News apps for local ABC, CBS, NBC, CW, and Fox stations run by Tegna are coming to Fire TV

Tegna, an American broadcast company has announced that they’ll be releasing new Fire TV apps for their numerous local ABC, CBS, NBC, CW, and Fox affiliate stations by the end of the year. Tegna owns or operates 66 television stations in 54 markets, which you can find listed here. They currently have around 20 Fire TV apps, but most haven’t been updated since 2015 and offer little more than a list of video clips to watch. The new apps are expected to offer a free ad-supported live stream, which is likely the most desired feature of a local news app. If your local station is on their list of channels, you’ll hopefully be getting a new app soon.

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How to watch 2020 US Election coverage Live for Free on Fire TVs & Firesticks

Election night in the US is Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. There are several apps and services for Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, Fire TV Cubes, and Fire TV Edition televisions that will be streaming live election coverage completely for free without needing to sign-up, create an account, or login. Here’s a list of options. Read more ›

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Amazon rumored to launch free Video News App for Fire TVs

Amazon is reportedly working on a free ad-supported video news app for Fire TVs, according to The Information. This is the same news outlet that correctly predicted the launch of Amazon’s free ad-supported IMDb Freedive video service, so there’s reason to believe this rumored video news app is at least being considered. Read more ›

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ABC News launches new Amazon Fire TV app with free live stream and on-demand content

ABC News has just launched a new app for all Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The app provides a 24/7 live feed in addition to on-demand coverage from shows like Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20, and more. All of the content, including the live stream, is completely free without requiring any kind of activation or login. Read more ›

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CBS launches Free 24/7 streaming sports news network CBS Sports HQ

CBS has launched a new streaming sports news network called CBS Sports HQ. The 24/7 stream will feature live sports news, game highlights, and team analyses. Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television owners can watch the stream completely for free through the CBS Sports app. A cable subscription or CBS All Access subscription is not required to watch. This new network is very similar to CBS’ 24/7 live news network, CBS News, which is also free and available on all Fire TV devices.

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Reuters TV app with free live news stream arrives on all Amazon Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks

A new Reuters TV app has just been released for all Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models. The app offers completely free news coverage from around the world. In addition to the expected on-demand news coverage, it also offers multiple free live video feeds. The app’s “Now” section takes an interesting approach to news videos. It has you select how much time you have available to watch and it plays only enough top stores back-to-back to fill the allotted time you’ve selected.

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CNN releases new CNNgo app for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices

CNN has just released a new CNNgo app for all Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition devices. They released their first Fire TV app last year but, for whatever reason, have decided not to update that app and, instead, release the new app under a new listing instead. Read more ›

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Plex News adds aggregated news clips to the popular media player app

Plex now offers local and national on-demand news videos directly within their app for free to all customers. The media player maker acquired Watchup earlier this year to promised to integrate it’s stand-alone newscast aggregator capabilities into Plex. Read more ›

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CNBC app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV with a Live Stream

A CNBC app has just been released for all Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models. If you activate the app with a television service provider, you’ll have access to on-demand full-length episodes as well as a live stream of what is currently airing on the news network. Those of you without an account to unlock the main content will still have access to clips and breaking news video updates.

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ABC News releases local Fire TV apps for L.A., N.Y., Chicago, and other major cities

ABC has just released eight new Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick apps for local news coverage in major cities across America. The included cities are Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco. The Fire TV Appstore is filled with local news apps, but up until now, those have all been from smaller affiliate networks which are not directly owned by the major broadcast network they represent. Most local news productions in major cities are owned by the broadcast network themselves, which is why there hasn’t been local news apps for major cities released in the past. This new batch of local news apps are released by ABC themselves, which is why so many major cities are included.

The apps themselves are all identical and fairly mediocre. They include on-demand streaming videos of the most recent and largest news stories in each local city. There is unfortunately no live stream in any of these apps, which is the feature people tend to want most out of a local news app. The apps also include a 7-day weather forecast, along with clips of recent forecast videos. Hopefully someday ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX will release live streaming apps for all of their local news coverage, but for now, these new apps from ABC are a nice baby step towards that dream.

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