CBS is banking a lot on Star Trek Discovery. Rather than running the show on CBS, the show will be available exclusively on CBS All Access. And to get CBS All Access, you need to sign up with a plan. CBS All Access is currently available for $5.99/month, which includes commercials, but today, CBS announced that they’re rolling out a commercial-free option for $9.99/month.
The problem is that most CBS programming is garbage. The reason they’re the #1 network is because it’s popular among old people who still have Nielsen boxes and just leave the TV turned on to NCIS: Branson. No one talks about CBS shows. No one thinks about CBS shows. They’re disposable entertainment of the lowest order, and the only reason to even think about getting CBS All Access is if you want Star Trek Discovery.
But is it worth it? Is a subscription service worth the price when you want literally nothing else the service is offering? I’m curious to see if episodes of Discovery will drop on services like Amazon and iTunes, because if they do, that’s the way to go. Why pay for four months of subscription fees ($40) when you can get 13 episodes for $2 each ($26)? That being said, I doubt CBS will offer Discovery this way, or, if they do, it will be months after the show airs.
Here’s the press release:
“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.