CNN offers free video

Starting yesterday (June 18), CNN now offers free news video on its website. This is two days ahead of the original launch date, which was supposed to be June 20. Previously, it used to charge $4.95/month for access to news videos. The videos are supported by 15-second commercials. Also, if you go to now, you will notice that the logo now has the phrase “With Free Video”.
This is a welcome step. I had always wanted to watch news videos on CNN. I know that BBC has always offered free news videos. I checked out a couple of the videos. They are of fairly good quality but occasionally, the video seemed to be a bit jumpy. This might be due to the heavy load of users trying to check out the new free video feature on the website.
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