Fubo has confirmed the launch of a new feature that uses AI to generate ‘Instant Headlines‘ from live news programming. As Fubo explains, this is “a first-of-its-kind feature for live TV” and one that’s “designed to help Fubo consumers make better viewing decisions in real-time.”
Like other popular live TV streaming services, Fubo can be a good option for live news. After all, its base Pro package includes access to a bunch of news channels, including ABC News Live, CBS News, CNBC, FOX News, MSNBC, NBC News NOW, Newsmax, NewsNation and Scripps News.
For some of these news outlets, Fubo subscribers will now be able to view Instant Headlines. That is, AI-generated “contextual news topics as they are reported live on air.” These Instant Headlines are 10 words or less and appear on the home page under a ‘News right now‘ carousel. Each tile in the carousel refreshes in accordance with the topics discussed on the corresponding program and the user can click on a channel tile to switch to the live broadcast.
Below is a demo of how the feature looks and works.
According to Fubo, Instant Headlines is still in a beta phase and currently only works with “select 24 hour news channels.” However, the company did say the feature may expand to include other networks in the future, with Fubo also noting its intention to make “similar features available for sports and entertainment content” as well.
With this being a feature that’s still in a beta phase, one of the major limitations at the moment is the level of device support. For example, Fubo subscribers can only expect to see the new AI-generated Instant Headlines on Android TV and Fire TV devices for now.
“Today’s launch of our first-of-its-kind news feature is aimed to improve live content discovery on Fubo, in real time. Innovating around our news programming is a focus this year, particularly as we head into an election cycle. We’re excited to further evolve Instant Headlines and offer additional news-based product features during such a critical time in world news. Instant Headlines is just the first product we’re rolling out this year aimed to ensure our users never miss a moment of the most meaningful content,” said David Gandler, co-founder and CEO, Fubo.
For reference, Fubo launched an ‘Instant Highlights‘ feature back in 2023. Similar to YouTube TV’s Key Plays, Instant Highlights allows sports fans to catch up on important moments from a live sports event.
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