CNN+ fails with new live streaming service less than 10,000 viewers


CNN launched a paid streaming news service called CNN+ at the end of March. But after 2 weeks CNN+ fails to attract much of an audience. CNBC reports that the streaming service has less than 10,000 viewers at any given time.

CNN developed the streaming service with the idea it would be the Netflix of news content.

The network promised to set itself apart from other streaming services by focusing entirely on news coverage. And was hoping to fill the gap created by a decline in traditional cable TV amid the growth of streaming. 

CNN described the new service as a complement to its existing programs on cable and CNN Digital. And features “daily newscasts for viewers to watch live or on-demand, documentaries, and specials.

On March 29th the new paid video streaming service became available.  At a cost of $5.99 per month, users gain access to a library of old CNN shows. And new shows featuring well-known hosts from the cable news channel.

CNN+ fails, so far, to compete with other streaming services

The service is offering every season of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown.”  And although Bourdain died in 2018 his show was much loved by the CNN audience.