NEW YORK -- ABC News announced Thursday the launch of its app for Xbox One. Debuting as the first U.S. news application on the gaming console, the ABC News app will offer immediate access to multiple simultaneous streams of live video as well as on-demand content, entertainment news, original programming and highlights from ABC News programs.
During Oscars weekend, the app will feature clips and live video from ABC News' extensive coverage
, including interviews with nominees and segments on Oscars fashion, trends and history.
"The app for Xbox One is a major step forward in our efforts to develop new creative forms of storytelling and put ABC News everywhere people get their news and information" said ABC News VP of Digital Colby Smith. "The ability to choose from multiple live streams, especially during breaking news and special events, will provide an unparalleled viewing experience for the audience."
Features include:User is in Control: With the Snap feature users can split the screen to view ABC News live streams or top stories coverage on one side while simultaneously playing a game, watching live television, or video chatting on Skype on the other side. Users can access up to five simultaneous live streams, including ABC News' 24/7 digital channel. In addition, the app "squeezes back" between clips, inviting users to change course by rearranging the playlists, saving clips for later or jumping into another section.Added Content: Partnerships with Marvel and Fusion bring behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from ABC-Disney partners. ABC will also premier a recurring digital news update series that will expand the use of modern digital storytelling for the Xbox audience. In addition to its extensive national and international coverage, the app includes clips from ABC Owned Television affiliates including WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia, KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston, WTVD in Raleigh and KFSN in Fresno.Morning, Evening & Weekend Editions: A curated playlist of videos begins playing as soon as the app starts with a continuous playback. Editors update content regularly throughout the day, delivering quick digests in the morning, more immersive content in the evenings and topic-themed packages to catch up on the weekends. Each edition can be adjusted for advertising sponsorships or major news events.ABC News Digital continues to lead the charge in live video and revolutionize the way in which users watch and participate in news. Digital properties include ABCNews.com and GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo!, along with ABC News on Apple TV and ABC News' Android, iPhone and iPad apps, offering a dynamic, around-the-clock look at news as it breaks. It's the online destination for newsmaker access, investigative coverage, and exclusive footage from every big story.About ABC News
More people get their news from ABC News than from any other source. ABC News is responsible for all of the ABC Television Network's news programming on a variety of platforms: television, radio, and the Internet. ABC News reaches a combined audience of well over 270 million people a month on television, on radio and online. Over 1,000 affiliate stations broadcast ABC News Radio's global news coverage. NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News, provides live and packaged news, sports, and weather reports, as well as footage of news events, to 200 ABC affiliates and more than 30 domestic and international clients.About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com. 2015 MARVEL