CNN Digital Debuts its Virtual Reality Unit: CNNVR
March 7th, 2017
09:03 AM ET

CNN Digital Debuts its Virtual Reality Unit: CNNVR

CNN announced today the official launch of CNNVR – a new immersive journalism unit and virtual reality platform within CNN Digital.

The global team with footprints in New York, Atlanta, London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Dubai, Johannesburg, Tokyo, and Beijing, will cover major news events in stunning 360 video, transport users to the front row of global events through VR live streams, and produce weekly virtual reality experiences – starting today with a mesmerizing journey into the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

In this endeavor, CNN is activating a new virtual reality platform, making it easier than ever to access this dynamic storytelling medium on every device, including:

  • Mobile
    • CNN’s iOS and Android apps are now activating 360 video, making CNN the third largest mobile VR app – behind only Facebook and YouTube.
  • Desktop
    • CNN.com/VR now showcases journeys to Indonesia, Tibet, Iraq and beyond, opening up VR content on the #1 digital news site.
  • VR headsets
    • CNNVR’s groundbreaking 360 content is distributed across all major headsets: Samsung GearVR, Oculus Rift and Google Daydream – a combined audience of over 5 million users.

Over the past year, CNN has experimented with VR, producing more than 50 news stories in high-quality 360 video, giving viewers a deeper understanding of the devastation of Aleppo, a front row view of the U.S. Inauguration and a chance to experience the thrill of skydiving – in total, generating more than 30 million views of 360 content on Facebook alone.

Today, this new dedicated team is committed to harnessing the power of virtual reality to transport our audience inside the stories we tell all around the globe.

Whenever news breaks, and wherever amazing stories unfold, CNNVR will transport our audience closer than ever before and on every device available.

CNN Announces its first CNNgo Original: Mostly Human with Laurie Segall
March 6th, 2017
10:02 AM ET

CNN Announces its first CNNgo Original: Mostly Human with Laurie Segall

CNN Digital announced today its first series made exclusively for CNNgo, Mostly Human with Laurie Segall, a six-part investigative docuseries, exploring sex, love, death - humanity - through the lens of tech, debuting on March 12, 2017.

From the award-winning team that brought you Sex, Drugs & Silicon ValleyRevenge Porn and The Secret Lives of Superhero Hackers, the new series follows CNN's Senior Technology Correspondent Laurie Segall around the world as she tackles the uncomfortable questions about our increasingly complicated relationship with technology. Featuring stories of those falling in love with robots, re-creating digital versions of the deceased, experimenting with VR therapy in psychiatric wards and infiltrating hacker communities, Segall examines the promise and power modern technology holds, while exposing the darker side.

The full series will stream exclusively on CNNgo starting March 12, and will not require authentication or log-in to a cable provider, as a CNNgo Original. You can access the series for free through CNNgo on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, and Android TV. It is also available on CNN.com, and CNN’s iOS and Android apps.  

This is CNN’s first CNNgo Original offering, developed specifically for CNN’s digital TV-Everywhere service. 

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CNN to Live Stream President Trump's Address to Congress
February 27th, 2017
03:10 PM ET

CNN to Live Stream President Trump's Address to Congress

CNN’s coverage of President Trump's Address to Congress and the Democratic response will be streamed live in its entirety to CNN.com’s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN's apps for iOS and Android, starting at 8:00pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, running through midnight.


Topics: CNN Politics • CNNgo • Digital
CNN DEBUTS REIMAGINED MOBILE APP
February 24th, 2017
09:10 AM ET

CNN DEBUTS REIMAGINED MOBILE APP

CNN has reimagined mobile news, unveiling a brand new app rebuilt for speed, simplicity, in-depth storytelling and a focused, first-in-class video experience.

CNN’s 24/7 worldwide multimedia reporting will be updated constantly throughout the day, allowing users to experience the world of breaking news through in-depth stories, photo galleries and news video from every corner of the globe.

Featuring enhanced live streaming capabilities, the CNN app now allows users in the U.S. to watch live CNN, CNN International or HLN television, anytime, anywhere through CNNgo. After the first 10 minutes of viewing live television every day, users will be prompted to log in with their satellite or cable provider information for unlimited viewing. Digital only live feeds are also featured in the app.

On-demand content is also available from a library of more than 100 hours of programming from CNN news programs like “Anderson Cooper 360,” CNN Original Series like “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and award-winning CNN Films.

The new app features custom alert settings, allowing app users to select the frequency they’d like to receive breaking news alerts from CNN. News junkies can choose to get all of CNN’s breaking news alerts, the day’s top news, or no alerts at all.

Users will also be able to view CNN’s virtual reality content directly in the CNN app, through an incredible native 360 viewing experience.  

