CNN to launch CNN Plus streaming service in Q1 2022

CNN has announced that it will be launching a new streaming service early next year in Q1 2022, called CNN+. The service will launch in the US only, but the company is looking to eventually make the service available worldwide. The service is expected to compliment the cable network, as opposed to replacing it, by providing new personality-driven programming that is not available through the existing CNN linear channels. It doesn’t seem like a CNN+ subscription on its own, without a traditional paid TV subscription, will provide access to the live news channel. Pricing for the new streaming service has not been announced, but there will not be an ad-supported version at launch.

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CNNgo app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV with live streaming CNN news

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CNN has released their CNNgo app on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The app’s pending arrival was revealed last month when CNN updated their activation website to include an option for the Fire TV prior to there being a Fire TV app available. The app features a live stream of the cable news channels 24/7 coverage, as well as full length on-demand episodes for many of the network’s shows. You will need to activate the app with a participating cable or satellite subscription before viewing either the live stream or full length on-demand content. What you don’t need to activate the app to view are the numerous shorter clips available through the app. Expect to see the occasional pre-roll ad here and there when viewing on-demand clips. The CNNgo app is compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models, new or old, and works with either Fire OS 3 or 5.

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CNN likely bringing live news app to the Amazon Fire TV

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It looks like CNN may soon release a Fire TV app with a live stream of their news coverage. Reddit user 08830 noticed that CNN’s device activation page currently has the option to activate apps on the Fire TV, even though no such app exists. The page says “get access to all of CNN’s live and original programming,” so it looks like Fire TV devices will be getting a version of the news outlets CNNgo app, which launched on Roku last December and on Apple TV a couple months ago. Both Roku and Apple TV apps require a cable subscription to access live and on-demand content, so it’s very likely the same will be true if and when the app arrives on the Fire TV.

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