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  • CBS Releases CBS All Access Subscription Service Offering On-Demand and Live Content


    CBS, the largest broadcast network in the US recently announced that it has joined in the “over-the-top” trend by offering a subscription service to viewers. This subscription service will give viewers access to both current and legacy content as well as live streaming of local CBS stations in 14 major cities. The new service has been named CBS All Access and will cost $5.99 per month with the network being currently available for a one-week free trial. This subscription will net viewers full seasons of current primetime shows – both leading daytime and late-night CBS programming and thousands of episodes from the network’s library of classics.

    Users can watch the CBS All Access content through the official CBS for iOS application which was recently updated to add support for the feature. Subscribers can gain access to new episodes on-demand the day after they air as well as access CBS’ library of over 6,500 episodes. Ad-free viewing is also available for classic TV shows and fan favorites including Star Trek, I Love Lucy, CSI: Miami, Cheers, McGyver, Twin Peaks and more. The service also includes exclusive additional content for special events such as The Grammy Awards and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

    As of right now, CBS hasn’t worked out a deal with affiliates to rebroadcast live content but the network will likely over live streaming in markets where it owns and operates the over-the-air station. More markets are also said to be on the way. The markets that are currently supported include the following:


    • New York City
    • Los Angeles
    • Chicago
    • Philadelphia
    • Dallas
    • San Francisco
    • Boston
    • Detroit
    • Minneapolis
    • Miami
    • Denver
    • Sacramento
    • Pittsburgh
    • Baltimore


    There hasn’t been any mention of official support for the Apple TV but CBS Interactive CEO, Jim Lanzone, did mention that “additional connected devices” will be gaining support in the coming few months. The network also has plans to bring CBS All Access to “all major platforms.”

    The President and CEO of CBS Corporation, Leslie Moonves, said the following regarding the move:

    CBS All Access is another key step in the company's long-standing strategy of monetizing our local and national content in the ways that viewers want it. This new subscription service will deliver the most of CBS to our biggest fans while being additive to the overall ecosystem. Across the board, we continue to capitalize on technological advances that help consumers engage with our world-class programming, and we look forward to serving our viewers in this new and exciting way.
    Will any of you cord cutters take advantage of CBS All Access?

    Source: CBS (iTunes), CBS News
    This article was originally published in forum thread: CBS Releases CBS All Access Subscription Service Offering On-Demand and Live Content started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      What makes this different than getting CBS by antenna as I currently do?
    1. jeffrow925's Avatar
      jeffrow925 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpidermanAPV View Post
      What makes this different than getting CBS by antenna as I currently do?
      Access to 6,500 shows on demand.

      If channels are doing $6 a month then 20 channels is $120. So then cable is cheaper
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Rats, just as I was deep into season 3 of Voyager I'm stuck paying to watch the shows now. Well at least adblocker still works. iTunes I'd almost consider buying seasons from you if they were say $20. $40 is just insane for one season of a non HD show.
    1. htatton's Avatar
      htatton -
      The only benefit I see, is for people living abroad that are not able to watch their USA broadcast and are willing to pay for it. Yes, indeed its still expensive to pay 5.99 for only 1 network.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Cable is outrageous but at least its bundled and you get wifi, cable and phone if you like. I don't see any perks unless you only want one or two channels.
    1. HovikGas's Avatar
      HovikGas -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Cable is outrageous but at least its bundled and you get wifi, cable and phone if you like. I don't see any perks unless you only want one or two channels.
      Seriously, if this was HBO GO, I'd be all over it, but CBS? Naaaaaaah
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by HovikGas View Post
      Seriously, if this was HBO GO, I'd be all over it, but CBS? Naaaaaaah
      Not sure if you heard, but HBO Go already did this.