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NEW YORK -- CNN said Thursday that it will drop charges on its Pipeline streaming video service.

Pipeline, which featured as many as four live streams of news as well as archived video, launched in December 2005 and had been offered in various subscription models (including day passes). But CNN is giving up on the subscription models and said it would offer Pipeline for free beginning July 1.

That would still include the four live streams and video archives, but it will be offered without a charge on CNN.com and without a player.

CNN rarely if ever discussed how many Pipeline subscribers it had. But it said that 1.2 million watched Pipeline coverage on Sept. 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, when Pipeline showed the as-it-happened coverage on CNN five years earlier as well as memorial services.

The site will be redesigned in the summer, the company said.
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