Watch live programming streams of local CBS affiliates in 124 markets

Note: This is an updated version of a post from 2015

In 2015 CBS launched CBS All Access – which for $5.99 a month lets you watch tons of CBS including many old episodes.

If you live close to CBS affiliates you can also watch the local station’s live feed.  That included most content with the exception of live sporting events (now a lot of sporting events are also included!).

With a little tweeking to your firefox browser you can watch ANY of the live TV stations from across the country.  This could be really handy if you live out West and want to watch a show live at 5pm instead of waiting for 8pm for it to broadcast in your area.  Another way to use it would be if you live in the East, miss a show and don’t want to wait until the next day to watch it, you could catch a show that aired at 8pm locally when it airs around 11pm your time in California (make sense??).

I am using the following plugin to tell CBS I live in NYC – or LA or MN – (see list below for locations) and with it I can then watch the local CBS feed.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/fake-location/

Using the Firefox web browser you download and install the above plug in.  Once it is installed you restart your browser and click on the little icon to set a location to ‘fake’ – then you log into your CBS All Access account and click Live TV and you should see the local CBS affiliate LIVE.  A perfect way to watch your favorite show when your local station has it pre-empted for a live sports event or something else.  Maybe watch a LIVE eviction show?

 

There are other ways to accomplish the same thing – but this one for me was the easiest and most flexible – I was tuning in local news all over the USA after setting up multiple ‘locations.’

Note:  I would LOVE to provide a link to sign up for the live feeds but I am concerned that I would lose my affiliate relationship (even though I am just helping everyone have the same access since we are all paying $6 a months!). So PLEASE sign up for the feeds through links on your favorite BB site or twitter.

The following list is from 2015 – there are apparently now a lot more locations – you can just try plugging in different cities to see what works for you. I tested Miami and Los Angeles.

Currently listed cities (stations) include: Augusta, GA – Aiken, SC (WRDW) —- Baltimore, MD (WJZ) —- Boston, MA – Manchester, NH (WBZ) —- Chicago, IL (WBBM) —- Charlottesville, VA (WCAV) —- Colorado Springs – Pueblo, CO (KKTV) —- Columbus, OH (WBNS) —- Dallas – Ft. Worth, TX (KTVT) —- Denver, CO (KCNC) —- Detroit, MI (WWJ) —- Dothan, AL (WTVY) —- Fort Myers – Naples, FL (WINK) —- Freeport, IL (WIFR) —- Harrisonburg, VA (WSVF-CD) —- Knoxville, TN (WVLT) —- Las Vegas, NV (KLAS) —- Lexington – Hazard, KY (WKYT) —- Los Angeles, CA (KCBS) —- – Miami – Ft. Lauderdale, FL (WFOR) —- Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN (WCCO) —- Monroe, LA – El Dorado, AR (KNOE) —- New York, NY (WCBS) —- Orlando – Daytona Beach – Melbourne, FL (WKMG) —- Panama City, FL (WECP-LD) —- Parkersburg, WV (WIYE-LD) —- Philadelphia, PA (KYW) —- Pittsburgh, PA (KDKA) —- Sacramento – Stockton – Modesto, CA (KOVR) —- San Diego, CA (KFMB) —- San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose, CA (KPIX) —- Sherman, TX – Ada, OK (KXII) —- Tallahassee, FL – Thomasville, GA (WCTV) —- Waco – Temple – Bryan, TX (KBTX) —- Wausau – Rhinelander, WI (WSAW)

Watch over 30 CBS stations online using Geolocation

Last fall CBS launched CBS All Access – which for $5.99 a month lets you watch tons of CBS including many old episodes.

If you lived in a handful of cities you could also watch the local station’s live feed.  That included most content with the exception of live sporting events.

Today I signed up again in preparation for the upcoming Big Brother season (the ‘live feeds’ are also shown on All Access) and discovered that number of stations is over 30.  Thats a TON!  I’ve listed them at the end of this post.

Additionally, with a little tweeking to your firefox browser you can watch any of those live TV stations from anywhere else.  This could be really handy if you live out West and want to watch a show live at 5pm instead of waiting for 8pm for it to broadcast in your area.  Another way to use it would be if you live in the East, miss a show and don’t want to wait until the next day to watch it, you could catch a show that aired at 8pm locally when it airs around 11pm your time in California (make sense??).

I am using the following plugin to tell CBS I live in NYC – or LA or MN – (see list below for locations) and with it I can then watch the local CBS feed.  You will need to roll up your sleeves and get your hands a little dirty to make this work but I know many of you are up to the challenge.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/geolocater/

There are other ways to accomplish the same thing – but this one for me was the easiest and most flexible – I was tuning in local news all over the USA after setting up multiple ‘locations.’

Note:  I started this over a week ago and just don’t have time to get into great detail.  Hopefully you can take this info and run with it and watch your favorite CBS show LIVE where ever you are located.

