Do you love streaming TV and movies with your Roku streaming player or Roku TV, but also watch a lot of broadcast network channels? Depending on what you watch, a Roku device + Over-the-Air (OTA) antenna + Tablo OTA DVR combo might be right for you.

Most people with cable or satellite watch only 20 of the 200 channels included in their subscription with Sunday Night Football, the evening news or their favorite network sitcom being their go-to programming. What you might not know is that you can also watch those programs on your Roku device – live or later – by combining an Over-the-Air (OTA) antenna, an OTA DVR like Tablo and select streaming services, for less money and with more flexibility than you think.

Here’s how…

1. Find Your Favorite TV Shows

We live in an era of ‘peak TV’. It seems like there’s a new buzzworthy show every week that’s ‘can’t miss’.

94 of the top 100 most-watched primetime telecasts on TV last year are available absolutely free, in full HD quality with an Over-the-Air TV antenna. This includes NFL football, local and national newscasts, your favorite network TV dramas and sitcoms and live event specials like the Oscars. (Find out what networks are available OTA in your area using this handy channel locator tool.) With a Tablo OTA DVR and the Tablo Roku channel, you can pause and rewind live TV and record your favorite shows for later, all using your Roku remote.

Adding a cable-style streaming service like Sling TV will get you the rest of your live TV fix including access to ESPN, HGTV, CNN and more for as little as $35 a month. Or if you’re not interested in a cable-style bundle, you can get some channels a la carte, like HBO NOW for as little as $15 a month.

2. Discover (& Re-Discover) Even More TV

In addition to national broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, in many cities your Over-the-Air antenna will deliver specialty content like classic TV shows and movies, educational programming and more on digital subchannels.

Some OTA subchannels like sci-fi focused Comet TV have even started streaming content on a Roku channel absolutely free because of their popularity.

Add some of Roku’s awesome free TV streaming channels like Crackle and Tubi TV and you’ll have access to more content than you could ever possibly watch!

3. Use One Remote to Rule Them All

Roku devices make it easy to enjoy the best of live and recorded local TV with Tablo, sports and specialty cable programs with the Sling TV channel and the rest of your favs from a single, user-friendly home screen.

That means there’s no need to change inputs or fiddle with multiple remotes to switch between live TV and streaming or to provide the babysitter with more instructions on how to work the TV than for your kids. You can even use the Roku mobile app for iOS and Android on your smartphone or tablet as a remote!

What’s your streaming and OTA set up? Tell us your best tips for watching what you want, when you want on your Roku device?

About Laura Slater

Laura Slater is the Digital & Social Media Marketing Manager at Nuvyyo – the makers of Tablo. To learn more, visit Tablo’s website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
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  • CX1

    Need HDHomerun View app.

  • Gerry Allen

    Our Gold Standard requires near-instant live TV channel change and little delay switching from live TV to streaming and back. Part of this is Tablo’s slow channel change, but part is lack of integration between these devices. Now, we use the Fire TV for Tablo and the Roku Premiere+ for streaming. Our AV switches reasonably quickly, but it still isn’t quite there. Perhaps the Roku TV will help.

  • Daniel Strahan

    what about youtube?

  • Suburbanbanshee

    Before the big switch to digital, I could watch fifteen broadcast channels in my area with great reception. Now I cannot watch most of them, and prime time broadcast is usually killed off by the airport control tower. Internet and cable are both slow here. There is no sense trying to get interested in tv shows, unless they are very short and have low bandwidth. For example, it took me an hour this afternoon to watch a twenty minute episode of Boruto on Crunchyroll via Roku, and that was pretty good for the weekend.

    What I want from Roku channels is lower bandwidth. It would be nice to know for sure that I will be able to see a show without all the stopping and starting.