CBS announced this morning that it has launched its own stand-alone streaming service called CBS All Access.
Yesterday we received the bombshell news that HBO would finally allow people to subscribe to a Web-only version of its premium service, and today we get the news that U.S. television network CBS has done the same. The service is now available on Android, iOS and computers and can be ordered through the main CBS website. The service will include current and previous season episodes of all of its shows along with classic series it produced such as Cheers, Star Trek and Twin Peaks.
Where the news turns a bit sour, however, is at the price. While ABC, Fox and NBC are all teamed up on Hulu Plus for $7.99 a month, CBS has struck out on its own with a monthly fee of $5.99. It also, at this time, is sill the hardest service to access as it has yet to come to popular set top boxes such as Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku; so accessing what you’re paying for is still a bit difficult.
The biggest difference we can see with CBS All Access is that you will also be able to watch live TV in certain markets, which currently seem to be focused around the largest cities in the country. This is something other services have yet to offer, so it’s a definite start to justifying that price.
CBS All Access is available now with a free one-week trial.