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How to Watch Global/Local TV Channels without Cable for Free?

Posted by Kaylee Wood | Last update: January 25, 2023 | 5 Min Read

As cable TV costs have risen drastically, more and more people are looking for a way to watch TV without cable to cut the bill. Currently, there are commonly two directions, say watching your local broadcast networks by streaming them live online, and watching them live over the air. If you have the same need, you can read on to know detailed ways to watch TV shows, movies, news, sporting events live or on-demand without cable.

Method 1. Watch Local TV Channels with TV Antenna

Current antenna TV also has very good pictures and every TV can make use of a TV antenna. As TV signals are digital, you need a TV made after 2007 with a digital tuner. To get local TV channels without cable, you should first look for a coaxial port on the back or side of the television, and there will be a label with the letters "HD", "ATSC", "HDTV" or something indicating the TV has a digital tuner. Then, install a TV antenna you buy.

TV Antenna

Method 2. Get TV Shows via Streaming Services

Streaming service now is one of the most popular way to stream local networks, and at the same time the best place for TV shows and contents for kids, roommates or sports fans. Nearly every major network and media company has started a streaming service with unique and popular titles to attract audiences and subscribers, you need some help to find the right one where you can find your desired shows. Note, they are not cable TV so the shows don’t start at a pre-scheduled time.

Popular and well-ranked streaming services include Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, Showtime, Disney+, Apple TV Plus, HBO max, Starz, Peacock, Paramount Plus, etc. which you TV series and shows lovers can use to access numerous videos on-demand.

Streaming Services

Method 3. Stream Local Channels on TV Apps

TV app is the direct cable replacement to let users watch TV without cable, be it live TV channels or on-demand TV shows based on your time schedule. Out the market, the widely chosen apps to stream local TV are YouTube TV, Hulu+ Live TV, Sling TV, Fubo TV, DirecTV Stream, Vidgo, etc. They often provide local and global channels including the big 4 broadcast networks ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS. To help you target the best one to get TV channels, we will list all the TV channels the popular TV apps provide.

TV Apps

1. Hulu+ Live TV: This live TV app is much cheaper than most cable TVs. By costing $69.99/month, you can stream local TV channels and global programs at ease. With it, you can enjoy contents on Roku, Fire TV devices, Apple TV, Xbox One, iOS, Android, etc.

ABC A&E ABC News Live ACC Network Animal Planet BET
BTN Boomerang Bravo Cartoon Network CBS CBS News
CBS Sports Network Cheddar Business CMT CNBC CNN CNN International
Comedy Central COZI TV Discovery Disney Channel Disney Junior Disney XD
E! ESPN ESPN Bases Loaded ESPN College Extra ESPN Goal Line ESPN2
ESPNEWS ESPNU Food Network FOX FOX Business Fox News
Golf Channel HGTV History HLN Investigation Discovery LifeTime
MotorTrend MSNBC MTV NASA TV Nat Geo Wild National Geographic
NBC NFL Network Nickelodeon Nick Jr. Olympic Channel Oxygen
OWN Paramount Network Pop TV SEC Network Smithsonian Channel Syfy
TBS TCM Telemundo The CW TLC TNT
Travel Channel TruTV TV Land Universal Kids USA VH1
Vice WGN America

2. YouTube TV: Another best way to watch TV without cable. Including live ABC, CBS, Fox, The CW, NBC and PBS, you watch diverse TV shows and TV programs by spending only $64.99 a month. This app supports Android, IOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, etc. popular OSs and platforms.

ABC CBS FOX NBC ACC Network Adult Swim
AMC Animal Planet BBC America BBC World News BET BET Her
Bravo Big Ten Network Cartoon Network CBS Sports Network Cheddar Business Cheddar News
CNBC CMT Comedy Central CNN Comet COZI TV
Court TV The CW Dabl Discovery Disney XD Disney Channel
Disney Junior SEC Network E! ESPN ESPN2 ESPNU
ESPNews Food Network FOX Business FOX News Freeform FS1
FS2 FX FXM FXX Game Show Network getTV
Golf Channel Hallmark Channel Hallmark Drama Hallmark Movies & Mysteries HGTV HLN
IFC Investigation Discovery MLB Network MotorTrend MSNBC MTV
MTV2 MTV Classic MyNetworkTV National Geographic Nat Geo Wild NBA TV
NBCSN NBC Universo Nickelodeon Nick Jr. NickToons Teen Nick
NFL Network Olympic Channel OWN Paramount Network PBS Pop
SEC Network Smithsonian Channel SNY Sundance TV SyFy TBS
Telemundo TLC TNT TCM Travel Channel TruTV
TV Land Universal Kids USA VH1 QVC WeTV
Univision UniMás Galavisión

Fubo TV:

ABC ABC News Live AccuWeather AMC Animal Planet BBC America
beIN Sports beIN Sports Español BET BTN Bravo CBS
CBS News CBS Sports Network Cheddar CMT CNBC Comedy Central
Comet TV COZI TV The CW Discovery Disney Channel Disney Junior
Disney XD E! ESPN ESPN2 Estrella TV Food Network
FOX FOX Business Fox News FS1 FS2 FreeForm
fubo Sports Network FX FXX Galavision Get TV Golf Channel
Hallmark Hallmark Drama Hallmark Movies & Mysteries HGTV IFC Investigation Discovery
Local Now MotorTrend MSNBC MTV National Geographic NBC
NBC LX NBC News Now NBC Universo Newsmax NewsNation NFL Network
Nick Jr. Nickelodeon Olympic Channel OWN Oxygen Paramount Network
Pop Smithsonian Channel Sundance Syfy Tastemade Telemundo
The Weather Channel TLC Travel Channel TUDN TV Land TVG
Unimas Universal Kids Univision USA VH1 We TV


A&E AccuWeather AMC Animal Planet AXS TV Baby TV
BBC America BET Black News Channel Bloomberg News Boomerang Bravo
CNN En Español CNN International Comedy Central Discovery Channel Disney Channel Disney Junior
Disney XD E! ESPN ESPN2 Food Network Fox Business
Fox News FS1 Freeform FX FXX Galavisión
GEM Shopping Network Hallmark Channel Hallmark Movies & Mysteries HGTV HISTORY Channel HLN
Home Shopping Network IFC Investigation Discovery Lifetime MotorTrend MSNBC
MTV MTV2 National Geographic Nickelodeon OANN Paramount Network
QVC Reelz Revolt RFD-TV Sundance TV Syfy
TV Land Univision USA VH1 Viceland WE tv

Method 4. Stick to One Channel with Specific App

If you are a die-hard fan of a certain TV channel, you can also get its TV app which only provides contents from the channel, like ABC app, NBC app, Fox app, The CW app, PBS app, ESPN Plus app.