ABC News to launch 24/7 streaming channel on Roku

ABC News to launch 24/7 streaming channel on Roku

ABC News to launch 24/7 streaming channel on Roku

An upcoming software update for streaming service Roku, due in May, will include collections of genre-specific movies free to watch on the ad-supported Roku Channel. It's called ABC News Live and will feature 24 hours of live coverage, including breaking news and events.

The Roku Channel will soon learn a new trick, streaming free commercial-supported live news streams to anyone using a Roku OS device. In addition, Roku has teamed with other providers including People TV and Cheddar to offer various news feeds.

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Roku launched the Roku Channel in September 2017 as a way to capture some of the demand for addressable connected TV advertising. "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". "Viewers want to be shown what is happening in the world not told what is happening in the world".

"Our ambition is not to recast cable, but to reinvent what a 24/7 news channel can look like today", said Colby Smith, ABC News' VP of digital, in an interview with Engadget. "There's not really that lean-back experience where you're asking an editorial voice that you trust to help you understand the news of the day", he said. That update will, most notably, expand the Roku Private Listening feature, which lets you suppress the audio on your TV and listen with headphones, to offer support for up to four parties.

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The Roku Channel does not have access to new releases or a very large pool of content, but if you have browsed through Netflix or Amazon video and did not find anything worthwhile to watch, you could always find random movies that are worth watching on the channel.

Private listening for more than one person will be handled via the Roku mobile app, and it'll allow up to four people to privately listen to a show at once.

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