Haystack News adds more Altice channels to live service

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News aggregation service Haystack News announced a new content distribution agreement with Altice USA that will bring live feeds of Cheddar News and regional outlet News 12 New York to the streamer.

The announcement on Tuesday expands on a previous agreement where various news properties operated by Altice provided on-demand content to the news-focused, ad-supported streaming service.

Under the new deal, Altice will allow Haystack News to provide a live stream of Cheddar News starting this week, with a live stream of the regional outlet News 12 New York coming in the near future.

The live streams join a growing lineup of linear feeds offered by Haystack News, which includes access to live, breaking news and stories of interest from CBSN, ABC News Live, NewsMax and Euronews.

“Altice News is thrilled to extend our relationship with Haystack News and further expand the reach of the award-winning journalism at our networks,” Jon Steinberg, the president of news and advertising at Altice, said in a statement. “We believe that news content should be easily accessible to all and are excited to add our offerings of national and local networks, Cheddar News and News 12, to Haystack’s audience and growing lineup of live news channels.”

Cheddar News and News 12 New York will continue to provide on-demand news clips through Haystack News’ aggregation feature, which includes content from a variety of other news partners, including the Walt Disney Company (ABC News, local ABC stations), ViacomCBS (CBSN, local CBS stations), Bloomberg, Yahoo! Finance and Newsy.

“Haystack News is proud to build upon its long-standing and successful relationship with Altice News and bring to our users its quality journalism,” Daniel Barreto, the co-founder and chief executive of Haystack News, told reporters in a press release on Tuesday.

Haystack News is available to access for free, with revenue generated from the insertion of short advertisements in-between news clips. The service is supported on a number of smart TV platforms, including Apple TV, Android TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV.