Sling TV Expands ‘Local Now’ To Roku Devices

Sling TV customers who watch their content through a Roku device will now have a little local flair. The streaming service announced this week they’re expanding the reach of their “Local Now” feature to include Roku device.

Local Now from Sling TV is a feature that provides ad free updates that include local news, live traffic, weather, and sports scores. The different feeds cycle around pretty quickly, so it’s easy to stick around for information you might have missed. This feature is likely to be pretty popular with people who just want to turn on Sling in the background as they’re getting ready for work.

Previously, the Local Now sevrice was only available on select Sling TV devices. With Roku the leader in set top streaming boxes by a wide margin, this update expands that reach significantly though.

Sling’s Local Now updates (which use a customer’s IP address to detect where they’re located) are presently available in 207 markets, and work with partners like The Weather Channel, the Associated Press, SportRadar, TrafficLand, and INRIX.

“It’s localized content cycles on a short loop that’s updated in real time. So if you miss something, you can catch it again only a few minutes later,” said a Sling TV press release.

There’s no additional charge for Local Now content, and it’s offered with every single Sling package, including their core $20 a month plan that comes with about 20 live networks.

The addition of Roku devices now means that Sling TV Local Now is supported by a number of different devices, Amazon Fire Stick and TV box, Amazon Fire tablets, Macs, any Android smartphones or tablet, Android TV platforms like Google Nexus Player, Google Chromecast, and online browsers. Support to bring Local Now to the iPhone, iPad, and Xbox One is expected to arrive in the next few weeks.

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Artie Beaty is a freelance writer from North Carolina who follows the world of streaming closely on a daily basis. Contact him at artiebeaty@cutcabletoday.com or on Twitter @AboutCharlotte.
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