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ABC News to launch 24/7 streaming channel on Roku

April 24, 2018 GMT

ABC News to launch 24/7 streaming channel on Roku

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- ABC News is planning to launch a new 24-hour streaming channel it says will be unlike traditional cable news coverage, providing viewers with raw, unfiltered coverage of news events.

Dubbed ABC News Live, the channel, set to debut next month, will be available exclusively on Roku devices on its free, ad-supported Roku Channel.

“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. “The result is a 24/7 livestream we’re calling ABC News Live, powered by the unmatched worldwide resources of ABC News and our brilliant journalists in the field to deliver the most compelling events happening around the world.”

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Besides breaking news, ABC News Live will carry live events such as confirmation hearings, political rallies, student protests, even the royal wedding, according to a press release. The free service could also air previously unused portions of interviews, such as George Stephanopoulos’ interview with former FBI director James Comey.

“We could have provided viewers a director’s cut for a much longer, more comprehensive telling of that interview,” Colby Smith, vice president of ABC News Digital, told USA Today.

The channel will also offer original shows like “The Briefing Room,” which will air live after daily White House press briefings to provide viewers with more context on the events of the day.

While the Roku Channel, which debuted late last year, primarily streams movies and TV episodes, the company is looking to expand its offerings. In addition to ABC News Live, the Roku Channel plans to stream live news content from Cheddar, People TV and Newsy.

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