The way people watch TV is rapidly changing. Many now prefer to subscribe to online streaming services as opposed to getting a pay-TV subscription. Seeing this trend emerge, companies that compete in this market are adapting. CBS today announced the launch of CBS All Access, an online-only TV streaming service that brings live content and classic content without having to get a pay-TV subscription as well.
Subscribers will be able to live stream their local CBS stations which will allow them to view content as its aired for the first time. Be warned though, don’t expect to catch any NFL games live through CBS All Access, those are not included.
Apart from providing access to the live stream the service also guarantees next-day streaming access to 15 of its new series. Each and every season of eight current shows will also be offered, however hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory is not included here. Nevertheless that’s still over five thousand episodes of some of the best shows ever to air on CBS.
CBS All Access can be used through its website or through the Android and iOS applications. It costs $5.99 per month and the ability to stream live TV will initially be limited to New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, Detroit, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Baltimore and PIttsburgh. CBS will add more locations in the near future.
The announcement comes a day after HBO announced that it will offer a similar online-only streaming service starting next year, which will also not require subscribers to have a pay-TV subscription as well.
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