CNN announced Monday that the company would begin streaming its two cable channels, CNN and CNN Headline News (HLN), to both of its iOS apps (for iPad, for iPhone) and through its CNN.com website. The company is offering the service through a limited number of U.S. cable operators, including AT&T, Comcast, Cox, DISH Network, Suddenlink and Verizon.
In other words, the service is being offered to only those customers who are already subscribing to CNN/HLN through a cable provider, and not even all of those customers can currently access it, but they will be able to access it directly on their iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, and other computers and smartphones through the website.
Only a few cable channels have offered this ability, as cable channels and other content providers worry about angering cable and satellite providers. At the same time, cable and satellite providers want to make sure that cable channels don’t start bypassing the cable companies themselves.
HBO was one of the first channels to offer its own content through the iPad, while Time Warner was the first cable provider to try and offer its customers access to all of their content through the iPad.
Anderson Cooper 360, Streaming on an iPad