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As cord-cutting has continued to escalate as a viable option for live video in the USA, more and more services are arising to fill in the gaps that abandoning cable has created.

The most obvious need is to provide programming from local stations, especially the news.

This is the thrust of an app that’s been on the market since 2012 and is at the v2.0 stage. It’s one of the most highly-touted products from Stanford’s vaunted StartX stable, a video news aggregator called Watchup:

The app currently offers a combination of national and international news outlets from 160 sources. Among them:

Watchup news sources

Watchup also delivers local broadcasts for 100 markets across the USA.

The fact that PBS even includes its logo in the credit roll speaks volumes for Watchup’s ubiquity:

Watchup is available on a multitude of platforms, including:

  • iOS,
  • Android,
  • Apple Watch,
  • Amazon Fire TV,
  • Apple TV
  • Nintendo Wii U, and
  • Xbox 360

And with Google Glass making a humble comeback, Watchup is ready for it, too:

Video news delivery should ultimately become a competitive niche, as other apps are rushing into the field. Among them are NewsON and Haystack.

So, whether you want to custom-build your news or let it flow to you like music does on Pandora, there are now alternatives providing yet another reason to wonder if cable services are really worth it.

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