CBS launched an entirely new interactive streaming news network on Thursday, CBSN, and made it immediately available via a new channel for the Apple TV set-top box.
The new CBS News channel can now be found on the home screen of Apple TV. Accessing it allows users to stream the newly launched CBSN network, which features live, updated news content from 9 a.m. to midnight Eastern every weekday.
In addition to a streaming, linear channel, users can also control what they watch and when they watch it with DVR-like functionality, allowing them to watch previous segments and jump back into live programming.
CBSN also features simulcasts of CBS News special reports for breaking news, and additional content from a variety of CBS properties including affiliate stations, Cnet, CBSSports.com, Entertainment Tonight and more.
In addition to Apple TV, CBSN is also available on the Web and on other set-top box devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Roku players. CBSN will come to the CBS News app for iOS, as well as Android, before the end of the year, and is currently available on the corresponding app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
"CBSN gives audiences a new window on our original reporting - we'll make it possible to see CBS News anytime, anywhere," said David Rhodes, President, CBS News. "We are making an important investment in quality news coverage on any device."
The CBSN network is ad-supported across all platforms, with initial sponsorships coming from Microsoft and Amazon.
"CBSN demonstrates our continued advancement in the digital space, as we extend to new platforms and a wider audience," said Jim Lanzone, President and CEO, CBS Interactive. "We are developing original content exclusively for online, connected platforms in a true interactive format that viewers can control, allowing them to lean back or lean in to the segments and stories that interest them."