The 19 best local channels on mobile

Cord-cutters, rejoice! With the rise of streaming services, you can now watch your favorite live channels without a cable subscription. From Peacock TV to YouTube TV, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Here are the 19 best local channels on mobile:

App Logo Available On Reviews Downloads Features
1. Live Channels Live Channels Icon Android, iOS 2.7/5 43M+ Built-in tuner support, IP-based tuner support, Complete program guide
2. Peacock TV Peacock TV Icon Android, iOS 4.7/5 37M+ Exclusive Originals, Live Sports and Events, Vast Content Library
3. YouTube TV YouTube TV Icon Android, iOS 4/5 24M+ Cable-free live TV, Cloud DVR without limits, 6 accounts per household
4. Spectrum TV Spectrum TV Icon Android, iOS 4.7/5 18M+ Stream live TV anywhere, Control your TV and DVR, Find your favorite programs
5. Sling TV Sling TV Icon Android, iOS 4.6/5 17M+ Live TV streaming, No cable required, Customizable channel packages
6. ABC ABC Icon Android, iOS 4.7/5 15M+ Live TV streaming, Vast content library, Personalized recommendations
7. FREECABLE© TV App FREECABLE© TV App Icon Android, iOS 4.7/5 13M+ Free TV & Movies, Live News & Sports, Unlimited Entertainment
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1. Live Channels

Live Channels Icon

Built-in tuner support, IP-based tuner support, Complete program guide


Cost: Premium (4.99), Free

Live Channels is a mobile app that allows users to watch live TV channels without having to switch their TV input source. The app offers a variety of channels, including local news, sports, and entertainment. Live Channels is available for free on the Google Play Store.

To use Live Channels, simply download the app and launch it. You will then be presented with a list of available channels. Select the channel you want to watch and start streaming. Live Channels also offers a variety of features, such as the ability to pause and rewind live TV, and to set reminders for upcoming shows.

Download:

Live Channels - Built-in tuner support, IP-based tuner support, Complete program guide
  • Tags:
  • Live TV streaming
  • IP-based tuners support
  • Complete program guide

Application information:

Downloads 42,987,238
Features Combines TV channels from multiple sources including cable, satellite, and streaming services making it convenient to watch TV without the need to change inputs.
Pros User-friendly interface with a customizable channel guide.
Cons May not be compatible with all streaming services or cable/satellite providers.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “Very important app that is much easier to navigate with than the clunky hdhomerun app (those particular developers seem to have no shame!). In the Live Channels app I put in a channel number and the program quickly jumps to that channel like any decent tv viewing program should. I can actually be comfortable watching live tv on my android box. All that said, is there a reason why the Live Channels app must drop frames on some channels where even the clunky hdhomerun app does not? It is just not as smooth as it should be on some channels when compared to the hdhomerun app.” – 4/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “The app is almost there guys. I gave it three stars and plan to increase it as you guys make the necessary changes I am about to list below. 1) The first menu that should pop up when I press OK/Enter on my remote should be the OSD (On Screen Display). Make it easier to Pause/Play/Fast Forward and Rewind. I shouldn't have to scroll up. Move Favorites to the filter that's on the left side along with "Sports, education, etc.. 2) Language option in Settings. Every now and then I tune to a channel that has both English 5.1 and Spanish Stereo it defaults to the Spanish track. Newsflash, I don't speak Spanish. 3) Multi-room DVR is long overdue. 4) Whole-Home DVR (Pause in one room, resume in another). You can achieve that by making the first Android TV primary and any other boxes added to the home secondary using "Setup Key" like Windows Media Center did. You guys do that and this app will be the best app on Android TV. 5) Allow disable both the "Network Tuner Scan" annoying notification when network connection is lost and the other constant ask of if I want to set a network tuner" 6) Encrypted channels flagged DRM - Google is a big enough company to make this happen.” – 3/5 in Play Store

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2. Peacock TV

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Exclusive Originals, Live Sports and Events, Vast Content Library


Cost: Free (0.00), Premium (4.99)

Peacock TV is a streaming service that offers a variety of content, including live TV, movies, and original programming. The Peacock TV app is available on mobile devices, and it allows users to watch their favorite shows and movies on the go. The app is easy to use and offers a variety of features, such as the ability to create a personalized watchlist and receive notifications when new episodes of your favorite shows are available. Peacock TV is a great option for cord-cutters who want to access their favorite local channels and more.

