Heading into 2018, we predicted that linear channels from digital-first producers would be the big trend to watch this year. With Twitch making moves to onboard partners with 24/7 always-on, "live" channels, CNN-backed Great Big Story building a 24/7 always-on news network and both Hulu and YouTube locking deals for live television, the last quarter of 2017 showed strong momentum for the trend to take shape. Aside from Twitch and lean-back tech companies like Pluto TV and Xumo, the need for digital-first publishers to implement an infrastructure to program and rebundle content into a 24-hour feed simply hasn't been pressing.
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