Tubi, the free streaming service, announced today a major expansion of its live local news feeds.
The “News on Tubi” section will add 80 new channels that offer 24-hour, live local news streams.
That will bring Tubi’s total local news streams to almost 100 by the end of the year.
Major television station owners are participating in the expansion, including Cox Media Group (CMG), Hearst Television, Scripps and TEGNA.
Tubi, a division of FOX Entertainment, began streaming 17 FOX Television stations in October along with a number of others.
News on Tubi’s initial roll out covered 24 of the top 25 markets in the U.S. Those streams included both live and pre-recorded shows.
“Since News on Tubi launched in October, Tubi viewers have instantly taken hold of its value as a destination for a variety of free news choices, and we’re excited to bring the most comprehensive local news offering to streaming,” said Farhad Massoudi, CEO of Tubi.
New feeds launching over the next week include:
WHBQ (FOX) in Memphis
KOKI (FOX) in Tulsa
WEWS (ABC) in Cleveland
WMUR (ABC) in Manchester, NH
WTAE (ABC) in Pittsburgh
WXYZ (ABC) in Detroit
“News on Tubi” spreads across U.S.
News on Tubi currently features content from FOX Television Stations, NewsNOW from FOX, FOX SOUL, Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Quicktake, NBC News NOW, CBC, PeopleTV, WeatherNation, Cheddar, Altice USA’s News 12 New York, fubo Sports Network, Black News Channel, Euronews, and Estrella News.
Tubi says it will continue to add national news brands in 2021, and focus on local stations.
In August, Tubi announced that monthly active users reached 33 million, an increase of 65% year-over-year.
Tubi has over 30,000 movies and television shows from over 250 content partners, including nearly every major studio. The streaming platform says its total view time has been surpassing 200 million hours of streamed content each month since April.
Tubi is available on major streaming devices including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Smart TVs.
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