NBC News has its eye on starting a streaming service. Division Chairman Andrew Lack said today: “We want to do this and I think we’ve got to open that door.”
The AP reports: “The service would operate alongside NBC’s cable channel, MSNBC, which benefits from the interest in politics and frequently is the second most popular cable channel in prime time after Fox News Channel.”
The news comes as TV networks continue to examine how to survive in a world of cord cutting, where young people in particular are more interested in getting their news from their devices.
“Lack wouldn’t reveal any details about how NBC is looking to do it beyond saying it’s on the drawing board,” the AP notes, adding: “CBS currently offers CBSN, a free 24-hour streaming service with its own programming lineup. The network has revealed few details about how many people actually watch it and Lack himself said he hadn’t seen it.”
Fox also recently announced plans for a subscription streaming service, Fox Nation, which will focus on original opinion programming.