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KK13
Level 7

Local channels.

How do I get the major tv channels on my Roku. CBS, NBC, ABC... People say I should be able to download them, but I'm not finding how to do that anywhere.

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Strega
Level 15

Re: Local channels.

Are you in the US?  If so, I see them in the channel store.: ABC CBS NBC.

These are all probably cable-related apps. 

Apps for specific local channels will vary based on whether your local broadcasters have created them.

 

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DBDukes
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Re: Local channels.


@KK13 wrote:

How do I get the major tv channels on my Roku. CBS, NBC, ABC... People say I should be able to download them, but I'm not finding how to do that anywhere.


Let's find out what your expectations are first. If you think that you can just download and app and watch all of the content of those networks for free, you would be incorrect. While some smaller networks -- Comet, for instance -- do offer live streaming of their content for free, most do not. Most require you to authenticate against a service to watch. 

In general, they don't offer a stand-alone service for their content, and certainly not for free. You can get CBS via the Paramount+ app. The $10/month subscription gets you your local CBS affiliate.

ABC, Fox, and NBC don't offer live streams via their own stand-alone apps. Well, some do, if you authenticate against a cable service. They consider the app a companion to a service, not as a replacement.

You can watch the networks via a service that includes local channels, such as Hulu + Live TV ($65/month), Fubo TV ($65/month and up), or YouTube TV ($65/month, no Roku app).

If you have an antenna, you can simply watch your local channels that way. To add the antenna to a Roku, you'll need an Air TV or Tablo TV device (or something along that line).

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