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ScreenCloud News App Guide

Easily get the latest headlines from sources like CNN and Fox News, to your digital signage screens.

Jan 2020

ScreenCloud News App Guide

Looking to display all of the latest news headlines on your digital screens? The newly improved News App from ScreenCloud lets you access headlines from sources such as BBC News, CNN news, Fox News and Google News to syndicate news headlines, straight to your digital signage screens. The headlines update in real time, so you’ll never be short of the news in your office, school or store. 

Here’s how to use it:

1. Select and install ScreenCloud’s News app

1.1. Get started by logging into your ScreenCloud account here and choosing the ScreenCloud App Store from the left-hand menu.

App Store in ScreenCloud

1.2. By searching “News” you can find the News app and choose “Install app” to add a new instance

Install News app

2. Choose your news sources and settings

2.1. Once you’ve created a new instance of News app, you’ll want to give it a name, for example “World headlines”. This is to help you to distinguish the app if you decide later that you want to add more than one instance.

Name your news app

2.2. Next, you’ll need to choose which news source you want to show headlines for. As you’ll see from the dropdown, you can choose from a variety of real time news sources such as:

  • CNN
  • BBC
  • TechCrunch
  • Yahoo News
  • Fox News
  • Google news
  • Aljazeera News
  • ESPN News

Once you’ve chosen your news source, you can then choose which category of headlines you would like to see. For example, CNN Health news headlines from CNN.

Choose a sub news source

2.3. Now you can decide how much of a delay to have between each headline and the look and feel of your news display, like whether you’d like to blend the image background.

3. Add your News app to a Channel or Playlist

Once you have chosen your news headline and settings it can be easily added to a Channel or Playlist to be played on screen. 

Simply select “Add Content” to open the Media Picker and under Apps you will see all of your app instances, ready to be installed.

By selecting "Save" you can also Preview your news display and see what it will look like on screen.

Preview news app feed

4. Custom brand your news headlines

News app is one of the ScreenCloud apps that can be custom branded. Creating a branded theme is easy and can be created within your Account Settings.

Once created, themes can be added at a Channel-level in order to custom brand apps like Twitter Timeline. Find out more on how to create custom themes with ScreenCloud here

Please note, if you’re using an older version of ScreenCloud (signage.screencloud.com rather than studio.screencloud.com) please use the previous App Theme Editor guide to custom brand your apps.

Frequently asked questions:

Why do I not see certain news feeds within the app?

Some news feeds have recently been deprecated and therefore will no longer work within the News app. If there is a news feed you would like to show but can’t see, it’s worth checking if it has its own RSS feed. If it has, you can add this as screen content using the RSS feed app in ScreenCloud. 

Can I combine, or add more than one set of news headlines to my display?

You can create as many News app instances as you like in ScreenCloud, which allows you to create multiple news feeds from different sources. You cannot combine lots of different headlines in one instance, but by creating and adding different instances to a playlist or Channel, you can ensure a mix of headlines if you so wish. Just ensure that you name each set with something different so you can easily spot them in your content library later on.

Can I use News app in portrait?

Yes, News app is compatible with both portrait and landscape screens.

How often does the app update with new headlines?

The News app is syndicated by RSS so new headlines appear as they are added by the source, such as CNN or BBC.

For further questions, please contact support@screencloud.com.