True to its promise, NBC has rolled out its free news streaming platform. NBC News Now will show live programming from 3 PM to 11 PM Eastern via both the NBC News apps on mobile devices as well as the web along with Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku. It will provide an ad-based mix of live programming (both breaking news and on-the-hour sections) as well as pre-recorded interviews and features.
Even though the hours are presently restricted, NBC has earlier spoken about extending the platform to provide non-stop content. The service is a not-so-delicate peer to similarly free services from the likes of CBS and ABC, with an analogous objective: to catch cord cutters who may not see traditional TV but still need a slow dose of news telecast. Whatever TV users NBC loses may be attained again if the Now service turns out to be a major location for online readers.
On a related note, it seems like Amazon is operating on a video news application for its Fire TV. Supposedly, the firm has been talking with news agencies to negotiate distribution agreements. Individuals from those firms claimed to the media that Amazon’s app will be ad-supported, free, and can roll out in the coming months.
The headline comes roughly a year after Fire TV-rival Roku rolled out its own free, streaming news platform. As per speculations, Amazon is looking to offer local news coverage, which the media points out, can be a method to distinguish its services from Roku’s.
Amazon has not officially declared its plans, and a few major questions are not answered. We do not know if Amazon has got any programming offers, what the pipeline seems like, or if the news content will be elite to the app. But if the news app is successful, Amazon may add it into its Alexa deals.