Published on October 25th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson0
Hulu adds ABC News Live & CBSN to their channel lineup
The live streaming service Hulu with Live TV added ABC News Live and the 24/7 CBS News network CBSN to its stable of news networks Thursday.
The two additions join other news networks already on Hulu including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, CNBC, CNN International, Fox Business Network, and HLN.
“This is an important step in our ongoing strategy of expanding distribution of CBSN,” said Christy Tanner, Executive Vice President and General Manager for CBS News Digital said in a statement on their site. “Hulu subscribers will have the ability to stream the latest breaking news and catch up on the day’s top stories, wherever they are.”
The addition of CBSN to other streaming services is not a surprise. In April, Tanner told BESTAppleTV at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, “We’re talking to everybody including local affiliates who might want it as part of a sub-HD channel…We’re taking advantage of cord-cutting users and we’re getting strong traction.”
CBSN has its own free CBSN app on Apple TV, which debuted in November of 2014.
In a memo to the ABC news division, Colby Smith, senior VP, content & partnerships at ABC News, said the deal with Hulu will add millions of viewers to the breaking news and live events channel and that he expected audiences to be streaming more than one million hours of ABC News Live each week. ABC News Live launched in May.
ABC News has its own free app on Apple TV which provides a live stream of the ABC News Live channel along with various other live video feeds of breaking news with the latter not available on Hulu with Live TV.
Hulu with Live TV launched in May 2016 and is jointly owned by Fox, Disney/ABC, Comcast/NBC Universal and Time Warner. The app is available for free in the App Store, with Live TV subscriptions starting at $39.99/month.