CNN+ soft launch in web browsers a day early


People can now sign up, tune in and watch shows on CNN+, the longtime news network’s new streaming service – a day before owner WarnerMedia announced it was going to be put on hold. in line. It is available now at, and CNN+ confirmed to Digital Trends that it’s operational in a web browser, but not yet viewable in any of the CNN apps. So there will probably be an app update anytime now.

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We were able to go ahead and register via the CNN+ website, paying by credit card. (which was the only payment option.) The regular price of $6 per month or $60 per year was listed, as was the offer of 50% off for first-time users who sign up before April 26. This offer is valid as long as you do not cancel your subscription. If you do, you’ll be back on the full price plan.

The daily live lineup, which was announced last week, is already up and running. This slate includes:

  • 5 things with Kate Bolduan at 7 a.m. ET
  • Go over there at 8 a.m. ET
  • Big Picture with Sara Sidner at 9 a.m. ET
  • Reliable sources every day at 11 a.m. ET
  • The Source with Katie Hunt 4 p.m. ET
  • The Global Brief with Bianca Nobilo 5 p.m. ET
  • Who is talking to Chris Wallace? 6 p.m. ET
  • The TV news with Wolf Blitzer 7:30 p.m. ET

Early availability seems like a bit of a soft launch – Reliable sources every day has host Brian Stelter opening with the hustle and bustle of Sunday night’s Oscars presentation, which saw Will Smith punch comedian Chris Rock onstage after Smith got offended with a joke. As of 4:30 p.m., all but the three subsequent shows had an episode available to watch.

Interview Club is also live now, the feature that lets people ask questions of the hosts and personalities you’ll be watching on CNN+. And that makes sense – you wouldn’t want this feature to be empty when the service officially launched. We were able to ask a question, limited to 250 characters, which will be reviewed by the Interview Club moderation team.

The CNN+ account settings section allows you to change your display name, which is used in Interview Club, as well as your real first and last name. You can set your postal code, if you wish — it’s optional — and manage your subscription or payment method. There is also a section for subscribing to various CNN newsletters – luckily this won’t sign you up for any without your permission. You can also change your account avatar to one of 52 images. It looks like there is an option for you to upload your own image eventually, but it’s not live yet.

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