A number of free, ad-supported ‘FAST’ news channels from Fox have now been added to the Amazon News app on Fire TV devices. The change provides those living in an area where one of the new channels is available with another way to watch local live news for free.
The Amazon News app was already available on Fire TV devices, and already offered access to a variety of free local news stations in many cities across the United States. As a result, the addition of the new channels is simply an expansion of a feature that was already available.
However, for those specifically interested in Fox content, then the new channels are likely to be good additions. According to the announcement, the change is effective immediately and unlocks access to an additional twelve 24/7 local, free, ad-supported television channels.
Even though twelve channels have been added, these are local channels. In other words, the change only results in access to one channel in each area, and only in markets where the channels are normally available.
The new channels not only mark an expansion of what the Amazon News app has to offer, but also an expansion of the original deal between Fox Television Stations and Amazon.
After agreeing distribution of LiveNOW from FOX and FOX Soul FAST channels in March 2022, the first of the Fox local news FAST channels were added in December 2022. At the time, however, only 5 of these local news channels were available.
Following this latest agreement, another twelve have been added taking the overall total now up to seventeen.
The latest new FAST channels are:
- WNYW FOX 5 New York
- KTTV FOX 11 Los Angeles
- WFLD FOX 32 Chicago
- KDFW FOX 4 Dallas
- WAGA FOX 5 Atlanta
- KRIV FOX 26 Houston
- WTTG FOX 5 DC
- KCPQ FOX 13 Seattle
- WTVT FOX 13 Tampa Bay
- WOFL FOX 35 Orlando
- KTBC FOX 7 Austin
- WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee
As mentioned, the new channels can now be accessed directly through the Amazon News app on compatible Fire TV devices. For those additionally invested in Amazon’s Alexa ecosystem, the same channels can also be accessed on Echo Show devices as well.