If you can’t receive all of your channels, or you live in a city that doesn’t carry what you want, there are in-fact ways to watch additional channels at no extra cost to you.
I live a short distance from the broadcast towers for my media market but there are still channels I can’t get. So I thought for a moment “I’m not going to be the only person in this position.” There are a shocking number of channels which are available to watch online that would otherwise be available “OTA” (Over-the-Air). I’ve collected as many as I can, and made a list.
A good faith attempt was made to select streams that are made available by the TV network itself.
Here is my list of Digital TV channels in the US which are available to watch free online without the need to login with a cable or “OTT” (Over-the-top) provider. This also means you can watch them without an antenna!
Unless the service provides streams for different time zones/regions, expect the streams to be for Eastern/Central US time.
This list was last updated April 22, 2021.
National Major Networks
Entertainment Sub Channels
- Circle TV (via XUMO)
- CGTN America Note: English-language Chinese network
- Charge! (via STIRR)
- Comet TV
- Court TV (via PlutoTV)
- Dabl (via PlutoTV)
- Deutsche Welle Note: English, Spanish, German and Arabic feeds
- Link TV
- MeTV (in supported markets via app only: MeTV for Android; MeTV for Apple devices)
- NBC Lx
- NHK World Note: English-language Japanese network
- Retro TV
- The Country Channel
- Weather Nation (via PlutoTV)
- YTA TV
Sports Sub Channels
Non-English Sub Channels
Most streams are from Armenia and US broadcasts are time-shifted. Streams are likely Armenia time, UTC+4.
- AABC TV
- AMGA TV (via Haykakan TV)
- H2 TV (via Haykakan TV)
- Horizon Armenian TV
- Kentron TV (via SPB TV)
- US Armenia
Most streams are from China and US broadcasts are time-shifted. Streams are likely China time, UTC+8.
- CCTV National and international feeds
- Guangdong TV (广东电视台)
- NTDTV (新唐人電視台) – International and local feeds
- SinoVision (美国中文电视)
- U Channel
Some streams are from South Korea and US broadcasts are time-shifted, while others are produced in the US Pacific, UTC-8. South Korea time is UTC+9.
Streams are produced in the United States.
- America TeVé (via The Roku Channel)
- CGTN-Español Note: Spanish-language Chinese network
- Estrella TV (via XUMO)
Some streams are from Vietnam and US broadcasts are time-shifted, while others are produced in the US Pacific, UTC-8. Vietnam time is UTC+7.
Home Shopping Sub Channels
Religious Sub Channels
- 3ABN, 3ABN Latino, etc.
- Alkarma TV North American and other networks
- Almavision – Spanish/Español
- CNL TV – Russian
- Cornerstone Network
- EEE Network – Spanish/Español
- Enlance – Spanish/Español
- GEB TV
- GuideUS TV
- Majestad TV – Spanish
- Sonlife (SBN)
- TBN, Hillsong, Enlance, Smile, etc.
- Televida Abundante – Spanish/Español