I read in the FAQ that a Plex Server is not required for the news feature. However, i find that the playback of news items in my Android phone or Android TV apps is very poor quality & also the streaming performance is erratic. I made a video of what i see regularly on my Android TV device.
The message you can see on the screen at around 1:05 says "Your connection to the server is not fast enough to stream this video.
Check your network."
Is there a bug somewhere?