Amazon Fire TV NewsSource: Amazon

What you need to know

  • Amazon is pushing a new News hub to its Fire TV devices.
  • You'll be able to customize the news sources.
  • The whole thing will be ad-supported.

Amazon today announced that it's adding a new News hub to its Fire TV devices in the United States. You'll be able to easily watch live and recorded news on your Fire TV (and eventually on Fire tablets), and of course use Alexa to control everything.

The whole thing is customizable, of course. Here's the gist, from Amazon's blog post:

Getting started is easy. When you first open the app, you have the option to customize your experience. Simply select the news channels and content categories that you care about most. You can watch news clips and live feeds from popular news providers such as CBS News, Bloomberg, HuffPost, Yahoo, Reuters, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly and more. Then, the next time you want to watch the news, all you have to say is, "Alexa, play the news," and it will automatically open the app and play content from your favorite channels.

It's easy to customize your news experience based on your preferred news channels and the type of categories you care about most. When you open the app for the first time, you have the option to select your preferred news providers and even place them in the order in which you would like your news to play. For example, if you place HuffPost in the first spot and Reuters second, then every time you say "Alexa, play the news" or click on the app, you will see news auto-play from HuffPost first and Reuters second when you open the app.

And Amazon stresses that we're not just going to be stuck with prerecorded (and thus dated) clips. There will be a full live section for the latest.

For those of you who just want to watch live news, there is a dedicated section for this in the app, called 'Live.' Here you'll find live and breaking news coverage from CBS News Live and Yahoo News. We will be adding more Live channels before the end of the year. If you want to know what news is trending online, there is a dedicated section for trending stories and a section that has news broken into categories such as Politics, Tech, Finance, Business and Sports. We will be adding more categories over time.

And that, folks, is that. Look for it to roll out over the next few weeks, Amazon says.

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