India’s Reliance Jio launches low-cost JioNews app with magazines and TV information channels


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India’s Reliance Jio telecom community as we speak launched JioNews, a information service that bundles a whole lot of magazines and greater than 150 TV information channels, additional boosting its digital companies enterprise. Oh, and JioNews, like most different apps and companies from Reliance Jio, prices subsequent to nothing.

JioNews, accessible on the internet and as an app on Android and iOS, gathers information from quite a few “well-known blogs,” publications, and greater than 800 magazines. It additionally provides digital copies of greater than 250 native newspapers and greater than 150 TV information channels, the corporate mentioned. The service is obtainable in additional than a dozen languages, together with English, Hindi, Bengali, and Marathi. Reliance Jio says it makes use of machine studying to counsel articles to customers.

Aside from its huge catalog, with little to no native competitors, JioNews’ second promoting level is simply how little it prices. Will probably be accessible free of charge to greater than 300 million Reliance Jio subscribers. (A month-to-month subscription to Reliance Jio begins at lower than $1.50.) For now, the corporate says it’s going to let even these customers who aren’t subscribed to Reliance Jio entry some parts of the information service free of charge, although which will change later.

The launch comes on the day when India, the world’s largest democracy, commences its basic elections. A fast scan of JioNews means that the service provides a mixture of varied voices, together with information feeds from NDTV, one among India’s most credible information organizations and one of many few TV networks to query the Narendra Modi-led ruling get together. The proprietor of Reliance Jio, Mukesh Ambani, is an ally of Prime Minister Modi.

Native information retailers Instances of India, The Financial Instances, information channel Instances Now, and different properties of Instances Web, India’s largest media conglomerate, are at present not accessible on JioNews, nevertheless, as the 2 organizations failed to succeed in a enterprise settlement, an individual acquainted with the matter mentioned.

The official launch of JioNews, which is a consolidation of JioXpressNews, JioMags, and JioNewsPaper apps which were accessible for 2 years with restricted functionalities, additionally underscores India’s distinctive media panorama. At a time when newspaper circulation is down very a lot all over the place on the earth, it’s thriving in India — and at a few of the lowest price wherever. In distinction, Apple launched the Apple Information+ app final month, which options 300 magazines and two newspapers, for a month-to-month subscription of $9.99.

JioNews is simply one other instance of Mukesh Ambani’s aggressive growth within the digital companies enterprise. JioTV app, which provides entry to greater than 500 TV channels, and music app JioSaavn have amassed tens of tens of millions of customers within the two years since their launch. Reliance Jio, which disrupted the telecom area in India with its free voice calls and low information costs, has turn into one of many greatest telecom networks in India, too. And Ambani, whose agency owns Reliance Retail, the nation’s largest retailer, is now engaged on an ecommerce enterprise.

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