3.8 (27)
30.2 MB
Age rating
Current version
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc
Last update
12 months ago
Version OS
13.0 or later
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User Reviews for KATV News

3.78 out of 5
27 Ratings
14 years ago, Arky Cowboy
Better than most
I found the App to be very easy to navigate and find stories that are of interest to me. Keep up the good App development work and most of all keep the site current.
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9 years ago, M&JPeery
Terrible Terrible Terrible!!!!
I loved the KATV app for years. When they recently changed it, I couldn't find ANYTHING I wanted to see. The "video" section is completely gone. The news is all jumbled up. I did find a "feedback" button and gave them my opinion three different times. After three weeks of waiting for improvements, I found nothing had changed. I finally have deleted the app from my phone and found a different local news station to follow. Sorry KATV, but you lost another loyal fan!! If it would go back to the way it was before, I would immediately put it back on my phone. Local news needs to be current and it needs to be separated from national news. Sports should be the same. And, PLEASE, put the videos back! I loved being able to go back and find video clips of segments I had missed or wanted someone else to see.
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5 years ago, G-TOWN-PANTHERS
Live broadcast is worthless
I was watching morning news when power went out at house. — I know, I can watch the KATV broadcast live on the app (at least that is what they promote). I quickly started the app so i could continue watching where i was (i figured there would be some delay). I had to watch multiple commercials that i know what not on their live broadcast. My power came back on 5 minutes later - there was the live broadcast on my TV, but my mobile device.... noooo. After about 3 minutes of commercials (worthless commercials I should add), the display on my mobile device said “we’ll be right back”. All this time - the KATV morning news broadcast was going strong on my TV. Just for my curiosity, I shut down the app, restarted it. Selected the Live View button (remember - the KATV morning news is on my TV at this time). As soon as the video feed starts up - the same commercials as before on the KATV app (while not showing any of the actual live KATV news broadcast).
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9 years ago, Retro Daddio
Messed up a good app
I've waited three revisions to comment on this revised app. The new look is okay, but they refuse to make a landscape option available. Why would you make an app for the iPad in portrait only? The next problem is that the news items are jumbled on the screen senselessly. There are week old stories mixed in with new ones. How hard is it to divide the stories into national, state and local headers? How hard is it to display chronologically? This one gets deleted. I gave it three chances, but I don't have time for developers who don't understand their platforms.
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9 years ago, Hspd 519
Not an improvement
This app was completely usable and easy to navigate in. Someone decided it needed changed. This version lumps all the former news categories together in one long string. If you have no interest in a category like sports or politics you still have to scroll by those articles. Even worse, if you're looking for a story that you know is local news you get to scroll endlessly through articles from all categories until you find, or don't find, what you're looking for. I found it more palatable to simply delete the app.
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7 years ago, jtcjnr
Well, it isn't making a one sound on iPhone 7 with notifications. Please place a sound on the notifications! On the previous version, notifications would come through, but no sound. Hopefully that has been repaired. Those notifications with sound are needed, especially with weather alerts.
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9 years ago, CapnStevo1
Ridiculous "update" ruined app
I agree with all the other reviewers. The "update" has ruined a good local news and weather app. The previous app was easy to navigate, options for all sections appeared on the home screen and you just had to swipe through the section you were interested in. It was my go-to app for local everything. This new update has primarily national/world news and you can't make heads or tails of he weather section. Sometimes you should leave good enough alone. I'm using other sources for local info now.....that's a shame.
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9 years ago, Scpba794
Well, after the "enhancement" on 13 Sep 2015, I'm DONE with this app. When I saw it had been updated, I said I would give it one more try. Boy was I Wrong!! I downloaded it again today and could not find one thing different from the previous fix on 2 September. Still no Local news section and garbage that's not needed. You all would please a lot of people if you would just put it back like the original app was before the complete do over that you call an enhancement. Will not recommend it to anyone. Sorry KATV but worse news app ever!!
