ways to do it. We covered five such ways in this article. You can use any of the ways at your convenience. We hope this article helped you get local channels on your FireStick. If you know of any other ways to get local channels on FireStick, let us know in the comments below.

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