CBS launches 'All Access' streaming subscription without the need for cable
CBS has unveiled a new subscription service for consumers who simply wish to stream their favorite shows via the Internet, without the need to have an active cable subscription. The broadcaster's announcement follows HBO revealing similar plans. The CBS All Access service will set viewers back $5.99 a month.
A total of 14 US markets will be supported at launch, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas and San Francisco. For those who reside outside the initial 14 markets will be restricted to viewing prime time shows a day after being shown, as well as access to more than 5,000 episodes of popular series, including Star Trek, MacGyver and others.
Unfortunately, it seems NFL games will not be shown on the new service. CBS officials note they're working to partner with NFL to provide said coverage online, and that consumers can already take advantage of other live sports already available for streaming.
A similar service for CBS-owned cable network Showtime is also in the works. Would you take up CBS (and soon HBO) with the new web-only offering? If so, check out the CBS All Access website (opens in new tab) for more details and to sign-up.
Source: New York Times
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Say your current cable bill is $70/mo and you get 150 channels. That is .46/channel/month. If we got channels down to $2/channel/month you would only have 35 channels for the same amount of money and getting these services down to $2/mo seems almost impossible at this point. Then we need to consider what this is going to do to your internet connection which most likely has a cap at this point. This means that you may end up paying more for your internet than you currently shell out and considering were taking that $70/mo away from in most cases the same company that delivers your internet they are going to have to replace the income that they made on television services so I would suggest that the cost of internet per/mb will go up in addition to your increased utilization because your Television service will be completely delivered on it. I keep hearing that al la carte will fix things but I see more problems than solutions.