Watch Free Over-The-Air TV Channels Online (No, Really)

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

  • PBS – watch your local station based on the media market you live in.
  • PBS Kids

Entertainment Sub Channels

News

Sports Sub Channels

Non-English Sub Channels

African Audiences

Armenian

Most streams are from Armenia and US broadcasts are time-shifted. Streams are likely Armenia time, UTC+4.

Chinese

Most streams are from China and US broadcasts are time-shifted. Streams are likely China time, UTC+8.

Korean

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.

Spanish

Streams are produced in the United States.

Vietnamese

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