Today 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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