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CBS All Access is an over-the-top subscription streaming video on demand service owned and operated by CBS Interactive. It offers original content, content newly aired on CBS's broadcast properties, and content from CBS's library, along with live streams of the local CBS affiliate's main channel, where available. As of February 2017, the service has nearly 1.5 million subscribers.[1]

CBS All Access
CBS All Access.png
Type of site
Video on demand, OTT, Live streaming
Available in English
Headquarters New York City, New York, United States
Area served United States
Canada (planned)
Australia (planned)
Owner CBS
Key people Leslie Moonves
(President, CBS Corporation)
Registration Monthly subscription required to access content
Launched October 28, 2014 (2014-10-28)



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 an option for advertising-free streaming content[2]) – which allows users to view past and present episodes of CBS shows.[3][4][5] 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 American broadcast television network, the service initially encompassed the network's existing streaming portal at 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.[6][7] 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 Media Group, Meredith Corporation, Griffin Communications, Raycom Media, Weigel Broadcasting and Cox Media Group and the launch group of CBS Television Stations), including SEC sports and the NFL; however due to the absence of streaming rights, a few sports events are not streamed on the service (mainly involving PGA Tour events, some locally programmed NFL preseason games, and select brokered shows through CBS Sports Spectacular), along with limited syndicated and paid programming where only a local broadcast license to carry the program is allowed and web airing rights are retained by the syndicator or infomercial producer.[8][9][10][11][12] By the very nature of it being live, streaming of a local affiliate does include all advertising, even with the commercial-free plan.

On December 1, 2016, CBS announced an agreement with the National Football League to allow clearance of regional 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.[13]

In August 2017, CBS announced plans to expand CBS All Access internationally. The first international market to receive the service will be Canada, with a launch date planned for early 2018. [14] Plans to launch the service in Australia quickly followed, resulting from CBS's purchase of Australian free-to-air broadcaster Network Ten.[15]

In September 2017 the new TV show Star Trek Discovery debuted on streaming on CBS, and they also recorded record number of sign-ups after this.[16] The records where the greatest number of single day, week, and monthly sign-up records since the streaming network's inception.[16] They reported the previous single-day record was held by the 2017 Grammy award ceremony coverage.[16]


CBS All Access has received criticism[17] about its relatively low-quality offerings, with a maximum video quality of only 720p with high compression levels, most content only being available in 480p, and audio being plain stereo instead of a surround sound format such as Dolby Digital. This contrasts with Netflix's maximum available quality being 4k with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.


Original programmingEdit

On November 2, 2015, it was announced that the first CBS All Access original series would be a new Star Trek series in 2017, which is set in the original Star Trek universe.[18] The first season will consist of 15 episodes.

On May 18, 2016, it was announced that The Good Wife would get a spin-off featuring Christine Baranski's character Diane Lockhart. The series, titled The Good Fight, launched with a CBS broadcast premiere on February 19, 2017, with the remaining nine episodes exclusive to CBS All Access.[19] The series became the first original drama on the platform when the Star Trek series premiere was delayed until the fall of 2017.[20]

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.[21] On August 10, 2016, CBS announced that Julie Chen would continue to serve as host, and then revealed the season to be called Big Brother: Over the Top.

Syndicated and archived programmingEdit

The most recent episodes of the network's shows are usually made available on 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 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 made for both CBS and other networks 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.[3]

In mid-April 2017, a limited library of films, made up of content from Paramount Pictures, The Samuel Goldwyn Company and CBS Films, was made available on the service. This includes several titles in the Star Trek film series.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Todd Spangler (February 13, 2017). "Showtime Hits 1.5 Million Streaming Subscribers, CBS All Access Nears Same Mark (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 
  3. ^ a b Brian Stelter; Frank Pallotta (October 16, 2014). "New way to watch CBS shows, for $6 a month". CNN Money. Time Warner. Retrieved July 17, 2015. [dead link]
  4. ^ Don Kaplan (October 16, 2014). "CBS, like HBO, takes on Netflix with a service to deliver TV shows via broadband". Daily News. New York. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ Emily Steel (October 16, 2014). "Cord-Cutters Rejoice: CBS Joins Web Stream". The New York Times. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  6. ^ Roberto Baldwin (April 7, 2015). "CBS All Access launches on Roku with live streaming and VOD". Engadget. AOL. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ Billy Steele (May 14, 2015). "CBS All Access app gets Chromecast support (Update: Fox and FXNow, too)". Engadget. AOL. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  8. ^ Cynthia Littleton (April 9, 2015). "CBS Affiliates Sign on to Expand Reach of All Access SVOD Service". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ Michael Malone (April 22, 2015). "Five Gray TV Stations Launch CBS All Access". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  10. ^ Todd Spangler (May 14, 2015). "CBS Expands 'All Access' Live Local TV Streaming to Two-Thirds of U.S." Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ George Winslow (July 16, 2015). "CBS All Access Expands Access". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ Annlee Ellingson (October 16, 2014). "Hulu holdout CBS launches on-demand and live streaming". L.A. Biz. American City Business Journals. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  13. ^ Steinberg, Brian (1 December 2016). "CBS Will Live-Stream NFL Games On Its 'All Access' SVOD Service". Variety. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "Ten Network to be purchased by US giant CBS". ABC News. 2017-08-28. Retrieved 2017-08-28. 
  16. ^ a b c D'Alessandro, Anthony (25 September 2017). "'Star Trek Discovery' Fuels Record Signups For CBS All Access". 
  17. ^ "Star Trek Discovery – Stranded in Compressed, Two-Channel Subscription Space". 
  18. ^ "New Star Trek Television Series Coming In 2017 To CBS All Access –". CBS. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 23, 2017. 
  19. ^ "The Good Wife Spinoff To Star Christine Baranski And Cush Jumbo". CBS. CBS Interactive. 
  20. ^ "'Star Trek: Discovery' Delayed Again as Spock's Father Is Cast". 
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-04. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 

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