Pluto TV Local Channels not Working – How to Fix
Founded in 2013, Pluto TV is one of the new kids on the block in streaming TV platforms. In a short time, it has been around, however, Pluto has reached a significant market share and steadily expanded its offering to include over 100 channels. In 2016, they started beta testing the feature of giving their users access to local broadcast channels.
This service has still not been fully integrated. This makes it vulnerable to a series of restrictions and many users may find that local channels aren’t working as intended. Here are some of the best ways to troubleshoot your Pluto TV local channels.
Check the Service
The most obvious solution is also sometimes the easiest to overlook. There may just be an interruption in the Pluto service. If there are interruptions in service, Pluto will announce them via their official social media accounts. Check their Facebook or Twitter feeds for the latest news.
That’s the receiving end of the equation. You should also check to see if your local channels are experiencing any issues. If you are having issues only with a specific channel, it is likely that the problem is on the broadcasting end.
Check Device Compatibility
As of writing this article, the local channel access from Pluto TV is only compatible with the Roku TV device. To access this feature, you will need to have an OTA antenna linked to your Roku TV device. Future updates to the Pluto service could include support for other devices but that will depend on community interest.
If your Roku TV is connected to the internet, it should automatically install any updates that are available. Even so, you might want to make sure it has all the latest firmware updates. You can do this by pressing the “Home” button on your Roku remote control and accessing “Settings.” In the Settings menu, navigate to “System” and select “System Update.” This will also check for updates to all your applications, including Pluto TV.
Check Your Internet Connection
Even though you’re accessing local channels with an antenna, the Pluto TV service still relies on a stable network connection. Check if your internet connection is working and there aren’t any problems with your Wi-Fi. Also, try accessing other services on your Roku TV to make sure it is getting a signal.
If there seems to be a problem, try rebooting your connection by turning off your router and unplugging it for about a minute before restarting it. If this fails, contact your internet service provider for assistance.
Reinstall the Pluto TV Application
Since this service is still in the testing phase, it could run into a variety of unforeseen issues. A catch-all solution is to delete the Pluto TV app and reinstall it. This should clear any cached data and give you a fresh start. This is unlikely to be the issue but shouldn’t take very long. You can remove applications by pressing the “Home” button on your Roku remote, then highlighting the channel you want to remove. Once you’ve selected Pluto TV, press the “Star” button to access options and select Remove Channel.
If All Else Fails
Once you’ve tried all the options listed here you should try contacting Pluto TV and submitting a bug report. Exhausting every potential problem would take a very long time, so you’d be better served to let the experts at Pluto take over.
To submit an error report, you can compose a detailed message about your problem and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s hard to say how long it will take to get an answer but this way you’ll be sure no stone is left unturned.
Think globally, act locally
The solutions that are listed here are the most likely problems you’ll run into when watching local channels on Pluto TV. There is a chance something else is going on but you should try these first. It’s important to stress that this feature of Pluto TV is in its early stages and subject to changes. This means that problems could arise and be resolved simply by virtue of software updates. And remember, only the Roku TV device is currently compatible with this feature.
At the end of the day, Pluto TV offers reliable service at no cost. Their business model will require slow and steady progress into various avenues of content. It may take some time for every feature to be developed to its full potential, but until then, we hope these solutions get you back to enjoying your local channels.