We all know that Roku supports Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and other streaming platforms. In addition to that, you can also get to stream local channels on your Roku devices. With local channels, you will know what is happening around you and the trending news in your local area. Most of the international apps won’t cover the local content to a greater extent. If you want to know all the local happenings, this guide is specifically for you.
Ways to Watch Local Channels on Roku
- Local Streaming Apps
- Live TV Apps
- Private Channels
- OTA Antenna
Procedure to Watch Local Channels on Roku Using Local Streaming Apps
(1) On your Roku device, go to the Streaming Channels section.
(2) Roku Channel Store will appear. Click the Search Channels option.
(3) Search for the app, NewsOn app.
(4) Select the NewsOn app on the search results and click the Add channel button.
(5) Open the NewOn app. You will get live news from over 175 stations around your location.
In the same way, you can use other apps like Haystack TV, Newsy, Pluto TV, Local TV, and more to get the local news.
Procedure to Watch Local Channels on Roku Using Live TV Apps
Live TV streaming apps like YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, CBS, fuboTV, Sling TV offers a bunch of local TV channels based on your zip code. You need to get a subscription from any one of these live TV streaming platforms to watch the local channels. While creating a profile, it will ask for your zip code. With the zip code, you will get local channels.
Most of the live TV apps are available on the Roku Channel Store. You can install the app by using the same steps mentioned above.
Procedure to Watch Local Channels on Roku Using Private Channels
Apart from Roku Channel Store, you can add private channels on your Roku. If you don’t know how to add private channels on Roku, follow our detailed guide on How to Add Private Channels on Roku with codes. With the specific app code, you can install apps on Roku. All you need is to enter the correct app code. In this way, you can add a lot of local channels to your Roku.
To add a private channel, you need to sign in with your Roku account on your PC or smartphone. You can’t add private channels right from your Roku device.
Procedure to Watch Local Channels on Roku Using OTA Antenna
If you have a cable TV connection, you can connect your OTA antenna to your Roku device. But none of the Roku streaming devices has a compatible port for the OTA antenna. If you are a Roku TV user, you can plug the OTA antenna into the compatible port and watch all the channels from your cable TV provider. Among all the methods, this is the most cost-effective method. You don’t have to pay any subscription. All you need is your cable TV connection.
Get to know about your local happening by adding local channels on your Roku. Use any one of the methods mentioned above to add local channels on Roku. Aware of all the local news around you. If you have any difficulties with the steps, tell us in the comments below.
If you are a Firestick user, you can also get to stream local channels. Check our guide on how to get local channels on Firestick.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can I get local channels on Roku for free?
To get free local channels on your Roku, you can use the OTA antenna method, or you can install a free live TV streaming app on your Roku.
2. How much does it cost to get local channels?
Based on the app you are choosing, the subscription may vary. YouTube TV costs $64.99 per month, whereas fuboTV costs $59.99 per month.