Perhaps somewhat foolishly, however, this app will require you to login with your cable provider credentials (like HBO Go, for example). That means those who've cut the cord won't be able to try it. Of course, the people who like to get their news in the style of a local TV broadcast likely still have cable TV themselves... which makes me wonder what the point of the app is in the first place.
At the very least, it's good for The Weather Channel. It leverages its existing broadcasts and combines them with content from a handful of partners like the Associated Press, making a package that costs a lot less to produce than a standard local news segment. There aren't even any anchors; Reuters says that the segments use automated pre-recorded words strung together to deliver the news. If, for some odd reason, that sounds compelling to you, the app will launch in June.