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How to Get Local Channels On Roku, Step by Step

How To Get Local Channels On Roku, Step By Step

How to Get Local Channels On Roku, Step by Step

Roku is one of the most popular brands offering streaming services through their own devices or Roku TVs. Something you may not know is how to get local channels on Roku. Movies and shows on demand are fabulous, but most consumers need access to their local news, weather, and sports. Cutting the cord from cable doesn’t mean losing your local TV access. Here is how to get local channels on Roku, step by step, in various ways. 

How to Get Local Channels on Roku with Roku Live TV

System settings on Roku TV.
Select the System Update tab from the Settings menu.

Roku released OS 12 for eligible devices in early fall 2023. This software update (followed soon after by 12.5 and 12.5.5) included several improvements in Live TV options like more local programming and easier access to your Live TV channels. 

Your Roku Home Screen Menu now features a Live TV Zone listing with over 400 free live TV streaming channels. The Live TV Zone Channel Guide will also include any live channels on your subscribed streaming services. You can even search categories like movies, news, sports, kids, crime, music, and more. 

Steps to Get the Latest OS 12.5.5 System Update:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to System Update
  3. Check for Updates
  4. Download the Latest Update 
  5. Your Roku Home Screen should now include the Live TV Zone Tab 

How to Get Local Channels on Roku with Paid Streaming Services

Step 1: Setup Your Roku TV
Go to the Home menu to access your favorite streaming platforms.

The most popular streaming services offer many local channels, which can be watched on your Roku device or TV. You can use the search tool in the Roku Channel Store to find the channel you want and then add it to your Roku. Many of the leading services already have apps on your Roku Home Screen for easy installation. Here are a few of the streaming services offering local channels. 

YouTube TV

YouTube TV offers over 100 live TV channels to watch on Roku. The channel list covers popular categories like News, Sports, music, and even kids’ programming. The company offers unlimited DVR space with several subscription plans, or you can choose a free trial. YouTube TV is available to download from the Channel Store on Roku.

  1. Open the Roku Home Screen
  2. Go the the Available Streaming Channels 
  3. Search for YouTube TV 
  4. Select “Add Channel” 
  5. Sign In with your YouTube TV subscription or start a Free Trial 
  6. Browse the Available Selections for Local Programming 

Sling TV

Sling TV is a very affordable streaming service that offers live TV programming. The Orange or Blue plans each have local TV channels where you can enjoy FOX, NBC, and other networks. Sling TV is available to download from the Channel Store on Roku.

  1. Open the Roku Home Screen
  2. Go the the Available Streaming Channels 
  3. Search for Sling TV 
  4. Select “Add Channel” 
  5. Sign In with your Sling TV Orange or Blue (or combination) subscription or start a Free Trial 
  6. Browse the Available Selections for Local Programming 

FuboTV

FuboTV offers more than 290 live TV channels to stream on Roku. You can check the FuboTV website and enter your area code to check the available local channels offered where you live. A FuboTV subscription includes unlimited screens (10 at home), 1,000 hours of cloud DVR storage, and more options. FuboTV is available to download from the Channel Store on Roku.

  1. Open the Roku Home Screen
  2. Go the the Available Streaming Channels 
  3. Search for FuboTV 
  4. Select “Add Channel” 
  5. Sign In with your FuboTV subscription or start a Free Trial 
  6. Browse the Available Selections for Local Programming 

Hulu + Live TV 

Subscribers need the highest Hulu + Live TV plan to watch local channels on their Roku device. However, it includes over 90 live TV channels and other top entertainment channels, plus unlimited DVR storage. Hulu + Live TV is available to download from the Channel Store on Roku.

  1. Open the Roku Home Screen
  2. Go the the Available Streaming Channels 
  3. Search for Hulu 
  4. Select “Add Channel” 
  5. Sign In with your Hulu + Live TV subscription or start a Free Trial 
  6. Browse the Available Selections for Local Programming 

Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus is one of the most affordable streaming services that offer live TV channels on Roku. The Paramount+ Essential plan starts at $6 per month. You can get Paramount+ with Showtime at $12 per month. There is also a one-week free trial. Paramount Plus is available to download from the Channel Store on Roku.

  1. Open the Roku Home Screen
  2. Go the the Available Streaming Channels 
  3. Search for Paramount Plus 
  4. Select “Add Channel” 
  5. Sign In with your Paramount+ subscription or start a Free Trial 
  6. Browse the Available Selections for Local Programming 

How to Get Local Channels on Roku with a Digital Antenna

Roku TV inputs.
Watch live TV channels with an HDTV antenna on your Roku TV with the Live TV option.

Do you want to know how to get local channels on Roku without a paid streaming service? Simply connect an HDTV antenna to your Roku TV, follow the on-screen instructions, and watch your local stations for free. The number of channels you can access depends on the signal strength in your area. 

  1. Connect the antenna cable to the appropriate jack on the rear of your Roku TV 
  2. Press the Home Button on your Roku TV Remote
  3. Select the Live TV option 
  4. Begin enjoying your local TV channels 

How to Get Local Channels on Roku from Your Mobile Device 

roku express
Mirror local channels from your mobile devices to your Roku TV or device.

You can also get local channels online and mirror them from your favorite mobile device to a Roku TV or device. Many local TV networks offer live streaming on their websites or they have YouTube channels. 

  1. Navigate to the local channel’s website or YouTube channel in your Internet browser 
  2. Choose the live TV channel or program you want to watch
  3. Begin watching Live TV on your device
  4. Follow the instructions on your Apple or Android device to mirror content to your Roku Smart TV or Roku device. 

Conclusion

The above strategies for how to get local channels on Roku should provide you with numerous ways to enjoy your favorite local news, weather, sports, and other programming. The newest Roku TVs and devices are great tools for capturing all kinds of entertainment, and there is no reason to surrender your important local programming when you cut free from expensive cable TV providers. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I watch local TV channels without a cable subscription?

Yes. Roku and many streaming platforms offer local programming. We highlight some of the most popular in this article.

Does Roku offer local TV channels?

Yes. Roku’s Live TV Zone offers over 400 free live TV streaming channels. The Live TV Zone Channel Guide also includes any live channels on your subscribed streaming services. You can even search categories like movies, news, sports, kids, crime, music, etc. 

Can I watch local live TV with an antenna on Roku?

Yes. Connect an HDTV antenna to the back of your Roku TV or device and choose the Live TV tab on your Roku Home Screen.

Can I use Roku without a subscription?

There are no monthly fees for watching free channels or for using a Roku device. You only have to pay for subscription channels like Netflix or movie and TV show rentals.

Why do consumers want local channels?

Most consumers want local news, weather, sports, and other shows from their hometown or nearby networks to keep up with area events and happenings.

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