PBS and Allen Media Group announced this week that they will bring 24/7 live feeds of both local PBS stations and the PBS Kids channel to the free Local Now app.
Local Now provides local news, weather, sports, traffic, and entertainment with over 450 free streaming channels. Their app is available to download for free on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xfinity, Vizio, Samsung, Android, and iOS devices, as well as on localnow.com.
Earlier this year, Local Now introduced a separate channel featuring content from PBS Digital Studios.
Over the next few months, PBS will be adding stations from over 300 markets from across the United States to Local Now. The full launch should be completed in 2023.
According to PBS, this represents their commitment to make their content such as PBS Newshour, Frontline, and Antiques Roadshow available to all Americans on as many platforms as possible.
“This exciting partnership helps us continue to meet viewers everywhere they are with the quality content they expect from PBS,” said PBS Chief Digital and Marketing Officer, Ira Rubenstein. “By providing an accessible platform through Local Now, PBS stations will be empowered to expand their digital footprint and engage new audiences with locally-produced and distributed programming. It’s all part of supporting and boosting the presence of our PBS stations in the communities we serve.”
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