You heard me correctly America! If you own a Roku, iOS or Android device, you can now download the NewsON app and start streaming live local and out-of-market news directly to your device or television.
What Is NewsON?
I’m glad you asked.
NewsON is a new venture formed by some of the largest TV station owners in the country to accelerate the availability and discoverability of local newscasts on emerging mobile and connected TV platforms where so much consumer video consumption is shifting.NewsON
What that means in English is that you can now stream local news without the cable company. In a press release from June, they go on to say the following:
The free, advertising-supported NewsON service will be delivered through apps available for download from leading mobile and connected TV app stores. NewsON will enable users to watch live and on-demand newscasts from their local markets or from any of the 112 participating news stations, in 84 viewing markets across the country, whose owners have already contracted to deliver their news streams through NewsON. These include stations in eight of the Top 10 U.S. TV markets and 17 of the top 25.NewsON
NewsON is the Voltron of streaming news. Literally. Similar to Hulu’s beginnings, NewsON is a collaborative project from the ABC Owned Television Station Group, Cox Media Group, Hearst Television, Media General and Raycom Media. Count ’em. Five. Like I said, Voltron.
This may not seem like a big deal unless you are like me and are not a subscriber to cable. Correction. I did get a small local package when I first arrived in Nashville from AT&T and watched maybe a handful of hours over the past year. Needless to say, I keep my nose in books and my eyes on Hulu and Amazon Prime. That said, I would always like a little news and even though FOX News, CNN and Al Jazeera America don’t offer streaming al-a-carte, I’m happy that there now exists a local offering.
Are you a cord-cutter? What do you use to stream your daily dose of entertainment and news? Got a comment? Let me know.