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Here’s what we know so far about CNN+

Early subscribers will secure a “lifetime” $2.99 monthly rate for the new live and on-demand service.
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Another shiny new streaming service is coming.

CNN+, a subscription streaming service carrying live and on-demand programming, will arrive in the US on March 29—but it will not include an ad-supported tier at the outset.

“March 29 will be an important day in the history of CNN, and CNN+ will be a critical part of our future,” Andrew Morse, EVP, chief digital officer of CNN Worldwide and head of CNN+, said in a statement.

Here’s what else we know about CNN+:

  • It will cost $5.99 a month, or about $60 a year.
  • Subscribers who sign up in the service’s first four weeks will receive 50% off the monthly subscription price “for life” as long as they remain subscribers, CNN said.
  • The service will include at least eight live daily shows and at least 11 weekly shows, along with more than 1,000 hours of on-demand programming, including original series and movies.
  • Subscribers can submit questions live and in advance for select interviews, with the ability to vote for questions they want answered.

Staffing up: Hundreds of new hires at CNN will staff the forthcoming service, which Morse has stressed will be the “biggest launch” for the company since its founding in 1980.

Meanwhile: The forthcoming service will debut ahead of the planned merger between CNN parent company WarnerMedia (which also operates HBO Max) and Discovery (which operates Discovery+). Discovery executives have previously signaled that HBO Max and Discovery may be bundled together in some fashion post-merger; Variety has reported that a bundle including CNN+ is likely.—KS

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