CNN’s long-rumored CNN+ streaming service lastly turned official Monday, with the storied cable information community saying that the brand new, standalone service is slated to launch within the first quarter of subsequent 12 months.
CNN didn’t reveal many specifics in Monday’s announcement; for instance, it didn’t announce any new programming that may kick off the service, nor did it say how a lot it will cost for a subscription.
That mentioned, CNN confirmed that CNN+ will supply “authentic, reside, on demand and interactive programming” that’s “separate and distinct” from CNN’s current cable channels—in different phrases, don’t anticipate a simulcast of CNN’s flagship cable networks.
Whereas CNN didn’t define any new reveals that may debut on CNN+—these shall be “unveiled later this 12 months”—it did promise that the “standalone direct-to-consumer” service would arrive with prior seasons of such CNN applications as Anthony Bourdain: Elements Unknown, Stanley Tucci: Trying to find Italy, That is Life with Lisa Ling, and United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.
Moreover new and upcoming on-demand reveals, CNN+ shall be serving up between eight and 12 hours of reside programming, together with “topical deep dives” and “a number of new faces.”
CNN is asking CNN+ an “additive” service that “enhances” current CNN networks and can cater to “CNN superfans.”
As such, the present CNN app isn’t going away. As an alternative, the app will ultimately supply CNN+ content material in addition to reside feeds of CNN, CNN Worldwide, HLN, and CNN en Español. These reside feeds, nevertheless, will solely be obtainable for cable and pay TV subscribers.
The launch of CNN+ has been rumored for months, however the chatter started choosing up steam in latest weeks, significantly after AT&T CEO John Stanley spilled the beans in mid-June. AT&T at the moment owns CNN father or mother WarnerMedia, though AT&T not too long ago introduced plans to spin WarnerMedia off into a brand new firm.