ABC News has announced the launch of its app for Xbox One, becoming the first U.S. news application on the gaming console.
“The ABC News app will offer immediate access to multiple simultaneous streams of live video as well as on-demand content, entertainment news, original programming and highlights from ABC News programs,” the network said in its announcement. The app reportedly launched Thursday.
The timing appears designed to make the most of ABC’s upcoming coverage of the Oscars. “During Oscars weekend, the app will feature clips and live video from ABC News’ extensive coverage, including interviews with nominees and segments on Oscars fashion, trends and history,” the company announced.
Said ABC News VP of Digital Colby Smith: “The app for Xbox One is a major step forward in our efforts to develop new creative forms of storytelling and put ABC News everywhere people get their news and information. The ability to choose from multiple live streams, especially during breaking news and special events, will provide an unparalleled viewing experience for the audience.”
The app includes a curated playlist of videos, a Snap feature that enables split-screen viewing, and added content from ABC-Disney partners such as Marvel and Fusion.