Pioneering 24-hour news channel CNN is planning to launch its own streaming service next year, a move to retain its connection with TV viewers as they increasingly cut cable subscriptions.
“CNN invented cable news in 1980, defined online news in 1995, and now is taking an important step in expanding what news can be by launching a direct-to-consumer streaming subscription service in 2022,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said in a press release on Monday, July 19.
As The Verge reports, the app—dubbed CNN Plus—will have original, live, on-demand, and interactive programming separate and distinct from CNN’s linear channels.
It will provide subscribers with a “deep library of non-fiction, long form programming,” which includes news, series and films, as well as past seasons of CNN travel shows like Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, This is Life with Lisa Ling,and United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. Other programs will be announced later this year.
According to Variety, the company is still determining the price for CNN Plus, but there will be no ad-supported version of the service at launch. CNN also said that the app will launch in the US only.