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Xumo Adds 24/7 Live ABC News Channel as 2020 Presidential Race Heats Up

TheWrap logo TheWrap 11/18/2019 Sean Burch
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Xumo, the ad-supported streaming service, has launched a new 24/7 live news channel from ABC News, the company announced on Monday.

The channel, dubbed ABC News Live, will cover breaking news as well as 2020 election coverage, including analysis of this Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate.

"ABC News Live offers exceptional, world-class coverage of the most important stories and events around the globe, and now, millions of Xumo viewers can access it 24/7 across our premium, multi-screen distribution network of smart TVs, mobile, web and streaming devices," Stefan Van Engen, SVP of content partnerships and programming at Xumo, said in a statement. "ABC has long been a trusted name in news, and especially as the 2020 election heats up–XUMO viewers will appreciate straightforward political news, event coverage and more–available for free on our service."

The Irvine-based company now offers more than 180 digital channels for free, covering sports, news, kids programming and entertainment, among other topics. Xumo is available in 45 million U.S. households thanks to a distribution network with an array of smart TV makers, as well as other mobile, web and streaming devices.

"We are excited to bring ABC News Live to XUMO viewers everywhere, and reach an even wider audience through its broad distribution across many of the most popular streaming platforms," added Colby Smith, senior vice president and general manager of ABC News Digital and Live Streaming. "As America's #1 streaming news channel, we're thrilled to provide XUMO users a new and straightforward source of 24/7 news and information."

In March, Xumo senior VP of content Stefan Van Engen told TheWrap that the eight-year-old company reached 5.5 million active users each month.

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