Download:

Peacock TV - Exclusive Originals, Live Sports and Events, Vast Content Library
  • Tags:
  • Exclusive originals
  • Live Sports and Events
  • Thousands of TV Shows

Application information:

Downloads 37,057,919
Features Stream your favorite shows, movies, live sports, news and Peacock Originals - all in one place.
Pros Tons of content, including live TV, movies, and Peacock Originals. Easy-to-use interface.
Cons Some content is only available to premium subscribers. The app can be a bit buggy at times.

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3. YouTube TV

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Cable-free live TV, Cloud DVR without limits, 6 accounts per household


Cost: Base Plan (64.99), Spanish Plan (34.99)

YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service that offers 100+ channels, including local channels, for $64.99 per month. With YouTube TV, you can watch live TV, DVR shows, and access on-demand content from your favorite channels. You can also watch YouTube TV on your mobile device, so you can catch up on your favorite shows and movies wherever you are. YouTube TV is a great option for cord-cutters who want to watch live TV without having to pay for a cable subscription.

Download:

YouTube TV - Cable-free live TV, Cloud DVR without limits, 6 accounts per household
  • Tags:
  • Live TV streaming
  • Cloud DVR storage
  • Multiple user accounts

Application information:

Downloads 23,780,475
Features YouTube TV is a streaming service that offers 100+ channels of live TV, including news, sports, and shows. It also offers a cloud DVR with unlimited storage and the ability to record up to six shows at once.
Pros Great channel selection, Unlimited cloud DVR storage, Good user interface, Can be used on multiple devices
Cons Some channels are missing, Can be expensive, Some users have reported buffering issues

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4. Spectrum TV

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Stream live TV anywhere, Control your TV and DVR, Find your favorite programs


Cost: Spectrum TV Free, Spectrum TV Silver (29.99)

With the Spectrum TV app, you can watch your favorite local channels live and on demand, wherever you are. The app offers a variety of features, including the ability to:

  • Watch live TV from your local ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX affiliates
  • Watch on demand content from your favorite networks
  • Record shows and movies to watch later
  • Set parental controls to restrict access to certain content

The Spectrum TV app is available for free on iOS and Android devices. To use the app, you must be a Spectrum TV subscriber.

Download:

Spectrum TV - Stream live TV anywhere, Control your TV and DVR, Find your favorite programs
  • Tags:
  • Live TV streaming
  • On-demand content
  • Personalized Guide

Application information:

Downloads 18,234,650
Features Stream live TV, On-Demand content, personalized recommendations, voice-activated search, and more.
Pros User-friendly interface, extensive channel selection, and seamless integration with other Spectrum services.
Cons Limited availability outside of Spectrum service areas, occasional buffering issues, and lack of support for some popular streaming devices.

Comments and Reviews from users:

stephanie m: “Works fine, but having to sit through commercials, while watching movies on the premium channels, that we pay too much for, is totally ridiculous. As many as 6 or more, that last up to 225 seconds, has made us rethink paying for actual cable tv. There are just too many other options that have ad-free options, and canceling Spectrum would let us buy them all!” – 3/5 in Play Store

Mark Weinblatt: “I'm very unhappy with the new DVR/converter box that I was forced to switch to by Spectrum. The only thing that got my rating up to 2 stars is this DVR allows me to record up to 4 programs, rather than 2, and has a much higher capacity. What I don't like is: - many buttons need to be pressed where fewer buttons used to do the job. - recordings won't overlap, so I frequently miss a few seconds at the end of a show. - The DVR is no longer accessible from the app or on line.” – 2/5 in Play Store

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5. Sling TV

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Live TV streaming, No cable required, Customizable channel packages


Cost: Free, Orange (35)

Sling TV is a live TV streaming service that offers a variety of local channels, including ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS. With Sling TV, you can watch your favorite local news, sports, and weather broadcasts, as well as a variety of other local programming. Sling TV is available on a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers, and streaming players. It's a great way to stay connected to your local community and watch your favorite local channels without having to pay for a traditional cable or satellite subscription.

