CNN subtracts CNN+ references from its site
CNN quietly removed references to CNN+ from its website after an April 20, 2022 announcement that it would shut down the streaming service after a month of operation.
The CNN+ icon that was added to the main navigation bar in February 2022 has been retired with only the “Audio” and “TV Channels” links remaining. By clicking on “TV Channels”, the user accesses the CNNgo interface which requires a TV Everywhere connection.
The network previously announced plans to phase out the CNNgo brand. CNN+ did not include standalone access to the main CNN and HLN streams, but still allowed users with pay-TV accounts to stream them through separate authentication.
Meanwhile, the main navigation hamburger menu that used to be on the right side of the black navigation bar has also been moved to the left.
The right side continues to feature a search and account icon.
The network has also removed a prominent row of “now streaming” thumbnails that appeared on the homepage below main stories and no longer includes headlines with the CNN+ icon next to them and linking the user to the CNN+ interface.
Another change is that a user attempting to sign up for the service is now greeted with a bold red 404 “page not found” error page when attempting to access the URL “https://plus.cnn .com/account/register/cnn -plus” which is the old account registration page.
The page, somewhat ironically, reads “Something Happened” and “It Could Be You, Or It Could Be Us” with a bold background design featuring an oversized solid version of the icon” +” allowing a textural collage of smaller intertwined icons with various gradient and glow effects applied to them.
It makes sense that CNN has disabled the sign-up process because the service is only a few days away and it has already said it intends to offer pro-rated refunds for unused subscription time, although it’s safe to say that all the attention the closure received might have sparked more interest in it and people willing to shell out the $2.99 ”deal of a lifetime” price just to see what it is (or lack thereof).
CNN was probably only getting about a little more than $2.50 a month after the credit card processing fees were removed and issuing refunds usually doesn’t result in the waiver of those fees, so keep signing up people only to have to pay them back in a week doesn’t make sense.