Just weeks after the streaming service extended its availability across devices, licensing issues have reduced the availablity of CNN on Rakuten TV.
After just a few weeks, CNN’s live stream on the browser-based version of Rakuten TV has been dropped. RXTV understands the current situation is due to licensing issues covering the availability on different devices and platforms. The browser-based version of Rakuten TV at rakuten.tv/uk allowed users to effectively circumvent the paid-for browser-based stream on CNN.com.
Mobile users need to switch from the mobile-friendly browser version to the dedicated Rakuten TV app to continue watching CNN. The app, which remarkably mirrors the look and feel of the Samsung TV Plus app for Galaxy smartphones, provides access to CNN and numerous other news channels, including Euronews. But not TalkTV…
TalkTV feed removed
Rakuten TV was one of the various online platforms used to broadcast TalkRADIO TV ahead of its relaunch as TalkTV. Ahead of the relaunch, TalkRADIO TV began showing previews for the new service, before being pulled from Rakuten.
TalkTV has, with the exception of Rakuten TV, inherited its predecessor’s online distribution, as part of the channel’s bid to be available to everyone in the UK. Samsung TV users can access TalkTV through TV Plus channel 4316. At the time of publication, TalkTV still appears under the old label of ‘TalkRADIO TV’.