Download:

Sling TV - Live TV streaming, No cable required, Customizable channel packages
  • Tags:
  • Live TV streaming
  • No cable required
  • Customizable channels

Application information:

Downloads 17,085,087
Features Stream live TV shows, sports, news, movies & more - all without cable.
Pros No cable required, affordable, customizable channel packages
Cons Limited channel selection compared to traditional cable, potential buffering or streaming issues, regional blackouts for some content

Comments and Reviews from users:

Nicole Barnett: “Great movies free and finally found a movie I've been looking for a long time. That said, its very hard to want to keep watching after only 30 minutes of the actual movie because of how often the commercials interupt. 7 minutes of movie for 3 minutes of commercials have ruined the movie. You start getting into whats happening in a scene and every 7 minutes it cuts to commercials. Not sure its worth the time itvtakes to complete a movie.” – 3/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “App is mostly stable. Sling TV has changed the behavior of their app so that if you change the "channel" while a commercial is being displayed, it will "pause" the steam so that when you return to the "channel" you MUST watch the commercials before the channel will return to streaming the program. This is ONLY to increase Sling's ad generated revenue. Disappointing.” – 2/5 in Play Store

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6. ABC

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Live TV streaming, Vast content library, Personalized recommendations


Cost: ABC Free, ABC Premium (4.99)

ABC, a renowned mobile app, offers a seamless streaming experience for local channels, keeping you connected to your favorite news, entertainment, and sports content on the go. With ABC, you can watch live broadcasts, catch up on the latest episodes, and access exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. The app's intuitive interface and personalized recommendations make it effortless to discover and enjoy your preferred shows, ensuring you never miss a moment of local programming.

Download:

ABC - Live TV streaming, Vast content library, Personalized recommendations
  • Tags:
  • Live TV streaming
  • On-demand shows
  • Breaking news

Application information:

Downloads 14,515,766
Features Stream your favorite episodes of current and classic ABC shows, as well as live sports.
Pros Stream shows for free with ads.
Cons Limited content without a cable subscription, some videos only available for a limited time.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “This app is its the worst! The programs are not always available when they are suppose to be. Also in the last few months after it goes through its 6 commercials it goes back to the program for a second then goes back to more commercials! Sometimes it ask you to verify to watch and then it doesn't let you verify! Most if the time it's ok but not always. Lately I have had a lot of problems. Can't always get the programs that I want to watch! Very irratating!” – 2/5 in Play Store

H P: “The free shows are a great part of the app. There are constant commercials though. When it doesn't save my place and I have to jump around to find it sitting through numerous commercial blocks. The video also doesn't cast to my screen all the time. I either see the image and no sound or hear the sound without the image. I don't have this issue with any other casting app.” – 3/5 in Play Store

7. FREECABLE© TV App

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Free TV & Movies, Live News & Sports, Unlimited Entertainment

FREECABLE© TV App is a mobile application that offers access to over 3000 live TV channels, TV shows, series, movies, news, and sports. With this app, users can stream and watch their favorite content on the go. The app features a user-friendly interface and allows users to create a personalized channel list. FREECABLE© TV App is available for download on Android and iOS devices.

Download:

FREECABLE© TV App - Free TV & Movies, Live News & Sports, Unlimited Entertainment
  • Tags:
  • Free TV & Movies
  • No Subscription Fee
  • Live News & Sports

Application information:

