Local Channels

Get HD local channels for free

Over-The-Air (OTA) signals are free and that means anyone with an antenna and a good signal can watch their favorite network TV shows and live sports in crystal-clear HD quality from the comfort of their own home. Watch local channels like NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, CW, PBS, Univision and many more without a monthly bill.

How do I get local channels?

Each major TV network sends its signal to affiliate stations across the country. These local stations then broadcast the network feed over the air via radio waves, which are picked up by antennas in people's homes.

What's the best antenna for me?

Every home and every antenna are different—there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Having the proper antenna in the proper location is critical for getting the best signal strength possible.

The biggest antenna decisions you'll need to make are (1) Indoor vs. Outdoor and (2) Directional vs. Omnidirectional antennas. Check out our antenna signal tips below for more help.

What local channels
can I watch?

Find out what channels are available in your area


Watching local channels requires an AirTV Player, AirTV Adapter and an antenna (sold separately). Local channel signals vary based on location.

TV on your terms

Whether you watch on a single TV, multiple TVs throughout your home or on the go with a mobile device. AirTV is the best way to cut the cord and watch TV on your Terms.

Best for single-TV homes

With AirTV Player, you can cut the cord without losing access to your favorite programs. AirTV Player lets you watch Netflix, Sling TV, and your local channels all in one seamless experience.

Ways to watch:

HD antenna required

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Best for multiple-TV homes and mobile viewing

With AirTV, you can finally get your local channels without worrying about where to put the antenna! AirTV streams your local channels throughout your home and on the go so you can keep watching, no matter where you are.

Ways to watch:

HD antenna required

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Antenna Signal Tips

Indoor vs. Outdoor antennas

In general, outdoor antennas are stronger and can reach farther than indoor antennas. So if you expect weaker signals based on your location and surrounding environment, go with an outdoor antenna. Indoor antennas, however, are generally cheaper and easier to install.

Directional vs. Omnidirectional antennas

You'll want an omnidirectional antenna if you have a lot of network signals coming to your home from different directions. An omnidirectional antenna is easier to place, and you don't need to adjust it to watch certain channels. If the channels you want to watch are coming to your home from one direction, then a directional antenna might be the way to go. Also, a directional antenna generally receives signals from farther distances.


The general rule for digital antennas is the higher, the better. Structures such as floors, cabinets and walls can impact the signal, so placing your antenna high in a window is ideal, as long as it's free from exterior obstructions (trees, buildings, billboards, and so on).

Add a little coax

For best results, use enough coax cable to allow for a semi-loose coil between the antenna and your TV.

Amplified antennas

Many manufacturers sell these at a premium, and ideally an amplified antenna means you can pick up channels that are farther away while closer channels come in more clearly.

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