CBS surprised the industry last year when they announced an OTT streaming service. Unlike their rivals, CBS All Access does not require a cable or satellite subscription. I’ve been a subscriber for several months now and my family enjoys the service. It’s not perfect but we appreciate what the service offers. Now it appears CBS is looking to up their efforts with original content and an ad-free option. We would love to see them open access to more episodes of popular shows like Big Bang Theory.
Leslie Moonves, the CEO of CBS, already made the move to launch CBS All Access at a time when other networks were trying to figure out how to keep customers locked into cable subscriptions. The parent company followed suit with their Showtime OTT service earlier this year. Now it appears Mr Moonves plans to continue the efforts and expand the scope of his streaming services. For starters he plans to add original programming to CBS All Access. In 2017 the service will gain exclusive access to new Star Trek programming. This is sure to excite Star Trek fans around the world. While CBS All Access is limited to viewers in the USA, those outside the country can use a Smart DNS service to watch the new Star Trek originals and other popular CBS programming.
In addition to the original Content, Mr Moonves plans to introduce a CBS All Access plan that gets rid of the advertising. I really appreciate this option and will gladly to pay a few bucks a month to skip the commercials. Hulu took the same step earlier this year. CBS has not announced the price of the ad-free service yet, but in comparison Hulu charges an extra $4 a month on top of their $7.99/mo. plan. There is also a plan in the works to bundle CBS All Access and the Showtime OTT streaming service. It’s great to see CBS take a lead in moving toward a more streaming-friendly future.
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