Use Your Roku for Local News and Weather (and Save Money)

Dan Price 31-10-2017

If you’re thinking about cutting the cord, you probably have two questions:

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  2. Will I still be able to watch local news and weather?

If you buy one of Roku’s range of devices A Brief Guide to the New Roku Hardware for 2017 Roku has refreshed its entire lineup for 2017. The problem is it's difficult to keep track of so many different devices. Let us help you with this brief guide to Roku's new hardware. Read More , the answer to question two is a resounding “Yes!” Of course, there are lots of private channels 20 Private and Hidden Roku Channels You Should Install Right Now Here's how to add private channels to your Roku, alongside some of the best hidden Roku channels you can install right now. Read More that can deliver your fix (they’re easy to install How to Install Private Roku Channels and Unlock More Content The Roku devices have one huge advantage over all other streaming devices: private channels. Read More ), but you’ll also find plenty of choices in the Roku Channel Store. Here are some of the best:


NewsON is one of the best ways to watch local news. It’s a must-have news app for cordcutters The 8 Best Free Streaming News Channels to Watch Online If you've cancelled cable TV and missing your daily dose of news, check out these free streaming news channels instead! Read More . It covers more than 170 markets in the United States and even lets you flip between locations on demand.


LocalNow is backed by The Weather Channel. It offers hyper-local news, weather, sports, and traffic reports for your area. It operates in more than 207 American towns and cities.

The app is free for the first 30 days. Thereafter, you’ll either need to pay or already subscribe to a participating TV provider.

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Various Local News Channels

Navigate to the News and Weather category in the Channel Store, and you’ll find free local channels from lots of broadcasters, including WGN Chicago, KHOU Houston, FOX25 Boston, and WSB Atlanta.

The Weather Network and WeatherNation

The Weather Network and WeatherNation are the two best free weather channels on the Roku platform. They both offer graphical short-, medium-, and long-range weather forecasts for your area as well as frequent video forecasts.

And of course, don’t forget that you can also listen to local radio channels through Roku. You’ll find apps for both iHeartRadio and TuneIn Radio.

Which Roku channels do you use for local news and weather? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. infmom
    October 31, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Don't forget that you can buy a Leaf antenna for your TV (or something similar) and watch all the local news and weather and network shows for free. Doesn't anyone remember that over the air broadcasting still exists?