Downloads 10,000,000+
Features Stream and watch 3000+ live channels, TV shows, series, movies, news, and sports.
Pros Free to use, no registration required, huge selection of channels and content.
Cons Some channels may be unavailable in certain regions, occasional buffering or freezing, limited on-demand content.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “This apt is a pain in the a__ to use. I've been trying to watch a tv program called Beyond. Too many commercials . I've tried to watch 3 different episodes and every one locks up so you have to start over. The picture freezes but the audio continues so you have to stop start over. Then it happens again. I've wasted about 4 hours just trying to watch 3 different episode. It's a shame , there are a lot of good programs but what good is it if you can't watch them. Oh yeah almost for got, the commercials ran great . To bad there not what you want to watch. Don't waste your time with this apt.” – 2/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “My only problems seem to be the volume, which though my phone is set on the highest possible setting, comes in rather soft, and if you miss something and try to go back, you have to start the entire show, especially movies, from the start and it won't let you fast forward to where you left off! Otherwise, good experiences. Thanks for giving us free movies, etc.!!!” – 4/5 in Play Store

8. CBS

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Free episodes, no log-in, Stream live TV with cable sign-in


Cost: CBS All Access ($5.99/month), CBS All Access with Showtime ($9.99/month)

CBS, a renowned television network, offers a dedicated mobile app that provides users with access to a wide range of content. With the CBS app, you can stream live local news, popular shows, and classic movies. The app also features exclusive content, behind-the-scenes footage, and personalized recommendations. Whether you're at home or on the go, the CBS app keeps you connected to your favorite programs and local news. It's the perfect way to stay informed and entertained, all in one convenient place.

Download:

CBS - Free episodes, no log-in, Stream live TV with cable sign-in
  • Tags:
  • Free full episodes
  • No subscription needed
  • Stream live TV

Application information:

Downloads 5,640,259
Features Stream live TV, catch up on the latest episodes, and watch exclusive originals - all in one place.
Pros User-friendly interface, wide selection of content, live TV streaming.
Cons Some content may require a subscription, occasional buffering issues, not all local channels may be available.

Comments and Reviews from users:

John DePaul: “My favorite part of this app is the cancerous amount of ads you have to watch with video. 30 sec when opening a video, then 2 min of ads to skip to where I left off the last time. When I clicked to Chromecast, it moved itself 5 min ahead. I had to skip backwards, which caused another 2 min of ads. This skip just so happened to be 30 sec from a commercial break, and CBS so thoughtfully offered me another 2 min of ads. So at this point I've seen 30 sec of show and 6 min of ads. Thanks CBS!” – 2/5 in Play Store

Melissa Nossaman: “9/3/21 I appreciate that the app is free and I can still watch my shows anytime without paying. (Hence the 2 stars instead of 1.) However, it crashes all the time and I have to constantly reload it multiple times during the episode. Very very frustrating! ***Update*** 8/26/23 It's 2 years later, app still sucks and has the same exact problems! I don't care how many "updates" they do, nothing changes. Still won't smartcast worth a damn. App still crashes, buffers & won't load 90% of the time!👎” – 2/5 in Play Store

9. CBS News

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Local news coverage, Breaking news alerts, Live video streaming

CBS News app provides 24/7 access to the latest national, local, and world news. With live streaming, breaking news alerts, and in-depth reporting, you can stay informed on the go. The app also offers personalized news feeds, allowing you to follow the topics and stories that matter most to you. Whether you're interested in politics, entertainment, sports, or weather, CBS News has you covered.

Download:

CBS News - Local news coverage, Breaking news alerts, Live video streaming
  • Tags:
  • Breaking news coverage
  • Local News and Weather
  • Live Video Streaming

Application information:

Downloads 4,450,161
Features Access to live, anchored news broadcasts, breaking news alerts, personalized news feeds, and in-depth coverage of top stories.
Pros Easy-to-use interface, reliable news source, personalized news feeds.
Cons Some users have reported issues with the app crashing or freezing, limited customization options.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “I've been looking for a news app that is succinct and has more articles that I can read rather than videos. I can read a lot faster than I can watch. This is the best that I found so far, but it still has too many videos for my liking. At least a single headline does not take up the whole screen, and I can catch up on the top news quickly. But my biggest complaint is that when I get a phone notification from this app and click on it, it takes me to the main CBS video which doesn't have anything to do with the actual notification. I've given up on that feature, and turned CBS News notifications off.” – 3/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Content is good, but headlines not well written and require multiple clicks to get to content. Ads are too much in your face, often full obtrusive pages requiring more clicks to get to news content. Headlines need to be better, and ads need to fit into the page and NOT full pages. Also ad content needs to be less repetitive, more diversified, as highly repetitive ads are more frequently ignored. Update:. Still 3 stars. Newer version crashes a lot and is structurally more disorganized.” – 3/5 in Play Store

