LocalBTV Now Available in Miami, Marking 25 Total Markets
LocalBTV just added Miami to its collection of service areas. These additions bring LocalBTV’s reach to 25 total markets.
The free service provides 30-40+ local channels with news and entertainment in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and more. LocalBTV is available on your browser, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast. The service includes a 1TB cloud DVR. Its most-known channel is COZI TV.
Parent company Didja CEO Jim Long has said he plans to have LocalBTV in as many as 100 markets by the end of 2022, so the service could quadruple in the next few months if Long is successful.
LocalBTV is now available in the following markets:
- Bay Area
- Southern California
- San Diego
- New York City
- Las Vegas
- Palm Beach
LocalBTV is one of several local TV streaming services like Local Now, NewsON, DistroTV, and VUIt. All of these services can provide a solid benefit for people who may have eliminated live TV entirely, choosing VOD services as their primary form of entertainment.
The most high profile of these services was Locast, a service that was forced to shut down after a barrage of lawsuits from the local affiliates it was retransmitting. Right now, there is no free way to stream your local network affiliates, although these free services often offer local news or other programming specific to an area.
For cord-cutters who don’t have access to an antenna or may prefer non-English content, LocalBTV is worth considering as part of your news and entertainment lineup. In the case of severe weather coverage, these stations can be a helpful lifeline for people without another live TV service.
LocalBTV gives users the ability to watch free local broadcast TV without an antenna on their computer, phone, tablet, or TV (aka virtual-over-the-air or vOTA streaming). The platform is available in 48 US markets/DMAs, powers 704 local broadcast TV channels, plus 88 “hyper-local” Community Video channels.
The service only streams channels that are in your area – local programming, comedy, movies, family-friendly channels, and classic TV shows, as well as channels serving bilingual viewers. Viewers will find local news and entertainment in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and more.
Along with ads, LocalBTV allows viewers to pause, rewind, forward, and record their favorite shows via a free cloud-based DVR with 1TB of storage (holds 300 hours of programming), and they can surf through the channel guide which has two weeks of upcoming program information. There is even a customized channel guide so viewers can choose to see only what they are interested in.