CNN, the 24-hour cable news channel, has released updates to its iOS apps adding live streaming of its content for those who subscribe to cable television service from a handful of providers. At the same time, CNN is debuting live streaming through the web to the same audience at cnn.com/video.
AT&T, Comcast, Cox, DISH Network, Suddenlink and Verizon are the participating cable television service providers at the debut of this new service. Accessing a live stream, available for the CNN Newsroom and CNN Headline News channels, requires the entry of your log-in and password for your cable television account within a CNN iOS app or on the web.
I have cable television service through Comcast and tested the new streaming feature in the CNN iPhone app and found that it works as promised. The live stream was shown at only a slight lag behind the live broadcast on television over my home Wi-Fi network.
Streaming works over 3G networks as well as over Wi-Fi. If you’re one in of the 50 million households who subscribe to cable television service with one of the participating providers according to CNN’s announcement today and you’re a news junkie, this probably makes you a happy camper. Personally, I’m just thrilled to have an alternative to the lackluster news programs shown in airports and the daytime talk shows on constantly at the salon where I get my hair done. Thank you, CNN.
The updates to CNN’s iPhone and iPad apps hit the App Store early this morning. Both apps remain free and require iOS 4.0 or higher to access live streaming.