CBS All Access
Type of site
|Video on demand|
|Headquarters||New York City, New York, United States|
|Area served||United States|
(President, CBS Corporation)
|Registration||Monthly subscription required to access content|
|Launched||October 28, 2014|
CBS All Access is an over-the-top subscription streaming video on demand service owned and operated by CBS. It offers original content, content newly aired on CBS's broadcast properties, and content from CBS's vast library.
On October 28, 2014, CBS launched CBS All Access, an over-the-top subscription streaming service – priced at $5.99 per month ($9.99 with the no commercials option) – which allows users to view past and present episodes of CBS shows. Announced on October 16, 2014 (one day after HBO announced the launch of its over-the-top service HBO Now) as the first OTT offering by an USA broadcast television network, the service initially encompassed the network's existing streaming portal at CBS.com and its mobile app for smartphones and tablet computers; CBS All Access became available on Roku on April 7, 2015, and on Chromecast on May 14, 2015. In addition to providing full-length episodes of CBS programs, the service allows live programming streams of local CBS affiliates in 124 markets reaching 75% of the United States (including stations owned by Tribune Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Hearst Television, Tegna Media, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Media General, Meredith Corporation, Griffin Communications, Raycom Media, Weigel Broadcasting and Cox Media Group and the launch group of CBS Television Stations); however due to the absence of streaming rights, certain sports events are not streamed on the service, along with limited syndicated and paid programming where only a broadcast license to carry the program is allowed and web airing rights are retained by the syndicator or infomercial producer.
On December 1, 2016, CBS announced an agreement with the National Football League to allow clearance of NFL games carried by CBS on CBS All Access from Week 13 of the 2016 NFL season on, though they will continue to be blacked out on non-Verizon Wireless mobile devices due to that provider's exclusivity agreement as part of their 'official wireless provider' sponsorship of the league.
On May 18, 2016, it was announced that The Good Wife would get a spin-off series that would be released exclusively on CBS All Access in spring 2017.
On August 2, 2016, the announcement was made that an online version of Big Brother would air on CBS All Access in the fall of 2016. The announcement marked the first CBS television series set to air exclusively on the platform. It is also expected to be the first reality game show set to air exclusively on any streaming platform. On August 10, 2016, CBS announced that Julie Chen would continue to serve as host, and then revealed the season to be called the Big Brother: Over the Top.
Syndicated and archived programming
The most recent episodes of the network's shows are usually made available on CBS.com and CBS All Access the day after their original broadcast.
CBS All Access provides complete back catalogs of most of its current series, including full-season "stacking rights" (with the exception of certain series, such as The Big Bang Theory, to which CBS only holds "last five" episode rights to as Warner Bros. retains all other rights as the show's distributor), as well as a wide selection of episodes of classic series from the CBS Television Distribution program library – including shows previously owned by Paramount Television prior to CBS's acquisition of its program library through the CBS-Viacom split (including the complete episode catalog of shows like Star Trek, Cheers, MacGyver, Twin Peaks and CSI: Miami) to subscribers of the service. CBS All Access also carries behind-the-scenes features from CBS programs and special events, and (beginning with the 17th season in June 2015) live feeds and special content from the reality series Big Brother.
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-04. Retrieved 2016-08-04.