The streaming service train just can’t be stopped, and CNN is the latest broadcaster to expand into this new medium with CNN Plus (or CNN+, if you prefer).
The company is currently on a hiring spree to develop this brand-new service. But what type of content will be available to stream on CNN+, when will it release, and will it be exclusive to America? We have everything you need to know. You can also check out our similar guide for Netflix’s new social media platform, N-Plus.
When will CNN Plus release?
CNN+ will launch in the first quarter of 2022, according to chief digital officer Andrew Morse at CNN.
We don’t yet have an exact month, and we assume that this release date is specific to the US rather than other territories. Speaking of which...
Where will CNN Plus launch?
The streaming platform will only be available in the US. However, CNN does have a global presence, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see an international expansion after the initial launch.
CNN currently has international channels in the UK and Europe, Canada, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and more. It’s likely that if it did expand, it would come to English speaking countries first so content can easily be transferred over. Of course, this is all speculation.
How much will CNN Plus cost?
The price of CNN Plus hasn’t yet been confirmed.
Streaming service subscriptions vary greatly. Some cost just a couple of dollars, whilst the most expensive Hulu subscription will set you back around $65 per month.
We imagine that any cable customers with CNN may get access to the service for free, and there may be free trials available on launch to help entice new customers.
What will be on CNN Plus?
CNN Plus will boast eight to twelve hours of live programming per day, original series – some created specifically for the platform and others licensed from the network’s archived – as well as an interactive community that will create a conversation between subscribers, talent and experts.
There will be factual programming such as news, as well as lifestyle content. You will likely be able to find the usual news channels as you would on broadcast, and be able to stream current CNN series such as:
- Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
- Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy
- This is Life with Lisa Ling
- United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell
The original content that will sit on the platform hasn’t yet been confirmed. Once we hear more about what this will be, we will update this article.