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VIZIO Adds Local News To WatchFree+ With 20 New Channels

The expanded lineup includes FOX and Gray Television channels for major US markets with strong WatchFree+ viewership

WatchFree+ now has a new local news category, adding 20 new channels focused on regional news, weather, sports and more.

VIZIO smart TV owners can now tune into local news coverage from FOX and Gray Television across top designated market areas (DMAs) including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, and Washington DC.

Recognizing that consumers are turning to streaming platforms for local news and entertainment more than ever before, VIZIO strategically selected local markets that are most representative of its viewers.

Just ahead of off-year gubernatorial and state legislative elections, millions of WatchFree+ fans can stay informed with relevant and timely election coverage, as well as community news, weather and more where it matters most and without a cable subscription.

The WatchFree+ programming guide provides a complete list of free channels available in the new local channel category, including:

FOX channels:

  • WAGA (FOX 5 – Atlanta) – Ch. 945
  • WTTG (FOX 5 – Washington DC) – Ch. 946
  • WJBK (FOX 2 – Detroit) – Ch. 947
  • KDFW (FOX 4 – Dallas) – Ch. 948
  • WTVT (FOX 13 – Tampa Bay) – Ch. 949
  • KTVU (FOX 2 – San Francisco) – Ch. 950
  • WTXF (FOX 29 – Philadelphia) – Ch. 951
  • WOFL (FOX 35 Orlando) – Ch. 952
  • KCPQ (FOX 13 Seattle) – Ch. 953
  • KTTV (FOX 11 – Los Angeles) – Ch. 955
  • Gray Television channels:

  • WANF Atlanta News First (Independent – Atlanta) – Ch. 961
  • KTVK/KPHO Arizona’s Family (CBS 5 – Phoenix) – Ch. 962
  • WOIO Cleveland 19 News (CBS 19 – Cleveland/Akron) – Ch. 963
  • WBTV News (CBS 3 – Charlotte) – Ch. 964
  • KPTV (FOX 12 – Portland) – Ch. 965
  • KMOV4 News (CBS 4 – St. Louis) – Ch. 966
  • WSMV4 News (CBS 4 – Nashville) – Ch. 967
  • KCTV5 News (CBS 5 – Kansas City) – Ch. 968
  • WFSB Eyewitness News 3 (CBS 3 – Hartford/New Haven) – Ch. 969
  • WXIX-TV (FOX19 Now – Cincinnati) – Ch. 970
  • Existing local channels include:

  • CBS News Los Angeles – Ch. 160
  • CBS News New York – Ch. 161
  • News 12 New York – Ch. 162
  • “We are thrilled to partner with VIZIO in launching these local channels on WatchFree+,” said Pat LaPlatney, President & Co-CEO of Gray Television. “From Atlanta to Washington DC to Tampa Bay, viewers can now stay connected to their local news, weather, and sports, all with the convenience of their VIZIO Smart TV.”

    The new channels complement a wide range of existing WatchFree+ news options, including but not limited to TD Ameritrade Network, Bloomberg Originals, CBC News, CBS News, Cheddar News, CNN RePlay, FOX Weather, LiveNOW from FOX, NBC News NOW, Reuters, Scripps News, The Hill, USA TODAY, WeatherNation, Yahoo Finance.

    “VIZIO’s expansion of local market news in WatchFree+ marks an exciting milestone for smart TV owners across the United States,” said Katherine Pond, Group Vice President, Platform Content & Partnership at VIZIO. “Through our collaboration with Gray Television and FOX, we make it possible for millions of users to stay connected with their communities with relevant and timely content through our WatchFree+ streaming service.”

    To access local channels on WatchFree+, VIZIO smart TV owners can simply navigate to the WatchFree+ app on their devices, select local channels from the categories menu and choose the desired channel from the programming guide. Once selected, users can favorite the channel for seamless navigation and future viewing.

    WatchFree+ is like cable TV, but streaming and free. With hundreds of channels and thousands of popular on-demand TV series and movies, there is something for everyone.

    Founded and headquartered in Orange County, California, our mission at VIZIO Holding Corp. (NYSE: VZIO) is to deliver immersive entertainment and compelling lifestyle enhancements that make our products the center of the connected home. We are driving the future of televisions through our integrated platform of cutting-edge Smart TVs and powerful SmartCast™ operating system. We also offer a portfolio of innovative sound bars that deliver consumers an elevated audio experience. Our platform gives content providers more ways to distribute their content and advertisers more tools to target and dynamically serve ads. For more information, visit VIZIO.com and follow VIZIO on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.