CBS All Access
Type of site
|Video on demand, OTT, live streaming|
|Headquarters||New York, New York, |
|Registration||Monthly subscription required to access content|
|Launched||October 28, 2014|
CBS All Access (known as 10 All Access in Australia) is an American over-the-top subscription streaming video on demand service owned and operated by CBS Interactive, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS. It offers original content, content newly aired on CBS's broadcast properties, and content from CBS's library. In the United States, many markets offer a live stream of the local CBS affiliate's main channel.
On October 28, 2014, CBS launched CBS All Access, an over-the-top subscription streaming service – priced at US$5.99 per month ($9.99 with an option for advertising-free streaming content) – which allows users to view past and present episodes of CBS shows. Announced on October 16, 2014, as the first OTT offering by an American 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 194 markets reaching 92% 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. By the very nature of its 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. At the time, the games were 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. In the 2018 NFL season, a new agreement with Verizon ending that exclusivity began to allow CBS All Access to stream games to all mobile devices; Super Bowl games run on CBS All Access without the need for any authentication.
In August 2017, CBS unveiled plans to expand CBS All Access to markets outside the United States. Canada was announced as the first international market to receive the service. Plans to launch in Australia quickly followed, resulting from CBS's purchase of free-to-air broadcaster Network 10.
In September 2017, Star Trek: Discovery debuted on streaming on CBS, and they also recorded a record number of sign-ups after this. The records were the greatest number of single day, week, and monthly sign-up records since the streaming network's inception. They reported the previous single-day record was held by the 2017 Grammy award ceremony coverage. CBS was noted as harnessing the Star Trek fanbase which was willing to get the service just to see the series.
Buoyed by Star Trek: Discovery, CBS All Access reached over 2 million subscribers by early 2018, with the 60th Annual Grammy Awards also providing a boost to Cell App watchers. The 60th Grammys in January 2018 resulted in the 2nd biggest day for sign-ups after the Discovery premiere.
The service launched in Australia in December 2018 as 10 All Access. It operates alongside 10's free catch up and live streaming service 10 Play and contains a mixture of Network 10 and CBS programming. CBS shows are made available on All Access prior to being broadcast on 10's channels. 10 All Access is commercial-free and, unlike CBS All Access, has only one pricing tier.
In January 2019, CBS reported its largest increase in subscribers over a weekend—a 72% increase over the premiere of Discovery, crediting the premiere of season 2 of the series and that week's AFC Championship Game (which also brought the service its largest streaming audience for a football game). Super Bowl LIII would surpass this record only a few weeks later, with CBS reporting an 84% increase in new subscribers.
On November 25, 2019, as part of the re-merger between CBS Corporation and Viacom, CBS All Access announced the inclusion of programming from Nickelodeon, as part of the wider launch of children's programming on the service, with other partners including Boat Rocker Studios and WildBrain.
CBS All Access has received criticism for its technical specifications. Currently, the service is carried with a maximum video resolution of 1080p and two-channel stereo sound, which, although appropriate for providing an HD-quality signal to a subscriber with a moderate-bandwidth Internet connection, is inferior to the highest-quality signals some other streaming services can provide.
|Over 100,000||Early 2015|||
|Around 1.2 million||December 2016|||
|Nearly 1.5 million||February 2017|||
|Over 2 million||Early 2018|||
|2.5 million||August 2018|||
|4 million||February 2019|||
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. The first season of Star Trek: Discovery consisted 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. The series became the first original drama on the platform when the Star Trek series premiere was delayed until the fall of 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 Big Brother: Over the Top.
In February 2019, CBS:AA announced they were planning a show based on the Star Trek: The Next Generation character Captain Jean-Luc Picard, to air before the end of the year. The series was later announced as Star Trek: Picard, and is now scheduled to premiere on January 23, 2020. Other original shows in development include a project with Lucy Liu, as well as the continuation of existing shows such as Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight, and The Twilight Zone.
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, which CBS held only "last five" episode rights during its original run, 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.
In mid-April 2017, a limited library of films, made up of content from Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sony Pictures Television, The Samuel Goldwyn Company and CBS Films, was made available on the service. This includes several titles in the Star Trek film series.
In August 2019, CBS All Access expanded into children's broadcasting by acquiring the US broadcast rights to Danger Mouse (2015), Danger Mouse (1981), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and several other series by DHX Media.
On August 13, 2019, CBS Corporation announced it would re-merge with Viacom (from which it previously split in 2005), with the combined conglomerate titled ViacomCBS. This would likely pair CBS All Access with Viacom's free streaming service, Pluto TV.
Programming on international services
CBS programming that has been exclusively licensed to local television channels or other streaming services is missing from the All Access services outside the US. Non-exclusively licensed and unlicensed programming is available on the service, from current to classic programming. CBS All Access' original series that premiered prior to the launch of the service in a new market are generally unavailable in that market. For example, Star Trek: Discovery is licensed to Canadian channels CTV Sci-Fi Channel (in English) and Z (in French) and Canadian VOD service Crave; as such, it is currently unavailable to the Canadian CBS service.
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