Amazon is expanding its live news coverage by adding local stations for more than 88 US cities on Amazon Fire TV devices, including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, and Amazon Fire TV Cube.
The Fire TV update should be available now, and when it’s downloaded you should see a new local news section in the Live TV section of the Fire TV interface or you can say “Alexa, play local news” to pick it up.
How many local stations you see depends on the city you’re closest to (the Bay Area probably has more stations than Tempe, Arizona, for example), but you should at least be able to see clips from your local station.
The good news about your local news? Amazon’s news aggregation service is free (with ads), so you don’t need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber to see it.
Can Fire TV itch for local news?
As more people cut the cord, it was difficult to find a replacement for the local news. That said, Amazon has been working hard to expand its news offering.
Previously, Amazon added live national news feeds to Amazon Fire TV, and last year it launched the new local news feature first for 12 of the largest cities in America, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Tampa, Boston, San Francisco and Seattle.
Now that list includes 88 less populated metropolitan areas such as Austin, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Buffalo, New York, meaning a much higher percentage of people should be able to see what’s going on in their cities.
“Local news helps our customers stay connected with important issues and updates within their community,” said Charlotte Maines, president of Amazon Fire TV, in a statement to TechRadar.
“In the past year in particular, local news has been incredibly useful in an uncertain environment and our viewers continue to ask for more news options. This expansion will bring a truly local experience to both Fire TV and the streaming industry. “
Since it usually shows you clips instead of live video (at least in our nearest metropolitan area), it might not be the best replacement for your cable box or HD antenna, but it’s a good step in the right direction.
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