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Local Now adds news streams from NBC-owned TV stations

The expanded deal also includes two national streaming channels, "American Crimes" and "NBC LX Home."

The expanded deal also includes two national streaming channels, "American Crimes" and "NBC LX Home."

Local Now, the free streaming television service owned by Allen Media Group, has struck a deal with Comcast’s NBC Universal to bring on board nearly two dozen channels of content.

The deal includes 11 streaming news channels from NBC owned-and-operated television stations, as well as free, ad-supported channels like American Crimes, NBC LX Home and Telemundo Al Dia.

The channels added to Local Now are:

  • American Crimes
  • NBC Bay Area News (San Francisco)
  • NBC Boston News
  • NBC Connecticut News (Hartford)
  • NBC Dallas News
  • NBC Los Angeles News
  • NBC LX Home
  • NBC New York News
  • NBC Philadelphia News
  • NBC San Diego News
  • NBC South Florida News (Miami)
  • NBC Washington, D.C. News
  • Noticias Telemundo Noreste (New York City)
  • Noticias Telemundo California (Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco)
  • Noticias Telemundo Texas (Dallas-Fort Worth)
  • Noticias Telemundo Florida (Miami)
  • Telemundo al Dia

The agreement builds on an existing deal that allowed Local Now to distribute a handful of other NBC-owned streaming news channels, including NBC News Now and Today All Day.

“Local Now is the leader in free local news, and with the addition of the 11 NBC local news and 4 Telemundo FAST channels, we are now able to expand our local coverage even more,” Byron Allen, the founder and CEO of Allen Media Group, said in a statement. “Strong partnerships like this one with NBCUniversal is what has fueled Local Now’s rapid growth and allowed us to deliver on our mission of providing our audience the best free streaming content available.”

“Local news, in English and Spanish, lifestyle programming and true crime are three genres that are increasingly important to viewers in the FAST space,” Matt Schnaars, the President of content distribution at NBC Universal, said in a statement on Thursday. “Powered by the expertise of the NBCUniversal News Group, these networks are a great compliment to Local Now’s content offering, bringing our multi-cultural audiences another outlet to be informed and entertained.”

The deal to bring NBC-owned local streams to the service builds on Local Now’s commitment to offer free access to as much local news content as possible. Earlier this month, Allen Media struck a similar arrangement with Paramount Global’s CBS News and Stations division that saw the streaming service incorporate the national CBS News stream as well as local news content from CBS owned-and-operated television stations.

Local Now is available across all major streaming television platforms, including RokuAmazon Fire TV, Android TV (Google TV) and Apple TV, as well as phones and tablets.

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