CBS All Access was one of the leading traditional live TV networks to launch its subscription-based streaming service. It allows you to watch live TV, download material from its extensive library of televised shows, and even access original programming (like “The Good Fight,” “Star Trek: Picard,” and “Star Trek: Discovery”).
CBS All Access doesn’t have a free tier; to watch CBS, you’ll need to pay a monthly fee. Here’s a breakdown of how much each CBS All Access plan costs.
But there’s a lot more to CBS All Access than trips to the final frontier. It’s where you’ll find original programming like “The Good Wife” spinoff “The Good Fight” and the creepy-cool revival of “The Twilight Zone” that you won’t find anywhere else. It’s also where you can watch live news, sports, and special events like “The Grammy Awards” from the comfort of your own home or on the go.
Since there are so many viewing options, we’re going to break down what makes CBS All Access special.
What is CBS All Access, and how does it work?
CBS All Access is a streaming entertainment, news, and sports service from CBS that is not available through the traditional cable provider. Since CBS All Access is a direct-to-consumer network, it is not available via cable or satellite packages from companies like Comcast/Xfinity, Verizon, Frontier, or DirecTV.
What does CBS All Access include?
CBS All Access provides a variety of original programming as well as full seasons of iconic CBS shows such as “NCIS,” “Big Brother,” and “Young Sheldon” that can be viewed at any time. It also includes live TV from your local CBS station, CBSN live news, CBS Sports HQ live sports, and ET Live entertainment news.
What is the cost of CBS All Access?
There are two different viewing plans available on CBS All Access. It costs $5.99 a month to watch with no commercials, plus any related state taxes. Do you despise commercials? For $9.99 a month, you can watch on-demand shows without commercials (though live TV still has commercials).
CBS keeps it simple: there are only two subscription options, both of which can be paid monthly or annually (an annual subscription is slightly cheaper).
- Limited commercial plan. This $5.99 a month standard subscription level requires commercial interruptions for both live and streaming content. The limited package is also available in an annual form for $59.99 a year (a savings of $12 per year).
- Commercial-free plan. You can download content without commercial interference if you switch to the commercial-free plan for $9.99 a month. However, advertisements are still present in live TV material, just as they would be if you were watching it on television. You can also download shows to your laptop for offline viewing with the commercial-free plan. The commercial-free package is $99.99 a year if purchased annually, saving you $20.
You can move from the restricted commercial plan to the commercial-free plan at any time after you start a subscription, and you can also convert from monthly to annual billing at any time.
Both annual plans include a one-week free trial, and CBS occasionally provides a one-week free trial for monthly plans as an opportunity to try out the service.
Is CBS All Access available on my TV, or is it only available on phones and computers?
Since CBS All Access is not a television station, you must use the CBS All Access app to access it. You should have no trouble installing the CBS All Access app if you have a smart TV connected to the internet through wifi or an ethernet cable. If you don’t have a smart TV but do have a streaming unit, you can get CBS All Access by downloading the software and installing it on any of the following streaming devices:
- Apple TV (Apple TV)
- Fire TV
- Google Chromecast
- Android Television
- Xbox One
- PlayStation 4
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