Cox has launched a new Neighborhood TV streaming service that’s designed to provide access to local content. While there are plenty of services and channels offering access to local content, Neighborhood TV focuses on really local content.
At present, the service is still in its infancy. After an initial testing phase, Neighborhood TV officially launched today and is currently catering to around 70 neighborhoods in Georgia and 30 neighborhoods in North Carolina.
According to Axios, the idea is for Neighborhood TV to eventually reach thousands of hyper-local communities across America.
Each Neighborhood TV area is referred to as a zone and each zone can include a number of ZIP codes within a six to eight mile radius. Cox apparently intends to expand to 50 zones over the next three years and ultimately reach as many as 5,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. The next major expansion is expected to be Orlando in September.
Neighborhood TV is a free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) service, so while ads are to be expected, there is no cost to use the service.
In terms of what viewers can expect, the emphasis here is on really local content and this is further defined as “news and entertainment to sports and lifestyle stories that all come straight from the neighborhoods you actually live in.”
In addition to the live streams, each zone also offers access to a selection of on demand videos as well.
Regardless of the device, the easiest way to tune in and watch is by using a desktop or mobile browser to access the Neighborhood TV website. Alternatively, an app is also available to download on a variety of platforms, including Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku, as well as Android mobile and iOS.