iflix, the Malaysia-based entertainment service, announced today the launch of a 24-hour live News Hub called iFlix NEWS. The news service hub will aggregate live news streams, clips, and linear feeds from leading international, regional, and local news authorities. Iflix News will be available without charge to all users across its 28 markets worldwide
Regional partners for the offering include CNN, Al Jazeera, DW, CGTN and CCTV 4. The news hub will also offer direct access to local linear news channels including: CNN in the Philippines; the Bernama News Channel, and KiniTV in Malaysia; Berita Satu and Kompas TV in Indonesia; Thairath TV and Spring News in Thailand; and Mizzima TV in Myanmar.
This launch for the news hub is significant because iFlix has said it is committed to providing reliable online news to combat the rise of fake news, in an age “saturated with fake, headline-grabbing click-bait” content, said iflix co-founder and chief executive Mark Britt.
Britt said “significant investment” has gone into the creation of editorial and curation teams who will work with international, regional and local content providers. The news service will include editorial news highlighting current affairs and financial, as well as business news in "live, linear and clipped news formats in multiple local languages."
iflix News is due to launch on September 3 and will be available in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Maldives, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Cambodia, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Nepal, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Tanzania and Uganda.