Fetch TV gives viewers free news access

Subscription television service Fetch TV is giving subscribers three months free access to its news channels to help keep viewers informed during the coronavirus pandemic.

From this morning Fetch TV users will have access to subscription news channels including BBC World News, CNN, MSNBC and Al Jazeera, after signing agreements with relevant partners.

Fetch TV chief executive Scott Lorson said consumers will be given free news for the next three months.Credit:FDC

The news channels are normally part of the $6 knowledge pack and $20 ultimate pack, which will still remain available on the platform.

Fetch TV chief executive Scott Lorson said it was important to provide international coverage given the pandemic was affecting every market.

“It is great to see how quickly our content and distribution partners came on board to support this initiative,” Mr Lorson said. All were very supportive and committed to assisting Australian families navigate through this challenging time.”

The channels, which also include euronews, France 24, India’s NDTV 24×7, Channel News Asia, China’s CGTN, CNBC and Bloomberg, will be available from 9am and will be available to all customers within 24 hours. Fetch users can also reboot their set top boxes to gain immediate access on Monday.

The business, which works with Optus, iiNet Group and Vocus to provide its service, is also anticipating a spike in consumer demand in the coming months due to the crisis and increasing social distancing. The platform’s channels as well as subscription services which are available through Fetch – Netflix, Stan and Disney+ have all seen growth.

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