Most standard TV networks (i.e. not cable channels) are willing to play ball with current streaming services like Hulu or Netflix, with the former providing new episodes of countless series hours after their airing time. However, there is one network that simply refuses to play ball, and has had their own streaming service for some time: CBS.
Their streaming service, CBS All Access, currently gives viewers access to their library, which includes shows like…Big Bang Theory….and Big Bang Theory…and old episodes of Two and a Half Men, I guess…
Okay, let’s be real. CBS doesn’t necessarily tout super quality programming. Yes, they are essentially the king in network TV because they have a lot of cheap shows that appeal to a lot of people in middle America, but it’s incredibly difficult for them to justify their own streaming service. Currently, their service is $5.99/month, which I suppose is okay, but until today, I thought that was a commercial-free option. Turns out it’s not.
I know, I’m with you. I’m surprised their current service isn’t commercial-free as it is, especially given that their service only covers a single network’s worth of content.
Regardless, here’s the deal. According to a new press release from the network, their new service will cost $9.99/month.
â€œThe 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,â€ said Marc DeBevoise, President and Chief Operating Officer of CBS Interactive. â€œThe addition of a commercial-free plan gives our subscribers even more ways to customize their CBS viewing experience â€“ from which devices to whether they watch in or out of the home, and now with commercials or without.â€
Admittedly, I’m not quite sure who they’re trying to appeal to with this one, but in the press release, they push the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, which leads me to believe they’re hoping to cash in on Star Trek fans who want a commercial-free experience.
Will it work? Maybe. CBS didn’t get where they are through stupid decisions. But I certainly hope not.
Not to be cynical, but I hope CBS either amps up the quality of their shows or fails spectacularly at this. While cable-cutting is something that’s seen as a cheaper alternative, the advent of all these streaming services is making it almost as expensive as cable to those who crave options. If CBS had better shows, perhaps I could justify the cost, but as it stands, I just don’t see the value.
What do you think? Do you foresee CBS All Access’ new $9.99/month plan succeeding? Let us know in the comments down below!
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