Watch CNN live with CNN for iPhone and iPad

CNN has updated their iPhone and iPad apps with the ability to watch CNN live TV.

Now you can watch your favorite CNN shows LIVE on your CNN Apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. We’ve added CNN TV live - 24/7 - to all the great features that you love about your app.

  • Watch LIVE CNN TV*, video coverage of live events and video clips*
  • Get the latest breaking news, US, world, politics, health and entertainment headlines
  • Be the first to know with breaking news alerts pushed to your home screen
  • View, record and submit video and photo iReports directly from your phone
  • Get local news and weather for cities across the U.S.
  • Share stories via e-mail, SMS, Twitter and Facebook

CNN is free on the iPhone and iPad but requires a cable subscription. Screenshots after the break.

[iPhone iTunes link] [iPad iTunes link]

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Guacho says:

It wasn't free when i got it a couple of years ago... Damn it !!

Lionel Randall says:

My question is...Will it only stream on my home network? If I am in another city but connected to WiFi will it still stream? Description in App Store didn't say.

RodneyJ725 says:

Streams just fine over 3G for me on my iPhone 4 and iPad 1. :-D
BUT, after about 5 minutes, it lost the video portion and went to audio only, stating "due to limited bandwidth, audio only is available" I've a feeling this is an AT&T throttling thing, not a CNN issue. I get that same message on most video streaming services except YouTube and Netflix (but Netflix does get a crappy picture after a while).

RodneyJ725 says:

I should say though, much better luck using the iPad 1 than iphone. iPhone still stops after 5 min saying "limited bandwidth, audio only" While my ipad only lost audio (not video) once, but fine otherwise. both my iPhone 4 data plan and iPad data plan are unlimited (grandfathered hehehe).

Christopher Flack says:

AT&T Isn't throttling your device, you're crazy. It's called living in a crappy or working in a crappy cell area. I live in So Cal, I can stream fine over 3G with every video app i have. Your network by you is just one big turd

Jarrca18 says:

Has it not always done this?

Greg Braddock says:

It's always streamed live breaking news...

Chatnoir80 says:

I hate that I have to have a cable subscription (which I don't). It'd be nice if they offered a subscription via in in-app purchase where I could re-up every 3 to 6 months, but I know that won't happen.

Crunch says:

I love it. HBO's GO app, ESPN, and now CNN all have their app that does exactly that. And no, this is U.S. only. CNN Int'l is the most you'll ever get outside of the U.S.

Lars says:

How is this news? I used this App months ago to watch live coverage of the Japan earthquake/tsunami.

BCARoadRacer says:

C'mon Time Warner, seriously?! Another app you don't offer to your paying subscribers...

Communist News Network says:

If I wanted to watch crap, I'd go to my bathroom and watch myself flush the toilet after a dump.

Frank Carroll says:

Doesn't work with Time-Warner even though TW owns CNN!! Same with HBO-GO. Ugh.

Crunch says:

I'm LOVING the new CNN iPhone and iPad apps! It's not just CNN but also HLN, the Headline News Network with its own programming. I heart you, CNN.