Take the WCVB NewsCenter 5 app with you everywhere you go and be the first to know of breaking news happening in Boston and the surrounding area. Always stay up to date with the latest local news, national, sports, traffic, political, entertainment stories and much more. Download the WCVB NewsCenter 5 app for free today.

Our Local News, Weather and Sports App Features Include:
- Boston breaking news alerts with push notifications
- Live streaming breaking news updates from our WCVB NewsCenter 5 reporters when it happens, where it happens
- Local news submission area for breaking news, news tips and the ability to email your news photos and videos right to our newsroom to be featured on air
- Up to date, current local weather conditions, hourly Boston weather updates, and 7 day forecasts
- Share stories via email or your social media pages
- An interactive radar that lets you zoom in and out to street level and watch storms as they approach. Move the map around to see major weather activity
- Boston weather alerts and updates, Storm Team 5 weather videocasts and more

What's New

Version 5.13.1

We update the app regularly to keep things working smoothly for you!
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Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

786 Ratings

786 Ratings

Still needs work...lots of work

The Real Little Rascal

Okay, so you use this app to get the “local” news, etc., but it’s still not user friendly. I still remember the old app as preferable in many ways, but now we have this. It leaves a lot to be desired.
How many enjoy watching a 30 second ad to see a 20 second video? Not me. I get the 15 second ad, but the big boy news apps let you back out after 15 seconds if the ad is longer. Basically, if I see an ad over 15 seconds, I don’t watch it or the video...lose, lose. And maneuvering is still not very good. If you want to go back, you don’t end up where you started and need to work at finding the articles you were planning to read as next in sequence. If that sounds confusing, it is.
Again, this site gives you the news and weather, but it could be so much better.

First place I look for local news


But I find it infuriating when I can’t find the real news. Weather and sport get top billing, which is great when that is what I want, but the layout seems impossible to work out what is where. It’s a lottery if you can find the interesting news amongst lost dogs or neighbours complaining about each other. How do you find national news, if that’s what you are looking for? And the adverts! I get it, they are providing the cash for supporting the app. But each and every time I click on a video, even if the video crashes and I have to refresh. Some of them are so long as well.

I really want this to be a great app but I find myself getting angry and switching to CNN simply because of the ease and speed of access. Such a shame.

Miserable experience for just watching live video

Stefan the Computer Geek

First - I love WCVB the *station*. They do a great job and I only watch channel 5 for my TV news.

However - when it comes to watching the live video stream of their news, this app is horrible. If all you want to do is watch the news live, don’t waste your time with this app.

Every time you start the video stream you are subjected to at least one 15 second ad. The worst part? If you switch away to another app then back to the WCVB app, you have to restart the stream - and watch ANOTHER ad - and sometimes you get the same ad you were already forced to watch!!

If that forced advertising wasn’t bad enough, the live stream is unreliable at best. It’s often just going to a black screen for minutes on end, and requires you to exit the stream and restart the stream, with - you guessed it - ANOTHER ad or multiple ads.

I don’t mind watching ads - but for Pete’s sake REMEMBER what ads I’ve already seen and DON’T make me watch any ad again if all I had to do was answer a quick text.

I love you WCVB (the station) but this app is abysmal.


Hearst Television
83.3 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
© 2018, Hearst Stations Inc. on behalf of WCVB-TV


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