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How To Watch WCAX Channel 3

Our world is moving forward at a breakneck pace – devices which didn’t exist only 10 or 15 years ago now are ubiquitous and, for many, inextricable from daily life. WCAX Channel 3 has built new ways to watch that cross into every one of those new technologies, so no matter where you are on the planet, you likely have at least one way to watch our station.

This page is written to help you find options that may work so that watching TV and staying informed by WCAX is as easy as possible, and in many cases, the options presented might save you money.

Watch Free by Live Streaming Over the Air
The most obvious option to watch is where TV began, streaming our signal live, over-the-air, for free. A lot has happened since WCAX signed on in 1954, and we have built the latest-generation technology into our transmitter on Mt. Mansfield to cover the most homes with free HD service ever.

From north of Montreal, Canada, to south of Rutland, VT, more than two million people can pick up the WCAX signal easily. The real limit to over-the-air TV is geography. Each TV station serves a different portion of the United States, and WCAX serves Vermont, the North Country of New York and northwestern New Hampshire, as well as north into Canada, past Montreal. When you physically leave that area, you will not be able to receive WCAX over the air.

The key ingredients to over-the-air reception are:
1) A TV with a digital tuner (almost all TVs manufactured since 2007).
2) An appropriate antenna based on the distance from the transmitter.
3) There is no #3, it’s really that simple!

First, the TV: if you have a flat-panel TV or even a CRT TV (manufactured after 2007), you likely have a digital tuner built in. In other words, most TVs already have the technology to “see” the signal from the transmitter installed and ready for your use. For users with an older TV, a digital converter box can be purchased to provide the ability to tune in WCAX and other local TV station signals.

Second, the antenna: depending on your distance from the WCAX transmitter on Mt. Mansfield (or our repeater station in Rutland, VT), a variety of antennae could work to “catch” the signal from the air and connect it to the tuner in your TV. Here are some helpful links to figure out your distance and then gauge what antenna you will need.

- Check the reception at your street address on TV Fool.com
- Find antenna options
- You don’t have to give up a DVR! OTA DVR options
- I just need a digital converter box

For over-the-air viewing, it is occasionally necessary to “rescan” your tuner so it knows what channels to remember, and which to skip over. If you already have a digital TV and antenna, but need help rescanning, use this information we built to help get you set up quickly. Rescan Help Page

Watch WCAX Channel 3 News Free by Live Streaming Over the Internet
WCAX makes all locally-produced newscasts and TV shows available for streaming via our website and apps for free. Note that this does not include CBS or other syndicated programming from the TV station, because copyright laws prevent those shows from being streamed by WCAX. However, this allows anyone in the world with an internet connection access to WCAX Channel 3 News on any web-enabled device.

WCAX.com live streams the latest edition of the news 24/7 at wcax.com/livestream. This is available on:

- Smartphones
- Tablets
- Gaming Systems with a web browser
- PCs/laptops

Depending upon your connection speed, the picture will be in HD.

Other free streaming options include the WCAX app for devices using Android and iOS operating systems, like an iPhone or iPad, Samsung Galaxy, or certain Amazon Kindle products. We also have custom apps for Roku and Amazon Fire. Each can be found by searching “WCAX” in the app store on those devices.

An alternate third-party website and app available across web browsers and all smart devices is the SBTV app. SBTV aggregates local news streams from TV stations across the country, including WCAX’s. One key feature in this application is an “On Demand” option, allowing you to review newscasts aired up to one week ago. This is a helpful feature for people who might have missed a specific newscast and want to view it even after the next live newscast has aired.

All of these methods for viewing WCAX are available wherever the user is in the world, and require only an active internet connection.

Watch with Alternative Streaming Options (Fees Apply)
For many, a little additional convenience can be worth a small fee, and WCAX is available on most fee-based programming providers as well. This can become somewhat complex, because the device creating the stream and putting it on your screen might be any of a number of devices. For TV-connected devices, the most popular are Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire, as well as the built-in Smart TV options that may be included with current internet-enabled TVs.

Services available across these devices which also charge a fee to see local programming are:
- CBS All Access
- YouTube TV
- FuboTV
- Hulu Plus Live TV
- AT&T TV Now

Prices and service options vary by provider, but these services are generally available on Smart TVs, smart TV-connected devices (like Apple TV), and mobile devices. These services are geographically limited for these applications as well, with WCAX only appearing when the user is in the physical geographic market area, and changing to show other CBS affiliates based on the user’s geographic location, should they have travelled to another TV market.