Ion TV is an excellent channel for fans of shows like NCIS, Law and Order SVU, Blue Bloods, Chicago P.D, and more. Currently, DIRECTV STREAM (5-day free trial) is the only streaming service that offers Ion in its channel lineup. Ion is also available over the air by using a TV antenna.
Watch Ion With DIRECTV STREAM
DIRECTV STREAM added ION to its channel lineup in May of 2022. Channel packages with ION start at $69.99 per month for the services “Entertainment” channel plan. A subscription to DIRECTV STREAM includes the following:
- watch 20 streams simultaneously per subscription
- a cloud-based DVR
- channels like ION and more
- supported on Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, and more
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 one channel in your area. For this reason, some cities will show more than one Ion TV channel.
|KUPX-TV||16||U.T.||Salt Lake City|
|WWPX-TV||60||DC||Washington, D.C. (Hagrstwn)|
|WPXW-TV||66||DC||Washington, D.C. (Hagrstwn)|
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 T.V. provider. You can watch Ion TV over the air using a T.V. antenna.
Watch Ion TV with an Antenna
If you live in a T.V. market that carries Ion TV, you can watch for free if you have a T.V. antenna. If you live in one of the T.V. Markets that carry Ion TV (see the table above) then install an indoor T.V. antenna, and tune to the T.V. channel for Ion. I recommend purchasing a T.V. antenna like the G.E. Ultra Edge antenna. As we said in our review of the G.E. 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 T.V. 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 T.V. 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 T.V. Antenna to the west will provide the best opportunity to get good Ion TV reception. For more information on using a T.V. antenna, see our guide: The Ultimate Guide to Digital T.V. Antennas.
For information on watching other TV channels online check out: How To Stream Specific TV Channels
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