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How to Install and Use the Local Now App on Firestick, Android, and Roku

As an experienced cord-cutting guide, let me walk you through exactly how to install and use the Local Now app. This free streaming app provides local news, weather, movies, shows, and more customized to your region – no cable required!

In this guide, I‘ll share:

  • Easy step-by-step instructions to install Local Now on Fire TV, Android devices, and Roku

  • Tips to personalize Local Now and get the most out of the app

  • Recommendations for the best streaming devices to use with Local Now

  • Data on Local Now‘s channel lineup, streaming quality and device support

  • Options to combine Local Now with an OTA antenna for maximum free local programming

  • Answers to frequently asked questions about Local Now

So whether you want to watch local news without cable, get accurate weather updates, or discover free shows and movies, read on to become a Local Now expert!

A Quick Intro to the Local Now App

Before we dive into the installation process, let me briefly explain Local Now and who it‘s for.

Local Now is a free streaming television service created in 2017 by Byron Allen‘s Allen Media Group. It‘s designed for cord-cutters who want to watch local TV channels and content without paying for expensive cable or satellite packages.

The key features of Local Now:

  • Local & regional channels – Access local news, weather, traffic, sports, and more based on your location. Local Now carries 50+ channels on average in each market.

  • Free on-demand shows & movies – Stream movies, TV series, comedy specials for free with ads. The selection is updated regularly.

  • No subscription – Local Now is free and doesn‘t require any registration or logins. Just install the app and start watching.

  • Ad-supported – There are ad breaks while watching shows and movies, usually 30 seconds long. This supports the free service.

So in a nutshell, Local Now gives you easy, legal access to local TV programming for free in exchange for watching some ads. It‘s especially useful for news and weather when you want localized information.

Next, let‘s get Local Now installed on your devices.

Step-by-Step Guide to Install Local Now on Firestick & Fire TV

The Local Now app can be added to any Fire TV streaming device, including the popular Firestick 4K.

Here is a step-by-step walkthrough to install Local Now on Firestick and Fire TV models:

Step 1: Search for Local Now

  • From the home screen of your Firestick or Fire TV, use the Search option (magnifying glass icon).

  • Type in "Local Now" using the on-screen keyboard.

  • As you begin typing, you‘ll see Local Now appear as a suggested search result. Highlight it and press the Center button on your remote to select it.

Step 2: Open the Local Now app page

  • This will take you to the Local Now app page on the Amazon Appstore.

  • It shows details like the overall rating, genre, latest version and more.

Step 3: Select Download

  • On the Local Now app page, choose the Download button to begin installing Local Now on your Fire TV device.

  • Downloading and installing takes less than a minute in most cases.

Downloading Local Now on Firestick

Downloading Local Now on Firestick

Step 4: Wait for installation

  • You‘ll see a progress bar as Local Now downloads.

  • Once done, select Open to launch the app directly. Or press the Home button to go back to the home screen.

Step 5: Move Local Now (optional)

  • After installing, I recommend moving Local Now to a preferred spot on your home screen.

  • Hold down the Home button on your Fire TV remote and select Apps from the side menu.

  • Find Local Now in your apps list, highlight it, and select Move app from the menu.

  • Use the directional buttons to move Local Now wherever you want on your home screen.

And that‘s it! Local Now is now installed and ready to use on your Firestick or Fire TV. Just launch the app icon to start watching free local channels and content.

The full process takes less than 5 minutes. And the steps are exactly the same for all Fire TV models, whether you have a basic Firestick, 4K stick, or the Fire TV Cube.

How to Get Local Now on Your Android Phone or Tablet

You can also enjoy Local Now‘s free local programming on Android smartphones and tablets.

Just follow these quick steps to install Local Now from the Google Play Store:

Step 1: Open the Play Store app

  • On your Android device, launch the Play Store app from your home screen or app drawer.

  • You can also visit from your browser.

Step 2: Search for Local Now

  • In the Play Store search bar, search for "Local Now".

  • Select the Local Now app from the search results list.

Searching for Local Now in Play Store

Searching for Local Now in the Play Store app

Step 3: Install Local Now

  • On the Local Now app page, tap Install to begin downloading it.

  • The installment process takes less than a minute on most Android devices.

Step 4: Launch the app

  • Once installed, you can open Local Now directly from the Play Store or find it in your Android home screen/app drawer.

  • Tap the Local Now icon to start enjoying free local TV!

And that‘s all there is to it! Local Now will now be available on your Android phone or tablet.

The Google Play Store also allows you to remotely install apps by sending them to your devices. So you can search for Local Now on and send it to your Android phone or tablet that way.

Next, let‘s cover installing the app on your Roku device.

How to Add Local Now Channel on Roku

Roku has a wide selection of streaming channels available, including Local Now. Here are the steps to add Local Now to your Roku:

Step 1: Search for Local Now channel

  • From the Roku home screen, go to Search and type in "Local Now" using the on-screen keyboard.

  • As you type, you‘ll see the Local Now channel appear in the search results.

Step 2: Open Local Now channel page

  • Highlight and select the Local Now channel from the results to open its page in the Roku Channel Store.

Step 3: Click Add channel

  • On the Local Now channel page, click Add channel to begin installing it on your Roku device.

Adding Local Now channel on Roku

Adding Local Now channel on Roku

Step 4: Confirm channel addition

  • You‘ll get a confirmation message on your TV screen once Local Now finishes installing.

Step 5: Access Local Now

  • From the Roku home screen, you can now access the Local Now channel to start watching free local programming.

And it‘s as simple as that to get Local Now on your Roku streaming player!

The whole process takes less than a minute. Now let‘s look at some tips to take full advantage of Local Now.

