Frequently Asked Questions
What is LocalBTV?
Guide: Browse with a simple swipe of your finger. Swipe right or left, up or down — our fast, responsive guide lets you see what’s available now and even up to two weeks into the future.
Channel Surfing: Swipe the video to easily flip between local broadcast channels
Recordings: record your favorite shows to your cloud DVR, then play them back on your own schedule. The DVR has 1TB of storage, which holds 300 hours of programming!
Chromecast or AirPlay: “Cast” your favorite shows from your mobile device to the big screen.
Customized Channel List: Save time and effort by choosing to see only the channels you’re interested in watching
Pause, rewind, fast-forward
The app says I can’t watch because of my location. Why is that?
LocalBTV content is only available to viewers when they are currently their within the market they signed up for (San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California and Phoenix). If you are currently located in a zip code that is not in your market then content will be blocked,
I’m having problems with video quality
Most video problems are caused by low or inconsistent bandwidth from WiFi or your mobile provider’s data connection. If you are experiencing freezing or poor-quality video, try moving to an area with better mobile or WiFi coverage. If that doesn’t fix the problem, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why should I get LocalBTV?
As people watch more video from nationwide streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, they are missing out on local TV programming, including local news. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get local stations so they can stay connected to the community, stay on top of important local issues and take advantage of everything living in their community has to offer!
How is LocalBTV different from cable or satellite?
What channels will I be able to watch?
How do I activate LocalBTV on my Apple TV, Fire TV or Roku?
- Install and start the LocalBTV app on your TV device (Roku, Apple TV, etc)
- The app will display a 6 digit “activation code”
- Using a web browser on your phone or computer, go to https://activate.localbtv.com
- If you are not already logged in, you will be asked to login to your LocalBTV account.
- Once you are logged in, you will be asked to enter your activation code.
- Enter the 6 digit code from step 2 and click “Submit”
- Within a few seconds, LocalBTV on your TV should detect the activation
If you’re still having issues, please contact us for further assistance.