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National networks

The following listing is a collection of networks (be they cable/satellite or over-the-air) that, legally, provide live feeds of their programming for free over the Internet. I have excluded televangelism networks with no secular programs, home shopping, foreign propaganda and Internet-only channels.

Weather+Science
NASA TV U.S. space program and educational science programming
Weather
All weather-related links have been moved to my weather page


News+business
🔊📱C-SPAN
Congressional sessions:
All channels are on the C-SPAN mobile app, audio only
Newsmax
News, conservative talk, documentaries
Newsy Rolling news coverage
NewsNet
Rolling news coverage
Bloomberg Business news
CBN News Ch.
Christian Broadcasting Network - Christian news and talk
NTD
New Tang Dynasty Television - News from the Falun Gong
Cheddar
Business/pop culture news: ⏱️Cheddar Business is metered
CourtTV
Legal/courtroom news
LX
Lifestyle and local news from NBC
NCN
NewsChannel Nebraska


Sports
NFL Sunday
Live video of local games (mobile only, IP geolocated)
NFL Thursday
Live Thursday Night Football on Fox Sports
PGA on CBS
Professional golf
⏱️ NBC Sports NFL football, Notre Dame football, NHL hockey
Stadium Sports talk, live alternative and mid-level college sports
beIN Xtra
beIN Sports Xtra
FTF
For the Fans (formerly Eleven Sports Network) - College, semi-pro and international sports
SportsGrid
Sports gambling
MAV TV
Maverick Television - Motorsports
BEK Sports channel from North Dakota
WOTM Sports channel from Alabama


Music
CMC
California Music Channel - top 40 / oldies Sunday night
Heartland
Country music and classic country-themed reruns
Circle
Grand Ole Opry live telecast
TCN
The Country Network - country music
Spotlight
Country music, Celtic folk, oldies/classic hits (from UK)
Blues TV
Blues Television Network
eScapes
Smooth jazz, adult contemporary
ARTS
Classic Arts Showcase


Men's interest
Pursuit
Outdoors programming
Rev'n
Automotive programming
Right Now TV
Men's interest programming
ASTN
All Sports Television Network (via W14DK-D3)


Classic TV
Folk TV
Classic reruns and televangelism
Z Living
Mostly action dramas
Buzzr Classic game shows
ACE
American Classic Entertainment


Miscellaneous and General Entertainment
Charge! Action films and shows
Comet Science fiction films and shows
TBD
Gaming and millennial-oriented programming
DABL
Lifestyle
Fun Roads
Travel-related/lifestyle
WBON
kjeo-dt3 AMGTV - General entertainment
YTA wvvh
Formerly Youtoo America
Digi TV
British and Australian imported series
SLA
Superior Livestock Auctions



Local stations with syndicated programming
WIVM
WHVL
WISC-dt2
Syndicated programming / MyNetwork TV
K34HO / K21GN
KOOL TV - Willmar / Alexandria, MN
K34QB / K36DB
TV8 Vail - Avon / Vail, CO
K36PL
Park City, UT
KNLC-dt2
St. Louis, MO
KVVB
Victorville, CA
KBPX-dt3
Houston, TX
HCVN-7
Holiday specials and public access TV (Minnesota)



Kids, Family+Faith
JLTV
Jewish Life Television - Variety/comedy, Jewish-themed programming
WLMB
Classic family sitcoms/dramas
WHT
World Harvest Television - Westerns
CTN Lifestyle
Christian/family entertainment
The Walk TV
Via WATC-DT2
Total Living
Network
TLN Chicago
Total Living Network
Televangelism/general interest lifestyle programming
TLN West
BYUTV Family entertainment, LDS-themed programming, college sports
PBS Kids Educational children's programs



Canadian networks
IP restricted to viewers in Canada
TVO Kids
Educational children's programs
CBC Canadian programming, NHL hockey
ICI
Radio-Canada (French-language Canadian programming)
TVA
French-language programming
Noovo
French-language dubbing of American programming
CFTV
Community Focused Television
CHCH Canadian news and classic reruns, 1960s and 1970s


German networks

NDR
Low German


Bar channels
Chive TV
Viral videos
Red Bull TV
Extreme sports
AFV
Highlights from America's Funniest Home Videos


Free versions of cable channels
does not match over-the-air/cable/satellite feed
Nickelodeon
Children's programming (NickRewind archival shows)
Nick Jr.
Preschool programming
MTV
Reality television
CMT
Southern culture programming
Comedy Central
Comedy programming
TV Land Sitcoms
🔞[adult swim]
Totally bizarre (ADULTS ONLY)
Blaze TV
Select content from TheBlaze, conservative talk
OAN
Select content from One America News Network - Conservative news/talk
CBS News Select news programs from CBS
ABC News
Select news programs from ABC
NBC News
Select news programs from NBC (Today Show has its own channel)
🔊 Fox News
Select prime-time news programs (8 p.m. onward, audio only)
Hallmark
Movies from Hallmark Channel
History
Selections from the History channel
GSN
Game Show Network
AMC
Select reruns of AMC original programming
IFC
Select reruns of IFC original programming
retroTV
Retro Television Network - classic reruns (1950s to 1970s) - 6-hour sampler daily
ACC Network
Sports encores from the Atlantic Coast Conference



February 2022 comments:
Added: Superior LIvestock Auctions TV, which was added to free-to-air satellite and Dish Network. Its highly niche programming doesn't fit neatly into any of the categories so I lumped it under General Entertainment, which has been renamed Miscellaneous and General Entertainment.
Also: the locally programmed stations are now separated from the General Entertainment category.