10. Philo

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70+ live channels, 75,000+ on-demand titles, AMC+ included


Cost: Free, Premium (25)

Philo is a live TV streaming service with a focus on entertainment and lifestyle channels. It offers a variety of local channels, including ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, in select markets. Philo also offers a cloud DVR feature, which allows users to record and store shows to watch later. The service is available on a variety of devices, including mobile phones, tablets, and streaming devices. Philo's monthly subscription fee is $25, and there is no contract required.

Download:

Philo - 70+ live channels, 75,000+ on-demand titles, AMC+ included
  • Tags:
  • 70+ Live Channels
  • 75,000+ On-Demand Titles
  • AMC+ Originals Included

Application information:

Downloads 4212483
Features Watch live TV and on-demand streaming over 60 popular channels, 24/7 news, viral videos, and more.
Pros No contracts, affordable, 7-day free trial.
Cons Limited channel selection, no local channels, limited DVR storage.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Joel Zimmerman: “So far I'm not impressed. Just started a free trial, and haven't gotten through one show without it buffering, or stopping all together on Roku Ultra. The price is nice, and so is the UI, but I can't deal with the constant buffering issues. I will giveit a few more days, and of the problems persist, I will not continue with a subscription.” – 2/5 in Play Store

Alicia J: “I love the different channels and that I can either stream live or have my favorite shows saved and recorded. The ads can be a bit excessive, between 2 to 10 minutes, and God forbid you happen to try to skip them; you're forced to watch them from the beginning. Also, if I try to *rewatch* a program, instead of it starting from the beginning, it'll start about 75% in, so I manually have to restart it. *Response from provider clearly has nothing to do with what is written.” – 3/5 in Play Store

11. TV Guide

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Personalized Watchlist, Expert Content Curation, Seamless Streaming Discovery


Cost: Free, Premium (4.99)

TV Guide is a mobile app that provides comprehensive information about local TV channels. It offers detailed listings of what's on now and what's coming up, making it easy to find something to watch. Users can search by channel, genre, or keyword, and they can set reminders for their favorite shows. The app also includes reviews, ratings, and trailers, so users can make informed decisions about what to watch. With its user-friendly interface and wealth of information, TV Guide is the perfect app for anyone who wants to stay up-to-date on their local TV listings.

Download:

TV Guide - Personalized Watchlist, Expert Content Curation, Seamless Streaming Discovery

Application information:

Downloads 4,175,839
Features Discover TV series & movies to stream, see channel listings, watch trailers
Pros Easy to use, personalized recommendations
Cons Can be slow to load, limited customization options

Comments and Reviews from users:

Myrddin R Emrys: “It is much improved in many ways and, once configured, pretty easy to use too. Looks nice with the dark blue background as well. I do have issues with trying to get back to the listings after viewing a program details. Today I must have clicked back about a dozen times before it returned to the guide again. I suspect the issue has to do with the advert strip at the bottom and for each component of it's changes that have happened (especially what you don't see) has to be clicked back a time for each sensor pixel, tracker, etc from whatever advert is there. It would be so nice to be able to remove those and their problem-causing consequences. At least the ads aren't flashing yet or that blinding white (so far).” – 3/5 in Play Store

Misty Williams: “The upgrade is a downgrade. The look is updated. It tries to function as a hub for all your streaming services. However, I can no longer select "my channels", the channels I had saved that my antenna receives and I use Sling instead of a cable or satellite service, but I have to choose antenna OR Sling (when most people run with both) which means it fails as a hub.” – 3/5 in Play Store

12. PBS

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Live TV streaming, Local news updates, Indie film discovery


Cost: Free, PBS Passport (4.99)

PBS, the beloved public broadcasting service, now offers a fantastic mobile app that brings its acclaimed content right to your fingertips. Stream live TV, keeping you informed and entertained with trusted news and documentaries. Dive into full seasons of your favorite PBS shows with PBS Passport, unlocking a library of captivating programs. Plus, explore a curated collection of videos, articles, and educational resources, all designed to enrich your mind and expand your horizons.

