Discovery+ is the new home for CNN originals following CNN+ shutdown

CNN+’s short life left its parent network without an official home for original programming, but the channel now seems to have a makeshift solution. Discovery+ has launched a CNN Originals hub offering more than 800 episodes of library material, including Anthony Bourdain: parts unknownHLNs Revenge Lineup and movies like Race for the vaccine. Some originals will come into service after their cable runs, Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) said.

The hub is available through the Discovery+ website and apps for all supported platforms. More show announcements are due in the “coming months,” the WBD said.

Discovery+ will not host all of CNN’s on-demand material. The CNN+ show Who is talking to Chris Wallace? is coming to HBO Max this fall, for example. However, this makes Discovery+ a more compelling subscription if the existing slew of reality shows and documentaries isn’t enough.

This state of affairs will not last long. WBD plans to merge HBO Max and Discovery+ in the summer of 2023, so you’ll likely have access to a unified CNN catalog within a year. Whether it has everything you’re looking for is another matter. HBO Max is pulling some shows (including some with unreleased seasons) as part of WBD’s broader cost-cutting efforts, and it’s not clear if CNN productions are exempt from that strategy.

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