November 2021 comments:
Added: ACE TV (American Classic Entertainment) under Classic TV and Digi TV (which carries mostly imported British and Australian shows) under General Entertainment. Also re-added The Country Network after the network dropped its paywall.
Removed: (reluctantly) WMFD. They've gone to a hard paywall, alas. The only disappointing thing about it is mainly that I usually watched AgDay on WMFD at 6:30 and now I have to wait until it comes on one of the other feeds that carries it.

September 2021 comments:
I have begun the process of overhauling this page as part of a broader revitalization and redesign of Fullervision.net as a whole.

This page, as I may have noted before, has grown huge, almost to the point of being unmanageable—but redesigning the page would itself be a huge undertaking as well. Ideally I'd like to go through and identify which of these are available on Roku streaming players (I bought one for $10—factor in the value of the HDMI cable it came with and it was basically free). I'd also like to go back to something more closely resembling the Roku menu. I had a design like that before but never could get it to display the way I wanted it to, but I've been working on my CSS skills so I SHOULD be able to get it right if I decide to go that route.

NOTE ON YOUTOO: WVVH, the Youtoo affiliate streaming the network's programming, relies on an outdated Silverlight plug-in that I think only works with Internet Explorer (blech) or SeaMonkey (formerly known as Netscape Navigator—I recommend SeaMonkey since it’s also the editor I use). The iPhone/iPad link seems to only work on mobile devices; I’ve come across a similar issue with WHVL, which uses Flash.


TV Listings for the above channels



Additional tips

Get an outdoor antenna

An antenna will be your best source of free television programming. The major broadcast networks still broadcast with an antenna, and you'll get programming live that isn't available on the Internet. Note that if you are in a hilly area, television reception is going to be difficult, regardless of what kind of antenna you use. The higher you can get your antenna, the more likely it is to work properly.  Point your antenna in the direction of the broadcast stations you want to receive (consult the FCC digital TV signal reception maps to figure out which direction to point your antenna), and make sure that there are as few obstructions in that direction as possible. If you live in a rural or hilly area any substantial distance away from a broadcast signal, an amplifier will likely be necessary.

If you want to watch programs on demand, invest in a DVR.

If size doesn't matter—and getting the most free TV is your primary goal—buy a portable TV and head for the hills

This may seem a bit counterintuitive considering the need for a good antenna, but especially if you have difficulties in picking up signals because you live in a valley, a portable, battery-powered TV will give you the best chance at actually finding them. The trick is to head to the highest publicly accessible hill in your area, then run your channel scan. Hilltops offer MUCH more favorable signal reception conditions, and a smaller antenna (usually included with the portable) will usually suffice.

Then, when you come down off the hill, if you have your bigger home-based antenna, you can hook it up. One of the biggest differences between analog and digital TV is how it handles weak signals: an analog TV can display whatever shows up on that channel, no matter how weak or distorted it may be. For digital, you have to scan first, and if that channel's signal is weak or distorted, it'll be skipped over and not added to the channel lineup—meaning there will be no way to actually get that channel on your TV. By scanning on a hilltop, when you come down, all those channels are already in your lineup, and you can then manually adjust your antenna to lock in a usable signal, just like you used to be able to do with analog. (Otherwise, you're basically aiming blind and hoping for the best.)

The one drawback to this method is that portable TVs usually don't carry HD displays and, naturally, are very small.

Check out a free over-the-top service

There are a few free over-the-top content providers. Most of them don't provide cable-quality programming, but a few of them have some notable shows.
Pluto TV (owned by CBS)
Xumo TV (owned by NBC)
Local Now (owned by Byron Allen)
MyTVtoGo has a collection of largely lower-end channels (many of which originate from this service and have the name “4U” in them), which I've found a few TV stations carry over-the-air.
Stirr (owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group)

With some programs, you're just going to have to pay for them, so decide what ones you want

Cable networks will never offer their most popular programs for free. It's not part of their business model. There are a large number of subscription “over-the-top” services out there, some run by the individual channels and others run by middleman companies bundling channels together. We're in the late 2010s now, so some over-the-top services are producing their own original programs that aren't available anywhere else. Keep all this in mind when assessing which services you want to buy, and note that if you buy all the channels available on a cable or satellite provider, it will likely cost more than a subscription, so if you want a huge selection, paying for cable or satellite may still be your best bargain.

Local sports, in particular, will likely pose your biggest obstacle. National sports networks can be found on most over-the-top providers, but the local ones that carry a majority of your local major league teams' games are difficult to find, and what ones that are carrying them tend to be very expensive. If you're thinking of buying an out-of-market package and hoping to get your local teams, think again—your local teams will almost certainly be blacked out. So, with that in mind...

Use a radio and/or an SDR

If keeping up with live sporting events without paying for an expensive channel is what you seek, tune in a radio. At night, a large number of clear-channel stations audible over diameters of over a thousand miles still carry a number of different sporting events, depending on the station and market. Your local teams will almost certainly be within range. For certain sports, the games are also streamed on the Internet (although with the major leagues, many of the same issues that make it difficult to find TV broadcasts also restrict online radio broadcast availability—you might find it, but expect to pay). Don’t ask me why they’ll make a radio broadcast available for a 750-mile radius and beyond on clear channel AM radio but will make people pay money if they want to hear it on the Internet.

WebSDR.org is a collection of Internet-connected software-defined radios that work, essentially, by hooking an antenna up to a computer so that anyone on the Internet can tune it in.
RX.linkfanel.net is an even larger collection of radios that work in the same manner.

If at all possible, get an ISP not tied to your local cable company

If you're cutting the cord, you're trying to avoid the cable company that has a vested interest in you not cutting the cord. Research what your local phone company offiers, see if there is WiMax or other similar service available in your area, and if all else fails, satellite Internet is available nationwide from HughesNet or Viasat (although HughesNet has common ownership with a satellite TV provider, the companies and accounts are separate). Try to avoid metered connections if you can.


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