Burbank, Calif. - August 27, 2013 - KCETLink news junkies and documentary fans can now access global news, raw video and compelling films while on the go. The series of free apps, LinkTV World News, LinkTV Daily Doc and NewsMap, are currently available on iTunes or the Google Play App stores today.
"Our new apps offer viewers and fans alike a way to stay connected to the world around them while on the go through up-to-the minute news video and global exchange of ideas," said Wendy Hanamura, Chief Digital Officer, KCETLink. "We're pleased to make it easier for users to discover timely news and world events, as well as groundbreaking films via their mobile devices."
Generously funded by The Bertha Foundation, a leader in supporting social impact media projects, following are descriptions of the free apps currently available on the iTunes or the Google Play App stores.
· The LinkTV World News App provides users with the opportunity to learn about the world through curated news video, videos from broadcasters like Democracy Now!, as well as user-generated raw video of breaking events. The app also offers users with a deeper context of new events through social commentary, articles and short films. Available on Android ™ mobile platforms and Apple iPad.
· The LinkTV Daily Doc offers videos from KCETLink's vast collection of documentaries including Explore and Earth Focus episodes, films from Journeyman Pictures and more. The app offers a new documentary every day and allows users to watch each one for a week. Available on Android ™ mobile platforms only.
· NewsMap gives users the opportunity to see news at it breaks on a comprehensive, easy-to-navigate world map. When news hotspots erupt, NewsMap puts observers at the scene and fuels global conversations about real-time events. Available on Apple iPad and iPhone only.
Launched in October 2012, the LinkTV World News App for iPad was designed by Method, the award-winning firm behind innovative media experiences including the BBC iPlayer and the NBC Politics App. The robust app - rated the "Top 30 iPad App of the Week" by The Guardian the week of its release - makes sense of global events by connecting users to related articles, documentaries and background information culled from more than 50,000 international news sources.
The Andriod apps were designed by KCETLink developers and graphic designers. For more information or screenshots, please visit www.linktv.org/apps.
KCETLink, formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media, is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed via satellite on DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410, in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery systems. KCET and Link TV are services of KCETLink. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.
About The Bertha Foundation
The Bertha Foundation believes in the power of social activism. We champion passionate lawyers, storytellers, and social entrepreneurs working towards a more decent and just world.
Lawyers: We aim to inspire and enable the work of socially minded lawyers and are committed to strengthening the field of public interest law.
Storytellers: We believe in the power of visual storytelling to educate, inform and inspire action, and are dedicated to supporting the creation and distribution of social impact media projects. Documentaries are central to this vision.
Social Entrepreneurs: When people have the right tools and opportunities, they are best placed to solve their own problems. We support those using business principles and innovation to create sustainable large-scale change.