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3 years ago, kath1958
General Hospital
Am so disappointed that you do not provide a way to view the entire episode of General Hospital every time it is interrupted by the Governor’s COVID update on Tuesdays. Otherwise, I enjoy ABC programs.😩 Kathleen Oates.
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14 years ago, holly-pitts
Whenever you click on the link to the news story, it brings you to the main screen and you have to search for it all over again. Sometimes having to go through multiple pages to find it. Other than that, it looks good! Oh ya and it won't update. I didn't know the other stations had one. I think I will stick with ch 4
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7 years ago, Cfclay
Comet network advertisements terrible
Are use this app to watch the six and 10 o'clock news. The comet network ads are completely horrible and annoying. I wish you could just put in the same commercials that play over the air on the television. Additionally, sometimes there are two available needs to watch, I don't follow or understand that.
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12 years ago, Piratemommy
Way Behind on News
This app is way behind the other local news apps for Central AR. Lately the stories don't update and tonight aren't even loading. There's just a blank screen when you click on a story. In this day, you can't afford to have your electronic formats not running at their best. Too many people use it as their main source of news instead of even on air coverage.
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8 years ago, DRM#1
Apps crazy
Liked the app but now as you scroll thru stories. Other apps come up constantly. Fix it please.
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14 years ago, MargJL
Great app!
This is a wonderful app to have! Local news and weather at the push if a button. No more wondering what's happening at home while traveling. Thanks KATV!
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8 years ago, Snicklefritz Kitten
So so
I can get lots of info from this app but my biggest complaint is the push notifications. I get one, swipe to open the app & who know where the story is? Maybe I can find it after the next news cast but that loses the whole point of a notification
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11 years ago, Reid03
Improved look
Much more sleek design. Glad the menu across the bottom is gone.
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10 years ago, Slasse
Good but could be better
Would be nice if the app utilized the iPad technology and rotated to a landscape format or when the iPad was rotated 180 degrees. Status of last update would be nice, currently when you pull down to update there is no way to tell if the content was updated.
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12 years ago, Wormy10
iPad 3 Retina????
This app would be perfect IF... You update it for the retina display for the iPad 3. It just looks horrible without it. I have to delete until you do. Update it, and 5 stars!!! UPDATE: The app has been updated since this review and still no retina, I've since downloaded for iPhone only to find...no retina for iPhone either!!!! Please update for retina for iPhone and iPad 3!!! Thanks!
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14 years ago, Mjrjlaney
Katv App
This app is pretty good however I wish there was more detail on the weather portion like the wind speed and direction by day and hourly. The app is also slow to open and to change subjects.
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14 years ago, CGriff85
Absolutely worth the wait!
Well worth the wait! Now I can get rid of KARK and Fox 16 apps! Everyone knows that Channel 7 is the best!
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12 years ago, alisonsuitor
Crashes too much
I like reading the news on here and like the set up but it crashes almost every time! I have to re-open the app and then search for the story again.
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7 years ago, MadMax124
News Updates
Constantly receiving news teasers. But when swiped for more information there is nothing to be found when opening the app. If it continues much longer I will have to delete.
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14 years ago, Reddaero
Great app but where is weather radar?
I like this app but for the moment it seems to be lacking in the weather department.
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9 years ago, Too old now
Want this app for local news. Use other apps for national/world news. Just tried to follow up on news story for tonight's broadcast and story is nowhere to be found. Noticed what few local stories were on the site were a few days old. Is this supposed to be local station or national network app?
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14 years ago, Arm of Illinois
All my family lives in Ar. Living in Il. Currently 9th state move. Luv Ar news app. Keeps me updated. Thanks!
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4 years ago, holder2
Blacked out
Loved this app and used every day until the last update all the txt is blacked when you open the news article. The only thing that comes up is the advertisements. I’ve checked settings deleted and reloaded app same problem. Please fix!!!
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5 years ago, Soso3456
News updates
Updates are not current with news. Sometimes you news/updates are over 24 hrs with nothing posted.
