CNN Plus, the cable news giant’s streaming platform, will launch in the United States on March 29th, according to Variety. The service will cost $2.99 per month for early users who sign up within the first four weeks of its debut, and they will be locked in at that price for the duration of their subscription. The normal monthly fee will be $5.99, or $59.99 per year.
Last July, CNN revealed plans for a streaming service, announcing programming that includes daily versions of weekly CNN broadcasts, all-new shows, and original series and films. Subscribers will have access to CNN’s content library as well. CNN will continue to have a single app with a section for CNN Plus users to access streaming content, according to the company.
WarnerMedia, CNN’s parent company, is on the point of merging with Discovery, and the dust is still settling from the company’s recent internal staff shakeups. Longtime president Jeff Zucker left in February after failing to properly disclose a relationship with another employee at the company following the December termination of anchor Chris Cuomo. Zucker’s replacement has been announced as Chris Licht, a CBS executive.
It’s unclear how or if Zucker’s departure will impact CNN Plus; when the cable giant first announced the service, Zucker stated that it will “offer consumers a streaming product that grows the reach and scope of the CNN brand in a way that no one else is doing. Nothing like this exists.”