CBS on Thursday announced a brand new ad-supported 24/7 streaming news network, dubbed CBSN. The free streaming news network is already live now through various devices, and offers unique functionality like the ability to share content across social networks. It’s one of the latest moves from a major network to adopt to the cord-cutting age of the Internet.
CBS said live news will be reported daily from 9:00 a.m. Eastern until Midnight Eastern and viewers can tune in via the web from http://cbsn.cbsnews.com/ or through various set-top boxes including the Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, all Roku players, from Windows Phone 8.1 and through a Windows 8.1 application. It will also launch on “Android and other leading platforms,” which suggests iOS, by the end of this year, CBS said.
While news is live during the aforementioned hours, CBS said that viewers can easily jump back in time to view older segments using “DVR-like functionality.” When CBS isn’t reporting live news, the service will stream content from CNET, CBS affiliate stations, Entertainment Tonight and other sources, the firm said.
CBS said the content is supported by advertisements and that the first advertisers include Amazon and Microsoft, which might be one reason why we see Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 supported ahead of competing platforms at launch. Anchors and hosts who will appear on CBSN include Jeff Glor, Elain Quijano, Michelle Miller, Don Dahler and Vladimir Duthiers.