By Sahil Patel
Roku and AOL have launched a news channel available directly on the Roku home screen. The channel, powered by the AOL On network, will offer a collection of the latest news videos across eight categories, including business, entertainment, and tech. Content from AOL On’s 1,000+ publisher partners, including Associated Press, Reuters, BBC News, HuffPost Live, Newsy, CNET, Storyhunter, and ET, will also be available.
“News is among the fastest growing categories on the Roku platform and this partnership with AOL makes it even easier for customers to find and start watching a variety of news videos,” said Steve Shannon, general manager of content and services, Roku, in a statement. “This is the first integrated news service on a TV streaming platform and we expect for it to be a big hit.”
The channel is available for free on all Roku 2, Roku 1, and Roku LT players. It will also roll out as an automatic software update in “the coming weeks” on current-generation Roku devices like the Roku 3, Roku 2 XS, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 HD, the Roku HD model 2500, the Roku LT models 2400 and 2450, and the Roku Streaming Stick.
AOL On content is also available via a branded channel in the Roku Store. The app/channel offers access to all AOL On videos spanning 14 categories, from food and business to travel and health.