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Danorske
Level 7

How can Iget local channels on this Roku Ultra?

Is there a way to connect the Roku Ultra box to an external antenna to get my local channels?

Thx

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atc98092
Level 21

Re: How can Iget local channels on this Roku Ultra?

Roku players do not have an ATSC tuner, so no they cannot be hooked to an antenna for reception. There is a channel available (Locast) that offers local stations for a handful of metropolitan areas, but if you're not located in one of their coverage areas it will not permit you to stream a different location.

There are tuners that can be connected to your network, and then use a channel on the Roku to access it. These come from a company called Silicon Dust. I believe they have a couple of different models, with some having multiple tuners in the box so more than one device can use it at the same time. 

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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AvsGunnar
Level 10

Re: How can Iget local channels on this Roku Ultra?

You can also just hook up an antenna to your TV antenna port.  Even the old rabbit ear antennas still work.  And you won't be using streaming bandwidth. (for those with data allowances)

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davidjazz
Level 12

Re: How can Iget local channels on this Roku Ultra?

Do check locast.org to see if they are available in your area. Locast has been steadily expanding and is now in 29 television markets covering  almost 50% of the US population.

 

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Danorske
Level 7

Re: How can Iget local channels on this Roku Ultra?

Thanks atc98092, I'll  check out your suggestion.

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Danorske
Level 7

Re: How can Iget local channels on this Roku Ultra?

Thanks AvsGunnar,

 That
doesn't do what I'm looking for. I want to get rid of satellite TV. and record programs from my locals. thru Roku. I guess Google Fiber Internet doesn't do what they make you think they'll do. ust trying to get rid of expensive satellite.  
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Danorske
Level 7

Re: How can Iget local channels on this Roku Ultra?

Thanks David,

I'll look into locast.org

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AvsGunnar
Level 10

Re: How can Iget local channels on this Roku Ultra?

@Danorske 

Yes, for recording the over the air channels go with suggestion by @atc98092.  

 

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atc98092
Level 21

Re: How can Iget local channels on this Roku Ultra?

You can't record anything with a Roku. Not possible. You likely only have one option, and that's the Silicon Dust HD Homerun. That can record, but it's not recorded onto the Roku. I believe the HD Homerun app for Roku allows controlling the OTA recording, and playing back any recordings. But the Roku is simply one way of many to access the recorded media. 

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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