Tips to Customize Local Now and Get the Most Out of It

Here are some recommendations to help you personalize Local Now and have the best viewing experience:

Add multiple locations

  • One of the great features of Local Now is that you can add up to 6 different geographic areas to get local content for each location. This is useful if you live in two places or want to monitor news from your hometown.

Pick favorite channels

  • Spend some time browsing Local Now‘s channel lineup and select your most wanted stations. You can then move these to the top row for quick access when you open the app.

Enable closed captions

  • To turn on closed captions or subtitles, begin playing a program, tap once to bring up the media controls, and select CC from the options.

Browse movies by genre

  • Go to the Movies section and tap Genres to filter and find comedy, drama, action, documentary films and more based on your interests.

Adjust streaming quality

  • In Settings, you can choose Auto (default), Low, Medium or High streaming quality. This may vary depending on your device capability and internet speeds.

Provide feedback

  • Use the "Send feedback" option within the app to share your experience and suggest new features you would like to see. This helps improve Local Now.

Check for special events

  • Local Now provides free live streams of major sports events, award ceremonies, festivals and more in your region. Enable notifications so you don‘t miss out.

Combine with an OTA antenna

  • For additional local channels in full HD quality, consider pairing Local Now with a good over-the-air (OTA) antenna to maximize your free local programming.

By customizing Local Now to your liking and taking advantage of all its capabilities, you‘ll get the most value from the app.

Now let‘s look at some key data points about Local Now‘s channel lineup, streaming quality and device support.

Stats on Local Now‘s Channel Availability, Video Quality and Device Support

When considering a streaming television service, it‘s useful to understand technical details like the number of channels offered, video quality and supported devices.

Here are some key facts about Local Now‘s programming and compatibility:

  • 50+ local channels on average per market – Local Now offers 50+ local news, weather, traffic and other channels. Channel availability varies by exact region and location.

  • 200+ designated market areas – Local Now provides localized free TV in over 200 DMAs (media regions) covering 70% of U.S. households. Not all smaller towns may be supported.

  • Up to 720p HD streaming – Video quality goes up to HD 720p resolution based on your device. An ad-free premium tier has some 1080p full HD content.

  • Compatible with major streaming platforms – Apps available for Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Android, iOS, Chromecast plus web access.

So while the free Local Now option maxes out at 720p HD, it provides a decent streaming experience. And it‘s broadly available on all popular streaming device platforms.

Next, let‘s look at how to combine Local Now with an OTA antenna for maximum free local TV access.

Combining Local Now with OTA Antenna for More Local Channels

While Local Now offers 50+ local channels in most regions, you can expand your free local TV access further by pairing it with an over-the-air (OTA) antenna.

Here are some benefits of combining an OTA antenna with Local Now:

  • Get ALL local broadcast channels in your area – Most OTA antennas can pickup 30+ local channels including major networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and more in full HD.

  • Greater coverage – An antenna can help get local channels that may not yet be available on Local Now.

  • Higher video quality – OTA channels are available in 1080i or 720p HD quality since they are broadcast signals. Local Now maxes out at 720p.

  • No monthly cost – After an initial equipment purchase, OTA channels are 100% free to access, just like Local Now.

The ideal setup would be to install Local Now on your streaming device like Fire TV or Roku, and connect an OTA antenna to the same TV.

Then you can access both free local content sources – online streaming channels from Local Now + over-the-air broadcast channels from the antenna.

If you are interested in adding OTA channels, make sure to check out my guide on how to choose the best OTA antenna for your location.

Now let‘s answer some frequently asked questions about Local Now.

Local Now FAQs – Common Questions About the App

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Local Now app:

Is Local Now really free?

Yes, Local Now is completely free to install and use. The content is supported by ads. There is no subscription or login required.

How many locations can I add in Local Now?

You can add up to 6 different geographic areas to get localized content for each location in Local Now.

What devices is Local Now available on?

Local Now can be installed on Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Android, iPhone/iPad, select smart TVs, and accessed via web browser.

Does Local Now offer DVR to record shows?

No, Local Now does not currently support any cloud DVR features to record live TV and watch it later.

Can I watch Local Now outside the US?

At this time, Local Now is focused on providing local content in the United States. International expansion to other countries may happen in the future.

Is the video quality HD?

The free streaming quality goes up to 720p HD resolution. An ad-free premium subscription offers some full HD 1080p content.

How do I turn on closed captions?

When watching a show, tap the screen once to bring up media controls. Select CC from the options to enable closed captions.

Does Local Now have on-demand shows and movies?

Yes, in addition to live local channel streaming, Local Now has a library of free on-demand TV shows, comedy specials and movies.

So in summary, Local Now is a 100% free (ad-supported) streaming app providing local news, weather, shows and movies based on your location. It‘s a valuable cord-cutting tool to access local TV programming without cable.

I hope this detailed guide has helped you fully understand Local Now and how to install it across Fire TV, Android, Roku and other devices. Let me know if you have any other questions!


If you made it this far, congratulations – you are now an expert on installing and using Local Now!

You should have no trouble adding Local Now to your Firestick, Android phone or Roku and taking advantage of the free local content it offers.

To recap, you can now:

  • Easily install Local Now on Fire TV, Android and Roku devices

  • Customize the app with your preferred channels and locations

  • Pair Local Now with an OTA antenna for maximum free TV

  • Adjust streaming quality and other app settings

  • Stream local news, weather, traffic, sports, movies, shows and more!

Cutting the cord with Local Now gives you an affordable and legal way to access local TV programming. I hope you enjoy using this useful app.

Let me know if you have any other questions! I‘m always happy to help fellow cord-cutters to maximize free streaming options.


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