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Watchup News App Comes To Xbox

Menlo Park, Calif. – Watchup, a startup TV news aggregation app is now available on the Xbox 360 platform, the company said.

The Watchup app will let viewers watch videos from a host of respected video news services including: the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Sky News and CNET, among others, without a cable subscription.

 Watchup cited findings from the Adobe Digital Index that showed the fastest growing device category for online TV watching in 2013 and 2014 was gaming consoles.

Watchup allows viewers to control operation with voice and gesture (using Kinect) commands, and delivers a personalized TV newscast experience by selecting content based on a viewers’ preferences.

 “Watchup on Xbox 360 is a dream come true for cord-cutters and digital savvy users who want to watch trusted news channels via the Internet,” said Adriano Farano, co-founder and chief executive officer of Watchup. “Our mission is to bring the power of global news to people on all the most popular platforms, whether it’s smartphones, tablets, streaming media devices or gaming consoles,” said Farano.

By curating news content from multiple sources, Watchup is said to provide a 360-degree view, from all sides of a news story.

Watchup can provide a category stream for a multi-source newscast about one singular news topic or launch a channel stream for all the content from one channel about multiple topics.

Stories can also be shared with Facebook friends, using a Facebook account.

 Watchup recently announced the company had raised $2.75 million in additional seed funding from investors including, Tribune Media, The McClatchy Company and others. Microsoft Ventures is also an investor in Watchup. 

 Watchup is available for free on Xbox 360, the Amazon App Store, iOS and Android devices.