CNN.com launches broadband video news service
CNN Pipeline features commercial-free live news feeds from throughout the CNN News Group.
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(CNN) -- CNN.com launched an on-demand, online video service Monday morning that features multiple, simultaneous live news feeds, allowing subscribers to control what they want to watch and when.
The subscription service -- called CNN Pipeline -- also gives viewers access to a selection of CNN video archives and allows them to view CNN International television.
On its first morning, the product -- which is geared for people who don't have access to television during the day but want to keep abreast of news events -- featured live coverage of Saddam Hussein's trial and of the 9/11 Commission issuing its final report.
Anchor commentary is complementary or absent in the four "pipes," or feeds, that concentrate on showing viewers a variety of live events available for selection.
"This is another evolution of CNN.com and our commitment to bring people the latest news at their command," said David Payne, senior vice president of CNN news services and general manager of CNN.com.
Early reaction to the commercial-free service, which costs $2.95 a month or $24.95 a year, has been predominantly positive, judging from entries on media, technology and Web-watcher blogs that have feedback on the programming and application.
"The video quality is very nice even in full screen mode ... I'm surfing and watching news at the same time. I'm impressed so far," one blogger said on TADSpot.com. A post on Lost Remote read: "The interface is fairly intuitive."
But there were suggestions on the blogs, too. "There ought to be a way to automatically continue playing the on-demand reports. Right now, once your chosen video is over, it stops playing," posted a user on Lost Remote.
CNN.com notes that the service is "designed to meet the needs of consumers who want live, on-demand news they can select with a click of the mouse," and offers the live Pipeline coverage as a complement to the free video clips available on the site.
"Today, the CNN.com user not only can read a story and view video on demand, but with CNN Pipeline, also can take control of daily news clips, several live streams of news and even video from CNN's extensive archives," said Susan Grant, executive vice president of CNN News Services. "CNN Pipeline creates an added dimension to online news, offering an experience that is even more relevant, credible and catered specifically to the user's needs."
CNN Pipeline is available in 25 countries and includes a downloadable player that offers multiple screen sizes and a Web-based player with broad access to video content from throughout the CNN News Group. In addition to the monthly and annual subscriptions, one-day passes for 99 cents are available.
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