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Fox launches local news app for owned-and-operated stations

The Fox Local app offers live access to news feeds from three Fox-owned stations; the other 14 will be added at a later date.

The Fox Local app offers live access to news feeds from three Fox-owned stations; the other 14 will be added at a later date.

Fox Corporation’s local television broadcast group Fox Television Stations (FTS) has launched a new streaming app that collates live news feeds from its local stations in one place.

The app, called Fox Local, offers streaming news from three Fox-owned stations — WAGA (Channel 5) in Atlanta; WTTG (Channel 5) in Washington, D.C.; and WJBK (Channel 2) in Detroit — with plans to support live news feeds from Fox stations in Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houstoun, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa Bay in the coming weeks.

The Fox Local app is free to download and use on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV (Google TV). Roku devices aren’t currently supported, but there are plans to eventually offer the app on that platform as well as phones, tablets and other devices in the future.

“Fox Local is the crucial next step in our overall streaming strategy, which is focused on providing viewers the easiest and fastest ways to watch their most trusted local news and programming,” Jeff Zellmer, the senior vice president of digital operations at FTS, said this week.

The app will automatically take viewers to the local feed from their closest Fox-owned station, or they can switch among any of Fox’s 17 owned-and-operated stations. Additionally, live feeds of the national breaking news channel LiveNow from Fox, Fox Weather and Fox Soul are coming soon.

Streamers who can’t wait to watch their local Fox-owned station can access all 17 feeds through Fox’s general entertainment streaming service Tubi, where the local news streams are available via the “Live TV” menu. Like Fox Local, Tubi is free to download and doesn’t require a subscription.

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