Roku Channel Getting Live News

The Roku Channel continues to grow. Just last year, the popular streaming device came out with its own network of entertainment called, the Roku Channel.Through the Roku Channel, you are able to stream movies for free from huge production companies such as:

  • American Classics
  • Fandor
  • FilmRise
  • Lionsgate
  • MGM
  • Nosey
  • OVGuide
  • Popcornflix
  • Sony
  • Vidmark
  • Warner Bros.
  • YuYu

Starting with the 8.1 Roku update in May, Roku will be carrying live news as well. As Vice President of Programming at Roku, Rob Holmes, stated,

“We built The Roku Channel so it’s easy to navigate, offers great content and brings real value to our customers. Today, we’re working with some of the industry’s most forward-looking news organizations such as ABC News, Cheddar, Newsy and People TV, to deliver yet another customer-requested feature to The Roku Channel – live and linear news. 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.”

That’s right. Roku will have live news from your favorite news sources such as:

  • ABC News Live
  • Cheddar
  • Newsy
  • People TV

Vice President of ABC News Digital, Colby Smith, weighed in,

“Now more than ever people want to find out what’s happening in the world from a straightforward news source they know and trust. After experimenting with thousands of livestreams and analyzing the data, we’re excited to launch ABC News Live for younger viewers who increasingly rely on Roku and non-linear platforms for their news.”

This update comes on the heels of Roku adding Samsung TV to its list of Smart TVs. Up-and-coming networks such as Cheddar are excited to jump on board with Roku. The Vice President of Business Development at Cheddar, Daniel Schneider, stated,

“Roku is constantly innovating, and the addition of news to The Roku Channel illustrates that consumers want live news. Cheddar is thrilled to work with Roku to provide business and tech news to its massive audience.”

We will let you know when to expect the 8.1 Roku update an what else might come with the download.

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