Channel Master, the maker of a subscription-free DVR with integrated over-the-air and over-the-top capabilities, said it has added Newsy to its OTT lineup.
Under the integration, Newsy, an online news service tailored for millennials that was acquired by E.W. Scripps’s in 2013 for $35 million, appears as a live, linear TV channel via the DVR+ guide.
Channel Master’s DVR+, a product aimed at cord-cutters and consumers who have never had a traditional pay TV subscription, recently integrated Sling TV, Dish Network’s OTT-TV service. That came about a year after Channel Master completed the beta phase of its live TV streaming platform and opened it up to content partners. Channel Master currently offers two DVR+ products – a 16-GB version for $249 (that requires a USB external hard drive to enable “full DVR functionality”) and a 1 terabyte model for $399.
The agreement will provide another outlet for Newsy, which is also offered on Sling TV’s core $20 per month service, Pluto TV, Web browsers, mobile apps, the Roku players and Roku TVs, Amazon Fire TV devices, Xumo, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and select smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Vizio, Philips, and Panasonic. Newsy also supplies content via Watchable, Comcast’s curated OTT offering for the Web, iOS devices and on X1 set-tops.
“The Channel Master OTT platform is unique, in that it allows our partners to create a branded live linear TV channel that appears in a traditional grid guide alongside over-the-air network channels such as ABC and CBS,” said Joe Bingochea, EVP of product development at Channel Master, in a statement. “Newsy’s live feed is rich with relevant content presented in an exciting, modern format, a perfect fit for our cord-cutter customers and we’re very excited to launch the channel today.”
“Launching Newsy on Channel Master further expands our brand to a growing audience of viewers who prefer alternative TV solutions,” added Blake Sabatinelli, general manager of Newsy. “Channel Master has a great base of customers and we’re excited to introduce them to our fresh take on TV news, adding the much-needed perspective viewers don’t get from old-school news brands.”