Apple adds TBS programming from CNN, Adult Swim & Cartoon Network to iTunes Store

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) and Apple(R) today announced that hit programming from CNN, Adult Swim and Cartoon Network is now available for purchase and download on the iTunes Music Store. The new content features such favorites as Cartoon Network’s “Johnny Bravo,” Adult Swim’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and original episodes of the award-winning documentary series “CNN Presents,” all available for viewing on a computer or iPod.

For the last three months, Adult Swim has been offering free video podcasts via iTunes, ranking among the most popular television podcasts on the service. In addition to this new effort, CNN has been offering original podcasts, as well as “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer” and “Reliable Sources” to iTunes users for free for just over a month.

“Fans will enjoy this innovative way of purchasing and watching their favorite CNN, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim shows from iTunes,” said Dennis Quinn, executive vice president, business development, TBS, Inc., in the press release. “We’re delivering a variety of hit programming from three of our wildly popular networks, with shows for everyone of all ages.”

“With Turner’s wide range of content available on iTunes, users now can download programming from CNN, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes, in the release. “With well over 150 TV shows available for $1.99 per episode, iTunes is the leading destination for downloading network and cable programming.”

CNN will provide original episodes of “CNN Presents,” including “Taming the Beast: Inside the War on Cancer,” “The Fight Over Faith” and “Captured: Inside the Army’s Secret School.” Drawing from the world’s largest cartoon library, Cartoon Network will provide episodes from the network’s series “Johnny Bravo” (season one). Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s late night sister service dedicated to edgy animated comedy and action series, will provide episodes from original productions, including “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “The Venture Bros.,” and “Sealab 2021” (season three).

The iTunes Music Store features a selection of over 9,000 music videos, Pixar and Disney short films, a variety of hit TV shows, and more than three million songs from the major music companies and over 1,000 independent labels.

iTunes 6 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Music Store and is available as a free download from

Purchase and download of songs and videos from the iTunes Music Store requires a valid credit card with a billing address in the country of purchase. Television shows are available in the US only, and video availability varies by country. Television shows are $1.99 (US) per episode, and music videos and short films are $1.99 (US) each.



    About 6 years ago I was using OS 9 and reading daily “Apple is dying” stories, I struggled with the notion of having to switch to the inferior Windows platform and putting up with the mistreatment of that Redmond Company.

    I stuck with Apple through the dark years, hoping things would change for the better.

    Now Apple has completely turned around and has made some really smart decisions!


  2. I think if iTunes started offering porn, there’s a lot that could come of it. If Apple were to erect an honest-to-goodness service like this, the thrust of it should be all about penetration into deeper markets. With the widespread legs of the iTunes model as it’s now laid out, there’s no telling how many partners would come on board. It might even turn out to be a group effort in the end. It might be premature, but I believe that getting over the hump of offering porn could turn out to be the climax of several years of iTunes gestation. We could end up seeing the birth of something great.

    Or not.

  3. so I just got a notice from Comcast == saying that they’ve received a Notice of Ilegal Copyright Infringement — I downloaded Entourage, on Monday and got a notice on Tuesday…watch out everyone!

    They got the location and IP address.

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