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CBS All Access – Is It Worth It?

CBS All Access Brings the Network Into the Cord-Cutting Era With Some Intriguing New Shows

Back when I cut the cord, there wasn’t a lot going on in the live streaming market. There was Sling TV and old standbys like Netflix and Hulu, but that was pretty much it. Now you have plenty of choices with more on the horizon. If Sling TV, DirecTV NOW, or PlayStation Vue aren’t to your liking, services like VIDGO and Hulu’s live streaming service will be out before you know it.

There are also niche streaming sites like CBS All Access. CBS All Access started out as a way to stream CBS shows online, but with all good streaming services, it is beginning to evolve into something more. In the current model, 80 percent of the country (157 markets) has live stream access to whatever is airing on CBS, with new markets gradually being added. You also receive an on-demand library that has a minimum of a few episodes and at most, full seasons of all shows that are currently on the air.

The Classics library includes shows like Frasier, Perry Mason, CSI: Miami, The Guardian, The Brady Bunch, Cheers, Beverly Hills 90210, six Star Trek series, and many other shows. The classic shows include every episode from start to finish. There’s also a recent library of awards shows and special events that have aired on CBS. This is all available for $5.99 per month with commercials or $9.99 per month without ads for on-demand content (live television will still have commercials).

CBS has been doing great, even doubling their subscribers in less than a year. They currently have over a million subscribers, but this is all just the beginning. Following the Netflix model of creating original content, CBS All Access will be releasing at least two new shows exclusive to CBS All Access with more sure to be on the way.

The first show, The Good Fight, is a sequel to The Good Wife, starring Christine Baranski, Rose Leslie, Bernadette Peters, Delroy Lindo, and Cush Jumbo. The series begins a year after the end of The Good Wife. Diane Lockhart and her goddaughter Maia are hit with a financial scandal that wipes out Lockhart’s savings and gets her removed from her legal practice. Forced to claw themselves back to some sense of normal, the two women join Lucca Quinn to practice law at another Chicago firm.

The first episode of The Good Fight aired on CBS a couple weeks ago, but all subsequent episodes will be released solely on CBS All Access. The second show, Star Trek: Discovery, will take place right before The Original Series, and will star The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green as the lieutenant commander of a ship that may or may not be called the Discovery. The series has once again been delayed (now to fall), and will also see its first episode premiere on CBS, with all other episodes coming to CBS All Access on a weekly basis (no binge!).

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