What Is the CNN+ Streaming Service?

Everything you need to know about CNN's deep-dive news service

This article explains the CNN+ streaming service, including how to sign up and what kind of content you can expect.

How Do I Get CNN+?

CNN+ is a subscription-based streaming service, so you need to sign up and pay a monthly fee to access it.

Once you sign up, you can access it through the CNN+ website and apps for phones, streaming boxes, and other devices.

Here's how to subscribe.

  1. Navigate to the CNN+ signup page.

    CNN+ signup page.
  2. Enter your name and email address, create a password and click Create Account.

    CNN+ online signup form.
  3. Select a plan. Through April 26, you can get a half-price subscription ($2.99 per month or $35.88 per year) for life. The regular subscription is $59.99 per year.

    Input your payment details and click Start Subscription.

    CNN+ payment details page.

What Content Can You Watch on CNN+?

CNN+ features a slate of brand new shows, movies, and documentaries. It also includes on-demand access to a lot of CNN’s non-news content, including shows like Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, and United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.

CNN+ homepage.

In addition to on-demand shows, movies, and documentaries, you can watch live programming on CNN+. Unlike other streaming services with only pre-produced, on-demand content, CNN+ features about eight to twelve hours of live programming each day.

This live content is totally unique to the CNN+ service, and it's not broadcast on the CNN cable channel.

How Is CNN+ Different From CNN?

While CNN+ is a streaming service from CNN and features similar content, the streaming service and cable channel are totally separate. CNN’s regular live news programming is not available on CNN+, as CNN+ has its own, unique, live programming instead.

The live programming on CNN+ focuses more on deep-dives of timely subjects than repeating the same live news already on CNN.

If you want to stream the CNN cable channel, you can do so through live television streaming services like YouTube TV and Hulu With Live TV.

How to Watch CNN+

The primary way to watch CNN+ will be the CNN+ website, which has a streaming video player. You’ll also be able to watch CNN+ through an app on your phone and on various streaming devices.

What's on CNN+?

CNN+ is a streaming service from CNN that delivers news, informational, and entertainment content. The content available on CNN+ is similar to the content broadcast by the CNN cable channel.

There is some overlap, but CNN+ has mostly unique content and streams original live news content instead of CNN’s live news coverage. In addition to brand new content from new creators, the service also showcases many familiar faces from CNN’s current shows.

The CNN+ service is subscription-based, and it’s available regardless of whether you have a cable subscription or are a cord-cutter. To stream from CNN+, all you need is a subscription, a high-speed internet connection, and a device like a computer, laptop, phone, or streaming device.

While CNN+ has a smaller library than services like HBO Max and Netflix, it’s more focused and includes content you can’t get anywhere else. It’s primarily aimed at viewers who enjoy CNN and want more.

CNN Plus homepage.

Original content is more in-depth yet based on the subjects CNN’s programming typically covers. The service also includes on-demand access to shows initially broadcast on CNN.

The aspect that makes CNN+ unique compared to other streaming services is its focus on live, daily programming. Unlike Netflix, which releases shows all at once for binge-watching, or Disney+, which releases new shows weekly, CNN+ has new, live programming each day, just like the CNN cable network itself.

Additionally, the service will allow subscribers to participate in an interactive community and engage directly with many of the experts featured in CNN+ programming.

FAQ
  • What channel is CNN?

    On TVs, CNN's channel varies by operator and cable provider. On a streaming service that includes CNN, such as YouTube TV, search for CNN in the channel lineup.

  • What channel is CNN on DirecTV?

    On DirecTV, CNN is channel 202 and 1202 (VOD).

  • What channel is CNN on Dish Network?

    On Dish Network, CNN is channel 200 and 9436.

  • What channel is CNN on Verizon FiOS?

    On Verizon FiOS, CNN is channel 100 (SD) and 600 (HD).

  • What streaming service has CNN?

    You can watch CNN via several streaming services, including Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, AT&T TV, and YouTube TV. To watch CNN on Roku, subscribe to a streaming service that offers CNN.

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