South Florida TV stations deliver apps for live newscasts

WSVN recently introduced "WSVN LIVE'' an app that lets viewers watch the station's newscasts and syndicated programs on mobile devices.

Can't make it home in time to catch your local TV newscasts and favorite shows? South Florida stations have apps for viewers to tune into.

WSVN-Ch. 7 recently unveiled "WSVN LIVE" for folks who have iPhones, iPads, Android or Google phones. Viewers download the app which streams the station's newscasts live along with other syndicated shows such as "The Wendy Williams Show" and "Judge Karen." For now though, Fox network programs aren't available for live viewing on the app.

"It's important for Channel 7 to stay on the forefront of technology,'' said WSVN general manager Robert Leider. "It's what our viewers expect."

Last year, WTVJ-Ch. 6 in Miramar introduced free apps which people can dowloand to watch newscasts on their smart phones.  Later this summer, station officials will launch "TV Everywhere" that will let people watch all of the NBC affiliate's programs live on their phones, said Barbara Alfonso, a station spokeswoman.

Over in Doral, WFOR-Ch. 4 has an app called "CBS Local'' which provides on-demand video of the CBS affiliate's news segments. Although the station doesn't have an app for live news programs, people with mobile devices and tablets can tune into live streams of the station's newscasts from noon to 11 p.m. via the station's website, www.cbsmiami.com. 

Pembroke Park's WPLG-Ch. 10 has free apps that can be downloaded on Blackberry, Android and iPhones for live viewing of its news shows. If you're driving, the app connects through your car's sound system so you can at least listen to Laurie Jennings and Calvin Hughes.

And over in the West Palm Beach TV market, stations including CBS affiliate WPEC-Ch. 12 and ABC affiliate WPBF-Ch. 25, provide apps that let people watch its newscasts live. You can find them by searching the stations' call letters on your iPhone or Android app store on your mobile device.  And users of WPTV-Ch. 5's app can watch video of news segments on their phones. The station like other NBC affiliates nationally is expected to also receive "TV Everywhere" app ater this year.

Beware though: the apps can eat up your data usage plan so check your rates. And you may have to upgrade to your phone's latest version to watch the newscasts live.

For those of you who prefer to watch the news at home, here's a look at the most viewed programs in the Fort Lauderdale-Miami market for the week of March 17 through last Sunday.

 1.  WPLG-ABC Dancing w/ Stars 172,000 total viewers

 2.  WFOR-CBS 60 Minutes 166,000

 2.  SUN-FOX Sports NBA (Heat game) 165,000

 4.  WFOR-CBS NCIS 161,000

 5.  SUN-FOX Sports NBA (Heat game) 156,000

 5.  AMC The Walking Dead 155,000

 7.  SUN-FOX Sports NBA (Heat game) 148,000

 7.  WLTV-UNI Nuestra Belleza (beauty contest) 147,000

 9.  WLTV-UNI Sal y Pimienta (gossip show)  142,000

10.  WFOR-CBS NCIS: LA 138,000

10.  WLTV-UNI Que Vida Me Robo (telenovela) 137,000

12. WSVN-FOX American Idol  (Wednesday) 134,000

source: The Nielsen Company

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