Amazon Fire TV now delivers local news from more than 88 U.S. cities
And you can ask Alexa to read it aloud
Amazon just expanded the reach of its news app jumping to more than 88 markets across the U.S.. While national news stations like CNN are able to deliver information about the country — and the world — people still turn to information about their communities for everything from the weather to politics.
Amazon's news app started offering local news through Fire TV in 2020, and launched with 12 major markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa, Houston and more. Now the free news service can locate local channels through the app, finding the closest city it supports and serving that up via a playlist.
Alexa, Amazon's voice assistant, of course can channel this information as well, just by sayin, "Alexa, play local news." Viewers can do this through an Alexa Voice Remote or through a Fire TV Cube.
Amazon is also allowing you to change you local news sources — and even pick some outside of your area if perhaps you've got a keen interest in another part of the country, or are following news in that region.
News is delivered through specific channels and networks that Amazon has deals with — with new stations now being added including ABC-owned TV stations, CBSN, Cox, Scripps and Altice. The service already included Reuters, CBS News, ABC News Live, Cheddar, Black News Channel and more.
Local news hits 33 states and also the District of Columbia, with Texas, Florida, California, Ohio and Montana each having more than five local areas available to choose from in the settings. Here is the entire list:
Fire TV Cube | Hands-free streaming device with Alexa | 4K Ultra HD | 2019 release