It’s calling the new service the first “live, anchored news network across all leading digital platforms.” The network features a 60-minute format delivering live, updated news content from 9 a.m. to midnight ET every weekday at launch to Internet-connected TV, online and mobile platforms.
CBS News and CBS Interactive today launched CBSN, which it is calling “the first digital streaming news network that will allow Internet-connected consumers to watch live, anchored news coverage on their connected TV and other devices.”
At launch, the network is available 24/7 and makes all of the resources of CBS News available directly on digital platforms with live, anchored coverage 15 hours each weekday.
“CBSN is an important example of how CBS is able to leverage the unique strengths, talent and competitive advantages of its businesses to create exciting, highly competitive new services that meet evolving audience preferences for content consumption,” said Leslie Moonves, president-CEO, CBS Corp. “There’s a tremendous opportunity on these platforms for a true, round-the-clock newscast. We’re confident this service will appeal to both traditional news consumers and a whole new set of viewers.”
CBSN will be available on CBSNews.com and its mobile website, key connected TV devices including Amazon Fire TV, Roku players and Roku TV and others, as well as the newly launched CBS News app for Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Phone 8/8.1 available through the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. CBSN will also be available on the CBS News apps for Android and other leading platforms before the end of the year.
The network features a 60-minute format delivering live, updated news content from 9 a.m. to midnight ET every weekday at launch, and, CBS says, “it takes advantage of the interactivity of digital platforms through a unique video player and on-screen interface. It gives viewers the full flexibility within each hour to control what they watch and when they watch it via DVR-like functionality that allows them to watch previous segments and jump back into live programming seamlessly, across devices.”
Features of the network will include:
- Live, anchored coverage from 9 a.m. to midnight ET every weekday.
- Simulcasts of CBS News special reports for breaking news.
- Additional content from a range of CBS sources including CBS News, CBS affiliate stations, CNET, CBSSports.com, Entertainment Tonight and more.
- Accessibility across key connected TV devices including Amazon Fire TV, Roku players and Roku TV, and others, as well as additional core CBS News digital platforms including CBSNews.com, its mobile website, and the newly launched CBS News app for Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Phone 8/8.1 available through the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. CBSN will also be available on the CBS News apps for Android and other leading platforms before the end of the year.
- Personal choice and control through DVR-like functionality that enable viewers to watch the segments they’re interested in or tune into the live programming seamlessly.
- The ability to share content from the experience via social media accounts with compatible devices.
- The opportunity for advertisers to reach engaged news consumers with custom ad integrations.
CBS News says it is using its newsgathering and reporting to redefine it for the digital age. CBSN offers original, up-to-the-minute coverage of national and global stories with dynamic on-demand video content, including video from CBS News’ extensive archives to add context and perspective. Viewers will have immediate access to breaking news reports, feature stories and interviews from among the most experienced teams in video journalism.
“CBSN gives audiences a new window on our original reporting — we’ll make it possible to see CBS News anytime, anywhere,” said David Rhodes, president, CBS News. “We are making an important investment in quality news coverage on any device.”
“CBSN demonstrates our continued advancement in the digital space, as we extend to new platforms and a wider audience,” said Jim Lanzone, president-CEO, CBS Interactive. “We are developing original content exclusively for online, connected platforms in a true interactive format that viewers can control, allowing them to lean back or lean in to the segments and stories that interest them.”
CBSN will be an ad-supported network across all platforms. Inaugural sponsors include Microsoft and Amazon. Other advertisers will also run in the service on all devices.
The live, linear stream will be led by both veteran and new CBS News correspondents:
Jeff Glor is the anchor of the Sunday edition of the CBS Evening News and Emmy award-winning correspondent for the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. Since joining CBS News in 2007, Glor has traveled extensively to report on domestic and international stories.
Elaine Quijano is a CBS News correspondent reporting for all platforms, including CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News, since 2010.
Michelle Miller is an award-winning CBS News correspondent reporting for all broadcasts and platforms since 2004. Her work regularly appears on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, CBS This Morning and CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.
Don Dahler is a CBS News correspondent and an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared on a range of programs and platforms since 2013.
Vladimir Duthiers is a CBS News correspondent. He joined CBS News in August 2014 from CNN, where he was an international correspondent based in Lagos, Nigeria.