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Verizon Fios Launches Local Now Service

Sasha Rionda anchors video app Local Now, which ES says now tallies about 5.8 million active users each month.
(Image credit: Local Now)

Verizon has launched Allen Media Group’s Local Now streaming platform to its upgraded Fios TV customers, the two companies announced Tuesday.

Verizon Fios TV customers with the newest set top-box models can access the service, which offers customized local news, information and entertainment, said Verizon. Local Now features The Weather Channel’s advanced weather reporting technology along with content from Reuters, Associated Press, Lionsgate, Cinedigm, Pattrn, Cheddar, Bloomberg, Kevin Hart’s LOL and People.TV.

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“Local Now provides Verizon Fios customers free access to a streaming service that delivers super-hyper local news and premium content,” said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Allen Media Group in a statement. “Local Now uses proprietary software and artificial intelligence in a unique way that sets a new standard for streaming local news and entertainment globally.” 

R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.