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Charter’s Spectrum launches local news content on Roku and Apple TV

Spectrum Networks has announced the launch of its Spectrum News connected TV app for Roku and Apple TV streaming devices, complementing the Spectrum News mobile app launched in 2020.

The new Connected TV app gives Spectrum customers access to Spectrum News’ award-winning local news from its more than 30 local TV news networks, as well as original news content created exclusively for Spectrum News. application. The Connected TV News app, like the mobile app, is free for everyone for a 30-day trial, after which it will be available to all authenticated Spectrum customers at no additional cost, including Spectrum internet-only customers.

The app features live feeds from all of Spectrum’s local linear TV news networks; curated video-on-demand content, including timely local news updates and top headlines; and full episodes of Spectrum News specials. The connected TV news app also offers exclusive on-demand national news updates that provide local context on nationally relevant news and headlines of the day. The app is fully accessible to customers with disabilities using the screen reader feature, and subtitles are available for both live TV and video on demand player and honor user settings from of their phones in terms of client appearance for caption text.

In a recent national survey, viewers rated Spectrum News more reliable than other local TV news channels by a margin of more than five to one.

And at a time when, on average, two newspapers a week are closing and local news programming is limited due to network schedules, Spectrum News’ growing investment in local news is more important than ever.

In the past few years alone, Spectrum Networks has launched linear television news networks in seven states; introduced a mobile news app that has over two million downloads; launched three digital-only local news operations; and launched podcasts hosted by Spectrum News reporters. Among Spectrum customers, Spectrum News consistently outperforms major cable and news broadcast networks, averaging more than 2.6 million TV households each month on its linear and digital platforms in 12 states.

Mike Bair, Executive Vice President, Spectrum Networks
As the way viewers consume local news continues to evolve, the vital role local news plays in the communities we serve has not waned. At a time when Americans regard television as the most important source of local news, our unique style of local, community-based journalism is more essential than ever. That’s why we continue to find ways to make our local news more readily available and accessible to our audience on the platform they prefer, including streaming TV devices.