By David Becker
Now that people are making a slow transition to getting rid of their cable and satellite subscriptions, here are some free ways how to still follow the news even without a TV package and doing it with just Apple devices.
On the Apple TV side of things, there is always the option of downloading the CBS News app. The reason why is that they provide 24/7 news coverage. Most recently, since I do not have a TV package, I was able to follow the Dallas shooting all from my Apple TV for completely free. Best of all (besides being free), there were no commercials during that time.
As for the iPhone and iPad alternatives, there is always the solution of downloading the CBS News app on there as well, but also downloading NewsON. This is an app that allows you to stream certain local news station broadcasts. The news station has to have an agreement with NewsON before allowing streaming rights, but the app also allows to watch reruns of older newscasts. Another thing that I love about this is that it is a free service! It is best to watch on the iPad, but could also be good on the iPhone 6/6S Plus or even the iPhone 6/6S.
Twitter has become a beacon of news coverage for a few years now. In fact, most of the time when news is breaking, you’ll hear on Twitter first about new information than what you would see or hear on TV. One thing that Twitter has exclusive to it that a TV station just cannot compete with is the number of active users on the website and that are on-location. For example, during the recent Dallas shooting, Twitter broke first with video that captured the first shots. Users also take pictures of what is happening around them, and due to how fast and convenient it is to tweet things on Twitter, you’ll see more news on this social media platform than what a national or local TV news station could ever bring you. Sometimes when you’re watching a newscast, you can even see reporters in the field checking Twitter on their smartphones, and looking for the newest information to report.
I would recommend purchasing Tweetbot 4 on Twitter because not only does it have the best design of any Twitter app in the App Store, but instead of constantly having to scroll to the top to get new information, Tweetbot has this cool feature where it streams your tweets for you so that you can see them as soon as they are posted without having to constantly refresh the app. Currently, Tweetbot 4 runs for $9.99 in the iOS App Store.
Lastly, the Mac does have some options where sometimes CNN will provide a free stream of their broadcasts, but it is only when something big happening (something like a 9/11-like event) not for the Dallas shooting kind of events. There are some USTREAM users who do provide streaming to newsworthy events, but even that can be hit-or-miss. Lastly, YouTube has been known to stream important news events, such as the Paris terrorist attacks. Other than streaming a local or national TV station, using Twitter would be your best option.
Even though I do like watching Anderson Cooper broadcasts on CNN, you no longer need a cable or satellite subscription in order to follow the day-by-day news. Technology has evolved and with that, so has the way we get our everyday headlines. In today’s society, all you need is a connection to the internet and with that connection, you are literally connected to the entire world.