Available now for download in the iOS and Android app stores.

CNN to Host Town Hall with Sen. Graham and Sen. McCain on March 1
February 23rd, 2017
10:47 AM ET

CNN to Host Town Hall with Sen. Graham and Sen. McCain on March 1

CNN TO HOST TOWN HALL WITH SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM AND SEN. JOHN MCCAIN ON MARCH 1

CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT DANA BASH TO MODERATE ONE-HOUR PRIMETIME EVENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 23 – CNN will host a Town Hall with Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham on Wednesday, March 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

A day after President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress, CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash will moderate a conversation with the two veteran Republican Senators and a live studio audience at The George Washington University. FULL POST

Sick, dying and raped in America’s nursing homes – a CNN Investigation
February 22nd, 2017
10:54 AM ET

Sick, dying and raped in America’s nursing homes – a CNN Investigation

They go to nursing homes to be cared for. Instead, the unthinkable is happening at facilities across the country: Vulnerable seniors are being raped and sexually abused by the very people paid to care for them.

Senior Writers Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken provide a shocking and detailed account of the rape and sexual abuse occurring in nursing homes across the country — and the systemic failures of nursing homes and state regulators to stop it.

The graphic reports of abuse they uncovered are horrifying.  

  • 83-year-old Sonja Fischer fled war-time Indonesia as a young girl only to be raped by a nursing assistant during the “final, most vulnerable days of her life."
  • An 88-year-old California woman only had sex with one man her entire life - her husband of nearly 70 years —  then contracted a sexually transmitted disease from her alleged rapist.
  • One elderly man with paralysis was sexually abused and forced to eat feces out of his adult diapers by a group of nursing aides.

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CNN Debuts an Oscar Video Project “Creators”
February 21st, 2017
09:32 AM ET

CNN Debuts an Oscar Video Project “Creators”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker – You know their work, now hear their stories.

CNN Entertainment sat down with with some of Hollywood's most talented actors and Oscar-nominees to discuss their path to success, creative approach to filmmaking and their inspiration. 

Explore the series of intimate videos from 2017 Oscar nominated artists at cnn.com/specials/entertainment/creators.


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • Entertainment
CNN To Host Debate Night: Democratic Leadership Debate on Feb. 22
February 17th, 2017
04:18 PM ET

CNN To Host Debate Night: Democratic Leadership Debate on Feb. 22

Dana Bash and Chris Cuomo Moderate Debate with Democratic National Committee Chair Candidates

CNN will host Debate Night: Democratic Leadership Debate with candidates for chair of the Democratic National Committee at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash and New Day anchor Chris Cuomo will moderate the primetime event live from the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia just days before the Democratic Party chooses a new national leader. The candidates will debate their visions and strategies for the 2018 midterm elections, how to rebuild the Democratic Party and the role of the DNC under the Trump administration.

The live event will air on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International, CNNgo, Westwood One Radio Network and on CNN Channel 116 on Sirius XM.

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CNN Politics brings you COVER/LINE
February 17th, 2017
01:19 PM ET

CNN Politics brings you COVER/LINE

CNN Politics announced today the debut of COVER/LINE, your way to experience politics like Washington does – behind the scenes when the mics are turned off, by CNN’s Kate Bennett and Hunter Schwarz. COVER/LINE will not only be your new favorite lunch date, providing you with a daily dose of politics meets pop culture, it will also bring you a weekly podcast and Instagram updates.

With Bennett’s background in fashion and lifestyle, and Schwarz’s background in entertainment, COVER/LINE offers a unique take on traditional political news by covering Washington through the lens of culture and entertainment, brought to you on three different platforms.

Catch COVER/LINE’s first issue launching on February 21, and listen to their podcast weekly starting on February 24, at CNN.com/podcast, as well as iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio or your favorite podcast app.

Subscribe here and follow COVER/LINE:
CNN.com/Coverline
@CNNCoverline

CNN Presents "The First Time I Realized I was Black…”
February 10th, 2017
01:28 PM ET

CNN Presents "The First Time I Realized I was Black…”

In W.E.B Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk, he talks about the first time he realized his skin color made him different. CNN has turned that simple narrative into a powerful compilation of personal stories on race.

Featuring over 25 celebrities and artists like Doug E Fresh, Jason George, Montel Williams and CNN talent like Kamau Bell, Van Jones, Don Lemon, Sara Sidner and Stephanie Elam, the project showcases some of the most prominent voices and their stories about the moment they realized they were black – and how their skin color affected how people saw or treated them.

Explore the interactive featuring animated videos and opinion pieces online and across CNN’s television and social platforms.

Follow and join the conversation using the hashtag #realizediwasblack

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