How to watch TV online

When it comes to watching TV, the majority of TV shows people watch are on broadcast TV networks like CBS, ABC, FOX, NBC, etc. TV shows on those networks are consistently in the Nielsen ratings top 10.

Ultimately, when it comes to saying goodbye to cable, getting access to your local networks and the prime time shows are a priority for many. Today, I’m going to let you know to get those local network channels over the air (OTA TV), and a few ways to stream them over the internet.

Watch Local TV Online

You no longer need a cable or satellite TV subscription to watch your local TV channels. You can now watch your local networks through the internet through streaming services that now stream local broadcast affiliates in several markets. You can even get a device like a Roku and watch them on your TV set. If you live in on near a major metro area, you can likely receive all of you local channels online. Here are some of those services:

Local TV on Hulu Live TV

Did you know Hulu streams Live TV? Hulu’s Live service currently stream live ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and The CW in several markets. Use this handy zip code tool to see which local channels are available in your area. It will also tell you which cable channels are available! You can get live FOX, CBS, ABC, and NBC in most areas in the U.S. These are the same local affiliate networks you see over the air and on cable.

In addition, they also stream just about every channel you can find on pay TV. There is no contract, so there is no risk to try it out for free. After the trial the service is still much cheaper than cable, starting at just $39.99 per month. Read our Hulu review for more information.

Local TV on FuboTV

FuboTV offers live local Fox, NBC, and CBS is select markets. This service also includes networks known for sports like FS1, FS2, beIN Sports, NBCSN, BTN, and more. You can see what’s available at FuboTV through this 1-week free trial. We cover this streaming service in depth in out Review of FuboTV.

Other Local TV Options

ABC on Sling TV – Sling TV offers a Broadcast Extra package that delivers ABC in select markets. Check the Sling TV link for details.

FOX and NBC on SlingTV – Sling TV offers live local FOX and NBC broadcasts to Sling TV, albeit in select markets. If interested in Sling TV, you can get a free trial to check it out.

PlayStation Vue, Directv Now, and YouTube TV have also negotiated the live local affiliate broadcast for ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX in select markets.

CBS All Access – This service provides the local live CBS broadcast in a number of markets across the U.S. Check the link to see if the live local feed is available in your area. If interested you can check out this free trial to CBS All Access.