How To Get Local Channels on an Amazon Fire TV Stick
Did you know you can get local TV channels on an Amazon Fire TV Stick? I didn’t until a short while ago when researching this tutorial. I had a brief awareness that it was possible but had enough media with Netflix and Amazon programming so didn’t look further. Once I did, I am now a convert and am preparing to cut the cord.
To access local programming on an Amazon Fire TV Stick you will need to use a third-party app or skinny bundle. If you’re really determined, you can use a Plex Media Server, computer with an aerial input and use an antenna to access your local channels over the air (OTA) too but that’s a real pain to set up. I would definitely suggest using an app and skinny bundle unless you already use Plex.
The other thing you will need to watch local TV on your Amazon Fire TV Stick is an accurate IP address. Many ISPs buys their IP addresses in huge batches and don’t always assign them to the correct town. For example, if you live in Omaha and your ISP assigned you a spare IP address it had left over from Dallas, you will see Dallas local channels and not those from Omaha.
You can check what location your IP address is assigned to from Whatismyipaddress.com or other website like it. I have a static IP address at home as I host a web server but it is assigned to a city nearly 30 miles away from me. That’s fine as it has the same local programming but it’s worth checking if you’re trying to set all this up.
Local TV on an Amazon Fire TV Stick
The easiest way to get local TV on your Amazon Fire TV Stick is to use a skinny bundle like Sling TV, Hulu Live TV, DirecTV Now, fuboTV and YouTube TV. There are others, many others, but these are probably the best known. Each offers local channels streamed over the internet for a small charge.
When selecting a service to use, check out their channel list before you sign up. Some services offer different channels in different regions. It makes sense to select the service that shows the most local content in your city rather than the service you like the look of best. It’s up to you though. Each service should have a page dedicated to channel listings.
For example fubo lists available channels and regions on this page. Sling TV lists theirs here, DirectTV Now here and so on.
Sling TV is a neat service that includes basic channels as a core package and then lets you bolt on other channels as you need. There are three main package levels, Sling Orange, Sling Blue and Sling Orange and Blue. All offer a range of channels and features depending on where you live.
Sling Orange costs $25 a month for over 30 channels and a single stream. Blue includes over 40 channels and up to three streams for the same price while the top tier combines the two packages for $40 a month.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV has one of the widest channel selections of any of these services. Much depends on where you live and the main page requests your zip code to tell you exactly what you can expect. This service includes many of the local and national channels you pay a whole lot more from with cable and offers HD streaming to any device, including the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Hulu Live TV costs $40 a month and exact channel selections will vary as above. It is expensive but the amount of content available is huge.
DirecTV Now is similar to Hulu in that it offers a huge selection of local channels and national ones. Again, it depends on your zip code but the selection should include your local networks as well as the national ones, plus lots and lots of sports and movies and pretty much anything you care to view.
DirecTV Now is priced similarly at $40 per month. There is a 7 day free trial and they often run discounts or promotions that can offer a little saving.
fuboTV is lesser known but a must-try for sports fans. Their local channel listings used to be non-existent but thanks to pressure from users and the competition the service is upping its game. It now offers a range of local TV channels as well as national ones within their packages. It is still sports-centric but has a wider product list now.
fuboTV costs $44.99 per month or $49.99 per month for the ‘fubo Extra’ bundle. That gets you over 75 channels, two streams and Fire TV support. The fubo Extra gets you over 90 channels, two streams and the same Fire TV support. There is also fubo Latino that includes Spanish language content or Portugues with Portuguese language content.
Individual networks also have their channels available through the Amazon Fire TV Stick but I think these services offer better value for money. What do you think? Do you use any of these services?