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CBS LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE STREAMING NEWS NETWORK CBSN, THE FIRST LIVE ANCHORED NEWS NETWORK ACROSS ALL LEADING DIGITAL PLATFORMS

CBS News and CBS Interactive today launched CBSN, 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.

Features of the network will include:

  • Live, anchored coverage from 9:00 AM - 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, 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, a pioneer in broadcast journalism since the earliest days of radio and television, is utilizing its award-winning 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 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.

Full press release

To Watch CBSN, Visit http://cbsn.cbsnews.com
 

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Inaugural sponsors include Microsoft and Amazon
What a coincidence that Android won't be available until later and there's no mention of Apple iOS, unless you lump it in with "other leading platforms."

It works fine in Canada and even recognized I was in Canada and gave me geo-targeted ads.

It seems like a good option for cord-cutters that still want a traditional news network.
 

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Must be due to attempting to watch over the supper hour on the first day of service, but the frame rates are incredibly bad... along with the occasional fully black screen following segment changes, requiring an F5 to refresh...

Of course, it could be from trying to watch using Firefox on OS X... ;)
 
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