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LocalBTV Launches a New 100% FREE Live Local TV Streaming Service


Channel Surfing ManToday LocalBTV announced their new streaming service to offer local TV streamed online for free.

LocalBTV is a live TV streaming service that focuses on streaming local TV. Launching first in the greater San Francisco area, it will stream 35 local channels for free on their app. While currently only in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the owners say they will be launching in additional markets throughout 2018.

“We believe that antenna TV is fun and that everyone deserves access to local programming and seamless technology at an affordable cost,” said Jim Long, CEO of Didja. “The most relevant programming to everyday Americans comes from live local broadcast TV stations, as they reflect the culture and diversity of their communities. In turn, we’re helping independent local broadcasters expand their reach into a wider market of households who haven’t been addressed before now. Eventually, we’ll also do the same for the big networks.”

LocalBTV will cover 11 county area including Santa Clara County to the south, Mendocino County to the north, Contra Costa County to the east, and every geographic area in between. They also say they are working on striking deals with more channel owners in the future.

“As a local broadcaster with a large audience of bilingual households, we are always looking for ways to better serve our viewers,” said Deepti Dawar, COO of DiyaTV, America’s only South Asian broadcast TV network, airing in a dozen markets. “We believe the viewer is screen agnostic and by working with the Didja team to include DiyaTV in BayAreaBTV, we’re looking forward to being on another platform our viewers can use to watch Diya TV anywhere in the market.”

BayAreaBTV is currently available for iOS and Android via the App Store and GooglePlay. Local channels partnering with BayAreaBTV at launch will be available to watch for free. There is a DVR you can add to your subscription. Following a 30-day free trial, DVR capabilities are available to subscribers for $4.95 per month.

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  • Fred Koot

    sounds like Aereo, remember what happened to them

    • Greg S

      My thoughts exactly. Smells a bit fishy

    • Spencer Karter

      I do remember the controversial SCOTUS outcome on June 25, 2014. I was upset too. I don’t like the NAB anyway!

  • Craig W

    Does this include the major networks or does it just have sub channels and local independent stations? It sounds almost too good to be true.

  • Jon Schumacher

    Probably not the big 4 stations. They don’t list any station on their website. Just “local channels”

  • John

    Just checked bay area listing. It has local multi ethnic channels that noone watch. Deleted app already.

  • Mike Thaler

    The Bay Area is made up of MANY diff. ethnic groups. The public schools have to deal with kids from 10-15 diff. language backgrounds. Many are available via radio. Some are available via numerous TV stations. Streaming services only carry the major networks. This would be a way for small independent stations to reach these small segments of the population.
    Even Univision (Spanish network) isn’t readily available on some streaming services.

  • Spencer Karter

    I have relatives living in San Francisco Bay Area as well!