Amazon is reportedly working on a free ad-supported video news app for Fire TVs, according to The Information. This is the same news outlet that correctly predicted the launch of Amazon’s free ad-supported IMDb Freedive video service, so there’s reason to believe this rumored video news app is at least being considered.
The rumored news app is said to feature both live and on-demand news programming from TV networks. Amazon is said to be in talks with news organizations and Verizon, which owns Yahoo News and Yahoo Finance, to acquire content deals for the new streaming video app. They are also talking to local news affiliates in order to provide local news coverage in the app.
The new video news app is said to be a response to Roku, which features news in its free Roku Channel. Other popular free apps, such as Pluto TV and Plex, also use video news to draw customers in. Sources say the new video news app from Amazon may also integrate into Alexa devices. The app is said to launch in the next few months.