Download:

PBS - Live TV streaming, Local news updates, Indie film discovery
  • Tags:
  • Live TV streaming
  • Live News Coverage
  • Indie film library

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “I let my membership lapse. I absolutely believe in PBS and their content, but the only 'gift' I ask for is streaming. Why is skipping still such a major problem? If you're going to offer a streaming app as a perk, you should make sure it's working properly and fix it when its not. The app looks great and on occasion, works. But 9ver the last year plus, whether I use the app on my phone or my tv, videos are either not available for playback or they constantly skip back or ahead a couple seconds. Literally constantly. Please fix it!” – 2/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “The app is difficult to navigate and not intuitive . The playback controls are some of the worst of I've seen in an app. Moving forward or back in play results in a time count beginning from that moment, not from the start of the show. When using this with a chromecast, a screen (possibly buffering?) would often flash on the television showing the time and duration. This would flash for a fraction of a second. Very annoying.” – 4/5 in Play Store

13. Haystack News

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Personalized newsfeed, Live news channels, On-demand channels


Cost: Haystack News - Free, Haystack News - Premium (4.99)

Haystack News is a mobile app that provides access to over 400 local, live, and world news channels. It offers a convenient way to stay informed about the latest news and events happening in your area and around the globe. The app features a user-friendly interface and allows you to customize your news feed based on your interests. With Haystack News, you can watch live news broadcasts, read articles, and share news with friends and family. The app is available for free on iOS and Android devices.

Download:

Haystack News - Personalized newsfeed, Live news channels, On-demand channels
  • Tags:
  • Personalized newsfeed
  • Live news channels
  • Local news coverage

Application information:

Downloads 3,214,529
Features "400+ News Channels. Local, Live & World Coverage. All the News in Just One Click"
Pros Massive selection of news channels, live news coverage.
Cons App can be slow and buggy, some channels may not work properly.

Comments and Reviews from users:

SloppyGoat: “I only wish there were more options, and quicker updates. Otherwise, it is the best damn news app I've ever seen. Although, I really hate the new ticker. That's just annoying as hell, for anyone who has OCD and/or ADHD. And it just repeats the same things all the time anyway, distracting me from watching the video, and sometimes covering up running headlines at the bottom of the screen.” – 4/5 in Play Store

Domagoj Babic: “Ads are in the wrong language (Chinese and Spanish in the Bay Area). Personalization is not that great, it still takes a lot of browsing to find the stories I care about. I also wish there were a wider selection of news sources. Update: Personalization got better, but the app (both on the phone and TV) became very slow. It often takes 30+ seconds for the next story to play. Also, the TV app now often freezes for a minute or two.” – 2/5 in Play Store

14. Local News

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Trusted local news sources, Up-to-the-minute weather and traffic


Cost: Local News Free (Free), Local News Premium ($0.99)

"Local News" is a mobile app that delivers the latest local news, weather, and traffic updates directly to your fingertips. With personalized stories and breaking news alerts, you'll stay informed about what's happening in your community. The app also features live streaming of local newscasts and on-demand access to past broadcasts. Whether you're looking to stay up-to-date on current events or get the latest weather forecast, "Local News" has you covered.

Download:

Local News - Trusted local news sources, Up-to-the-minute weather and traffic

Application information:

Downloads 3,155,846
Features Keep up with national news and get personalized stories & breaking news in the US on your Android phone or tablet.
Pros Get up-to-date news, personalized content, and push notifications for breaking stories.
Cons May include sponsored content, requires an internet connection, and may collect user data.

