Hey there! Looking for a way to stream local TV news without needing a pricey cable subscription? If so, you‘ll definitely want to check out VUit.
In this guide, I‘ll provide a complete walkthrough on how to install the VUit app on popular streaming devices like Firestick and Roku. With VUit, you can watch live broadcasts from over 200 local stations around the country for free!
I‘ll share tips to get it set up in just minutes on your Fire TV, Roku, smartphone and more. Let‘s dive in!
What Exactly is VUit?
VUit is a free app and service that streams local TV news stations from around the United States.
It works by partnering directly with local network affiliates to offer live streams of their newscasts to the public through the VUit app.
So instead of needing an expensive cable package, you can watch your local channels through VUit on tons of different devices.
Here are some of the key things to know about VUit:
Completely free – No login, fees or subscription required
200+ channels – Local affiliates include ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and more
HD quality – Streams are available in 720p and 1080p HD when your internet speeds allow
On-demand clips – Replay news segments and watch highlights after they air
No contract – Download the app and start streaming whenever you want
VUit makes its money through advertising, allowing them to offer the service for free. The app itself is really simple to use too.
According to VUit, over 1.5 million viewers have tuned into their local streams over the past year. Their channel lineup continues to expand as well.
So if you want to ditch cable but still watch local broadcasts, VUit is a top choice in 2023. Now let me show you how to get it set up.
Compatible Devices for Streaming VUit
A major benefit of VUit is that you can install it on a wide range of devices:
- Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube and other Fire TV models
- Roku Express, Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Ultra
- iPhone and iPad
- Android smartphones and tablets
- Apple TV 4K and HD
- Web browsers on any computer
This makes it super convenient to access VUit on your home TV or on the go. I‘ll specifically cover Firestick and Roku installation next.
But first, let‘s briefly explore how VUit works once you have it installed.
How to Use VUit for Local News After Installing
One thing I really like about VUit is how easy it is to use. The interface is really intuitive both on TV devices and mobile apps.
Here‘s an overview of the main features:
Browse channels – Scroll through available stations in your area, organized A-Z. Select any to start viewing.
Favorite stations – Click the heart icon to add frequently watched channels to your Favorites section.
On-demand clips – Replay news segments for 24 hours after they air live.
Adjust quality – Video dynamically switches between SD, HD and Full HD based on your internet speeds.
Background audio – Listen to the news while using other apps on mobile devices.
Account-free – No signup needed. Just install and start watching.
Minimal ads – 1-2 minutes of ads per hour. Proceeds keep the app free.
As you can see, VUit keeps things super simple for streaming live local TV. Now let‘s get it up and running on your devices!
Step-by-Step Guide to Install VUit on Amazon Firestick and Fire TV
If you have a Firestick, Fire TV Cube, or any Fire TV model, you can install VUit right from the Amazon Appstore. Here‘s how:
From your Firestick‘s home screen, click on the "Search" option.
Use the on-screen keyboard to enter "VUit" into the search bar.
Select the VUit app from the search results list.
Click "Download" to begin installing VUit on your Firestick.
Once the download completes, choose "Open" to launch the app.
VUit will open right away so you can start watching live local news!
The entire process takes less than a minute thanks to the intuitive Amazon Appstore.
In no time at all, you‘ll be streaming local broadcasts direct to your Fire TV. The Amazon Appstore makes it really easy to add new apps like VUit to your Firestick.
How to Install VUit on Your Roku Device
Roku offers a similar easy installation process from their Channel Store.
Here are the steps to get VUit added to any Roku player:
From your Roku‘s home screen, open the "Channel Store".
Click the "Search Channels" option.
Enter the text "VUit" and select it from the search results.
Choose the VUit channel and click "Add Channel" to install.
Once added, open VUit from your Roku‘s channel list.
For convenience, move the VUit channel to the top section of your Roku home screen.
That‘s all there is to it! Within a minute or two you can be streaming live newscasts from around your region with VUit.
Roku makes the installation process really straightforward. Now enjoy your favorite local news and shows from VUit‘s free channel lineup.
Which Channels Can I Watch with VUit?
VUit offers live local station streams from over 200 affiliates nationwide. The exact channels vary by your location.
Some of the major networks available on VUit include:
- The CW
Plus many independent and specialty news stations based on your region.
For example, here‘s a sampling of the channels offered to viewers in Miami:
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Plus dozens more top-rated regional and local stations available. VUit adds new affiliate partners all the time too.
So you‘ll always have tons of options for streaming live local TV news without needing expensive cable.
Tips for Getting the Most Out of VUit
Here are some handy tips to improve your viewing experience:
Check back often for new channels as VUit expands their lineup
Favorite your most-watched stations for quick access
If a stream lags, adjust your router location or try wired internet
Enable background audio on mobile to listen like a radio
Use a streaming device for the best performance on your TV
An HD antenna can supplement VUit nicely with additional local channels
Consider a faster internet plan if available for higher HD quality
Keep the app updated for the latest features and improvements
You can stream to multiple devices at the same time with no limits
And a few quick facts about VUit:
It‘s 100% free forever with no hidden fees
No account creation required, just install and start watching
Supports casting to Google Chromecast and AirPlay devices
Provides 24 hours of recent newscasts available on-demand
Streams play with 1-2 minutes of advertising per hour
Okay, ready to get started? Let‘s get VUit installed!
Other Ways to Watch Local Channels Without Cable
In addition to VUit, there are a few other good options for free local TV that you might want to consider:
HD Antenna – Old school, but antennas can pull in many local stations in HD quality for free over the air. Great backup option.
Locast – Another free local TV streaming service with station coverage in over 35 US markets and growing. Can integrate local TV into apps like Plex.
NewsOn – App with local news streams from 275+ stations owned by ABC, CBS, Fox and others in 160+ markets across the US.
Stirr – Free streaming service owned by Sinclair with 100+ local channels on various OTT devices.
Samsung TV Plus – For 2018 and newer Samsung smart TV owners, this free app offers 190+ channels of live TV.
Pluto TV – While not strictly local channels, Pluto TV is another free streaming app with 190+ live linear channels, including news.
So as you can see, cord cutters have lots of ways to replace cable TV with free live local news these days. But I think VUit hits the sweet spot with availability, ease of use and video quality.
Final Thoughts on Watching Local News with VUit
Well that wraps up this guide on installing the VUit app for free local TV news without cable.
The bottom line:
VUit makes streaming 200+ live local stations super easy on any of your devices. And it‘s 100% free forever.
Installation only takes a minute on platforms like Fire TV and Roku. And the app itself is intuitive and easy to use once set up.
So if you want to ditch expensive cable TV but still keep access to local broadcasts, be sure to give VUit a try! It provides a smooth viewing experience across many streaming devices.
Let me know if you have any other questions on setting up or using VUit. I‘m happy to help get you streaming your favorite local news channels in no time. Enjoy!