KCETLink Launches Global News and Documentary Apps for Android?¢ and Apple?¢ Devices | KCET
KCETLink Launches Global News and Documentary Apps for Android?¢ and Apple?¢ Devices
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
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
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
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
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
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