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Published on February 26th, 2019 | by Brad Gibson


San Fran’s KRON TV launches live, local news subscription app for Apple TV

San Francisco TV station KRON launched Monday KRON-ON, a local news and streaming video subscription service on various platforms, including Apple TV.

The app is the Bay Area’s only commercial-free 24/7 local digital news platform, according to the station’s owner, Nexstar Media Group.

The KRON-ON streaming video subscription service is available now for a seven-day free trial and is priced at $2.99 a month or $29.99 for an annual subscription. The free trial requires registering a payment plan in advance.

The service features 11 hours of KRON regularly scheduled live, local news programming and content, including six hours of live morning news coverage and five hours of live evening news, commercial free.

The service delivers additional local content to Bay Area viewers with live bonus coverage during standard broadcast commercial breaks. Once KRON4’s live broadcast programming concludes, KRON-ON continues streaming digital-only local content, feature news, weather, traffic and more, 24/7.

The app is another example of how local TV stations are taking their existing content and creating standalone streaming apps to generate either advertising revenue through a free app, or subscription revenue through a paid service. The KRON-ON subscription model is different from those of other similar services such as CBSN and the CBS Sports Network that are free to viewers.

Tested by BESTAppleTV, the app requires interested consumers to subscribe online and does not have in-app subscription capabilities. Additionally, the app does not allow live pausing of content or rewind functionality. There is some recorded, on-demand content, but it is limited.

The app can be previewed at this link with full access through the Apple TV App Store.

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Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as,,,, and He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the AOL, the BBC, Associated Press, and United Press International.

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