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4 years ago, Redacted1
Update Fail
The ads work on my iPhone 6S, but that’s about all. Got a few pictures and headlines. No video or articles. IPad version works great.
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9 years ago, jsmobbs46
Example of how to ruin a great app!!!
The previous app was easy to use and find what you were looking for. It was well layed out and made sense. Now it looks like everyone else and is hard to find the news you want. No landscape mode either. Can't believe KATV signed off on this. What a mistake!!!
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14 years ago, Timr14
Great App
Very nice app. The only thing it does not have is radar or link to one (unless I missed it). Other than that great.
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9 years ago, Needacoolgal
I get push notifications of new news stories. I click on the notification on my phone to open the app and the story is nowhere to be found. Very frustrating. I will delete the app and use another news app.
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8 years ago, Drumin8r
Since a couple of updates ago, I can't exit the tutorial. Also why does it not go into landscape mode like the old app. I've searched for support but had no luck. I used to like this app so I guess I will keep waiting for it to be fixed?
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14 years ago, JPSADIVA
Great app
Love the app, but looking for the radar. If added the app would be perfect!
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9 years ago, LMG70
New and not-so-improved
This update has made this app awful. I liked to be able to see local news at a glance but now its filtered in amongst all other news. This update is awful. I may not be keeping this app for much longer.
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2 years ago, jeuhgfdrtyug
Stories on the newsfeed are always days old. Updates are few and far between
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9 years ago, rachelalex17
Not enough Arkansas news
There's too much world news on the main news feed. I would like to be able to see more Arkansas specific news.
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9 years ago, Bdeyes777
From bad to worse
Could you have made this app any worse? First I had to beg it for any local news. Now each time I launch it the app tells me there is no news at all, and I have to poke and prod it to get any information. Pitiful.
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11 years ago, 
It is very informative and up-to-date!! But it ALWAYS crashes if you stay on it for longer than a very few moments
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7 years ago, Yak dude
Where's Ned?
Unable to view weather with this app. Previous version was GREAT!! For years i've relied on KATV and we've grown to think of KATV as part of our family. Must now use another crew to get our news and weather. Sad to lose family members.
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13 years ago, Poor old dirt farmer
Crashes now
This is one of my favorite apps but it seems that since the last update it crashes regularly. Aggravating.
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4 years ago, Chicksnickity
Poor video quality
When watching live streaming of the governors Covid update everyday, Chl. 7’s view is ALWAYS blurry. I usually watch the update on Chl. 11 just because you can’t see ANYTHING on 7’s site. It’s been this way for MONTHS. What’s going on? I watch this on my iPad. Does your AtV station look the same way? Please fix this issue. Thank you, Shirl
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8 years ago, Cruisemaster13
Loved this app for local news. Unusable now. When I opened it, it repeatedly redirected me to the App Store for video game apps. It did this 6 times in a row, and then I just closed it, and it sent me back to the App Store again just after I closed it.
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12 years ago, 1refused
Something missing
Need links to send weather pics and such. Might consider twitter links as well.
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14 years ago, KATV Watcher
Needs Work!
The local news page has not updated since I downloaded the app!!
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14 years ago, Nurse Rena
The app is awesome, and I would have given it 10 stars, but the area in South Central Arkansas, WHERE I HAPPEN TO LIVE, is not included in the radar. If you live south of Pine Bluff, you are wasting your time with this app!!!
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9 years ago, Wolfgcso
Cannot see live news stream
Something happened and I have not been able to see the news in quite a while. Done.
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13 years ago, Chazaq1another
Dates needed!!
Stories need release dates and would be A+ if a link would take you to the story online.
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5 years ago, TWTerri
Yesterday’s news
DON’T BOTHER WITH THIS!! This app does not have up to date news stories. Many times I open it three days after the college football or basketball game and that’s still the only new story.
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9 years ago, DingDinger
What Happened?
Loved this app till the last update! Unusable Now! I miss being able to watch the latest news, don't always have time to read but I could listen...please help...
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13 years ago, TP419582
Update the radar already..! It's over 2 weeks old.
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