Amazon’s free Fire TV news app introduced local coverage late last year with just a dozen channels that served larger municipalities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Today, it’s ramping up its coverage to 88 stations provided by the regional divisions of ABC, CBSN, TEGNA, Cox, The E.W. Scripps Company and Altice USA in a bid to cater to a larger portion of the news-watching public.
The new areas include: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Phoenix, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Orlando, Fayetteville, Fresno, Fort Myers, Grand Rapids, Great Falls, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Lafayette, Memphis, Nashville, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, Tucson, Tulsa, Orlando and Washington, DC, among others.
Though it still doesn’t match the 275 news stations on the long-running NewsON app (also available on Fire TV, along with Roku), Amazon’s app has a slight advantage as it comes preinstalled on its platform. You can also start it up via Alexa on the Fire TV voice remote or an Echo speaker.