Flash streaming service - world news in one place
Following on from the huge success of their Kayo Sports and BINGE streaming services, Foxtel has launched a third streaming service entirely dedicated to those who love to consume news on a large scale. Named Flash, it’s available now in Australia, and even comes with a free trial.
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About Flash: stream world’s leading news organisations
Based on the same app platform as BINGE and Kayo Sports, Flash is the third streaming TV service from the dynamic streaming company Streamotion, which is owned by the Foxtel Group. It’s designed to fill the demand for a high-quality, 24-hour source of breaking news, news analysis and in-depth coverage of events as they unfold.
While it brings together multiple news sources – from Sky News to CNN – and provides live streams of all of them, Flash is also designed to let viewers home in on the stories they’re following and keep up to date with the latest coverage, using curated on-demand clips from a wide range of news outlets.
It draws on some of the innovative features originally created for Kayo Sports to deliver the latest news on politics, business, local and international events, ready to go any time subscribers want to get up to date with what’s happening.
Kate De Brito, previously editor in chief of popular news website news.com.au, has made her way over to the Foxtel Group to launch Flash, meeting the growing demand for live news from the best range of sources to keep Australian households informed and up to date – and driving rapid growth of on-demand news.
The best international live news sources
This feature-packed service brings together news streams from a wide range of sources, with 28 signed up for launch and more on the way. Rather than simply aggregating live channels, Flash presents news from these sources in new ways using the experience and technology platform that’s worked so well for Kayo.
Heading the line-up is Sky News, as well as its associated news network including Sky News Extra and Sky News Weather. Seen around Australia on Foxtel – as well as being one of the country’s most popular digital news sites – Sky News has an average monthly audience of over 9.1 million Australians, a number sure to grow even larger.
In an announcement to launch Flash, Foxtel Group CEO Patrick Delany promised a diverse range of local and global news sources for Flash, providing an outstanding news experience in the one easy to access app.
Among other trusted news sources streamable on Flash, there’s CNN, CNBC, Sky News UK, BBC World News, Fox News, Bloomberg, Aljazeera English and more, with Australia’s ABC under negotiations to come on board as well, and brand new UK channel talkTV also lined up for Flash.
Offering news-hungry Australians the chance to stay informed – via global live news sources and on demand archives, it’s a unique streaming service that comes at the right price, covering news and current affairs in the one app – and putting the viewer in control.
What news sources are on Flash?
At launch, Flash offers 28 different live streams from some of the biggest names in news from around the world – with negotiations underway to add even more. At the moment, you’ll find national and global developments, live and on demand, from:
How much does Flash cost?
Flash delivers the world’s news to viewers at a remarkably low price – only $8 per month. Like other Streamotion services, there is no lock-in contract. You can try Flash out completely free for 14 days by taking advantage of the free trial that’s available for new users.
Because it’s using the same technology platform, Flash will be able to deliver successful Kayo features such as split-screen which, in a news format, will be invaluable for those who want to stay informed about everything from the share market to world events and of course, Covid-19. It’s likely that tech will be used for FlashPoint, a mode that’ll arrive later which provides “every angle of every story.”
Another feature on the way is FlashNav, which will get you to the key moments in stories instantly. For now, there are FlashLists, letting you create and save stories to watch later, and comprehensive personalisation, allowing users to follow the opinions, topics and news that matter to them.
Like Foxtel’s other relatively new streaming products, the subscription price for Flash includes access to all it has to offer for the one monthly price. There is only one subscription tier, which supports streaming on only one device at a time.
How to watch Flash
Just like companion services BINGE and Kayo, Flash is available to stream across a wide range of devices, with the service always available via any modern web browser on PC and Mac. Streaming devices supported include Apple TV, Telstra TV and Google Chromecast – including the latest Google TV version, though a full app for that as well as Android TV devices (including Sony TVs) is on the way soon.
Of course, apps are also available for smartphones, with support for Apple’s iOS and up-to-date Android mobile devices.
Best broadband plan for Flash streaming
When it comes to streaming, nothing is worse than the spinning wheel of doom – buffering videos. Thankfully we have an idea where you should look for high speed internet. Recently, Telstra was awarded the best NBN speeds to stream video on demand content. Streaming TV in high definition is going to require some hefty data usage, so you need to know your internet can handle it. We’ve done the research and included the best offer for Flash customers below.