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CBS goes all-in on digital and starts own SVOD service

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 17 Oct 2014 21:36 User comments (6)

CBS goes all-in on digital and starts own SVOD service CBS has launched their own subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, dubbed CBS All Access.
All Access costs $5.99 per month and will offer thousands of episodes of popular CBS shows, include back catalogs. Current season shows will have the episodes available the day after they air, and some shows will have past seasons. In addition, there is a library of "classic CBS series" and local CBS stations can be live streamed in 14 metro markets.

CBS says the service will be available through all major digital platforms, and will also be available on desktops and via mobile apps. CBS CEO Leslie Moonves added: "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."

The service will "complement" CBS's offerings on other streaming services, like Netflix, and the company also admits that the service is certainly not for everyone. "If you are interested in a large bundle of channels that has a lot of various things in it, you may not be a subscriber to this service. But if you're deeply interested in one, two or many of our shows, getting our content outside of your home or buying earlier access to our content on mobile devices, then you're one of our superfans and you're going to convert," added the media giant.

At any given time, there will be up to 6500 episodes available for streaming. Interestingly, the classic CBS library (think Star Trek and Cheers) will not have any ads, but current season offerings will have ads familiar to Hulu watchers.

Of final note, CBS will not be airing football via All Access. Bummer.

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6 user comments

118.10.2014 22:59

*Scratches head, trying to think of even ONE show on CBS I would PAY to watch....

All Access FAILURE in 3...2....1...

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 18 Oct 2014 @ 23:00

219.10.2014 3:06

I DESPISE commercials. How is it that you have to pay $6 a month and still suffer through ads? For CBS only, and then still with commercials?? What a waste of money and bandwidth. I wonder if they'll have as many users as they think...


Geordie in Houston...

319.10.2014 15:23

It always gonna be brainwashed sheep's that just can't stop watching TV & believe everything Fox-News, CNN, CBS or any other Mass-Media tell you, despite the painfully commercials & NOW:

- This is the time's when Corporations want you to pay for:
"To be a successful & happy slave."

Funny to watch when someone confront their "News":
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNl_1gQqrWI

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 19 Oct 2014 @ 15:38

Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

419.10.2014 22:00

Originally posted by DarthMopar:
*Scratches head, trying to think of even ONE show on CBS I would PAY to watch....

All Access FAILURE in 3...2....1...
And you're saying what......?? That you don't watch CBS and don't like CBS so therefore anyone of the opinion that does like CBS and does watch CBS should not be considered??

CBS man!!......Big Bang Theory, Hawaii 5-0, The Amazing Race are 3 awesome shows that I'm sure a ton of people like myself watch.

PLUS...this is a start for a la carte tv viewing SO PIPE DOWN with your seemingly crappy taste in programming! No doubt you're the type that bitches about the quality of movies/shows from Hollywood and then uses that as an excuse to justify your rampant pirating..........but then you go download and jack the very shows you complained about. Whatevs!!

520.10.2014 3:23

Six bucks is a bit high.

However, I'm glad to see another content provider deciding to offer content online without requiring a cable/satellite subscription. I ditched my bloated, bundled, overpriced satellite service almost a year ago and I don't regret it one bit. I'm not a huge CBS fan, but any step the industry takes toward a la carte programming is a good step in my book.

620.10.2014 8:54

Originally posted by hearme0:
Originally posted by DarthMopar:
*Scratches head, trying to think of even ONE show on CBS I would PAY to watch....

All Access FAILURE in 3...2....1...
And you're saying what......?? That you don't watch CBS and don't like CBS so therefore anyone of the opinion that does like CBS and does watch CBS should not be considered??

CBS man!!......Big Bang Theory, Hawaii 5-0, The Amazing Race are 3 awesome shows that I'm sure a ton of people like myself watch.

PLUS...this is a start for a la carte tv viewing SO PIPE DOWN with your seemingly crappy taste in programming! No doubt you're the type that bitches about the quality of movies/shows from Hollywood and then uses that as an excuse to justify your rampant pirating..........but then you go download and jack the very shows you complained about. Whatevs!!
Hearme0, take your personal attacks and shove them up your a$$. You're making a LOT of assumptions based on my TWO SENTENCE comment. Not once did I say I didn't like CBS. Not once did I (or have I EVER) bitched about the quality of movies/shows from Hollywood, nor do I do "rampant pirating".

For the record, I ENJOY ALL THE SHOWS you mentioned in your baby-rant; I simply wouldn't PAY to watch them, especially if they still came with commercials intact.


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