The extent of Foxtel’s reach in the pay TV and streaming business continues to expand with the recent launch of its dedicated news streaming platform, Flash. The third streaming service to join Foxtel’s Streamotion lineup after Kayo Sports and BINGE is a news-focused streaming app, further cementing Foxtel as Australia’s most dynamic streaming company.
With Streamotion spearheading its launch, Flash won’t be your ordinary news streaming service as it diversifies Foxtel’s game-changing entertainment brands. At launch, it promises to be a unique streaming platform that will cover everything there is to know about local and world events sourced from a diverse range of global live news sources.
From politics and business to local and international events, Flash is designed to offer an outstanding news experience just in time to meet the country’s growing demand for diverse content.
What is Flash news streaming?
Following in the footsteps of the hugely successful sports-dedicated platform, Kayo Sports, and streaming app, BINGE, the pay TV giant is now set to deliver your daily dose of news, quick and easy, with its latest streaming service, Flash.
With major details surrounding the Flash launch already announced, it’s only fair to assume that Flash will exceed expectations. Foxtel Group CEO, Patrick Delany, has stated that Flash will be “offering news-hungry Australians a new way to stay informed about politics, business and local and international events”.
Upon launch, Flash rounds up reputable news sources that include Al Jazeera, ausbiz, BBC World News, Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Quicktake, Channel News Asia, CNBC, CNN International, ET Now, FOX News Channel, FOX SPORTS News, GB News, i24NEWS, France24, news.com.au, NHK World, REA, Russia Today, Sky News Australia, Sky News UK, Sky News Extra, Sky News Weather, Storyful, PeopleTV, Times Now, USA Today, USA Today SportsWire and The Wall Street Journal.
The first-ever news streaming platform in the country, Flash won’t be simply aggregating live channels. It will also deliver news and opinion from its trusted news sources, as well as provide tools for users to be constantly updated. This proves to be efficient and relevant amidst the prevalence of popular digital news sites and streaming TV, which Flash will be a combination of.
What are the Flash features?
The most comprehensive range of news, opinions, and insights brought together in one place, Flash is all about ensuring that people are informed and connected. Apart from its more than 20 local and international news sources, Flash will also be characterised by its game-changing features. They are as follows:
FlashPoint, FlashNav, and other upcoming features will be available soon after launch. Closed Captions are also available for some content on Flash.
How much does Flash cost?
Flash’s unrivalled access to over 20 news sources, as well as its news streaming features, will cost users $8 per month with no lock-in contracts. New customers can also try the new service with a 14-day free trial. Unlike BINGE and Kayo Sports, Flash is a single-tier service with no other plans to choose from. Flash also allows multiple user profiles with up to 5 profiles per subscription. However, while you can share your Flash plan with other members of your household, only one device can stream at a given time.
How to stream Flash news?
As anticipated, Flash also offers a 14-day free trial just like BINGE and Kayo Sports. It also bears a strong resemblance to Streamotion’s previous streaming platforms, function-wise. And since users will want their news coverage easy and convenient, the streaming service’s compatibility to a wide range of devices is a given. Available on phones, tablets, PCs and TVs, it’s currently compatible with iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Telstra TV, and Chromecast. As for web browsers, Flash is supported on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.
Streaming apps are often intuitive and Flash proves easy to access and navigate. Follow these simple steps to get started.
Watch Flash on a smart TV
BINGE is compatible with select Samsung smart TVs, while you can stream Kayo Sports on select Hisense and Samsung TVs. While Flash is not yet compatible with the same smart TVs, it probably will soon.
Use a streaming device or game console
Flash is available to stream on the big screen via Telstra TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast, the same streaming devices that are compatible with BINGE and Kayo. Game consoles like the PlayStation 4 and 5 have also been added to Kayo’s list of compatible devices recently, so we can only expect the Flash app, being a fairly recent development, might also be available to stream on game consoles some time in the future.
Download the Flash app
Just like BINGE, Foxtel Now, Kayo, and others, it’s fair to assume that the Flash app will come pre-installed on a device like Telstra TV. Currently, though, users will need to download the Flash News app from the Telstra TV App store. After downloading the app, you’ll be required to register and enter your information. When using Apple TV, the Flash app is only available on the Australian App Store.
How to sign up to Flash?
Foxtel, Foxtel Now, Kayo, and BINGE can be added to a customer’s Telstra billing. While signing up via Telstra is not yet an option, Flash has confirmed that this payment option will be introduced in the near future. The primary option right now would be to sign up directly for a Flash subscription. Simply visit Flash’s newly launched website and sign up for a free 14-day free trial.