Newsy Is First News Brand On Portal And Portal+

Newsy, the E.W. Scripps-owned cable and OTT news network, is the first brand to have an app in the news category on Portal and Portal+, two video communication devices for the home unveiled today by Facebook.

The Portal and Portal+ are voice-controlled technology optimized for video calling with tablet-sized screens. Portal+ features a 15-inch, rotating display, while Portal features the same core features and a 10-inch display.

Facebook touts that the Portal technology makes it easier to connect with loved ones and share the little everyday moments that relationships are built on. With Newsy, Portal users can also stay up to date on the latest news through the device.

When a user initiates the Newsy app, Portal will open a video news reel covering recent top stories from the U.S. and around the world. Newsy gives Portal users a new way to keep up with the latest headlines or get a deep-dive on news categories spanning world and national news, politics, culture, science and technology.

“As the news network for the next generation, Newsy’s strategy is to make our content available anywhere viewers are watching,” said Blake Sabatinelli, CEO of Newsy. “Newsy’s integration with Portal is part of that strategy, introducing news consumers to video calling devices as an additional path to staying up to date on the latest news.”

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