The first thing I do when I wake up is turn on my local news. Before rushing off to work, I make sure to catch the weather and traffic reports. It’s become a part of my everyday routine – I even know all my local newscasters by name, as I’m sure you do too!
Lucky for you and me, it’s easier than ever to get local content on your Roku device. Check out some tips and must-add channels below.
1. For local news lovers
NewsON (free) offers live and on-demand local newscasts and local news clips from 118 stations in 90 markets. This channel is essential for local news junkies. I watch this channel a lot when I travel so I can watch my local Bay Area newscasts even when I’m across the country.
Another option for local news is CBS All Access ($5.99 per month, after a free 7-day trial), which offers 126 live and local CBS channels. Check here to see if it’s available in your local market. In addition to news, the channel offers on demand access to thousands of episodes of your favorite CBS shows, such as The Good Wife and Blue Bloods, previous seasons and fan favorites including CSI:Miami and MacGyver.
2. To enhance your antenna content
If you watch TV programs over-the-air through an antenna you’ve probably found yourself reaching for the remote wanting to replay or pause whatever is on your TV. Enter Simple.tv and Tablo TV. These streaming channels enable you to watch, pause and record live TV through your Roku player or Roku TV model! Note: additional hardware is required. Visit simple.tv or for more info.
3. For personalized weather reports
Don’t leave the house until you check the weather report! The free WeatherNation and Weather Underground channels deliver hourly and extended forecasts based on your location. WeatherNation also provides live weather newscasts.
4. To listen to live local radio
Missing your hometown DJs? iHeartRadio (free) will bring them to you! Add the channel and listen to more than 1, 500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and college.
The TuneIn channel (free) is another great option to deliver local radio to your living room. You’ll never run out of things to listen to with access to more than 100, 000 radio stations and more than four million podcasts streaming from every continent.