Ion TV is a great channel for fans of shows like NCIS, Law and Order SVU, Blue Bloods, Chicago P.D, and more. While Ion TV isn’t available through any live streaming services like Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, Philo, Fubo TV, DIRECTV Stream, Vidgo, or YouTube TV, there are still ways you can watch Ion TV without cable. Ion is mainly available over the air by using a TV antenna. However there is a way some of you can stream Ion TV online.
Where Is Ion TV Available
While Ion TV is available in 73% of United States households, you won’t find it in every US TV market. The table below shows the TV station, channel, State, and TV market that carries Ion TV. Ion TV owns three TV channels, Ion TV, Ion TV plus, and Qubo (Ion’s kid’s channel). These channels may appear on sub-channels (e.g. 68.1, 68.2, 68.3) or be on more than 1 channel in your area. For this reason, some cities will show more than one Ion TV channel.
|Station ID||Station #||State||Market|
|WPXW-TV||66||DC||Washington, D.C. (Hagrstwn)|
|WWPX-TV||60||DC||Washington, D.C. (Hagrstwn)|
|KUPX-TV||16||UT||Salt Lake City|
|WHPX-TV||26||CT||Hartford & New Haven|
|WPXP-TV||67||FL||West Palm Beach-Ft.Pierce|
|WPXH-TV||44||AL||Birmingham (Ann and Tusc)|
|WZPX-TV||43||MI||Grand Rapids-Kalmzoo-B. Crk|
|WGPX-TV||16||NC||Greensboro-H. Point-W. Salem|
How To Watch Ion TV without Cable
There are two ways you can watch Ion TV without having to subscribe to a satellite or cable TV provider. You can watch Ion TV over the air using a TV antenna.
Watch Ion TV with an Antenna
If you live in a TV market that carries Ion TV, you can watch for free if you have a TV antenna. If you live in one of the TV Markets that carry Ion TV (see the table above) then install an indoor TV antenna, and tune to the TV channel for Ion. I recommend purchasing a TV antenna like the GE Ultra Edge antenna. As we said in our review of the GE Ultra Edge Indoor antenna, it provides a money-back guarantee with no questions asked if you purchase through Amazon. Purchasing an inexpensive antenna with a money-back guarantee eliminates the risk of paying too much for an antenna, setting it up, and realizing you cannot get reception for Ion TV.
When you set up your antenna, you want to put it in the best location to receive Ion TV. As we explained in our guide to using a TV antenna, find the location of the Ion TV broadcast tower in your area. You can do this by entering your Zip Code on the FCC’s DTV Reception Map page. This will provide a list of broadcast TV stations in your area. Click the “Ion TV” channel in the list, and it will show you the direction of the tower, as shown in the image below.
As you can see, positioning your TV Antenna to the west will provide the best opportunity to get good Ion TV reception. For more information on using a TV antenna, see our guide: The Ultimate Guide to Digital TV Antennas.
For information on watching other TV channels online check out: How To Stream Specific TV Channels
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