Hulu Beefs Up Live News Offerings

News junkies rejoice -- Hulu has your back. The streaming video service has added two new live news options to its multichannel video bundle, Hulu with Live TV.

On Thursday, the company added CBSN, the 24-hour streaming news network from CBS News, as well as ABC News Live, ABC News’ streaming network, focused on coverage of live events and breaking news.

CBSN is structured similarly to a cable news channel, with anchors reading headlines, conducting interviews and teeing up edited segments, some of which are borrowed from CBS News programming.

ABC News Live focuses on being where news is happening at that moment, whether it is a royal wedding, a hurricane or an election. 

Both ABC News Live and CBSN are ad-supported and available to stream free on a number of devices.

Hulu with Live TV already offers traditional cable channels, like CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and CNBC in its bundled offering, as well as the digital network Cheddar.

The addition of CBSN and ABC News Live further enhances those news offerings with digital-first options -- options that also often have fewer commercials than their linear counterparts.

In an email to staff at ABC News Thursday morning, Colby Smith, ABC News senior vice president, content and partnerships, wrote: “More distribution announcements are on the horizon” for ABC News Live. The company plans to “ramp up our sales efforts with new best-in-class ad technology” this quarter.

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