ABC News Live, the US streaming news service from ABC News, has launched new apps on the Android TV and Amazon Fire TV platforms, bringing 24/7 live breaking news, live events and original programming through a newly developed native app.
Additionally, ABC Owned Television Stations are launching native streaming apps across Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, the Roku platform, and Apple TV, bringing local newscasts and breaking news, top videos, weather and more.
The launches come at a time when news programming is critical and engaging to millions of viewers around the country, and when local news serves a vital role in keeping our local communities informed of global events. In the past month, ABC News Live has seen a 150 per cent year-over-year increase in monthly viewers, and with the need for information and updates about the coronavirus pandemic growing, weekly viewers in March jumped 103 per cent. This March, ABC Owned Television Stations reached a record-high 77 million devices, and viewers watched more than 170 million minutes of news coverage.
The ABC owned stations have produced an aggregate average of 400 hours of live local coverage each week, primarily focused on the developments of Covid-19 across their communities.