Also Note:  I would LOVE to provide a link to sign up for the live feeds but I am concerned that I would lose my affiliate relationship (even though I am just helping everyone have the same access since we are all paying $6 a months!). So PLEASE sign up for the feeds through links on your favorite BB site or twitter.

Currently listed cities (stations) include: Augusta, GA – Aiken, SC (WRDW) —- Baltimore, MD (WJZ) —- Boston, MA – Manchester, NH (WBZ) —- Chicago, IL (WBBM) —- Charlottesville, VA (WCAV) —- Colorado Springs – Pueblo, CO (KKTV) —- Columbus, OH (WBNS) —- Dallas – Ft. Worth, TX (KTVT) —- Denver, CO (KCNC) —- Detroit, MI (WWJ) —- Dothan, AL (WTVY) —- Fort Myers – Naples, FL (WINK) —- Freeport, IL (WIFR) —- Harrisonburg, VA (WSVF-CD) —- Knoxville, TN (WVLT) —- Las Vegas, NV (KLAS) —- Lexington – Hazard, KY (WKYT) —- Los Angeles, CA (KCBS) —- – Miami – Ft. Lauderdale, FL (WFOR) —- Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN (WCCO) —- Monroe, LA – El Dorado, AR (KNOE) —- New York, NY (WCBS) —- Orlando – Daytona Beach – Melbourne, FL (WKMG) —- Panama City, FL (WECP-LD) —- Parkersburg, WV (WIYE-LD) —- Philadelphia, PA (KYW) —- Pittsburgh, PA (KDKA) —- Sacramento – Stockton – Modesto, CA (KOVR) —- San Diego, CA (KFMB) —- San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose, CA (KPIX) —- Sherman, TX – Ada, OK (KXII) —- Tallahassee, FL – Thomasville, GA (WCTV) —- Waco – Temple – Bryan, TX (KBTX) —- Wausau – Rhinelander, WI (WSAW)

CBS News Goes Live – Free To Everyone

This past Thursday CBS went live with a new 24×7 news channel called CBSN.  What is really cool with it for cord cutters is that it can be watched by anyone – with or without a cable subscription.  The actual ‘live’ content is going to be live from 9am to 12am Monday through Friday.

cbsnI’ve watched it on and off over the past two days and I like what I see.  For those that remember the original CNN Headline News before it became the mess it is today, this is a lot like that.

At the right is the interface as seen from a web browser.  You can see the various topics that have recently aired on the channel and the nice thing is you can go back to watch anything you missed with a click of the mouse.

I also tried it out on my iPhone and Roku – on those devices you don’t have the column on the left but you still get a really high quality video stream running 24×7.

Even when the channel isn’t ‘live’ they have CBS Radio News updates at the top of each hour.

In the last month we’ve see HBO announce it was going to start offering its content to non-cable subscribers and CBS has also gone live with CBS All Access (more on that soon) which allows ANYONE to see CBS shows and, in 14 markets, live television.  Things are starting to snowball and I can’t imagine the other networks not providing similar options in the very near future.

Click here to check out CBSN for yourself.

So many things to write about.

In the interest of getting some content up on this site – here is just some of the topics I may cover in the future. These thoughts are not well organized but hey – its a start.  I just need to pick up one of these topics and run with it.

I swear I started this before and now I can’t find the document so here is a ‘brain dump’ of some of the many topics I could/can/will write about….

  • Non cable alternatives to live content
  • aereo (pay for remote antenna access – currently not allowed after Supreme Court ruling).
  • ustvnow (limited free and pay for other channels online)
  • cbs all access (Pay to access some CBS content and limited live tv viewing in 14 markets)
  • over the air antennas
  • Live Sports options (superbowl and some other events streamed live for free)
  • Other devices/software
  • netflix – hulu – amazon (movies past tv shows – some new content)
  • roku (device to access content – stand alone device)
  • appletv (similar to roku)
  • chromecast (device to access content – needs phone/tablet/computer to work)
  • amazon devices (similar to roku again…)
  • playon
  • plex
  • other stick devices (firetv stick, android sticks, raspberry pi)
  • “Smart” devices (blue ray players / tvs with netflix)
  • Viewing via content providers websites or using their aps

Other stuff that runs through my head

  • CBS News Network (24×7 FREE news)
  • hbo go
  • showtime subscription (coming soon says CBS)
  • hulu (international viewing)
  • tivos (why? because I have a ton)
  • slingbox (see above)
  • geolocating (location viewing within the USA)
  • the world of torrents – file sharing
  • Other questionable ‘free’ ways to view live content
  • ad blockers
  • anti virus software
  • updating java and flash
  • ninite
  • browsers  ie/firefox/chrome

 

 

 

Hello world!

Yes indeed, its another blog…..  I am setting this up with the hopes of chronicling my eventual move away from Cable TV, documenting all the different ways I access and watch media.  Also other options that I discover but don’t use because I don’t want to, or I might not b able to.