Comments and Reviews from users:

David “Dave” Pendleton: “Life is just too short! About to delete this waste of time and energy, you have to dodge all the fluff an stuff while retaining what you read as you try to pick up rest of the article article spread out on three to five pages they break it up with distractors you can't even finish an article, what normally takes a couple of minutes now takes five to seven minutes if you're lucky and you don't go insane!!” – 3/5 in Play Store

Kelvin White: “I never leave reviews for apps, ever. However,I noticed a lot of negative reviews on here for dumb reasons. First off, it's a NEWS app, not for weather, second, with the full page ads, there's a small X on either side of the top screen that pops up a few second after the ad, just click on it. Now, I love that this app has a mix of serious and tabloid style articles along with your local news. My only complaint is that the ads are a little annoying sometimes but this is by far the best news app.” – 5/5 in Play Store

15. Spectrum News

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Cost: Spectrum News App (Free) (0.00), Spectrum News App (Premium) (4.99)

Spectrum News is a local news app that provides hyperlocal news, weather, and traffic updates for over 60 markets across the United States. With the Spectrum News app, you can stay informed about the latest news and events in your community, as well as get personalized alerts and notifications based on your interests. The app also offers live streaming of local newscasts and on-demand access to past news segments. Whether you're looking for breaking news, weather forecasts, or community events, the Spectrum News app has you covered.

Download:

Spectrum News -
  • Tags:
  • Hyperlocal News
  • In-Depth Reporting
  • Original content

Application information:

Downloads 1,853,967
Features Stay informed with local and national news, weather forecasts, and traffic updates tailored to your location.
Pros Easy to use, personalized content, live streaming
Cons Some users have reported occasional crashes and buffering issues.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Scott Kalb (Scottie): “Very well designed app. It is clean, sharp looking and organized well. I read a previous reviewers review and he mentioned not being able to log in as a spectrum subscriber. In the opening screens when you first install the app I noticed that I couldn't log in either. Once in the app tap on the outline of a person in the top left. In there you can choose to sign in, it worked for me.” – 5/5 in Play Store

Haunani Payne Frese: “I have depended on spectrum since the beginning. I watched it every morning for its news, but most of all I depended on it for the weather. Klystron 9 has been my go-to radar since it went up and it keeps me ahead of everybody. From news to whether I wouldn't change it for anything. And even on a different provider I still depend on spectrum. If only this was around when I was younger how it would have changed my nautical training and made it so much easier. 🤣” – 5/5 in Play Store

16. Local Now

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Free local news, 400+ free channels, 1000s of free movies


Cost: Free, Premium (4.99)

Local Now is a mobile app that provides access to local news, weather, and entertainment. It offers live streaming of local newscasts, up-to-date weather forecasts, and a vast library of movies and TV shows. With Local Now, users can stay informed about their community, prepare for the weather, and enjoy their favorite entertainment all in one place. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices and has been downloaded over 800,000 times.

Download:

Local Now - Free local news, 400+ free channels, 1000s of free movies
  • Tags:
  • Free local news
  • 400+ free channels
  • 1000s of free movies

Application information:

Downloads 899957
Features Stream local news, weather, & entertainment with access to 1000s of free movies & TV shows.
Pros Access to local news and weather, free movies and TV shows.
Cons Some features may require a subscription, limited selection of movies and TV shows compared to paid streaming services.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “Ok. The app looks smooth and clean. Making content shareable would be a good addition. I wanted to post my feedback in the app an do more before review, but the app would not believe my email address. lastly I was hoping to have a more diverse news choice, but it's less that the local television stations. Great potential, let's see where this goes.” – 3/5 in Play Store

Ron Coyne: “Update 3/8/21 - Revisited the app... better, but tries to be all things to all people, but misses the mark. Too weather-centric. "Local" news isn't local, more like regional. The TV & Movies section is filled with a lot of very ordinary and in some cases, not terribly interesting media. Eliminate that, and provide more localized news and sports, and you've got a winner. Until then, it's an app in progress, and thus earns three stars (up from one)... but it's headed in the right direction.” – 3/5 in Play Store

17. Very Local

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Local news streaming, Original series, Community specials

Very Local is a mobile app that provides local news, weather, sports, and traffic information for over 140 cities in the United States. The app is free to download and use, and it offers a variety of features, including:

  • Breaking news alerts
  • Live streaming of local newscasts
  • On-demand access to past news stories
  • Weather forecasts and radar maps
  • Sports scores and highlights
  • Traffic updates

Very Local is a great way to stay informed about what's happening in your community. The app is easy to use and provides a wealth of information, all in one place.

