Remember not so long ago when we celebrated the news that CBS All Access would be airing a brand-new Star Trek series? Then remember how CBS tossed a big, old steamy turd in the punch bowl by announcing their on-demand pay service would include commercials? Yeah, that’s about to change … if you’re willing to pay up.
While the executives still act like they’re from another planet where every day is opposite day, occasionally someone does something right-ish. Now, on top of the $5.99/month option with “limited commercials”, whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean, there will be a $9.99/month option that will be ad-free.
There are a few caveats, but for about the price of Netflix you’ll get access to a fairly extensive library of shows. CBS claims over 7,500 episodes of various television shows are available through the service. You can also stream live, but you’ll have to watch commercials just like the muggles.
Here. Read the press release because I’m old and tired of typing. Bon apetit!
“CBS ALL ACCESS” ROLLS OUT COMMERCIAL-FREE OPTION FOR SUBSCRIBERS
CBS All Access Subscribers Can Now Watch the Service’s On-Demand Content
Commercial-Free for $9.99/Month or with Reduced Commercials for $5.99/Month
August 31, 2016 – CBS Corporation today announced the launch of a commercial-free plan for the CBS All Access subscription service. In addition to the existing subscription offering of $5.99/month, subscribers now have the option to watch CBS All Access’s on-demand content commercial-free for $9.99/month.
“The foundation of CBS All Access is not only about giving CBS fans access to more of the content they want, but also giving them more choice in how they watch their favorite CBS programming,” said Marc DeBevoise, President and Chief Operating Officer of CBS Interactive. “The addition of a commercial-free plan gives our subscribers even more ways to customize their CBS viewing experience – from which devices to whether they watch in or out of the home, and now with commercials or without.”
With the commercial-free plan, subscribers will be able to watch CBS All Access’s on-demand library of more than 7,500 episodes, including full current seasons of primetime hits like BIG BROTHER, BLUE BLOODS, MADAM SECRETARY and THE ODD COUPLE among many others, as well as late night, daytime and news programming, all without commercials. CBS All Access’s upcoming original series, including the next chapter of the legendary “Star Trek” TV franchise, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, a spinoff of “The Good Wife” and a new digital edition of “Big Brother” will also be available commercial-free under the $9.99/month plan.
Subscribers to the $5.99/month plan will continue to experience reduced commercials when watching on-demand content and be able to watch CBS Classics without commercials. Current subscribers will have the option to move to the commercial-free plan by logging on to their account through CBS.com.
For the commercial-free plan, CBS All Access’s live-streaming offering of local CBS Television stations, which is available throughout the U.S. in more than 150 markets, will continue to feature the same commercials as the over-the-air broadcast, and select on-demand shows will include promotional interruptions.
CBS All Access is available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices and tablets via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Chromecast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, with more connected device platforms coming soon.
For more details and to sign up for a CBS All Access subscription, visit: CBS.com/allaccess.
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