Streaming service iflix to launch 24-hour news channel

Streaming service iflix is to launch a 24-hour news channel that will aggregate content from international, regional and local news networks.

Iflix News will be available without charge to all users across its 28 markets worldwide from September 3. It will take live news streams, clips, and linear feeds from networks including CNN, Al Jazeera, DW, CGTN, CCTV.

In an online environment “saturated with fake, headline-grabbing click-bait”, iflix co-founder and chief executive Mark Britt said it was critical to work with reputable networks.

“Technology has dramatically reshaped the news and media industries over the past decade. Audiences today, particularly the rapidly growing youth segments want immediate access to the stories and events that are shaping the world around them,” he said.

“Through iflix NEWS, we are working with many of world’s most trusted and reputable news sources, to deliver timely, comprehensive stories and current affairs to customers with an exceptional user experience, completely on their own terms.”

Mark Britt: Online environment ‘saturated’ with fake news

Britt said “significant investment” has been made in the creation of editorial and curation teams who will work with international, regional and local content providers.

“The launch of iflix News is a significant step forward in our commitment to provide customers with the broadest and most compelling selection of content available,” he said,

This now includes “live, linear and clipped news formats in multiple local languages, furthering iflix’s ambitions to becoming a truly ubiquitous service”, he added.

Iflix News will include direct access to local linear news channels including CNN in the Philippines, Bernama News Channel and KiniTV in Malaysia, Berita Satu and Kompas TV in Indonesia, Thairath TV and Spring News in Thailand and Mizzima TV in Myanmar.



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