A Breaking News ticker for every TV channel
We’re all familiar with TV news tickers, scrolling along the bottom of news channels. But what if a ticker only appeared for a few moments when a story breaks? And what if it worked across all live TV channels? Here at Breaking News, we’ve created a connected TV app that does just that.
First, you’ll need a Samsung TV set or internet-connected Blu-ray player. The “Breaking News” app is available for free from the Samsung TV Apps Store, which is the largest of its kind among connected TV sets. Once you’ve downloaded and launched the app, you’re ready to go. When a story breaks, a ticker will appear along the bottom of the screen for a few seconds, scrolling the breaking story. Then it will disappear. And it works across any live TV channel you’re watching. Nifty.
If you prefer a constant ticker, you can set the app to do that, too. Or if you prefer a Breaking News “screen saver” of sorts for your TV set, it will vertically scroll the latest breaking stories in a full-screen display (this is the only mode available for Samsung Blu-ray players.) If you’d like, you can also browse the latest stories in the app by topic.
The ticker features the same lightning-fast updates you see on BreakingNews.com, our mobile apps, @breakingnews on Twitter, Facebook.com/breakingnews and our other social channels. As always, we’re careful to credit the originator. As viewers see a breaking story in the ticker, they can flip to their favorite news channel for live coverage.
It’s now available in the US, and the app will roll out internationally by early next week. This is a bit of an experiment for us, so give the app a try (if you have a Samsung TV) and let us know what you think.
(Post by @corybe)