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Roku Channel's Free Live News Is a Big Deal

Roku Channel's Free Live News Is a Big Deal

"ABC News has been at the forefront of producing and delivering live news for OTT viewing and we're excited to have them on-board as one of our anchor news partners".

The new content will include from ABC News, Cheddar, and People TV.

While the Roku Channel, which debuted late past year, primarily streams movies and TV episodes, the company is looking to expand its offerings.

The ad-supported Roku Channel will gain live news feeds in May, as well private listening support for up to four devices per account. The channel launched last September, and Roku told me that it's the third-most-popular ad-supported channel on the platform.

The Roku Channel is available on all Roku players and Roku TVs in the US. Instead, ABC News will experiment with smaller windows showing streams that don't require audio, such as a weather map. Viewers will have to option to continue watching movies and shows they've started but not completed, and content will be grouped into collections.




"After analyzing the mountains of data, we've seen time and again viewers want to be shown what's happening right now, up close and on location whenever possible, live, every minute of every day", ABC News president James Goldston said in a staff memo Tuesday.

Today Roku announced that their spring 2018 update will be their Roku OS 8.1 update. It will feature a number of improvements, but the feature that stands out is the addition of private listening support for up to four devices.

ABC News Live, the network's new 24/7 livestreaming channel, will use worldwide resources of ABC News to deliver news in a streaming format.

The Roku Channel will also add collections of thematically-curated selections to make it easier to find something to watch.

While customers now need a Roku box or stick, or a licensed Roku TV, to stream from its channels, soon they might only need a mobile app.


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