How to Stream and View Local Channels on Roku

Install and stream channels that are available in your local area on Roku.

What is meant by Local Channels?

One of the best features of the Roku is to stream local channels. You can stream different international streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, BBC, HBO etc. But if you want to know the local news or happenings around your local area, you need to install local channels on Roku. In this article, we will guide you to install and stream such local news.

Different ways to stream Local Channels on Roku

There are different ways to install and stream local channels on which you can watch the news and other content happening in your locality.

  • Roku Channel Store Local Apps
  • Streaming Services
  • Private Local Channels
  • OTA Antenna
  • Using YouTube
  • Using Screen Mirroring

How to Stream Local channels from Roku Channel Store Local Apps

We know that Roku has its own store i.e Roku Channel Store. You can also stream and install local channels from the Roku Channel Store under News & Weather category like NewsON, Haystack TV, LocalNow are the local channels.

Haystack TV

This is a free channel available on the Roku channel store. You can stream more than 100 live TV channels on Haystack TV. It provides you with news and updates locally and internationally also. You can also follow different trends as you follow on social media apps like Twitter.


On NewsOn, you can stream live and on-demand news from 170+ different markets. You can select your hometown and it will provide you with the news and updates around your locality. The channel is available on the Roku channel store for free.


LocalNow is a paid channel after the 30-day free trial. It provides you news, weather updates, sports and traffic info for more than 200+ locations.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV provides you with live news, movies and TV series. The content depends upon your location.

How to Watch Local channels on Streaming Services

Streaming services like Netflix, YouTube Live TV, Hulu+ Live TV, Sling TV and CBS All Access TV etc provide you with local channels. CBS All Access TV provides more than 150 local channels on which you can stream local news, updates etc. These all are paid streaming services on which you can stream various local channels by allowing access to your location.

How to Watch Local channels using Private Local Channels

Private channels are part of the Roku store but they are hidden due to many reasons. These apps are also known as non-certified apps. To install such channels/apps you need the channel code of the channel you want to install. Search for the local channel and the code you want to install and install it from the website. In this way, you can stream local channels which provide you local live news, weather forecast, sports info etc.

How to Stream Local channels using OTA Antenna

This method is only applicable on the Roku TVs and not on Roku streaming devices. OTA Antenna can only be connected to your Roku TV and it catches the frequencies of all local channels available in your locality. But unfortunately, OTA Antenna is only supported by Roku TVs like the TCL-6 series, Hisense TV and other Roku TVs. You can not connect OTA Antenna to any other Roku streaming device.

How to Watch Local channels using Screen Mirroring

If you found the above methods difficult, you can also screen mirror the local channels from your Android or PC/Laptop. You simply stream the local channels on your phone or a PC, and the screen will be displayed to the Roku screen. If you don’t know how to mirror the screen, do not worry we are going to show you how to enable screen mirroring.

Enable Screen Mirroring on Roku

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Step 1

Press the home button and go to the settings.

Step 2

Select “System” in the settings.

Step 3

Select screen mirroring and select screen mirroring mode.

Step 4

Check the Prompt option.

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Screen mirroring using Roku using Android

Step 1

Android phone and Roku must be connected to the same network.

Step 2

On your android, go to Settings then Connection and Sharing, and then click Cast.

Step 3

Now select your Roku device from the available devices list and allow the device to mirror the screen.

Screen Mirroring using Laptop/PC

Step 1

Right-click on the notification icon from the lower right corner of the screen.

Step 2

Open the Action Center.

Step 3

Click on the Connect button and let the PC scan for the available devices.

Step 4

Select Roku from the available list of devices and mirror your PC/Laptop.

Step 5

Now your PC screen will be mirrored to your Roku screen.


That was all on local channels on Roku and how to stream such channels. Local channels provide you with live news, entertainment, weather forecast, music, live TV, sports info etc based on your locality. We tried our best to help you out in streaming local channels by various methods. Still, if you have a question in your mind, just type it in the comment section. We will provide you with complete guidance on your problems. And if you found this article helpful, also share your views in the comment section. It motivates us to help you more. Thanks.

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