What to expect from CNN Streaming Service CNN+

CNN is launching CNN+ today, a subscription streaming service that promises to combine live news coverage, on-demand programming and interactive interviews. 

According to the new organisation, they have hired hundreds of people from journalists, producers and analysts. 

The streaming service will compete with the likes of News Corp’s Fox Nation and the other three news network divisions ABC, NBC and CBS. CNN+ is strictly subscription-based while its rivals’ channels are free and ad-supported. 

CNN chief digital officer and head of CNN+ Andrew Morse said, “We are going to be the only global video-driven news subscription business.”

CNN report, nearly a dozen new weekly programs like “The Don Lemon Show” and “Jake Tapper’s Book Club” will also premiere throughout the week.

“Because we’re not doing one set linear feed, we can do a show that allows people to get up to speed in the morning,” CNN head of product and CNN+ general manager Alex MacCallum said. 

“If that should be five minutes one day, 15 minutes the next day, we have the flexibility to be able to make the shows as long or as short as they need to be to fulfil whatever the customer need is,” adds MacCallum. 

CNN’s hit original series like “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” which were previously streaming elsewhere, will now be available exclusively in the CNN+ library. In some parts of Bourdain’s travel series, he visited Hillbrow and Soweto, Johannesburg.

The streaming service is standalone for now, it is priced at $5.99 a month. People who sign up in the first four weeks directly through CNN will receive “50% off the monthly plan for life as long as they remain subscribers,” says the company. 

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