CNN is set to launch a free-to-stream channel in June.
The channel simply known as CNN Fast is a new free ad-supported streaming channel, which will be available on smart TVs and streaming devices. It will provide a curated channel of short-form videos featuring international stories across news, business, entertainment, sport and the environment.
The rollout of the channel has already commenced in the UK, with it being available via Rakuten TV, followed by LG Smart TV sets from Wednesday 24th May. It will then be available on Samsung TV Plus, available on Samsung Smart TVs, smartphones and tablets. Samsung TV Plus currently features a free livestream of CNN International.
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The channel will not be available on traditional TV platforms such as Sky, BT or Virgin Media.
Humphrey Black, Head of Distribution Strategy at CNN International Commercial, said, “CNN Fast offers a new and different user experience to the main CNN broadcast channel. By working with established CTV platform partners, where we have already seen considerable success for CNN content, we’re now able to connect with more viewers and households via the devices and formats that they already enjoy. This is an exciting approach that gives audiences a new way to experience CNN’s renowned journalism and storytelling.”