Tribune Broadcasting will deliver online video reports from 30 of its TV stations to users of Watchup, a startup whose service delivers personalized newscasts to Internet-video devices.
Under the partnership, Watchup users now can access local news segments from stations including KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, WGN-TV in Chicago and WPIX-TV in New York. The startup’s apps, using GPS, can identify the location of users to connect them to relevant content, while users also can search and select other local content.
“Watchup is creating a complementary service to traditional TV watching that supports the surging trends for digital and mobile media consumption,” Watchup founder and CEO Adriano Farano said in announcing the partnership.
Watchup, founded in 2012 at Stanford’s StartX accelerator, culls news from about 100 sources including Fox News, PBS Newshour, CNET, the Washington Post, Fusion, the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Media.
The Watchup service then delivers content in a personalized video-news stream to iOS and Android tablets and smartphones, Amazon’s Fire TV and Xbox 360. The company has not disclosed how many users it has signed up to date except to claim it has “hundreds of thousands.”
Other investors in Menlo Park, Calif.-based Watchup include newspaper publisher the McClatchy Co.; Knight Foundation; Stanford University’s StartX Fund; Campus Televideo founder Ned Lamont; former WSJ publisher Gordon Crovitz; Tom Yellin, former ABC News executive producer and president of production company the Documentary Group; and Turner Broadcasting (through the Media Camp accelerator program).