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Very Local - Local news streaming, Original series, Community specials
  • Tags:
  • Local News and Weather
  • Original series and specials
  • Live programs 24/7

Application information:

Downloads 337,365
Features Very Local helps you explore your city and beyond with local news, events, and recommendations.
Pros Delivers tailored content to users based on their location and interests.
Cons Occasional app crashes and limited availability in some areas.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Nicole Gagnon (Nikki): “Love that is app is a thing. I told both my mom and daughter (freshman at USM) to download. A decent start to content but def needs to have better and more content for Southern Maine. I'd be putting so many different kinds of local Maine content on here. Def lits of potential. Great start guys!” – 4/5 in Play Store

Marc R.: “I just installed this app and was asked to pick the nearest city with a TV station. Instead of filling in an answer, I had to choose a city without its State. I chose Portland (I live in the PNW) It said I could now watch local stations, which, of course, were from Portland (Maine). Thanks for that webmaster.” – 2/5 in Play Store

18. Channels

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Unified experience across devices, 14 days of guide data


Cost: Channels Free, Channels DVR (8.99)

Channels is a popular live TV and DVR app for mobile devices. It allows users to watch and record live TV from over 150 channels, including local channels, news, sports, and entertainment. Channels also offers a cloud DVR service, which allows users to record shows and movies and watch them later on any device. The app is available for free on iOS and Android devices.

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Channels - Unified experience across devices, 14 days of guide data
  • Tags:
  • Cross-platform viewing
  • Unified TV experience
  • Mobile DVR and playback

Application information:

Downloads 99296
Features Channels is a live TV and DVR app that lets you watch and record over-the-air TV channels on your devices.
Pros Channels is easy to use and has a great selection of channels.
Cons Channels can be expensive and requires a compatible tuner.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “Very nice. Tried both this and Plex DVR (on Roku and Android TV) and Channels DVR is much better. Plex always has a delay while it gets ready to do something and frequently shows a delay timer, but Channels DVR is instantaneous. The service costs more than Plex DVR but it's worth it to me.” – 5/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Good sample .. missing some channels from cable needs guide when watching TV same time but out of the way TV everywhere too hard to configure does not work for me need port forwarding some people will not know how to do this.” – 3/5 in Play Store

19. FreeCast

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Live TV & on-demand, All streaming apps in one, Free & paid content


Cost: Free (Free), Premium ($4.99/month)

FreeCast is a mobile app that offers a wide variety of local channels, including news, weather, sports, and entertainment. It is a great way to stay informed about what is happening in your community and to catch up on your favorite shows. The app is free to download and use, and it is available for both iOS and Android devices. With FreeCast, you can watch live TV or on-demand content, and you can even record shows to watch later. The app also offers a variety of parental control features, so you can be sure that your children are only watching content that is appropriate for them.

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FreeCast - Live TV & on-demand, All streaming apps in one, Free & paid content
  • Tags:
  • Free live TV
  • 700+ free channels
  • Unlimited movies

Application information:

Downloads 39770
Features FreeCast is a free streaming service that offers a wide variety of content, including movies, TV shows, news, and sports.
Pros Free, easy to use, no account required
Cons Limited content selection, some ads, not all content is available in HD

Comments and Reviews from users:

Kyle Oyama: “I don't know what everyone is complaining about, the app is fine, so is the service. I have both high-end and low end devices using the app and service (no PC yet), and have encountered no problems, the service is better than Pluto and Tubi. The customer service is great, and usually the streaming problems are due to my connection. The Channel Guide leaves something to be desired, but not a deal breaker. It needs to be in dark mode.” – 4/5 in Play Store

Tracy Neihart: “I am having trouble with the app even loading just sits and spins. Before that when my phone screen would time out it would shut down the stream too. I contacted support they told me it was from an update but it was being fixed. Now the app just spins and won't load. Ready to say goodbye oh yea and support help hard to achieve” – 2/5 in Play Store