Starting today, the free ad-supported NewsON app is available on iOS, Android, and Roku devices.
The service, part of an effort by a group of media companies to expand their digital reach, will aggregate video content from 118 TV stations in 90 markets. Consumers will be able to access to live and on-demand local newscasts and news clips.
The app allows users to search by market via an interactive map, by network affiliation (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC), by state or call letters. Users can also search for curated content linking coverage of breaking news events from multiple stations. Viewers can currently watch news broadcasts from the current and previous day.
At launch, the app, which was first announced in June, includes content from stations owned by NewsOn Joint Venture founding partners – ABC Owned Television Station Group, Cox Media Group, Hearst Television, Media General and Raycom Media, as well as Hubbard Broadcasting Graham Media Group and TEGNA. NewsOn announced today that Hubbard joined the JV as an investor, effective immediately.
No local Spanish-language stations are available in the channel selection at this time. The company says it expects channel selection to grow in the future.