The streaming wars have their newest competitor (and newest “plus” service) courtesy of 24-hour news behemoth CNN, which today announced the debut of its standalone streaming-video-on-demand platform CNN+.
CNN+ will debut in the first quarter of 2022 and will include original, live and on-demand programming that is “separate and distinct” from CNN’s linear offerings, which also include CNN International, HLN and CNN en Español, the network said in a statement.
At the time of its launch, users can expect between eight and 12 hours of live programming each day that will complement its TV lineup, as well as a library of CNN’s non-fiction programming that includes marquee titles such as “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy,” and “This is Life with Lisa Ling.” Original series developed specifically for CNN+ will soon follow, details of which are expected to be announced later this year.
CNN+ will be a subscription-supported service. There's no word yet on if there will be alternative subscriber tiers or if the platform will include ads. “It’s early days, and decisions about including ads are premature at this time and will be made down the road,” according to a company spokesperson.