Over the past few months, Sling TV had been rolling out an integration with Locast to give customers quick access to local channels directly from the grid guide. But, with Locast suspending operations yesterday, Sling TV has removed that feature from the app yesterday.
A Sling TV spokesperson told us:
As a result of Locast suspending its service, it is no longer available via a link through Sling TV. We offer alternative ways to watch local channels for free. Customers can stream local channels like ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC in the Sling app with AirTV. For more details on our local bundles, visit sling.com/locals.
In addition to their own AirTV box, which integrates channels from your antenna into your Sling Grid Guide, Sling TV does in fact provide local channels in some markets. For customers in NBC or FOX affiliate is owned-and-operated, customers can access local channels live and on-demand with their Sling Blue plan.
So where exactly can you stream locals on Sling TV?
Customers in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Hartford/New Haven, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Los Angeles, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose and San Diego markets will still receive live and on-demand content from NBC.
Customers in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., Charlotte, Atlanta, Houston, Orlando/Daytona/Melbourne, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Gainesville, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose markets will still receive live and on-demand content from Fox.
NBC and FOX
So for those in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose you will receive both your local NBC and FOX affiliates.
While Sling TV doesn’t directly offer your local CBS affiliate, there is an inexpensive option to get it. With Paramount+ Premium Plan, which is $9.99 a month after a 7-Day Free Trial, you can stream your local CBS affiliate. If you just want the live sports from CBS, and their entertainment content, you can get all that with their $4.99 a month Essentials Plan.
So, while Sling TV might not have Locast integrated anymore, in some markets, there are still inexpensive ways to add local channels to the Sling experience. For a limited time, you can get your first month of Sling TV for just $10.