ATLANTA, December 8, 2016 – NewsON today announced an innovative way to watch local TV news on Roku® devices, making it easier than ever for NewsON customers to find live local news from 175 stations across the country. The new Live News Zone feature, which is currently available exclusively on the Roku platform, provides viewers with instant access to nearby stations that are currently in a live news broadcast. Every live station is available and the closest 10 stations to the viewer will be displayed first for easy access.
“This new breakthrough on the Roku platform is the latest tangible example of our dedication to advancing viewer-friendly features and expanding the local TV news audience,” said Louis Gump, CEO of NewsON. “Over 120 local TV news stations can be live at one time in NewsON, which allows our viewers to have even quicker instant access to thousands of journalists covering stories that are relevant to them. Whether they want to watch live local news when traveling, or want to see local coverage of a major breaking news event from another city, NewsON now provides a unique way to stay connected to local news coverage wherever and whenever it breaks.”
“The Roku platform is designed to provide customers with convenient access to streamed content,” said Ed Lee, Vice President of Content Acquisition at Roku. “Likewise, NewsON is known for delivering industry firsts and connecting viewers to live news content in a quick, effective way. The Live News Zone is user-friendly, helpful and simple to use and is a great addition to our combined services.”
NewsON is the first-of-its-kind service that provides consumers with access to live and on-demand local newscasts as well as local news clips on mobile, web and connected TV devices. NewsON is a free, ad-supported app featuring flexible navigation that encourages discovery, offering instant access to broadcast-quality video. It also enables users to search by market via an interactive
map and for curated content linking coverage of breaking news events from multiple stations. Additionally, it’s received a very favorable response from users, with positive ratings as well as expressions of gratitude for its service across platforms.
NewsON provides a nationwide lineup of local news from trusted, credible TV stations, giving consumers access to live and on-demand local newscasts and local news clips. NewsON is available for Apple iPhone and iPad, Android phone and tablet, and Roku devices, and offers a free, ad-supported app which features instant access to broadcast-quality video. The NewsON ownership group includes the ABC Owned Television Station Group, Capitol Broadcasting, Cox Media Group, Hearst Television, Hubbard Broadcasting, Media General, Raycom Media and Sinclair Broadcast Group, and also includes additional station groups that are dedicated to serving customers across platforms in their communities and beyond.
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