AT&T’s CEO, John Stankey, confirmed last week during the ‘The Economic Club of Washington D.C’s forum the launch of a streaming platform for CNN, which will be called ‘CNN Plus’. Up to now, it has not been confirmed if the platform will only be available in the US, or if there are plans to launch it internationally.
‘There have been some rumors about us launching a direct-to-consumer, CNN Plus news product, that will in fact occur. We will keep pushing ahead with those things’, the executive reported. Stankey’s statements confirm the launch of a new OTT version for CNN. Jason Kilar, CEO at WarnerMedia, had mentioned the possibility of launching such a service for CNN on the Recode podcast.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CNN Plus catalog will include a mix of live programming and on-demand content, including shows hosted by CNN talents, as well as interactive content.
The announcement comes weeks after CNN operator WarnerMedia (AT&T) confirmed its plans to merge with Discovery Inc, and the creation of the new ‘Warner Bros Discovery’ standalone company, still subject to regulatory approval. At the same time, in Latin America, WarnerMedia is days away from officially launching HBO Max, its new SVOD OTT, which will also feature CNN content as part of its catalog. Latin America is the first territory chosen by the company for the platform’s international expansion, whose launch in the region is scheduled for June 29th.