CNN App For iPhone and iPad Gets Updated; Adds Live Streaming For Select Cable TV Subscribers

News | Thursday July 14 2011 6:42 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

have been updated to version number 1.2 and 1.1 respectively. The updated apps bring live streaming of CNN TV to iPad and iPhone .
The cable channel claims to be the first news organisation to stream its content on the web and mobile devices.
The feature, although free, isn’t available to everyone. Only subscribers of a select few cable operators in the United States can access the live stream. The initial list of cable operators CNN has partnered with include AT&T, Comcast, Cox, DISH Network, Suddenlink and Verizon. Time Warner Cable, a major cable provider in the US doesn’t feature on the list.
The app uses the login credentials of your cable TV account to authenticate and deliver the live stream. The live stream would be available for two channels, CNN and Headline News (HLN). Streaming works over Wi-Fi as well as 3G networks on devices with
and up. The update also squashes bugs and improves stability.
Along with iOS apps, CNN has also made the live stream available to the same select subscribers over the web. An interesting thing to note is that CNN didn’t introduce a streaming only subscription plan, but chose to take the free path with a catch.
CNN is the latest to join the league of apps like Hulu and Netflix that make your iOS devices an effective second television screen, the irony being that you would need a cable TV subscription.
for the iPad, and tell us what you think about the live streaming feature.

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