FreeThere are many apps to help with cord cutting, especially when it comes to broadcast shows. Live TV isn’t always the easiest to find else where, especially live local news. ABC offers live local news if you login with your existing provider, and CBS offers live local news if you sign up for their monthly subscription. NewsON is a new app that offers local news broadcasts from across the US without any login or subscription required. The app comes from a collective ownership group of ABC Owned Television Station Group, Cox Media Group, Hearst Television, Media General, Raycom Media, and Hubbard Broadcasting.
NewsON doesn’t offer every local station in every market, but does offer 118 stations in 90 markets. When you look through the list of stations it seems that most media markets have one of the local affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, but only one. For example, in LA, KABC7 is included, but not the NBC, CBS, or FOX affiliates, while other cities might just have the NBC local news. There appears to be no rhyme or reason for which station is in which city, but there are a whole lot of cities covered, and NewsOn claims 75% of the US is covered. The app itself launches right into the live video feed of the closest station based on your current location. You can swipe the screen left to view that station’s news broadcasts up to 48 hours in the past. A swipe to the right brings up specific categories for news segments to be sorted in. There’s also a thumbnail timeline at the bottom of the screen to quickly jump to particular news segments instead of watching live. The interface can be a bit cluttered, but if you stay watching your local station, it doesn’t much matter.
NewsON (Free, Universal) is completely free to use to make for a valuable iOS utility to watch your local news. The app is supported by ad revenue in the commercial breaks, just like traditional TV.