When you provide alternate platforms, You should not miss what existing platforms provide and stick with the users after the launch of Smart TVs. Even if users prefer online platform content, they always use Cable TV for accessing live channels. Some of the services like YouTube TV offering live TV packages. But it is not affordable like existing Cable TVs. To compensate for this, Some services provide free Live TV channels. Now, Amazon Fire TV added 12 Free US Local News Channels. The channel selection is based on the popularity among cities and user base volume. Amazon has a plan to add more free live channels.
The tech giant Amazon roll out live and on-demand local news from the 12 biggest USA cities for absolutely free. Amazon is offering this free local news streaming services for its News app on Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, Fire TV Edition televisions, and Fire TV Cubes. It will be an addition to the already available news channel on the Amazon News app. Amazon keeps adding user request features often. Recently they rolled out an option to use Amazon Tablet as Amazon Home Hub.
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Why is Amazon adding Free Local News Channels?
This year has been the year of stories and events, and for the first time, the news industry grew as it never before. And every streaming service provider shared his part to provide free access to local and national news to all their users. It is a giant step from Amazon to stay informed as the Amazon customers welcomed the Amazon News app with its rollout last year.
On the other hand, the local digital media owners also accepted that they observed a continuous growth in demand for local streaming news. They have also welcomed this roll out of local news service that will help them to broaden their coverage.
Which Cities are selected by Amazon select for the Initial Rollout?
The major 12 USA cities where Amazon roll out the free live and on-demand local news include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Tampa.
Which US Local News Channels you can watch on Amazon Fire TV For Free Now?
Amazon is already offering streaming free news from CBS News, ABC News Live, Cheddar, Entertainment Weekly, Reuters, Black News Channel, and many other channels. Now you can listen to live and on-demand news from ABC7/WABC-TV New York, CBSN Chicago, KIRO7 Seattle, and News 12 New York. This rollout also includes the news distributors like CBSN, Cox, ABC Owned Television Stations, Altice USA, and The E.W. Scripps Company.
How to access Free Local News Channels?
By selecting the Amazon News app, you can access available local news channels. You can also make a playlist of the news channels you want to see. And, you can create a playlist according to your preferences and topic of interest.
Any Subscription you have to buy for this News Service?
Amazon News app is free, and you find it built-in in various Fire TV models. Likewise, the newly added local news streaming is also free and ad-supported.
Amazon rolls out the live and On-demand local news to USA major cities initially. If you live in a smaller city, don’t worry, Amazon planned to expand this free service up to 90 cities in 2021.
When you want to keep growing in the industry, You have to provide what users want. Amazon added AT&T Direct calls support from Echo devices. Earlier, you access the news channels over the air, but over time it has changed. Now every streaming service is adding news channels as these are becoming more popular in communities. This year news channels got 48% of the coverage time that never happened before. Samsung already provides Free TV Plus channels in Galaxy mobiles also. If you live in an area where the signals are poor over the air, you don’t need to worry about your antenna or cable connections any more. You need a Fire TV device, and all your local news channel will be available in one place. Do tell us your views in the comments about the new free news service.
Selva Ganesh is the Chief Editor of this Blog. He is a Computer Science Engineer, An experienced Android Developer, Professional Blogger with 8+ years in the field. He completed courses about Google News Initiative. He runs Android Infotech which offers Problem Solving Articles around the globe.