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CBS All Access finally coming to set top boxes

by Sean P. Aune | April 7, 2015April 7, 2015 8:00 pm PDT

CBS All Access home screen

CBS’ streaming service, CBS All Access, has landed on the Roku, the first set top box to receive the service.

CBS has had a very odd relationship with the concept of streaming media. It is the only major U.S. network to not be included on Hulu, and once it finally did launch its own subscription service it did so without an easy way to watch its shows on your television. While, yes, you could use adapters, wireless streaming and so on, those are concepts that are too complex for some viewers. All of that changed on Tuesday as the service finally launched on the Roku family of streaming devices.

The service costs $5.99 a month and offers day after access to new episodes, and a back catalog of older CBS shows. It does not, however, offer complete back catalogs of seasons for every show instead opting to only do that for eight series.

Here is a list of some of the content you can expect to find in the app.

  • Full current seasons of 16 primetime shows with episodes available the day after they air, including this season’s new series ScorpionMadam SecretaryNCIS: New OrleansThe Odd Couple and more.
  • Live streams of CBS Stations in 14 local markets, with more to be added soon
  • Past seasons of eight major current series, including The Good WifeBlue Bloods and Survivor
  • Nearly 6,000 episodes of CBS Classics, including every episode of Star TrekCheersJag, Touched by an Angel and CSI: Miami
  • Access to exclusive additional content for CBS Television’s biggest special events, like The GRAMMY® Awards, The Academy of Country Music Awards and The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

While it’s great to see CBS finally getting with the times, it’s clear the network still plans to march to the beat of its own drummer. Streaming has gained in popularity in a large part thanks to its easy access to catalog content. I think many users would rather see every season of CSI be made available as opposed to just the past five episodes.

You can try out CBS All Access with a free one week trial, it will cost $5.99 a month thereafter.


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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