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The Weather Channel’s Local Now Is Coming to More Devices For FREE


Local Now is a hyper-local channel that will show local weather, sports, news, traffic, and more based on your IP address. In the past you needed a pay-TV subscription or a subscription to an OTT service such as Sling TV to access it.

Now The Weather Channel has announced a deal with Xumo to bring Local Now to their free Channel Plus streaming service on LG TVs.

Xumo also plans to roll out Local Now on other compatible platforms, which include smart TVs from LG Electronics, Vizio, Panasonic, Magnavox, Panasonic, Philips, Sanyo, and Hisense and Roku streaming players and iOS/Android smartphones and tablets.

The LG Website describes the Channel Plus service as:

Get 100 free IP channels including Got Talent Global, Outside TV Shorts, Just for Laughs, and more integrated right into the television. Discover premium new entertainment, sports, and lifestyle programming or enjoy old favorites any time.

Roku already has a Local Now channel, but it requires a paid TV provider login to access it after the free trial ends. At this time there is no update on whether this deal with Xumo will bring Local Now to Roku players for free.

Xumo did not set a date for Local Now to start rolling out.

Source: MultiChannel News 

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  • NashGuy

    I really like ChannelPlus on my 2016 LG TV. It integrates live streaming channels right alongside local OTA channels. Just press channel up/down and move right from OTA to ChannelPlus, which includes stuff like CBSN and lots of different magazine-linked channels with short-form content, like Bon Appetit, People/Entertainment Weekly, TIME, Conde Nast Traveler, etc. They keep adding new channels all the time. Glad to hear Local Now is getting added!

    • Michael Smith

      I also have a 2016 LG 4K UHD HDR and yes we have over 100 channels on Channel Plus. LG also has the Sling TV, DTVN and YouTube Live TV, Xfinity and other apps and games as well. Very impressive as well as the audio too.

  • Vegas Steve

    Doing location by IP (w/o a way to correct it) is a horrible way to do things. Most of the time, my IP gets detected as Omaha, NE (I’m in Las Vegas). I’m sure it has something to do with the way my ISP routes things, but it’s problematic.

    • Me

      Your ISP must suck. I live in a small town and my IP address is another slightly less small town just 20 miles away. No way should your IP address be based that far away. Who is your ISP?

      • TaiPeng

        IP Address location is very poor. GPS location is much more accurate.

        • Brian Alexander

          Well, of course. But my smart TV doesn’t have GPS built into it.

      • Vegas Steve

        Centurylink fiber. No, it doesn’t ‘suck’, it’s fast, relatively inexpensive and works. No idea why the IP comes back in Omaha, other than they might route all traffic thru there. The problem comes from sites that assume your reported IP is where you are. That’s old tech, they need to adapt and not depend on another company to make their product work correctly.

    • Dean G

      Extremely problematic to base anything off of just IP. I have business internet with Comcast, they can pull your IP from anywhere in their network, then you have to wait for everything to “update” pushing out where you really are. To say nothing of the fact you can run an IP and get a dozen different results depending upon the platform used to decipher where the IP is supposed to be.

  • Michael Smith

    Notby IP but by entering your local zip code in thetelevision settings. The LG is interactive wifi with LG.